Online degree

PgC Human Resource Management

Are you starting a career in HR or looking to develop in a line management position? Build the knowledge and skills you need to work in human resources with this postgraduate certificate.

Explore HR management strategies and build the key skills for HR practitioners

This qualification offers the opportunity to build HR-related skills and explore HR management strategies.

You will develop your understanding of the role of the HR professional, the nature of professionalism and approaches to addressing ethical dilemmas. You will also develop the skills and understanding needed to work strategically and address business and change management issues.

This certificate is the first stage of a study programme that progresses to a postgraduate diploma and the MSc in Human Resource Management offered by The Open University.

Postgraduate certificate

You'll have qualified for this certificate on successful completion of the OU’s module, HR management in practice
12 months
4 programs

What do I need to apply?

You must be prepared for study at postgraduate level. You must hold a bachelors degree or its equivalent.

Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum score of 6.5 under the International English Language Testing System IELTS.


UK course fee: £3,320 (higher fees apply for students living outside the UK).
The fee information provided here is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2022.

What are the learning outcomes?

By the end of your studies, you will have covered:

  • the role of the HR professional
  • leadership management and development of people within the organisation
  • the relevance of theory for practice and be able to apply it to improve practice.
  • management of interpersonal relationships, demonstrating sensitivity to diversity and performing effectively in a team environment
  • people management skills essential for HR work.

What you’ll get as a degree student with FutureLearn

  • Learn when you want by watching videos, reading articles, doing tests, and completing assignments online
  • Join online discussions and collaborate with your peers in a virtual study group
  • Enjoy discussions with feedback from expert educators
  • Get full access to the university library, online resources and support

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