The course can be taken on a full-time basis over a year, or part-time for two years. In either case, students may need to attend day and evening classes at some point during the course. Part-time students will normally take two modules in each semester.
Applicants require an honours degree in business studies, psychology or related subjects. Other qualifications with a substantial business or management studies component, or a diploma in management studies, will be considered. Those without formal qualifications who have significant relevant work experience can also apply.
The course is structured around seven core modules, plus one option, so that each student will cover eight modules in all. These include: managing HR, organisational analysis, team work for effective organisations, conflict resolution/negotiation, management of competency and skill development programmes and facilitated decision making, as well as a project and the optional module.
People who take this course will be aiming to work strategically, linking diagnostic and strategic analysis to organisational issues. Those who complete the course successfully will have the skills to develop and manage strategic HR goals and programmes.