Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management


The purpose of the programme is to enable students to become effective managers and to be further equipped to become research orientated in their work and professional development. Students are taught in a manner which assist them to engage with and integrate theory and practice, and which ultimately impacts positively on all spheres in the students’ work performance and lives. An opportunity is provided for students to obtain detailed knowledge into managing human resources in turbulent and complex environments, and to constructively respond to various challenges, for example around continuous change and systemic effects.
Relevant and practical methodologies are emphasized, particularly for use in the African context, thus enabling students to enter the work context to effect positive change. Students are further equipped with analytical and reflective skills, and are placed in a position to develop competencies and skills that facilitate life-long learning.


There is a dire need for senior level Human Resource managerial competencies in the contemporary African and Southern African context, given the rapid pace of globalisation and concomitant regional integration. This qualification is designed for professionals moving into managerial positions and who are required to work in the dynamic complex environment of contemporary Africa and its transition agenda.
This aligns with the School’s purpose relating to leadership development through the development of Human Resources Managers and the University’s strategic plan to provide quality teaching and research for the African context. The students will thus have a platform to become effective mangers and to be further equipped to become practitioner-research orientated in their on-going professional development. The programme will also serve as a bridging programme to the Masters of Commerce and related management fields


1 Year

Entry Requirement

  • An appropriate Bachelor’s degree
  • Attained a level of competence as defined in Rule GR7(b) in the Handbook;
  • Selection Programme- the School may prescribe further criteria.

Career Opportunities

Lecturer, Human Resource Consultant, Labour Relations Consultant, Human Resource Manager, Researcher
*Offered only in Pietermaritzburg