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The award
PG Dip

How long you will study
16 months

Domestic course fees
GBP 6800 per total

How you will study
distance, online

Course starts
January

International course fees
GBP 6800 per total

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About Business with Human Resources at University of Essex Online

Make your CV stand out from the crowd with our Postgraduate Diploma in Business with Human Resources*.

This postgraduate programme will develop your ability to critically select effective information collection methods and competently apply appropriate analytical tools, synthesise and utilise management tools in the construction of business projects and decision-making and much more.

In addition to the subject-specific business skills that you will develop on this course, you will also discover how to critically examine the management and motivation of the human resource through approaches to performance management and reward, cultures of continuous development and improvement amongst diverse employees.

Upon completion of your Postgraduate Diploma, we offer the opportunity for you to progress to study for a full Masters (awarded after 180 credits).

* The start date and details of this course are still subject to University approval. In the event that approval is not granted by your course start date, an alternative date will be offered or a full refund given. If we need to make changes to this programme as part of the University of Essex validation process, we will communicate these to you at the earliest possible date.

Course structure

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business with Human Resources is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 120 credits at Level 7.

Level 7 modules:

  • Management: Principles and Practices (20 credits)
  • Leadership in Practice (20 credits)
  • Economics for Managers (20 credits)
  • Project Management (10 credits)
  • Managing across Cultures (10 credits)
  • Human Resource Management (10 credits)
  • Human Resource Management in Context (10 credits)
  • One optional module from the list below to equal 20 credits

 

Optional modules

  • Marketing Strategy & Management (20 credits)
  • Financial Management (20 credits)
  • Financial Decision Making (20 credits)
  • Marketing Principles & Practices (20 credits)

Upon completion of your PG Dip Business with Human Resources we offer the opportunity for you to progress on to study for an MSc Business with Human Resources (180 credits).

Learning and assessment

Introduction

Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you - at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.

All of our online courses have an indicative study duration which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability. It's possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.

All of our courses have regular start dates throughout the year. Our academic year is organised into modules, typically with a one- or two-week break between modules and a structured three-week break for the Christmas period. Students will receive a course timetable during the application process.

Teaching methods and style

As we are a 100% online university, we utilise a virtual learning environment instead of a traditional campus. The system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials.

This learning platform allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and you can listen to, and view, live lectures and seminars over the internet. All courses are delivered in English only.

You are supported throughout your course by a dedicated Student Adviser and have the opportunity to regularly interact with fellow students and your tutor. To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.

Assessment

We adopt an assignment-based approach to assessment instead of exams. Assessment for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business with Human Resources is based on a combination of written coursework.

You are always aware of your current provisional grade right from the start of the programme, allowing you to evaluate the success of your current study methods and clearly identify areas to improve. We believe that this transparency gives you the information you need to make the most of your course. We achieve this by:

  • showing your marks clearly in your gradebook, which can be viewed whenever you log onto the learning platform
  • the rapid turnaround of work assessed to ensure that your gradebook is always up to date
  • assessing your work throughout the module rather than waiting for end of year exams
  • ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Adviser
  • the simplicity and transparency in the design of our assessment criteria

We also have a policy of ensuring that work submitted by students is authentic. As well as the fact that all work is frequently assessed, we use a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.

Career prospects

We are dedicated to improving employability amongst our graduates. Our online courses give you the opportunity to improve your career prospects and earning potential with a mix of key skills that are directly transferable to the workplace.

Any postgraduate qualification is a major achievement and is greatly valued by employers seeking employees with a drive for self development.

The business and human resources knowledge and skills, including the transferable communication and critical-thinking skills you will gain on this programme can improve your employability and career prospects.

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Notes about fees for this course

Tuition fee: £6,800 (learn more)

Entry requirements

We have flexible entry requirements that look at both your academic and work-based experience as well as your motivation to do the course. There are two entry routes onto our PG Dip Business with Human Resources programme:

1. Academic Entry Route

In order to satisfy the Academic Entry Route requirements for our PG Dip Business with Human Resources programme you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:

If English is not your first language, IELTS (Academic) 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification, we require students to pass a free online English test.

You don't need to prove your knowledge of English if you're a national of, or if you have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

2. Open Entry Route

We recognise that you can gain skills in a wide variety of ways and that prior academic performance is not the only indicator of an applicant's ability. Therefore, if you do not meet the minimum academic standards above, you may still be eligible to enrol via our Open Entry Route.

In order to satisfy the Open Entry Route requirements for our PG Dip Business with Human Resources programme you must meet the following criteria as a minimum:

You don't need to prove your knowledge of English if you're a national of, or if you have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Your application will be considered on an individual basis taking into account your motivation for doing the course, prior work experience and other relevant qualifications that demonstrate your ability to successfully complete the programme.

21-day money back guarantee

If you enrol on our PG Dip Business with Human Resources programme but decide that online learning isn't for you, we will allow you to withdraw within 21 days of the start date stated on your offer letter. If you have paid an initial deposit up front, you will receive a full refund.

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