The course runs on a part-time basis over two years, taught two evenings a week or one afternoon/evening per week. The student has a further four months to complete a dissertation.
Applicants will need a good honours degree (or equivalent) plus at least two years' relevant work experience and will be expected to be working in an HR-related role. Those who lack the required academic qualifications may be accepted depending on written assessment or accreditation of their prior learning and experience.
In the first year, all students complete four core units based on the core management modules of the CIPD Professional Development Scheme. These are: managing in a business context; managing information; managing people; and managing activities. During the second year, students complete the core units, which are employee relations and people resourcing, as well as the specialist module for consulting. Students also undertake a research methods unit and complete a dissertation.
The course is particularly suited to those who want to take their HR experience into a consultancy role. Students who complete the programme are also eligible for graduate CIPD membership, subject to its requirements being met.