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Human Resource Management (HRM) with CIPD Intermediate Level Award

Graduate Certificate

School - Salford Business School

Subject area - Business and Management

UCAS Code:

Start Date(s): September; January


Graduate Certificate, evenings (one academic year, part-time)

September intake finish the course in May

January intake will finish the course the following December with a break between May and September


Part-time - £2,460

International - £4,634

In Brief:

  • Achieve an excellent qualification accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) with one of the UK’s leading providers (Subject to re-accreditation Summer 2018)
  • Guaranteed progression onto the MSc HRM (part-time) on successful completion of your course (gaining a Master's degree in a further two years)
  • Enjoy the benefits of flexible study, attending University one evening each week
  • A part-time only course

Course Summary

The Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management is a part-time undergraduate degree qualification designed for HR professionals and those wanting to develop a career in HRM.

This course will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to practice human resource management effectively. You will develop analytical, intellectual and evaluative skills which will improve your understanding of HRM theory and how to put new concepts into practice.

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate HRM you will become a member of CIPD and receive a CIPD Intermediate Award and also gain access to the MSc Human Resource Management (part-time), which offers Advanced Level Membership of CIPD.

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate HRM, you will be able to join the MSc in Human Resource Management (part time), giving you the necessary academic requirements for Full Membership of the CIPD.


This module will allow you to consider a number of important HRM issues, including how behaviour may be influenced in the workplace.
You will develop an excellent understanding of key HR policy areas which are common to all organisations. Areas under review will include human resource planning, recruitment, selection, and performance appraisal. You will also consider the increasingly important issues of flexibility at work, stress, and staff retention.


You will achieve a sound understanding of how learning and development can contribute to organisational effectiveness.
This module will give you a good understanding of the principles of how employment law is formed and governed.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements

English Language Requirements

Suitable For

Applicants must have at least one of the following:

  • HHND/HNC, or academic and professional qualifications of an equivalent level
  • CIPD Foundation Level certificates, such as: Personnel Practice, Training Practice or Employment Law
  • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) in HRM

Appropriately experienced applicants will be considered in line with University guidelines.

Applicant profile

This course offers great scope for you to learn how human resources management plays a vital role in business. You will gain a highly regarded qualification, either as an existing practitioner or as a manager wanting to specialise in HRM.

Fees and Funding


Additional costs

Students may wish to register for CIPD associate membership at an additional cost of £160. Costs are approximated based on the  current academic year.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials using a wide range of learning activities. The course runs one evening per week for two semesters.


This programme is assessed through assignments, group work and presentations. There are no examinations.


You will gain a highly regarded formal qualification, as well as personal and organisational management skills that will enhance your career prospects.

Career Prospects

This course will provide you with flexible employment opportunities leading to potential roles with a variety of management-level national and international sectors. Recent Salford Business School graduates have gained employment with leading companies including:

  • Ernst & Young
  • Dixons Group plc
  • British Airways
  • Cooperative Insurance Services
  • BMW
  • American Express
  • BBC
  • Citibank
  • Ladbrokes
  • Numberica
  • Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman
  • KPMG
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Premier Travel Inn
  • BUPA
  • Thomson Holidays
  • BT
  • DTS Logistics
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • The NHS

Links with Industry

Our course team maintains excellent relations with local, national and international organisations, commentators and employers.

Our teaching is industry-led, inspired by contemporary practice and developed in partnership with business leaders. Our academics are experts in their field and work closely with industry to ensure that our courses reflect the needs of business and provide our students with that extra edge when it comes to securing a job.

Our part-time students are drawn from a wide range of public, private and third sector organisations, allowing you to enjoy highly valuable networking opportunities.

Salford Business School also operates a guest lecture course which allows you the chance to mix with professionals from industry, make connections, set up placements and conduct research.

Further Study

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in HRM, candidates have access to the MSc Human Resource Management


Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel campus in the newly refurbished Lady Hale Building, and the Chapman Building, offering state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s student learning community and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Chapman is a stylish modern space with six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with panoramic views across the campus.

Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.

All University of Salford students also have access to the MediaCityUK campus including its study facilities.  MediaCityUK is home to major BBC and ITV departments and over 80 businesses across the creative and digital sectors.  It is recognised as one of the most innovative developments in Britain and is a vibrant place in which to live, work, socialise and study.

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