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PDS or MA in HRM


Hi Guys I am looking for some advise on what course I should now move onto following completion of my CTP last year. I had wanted to complete the PDS by flexible learning but the provider has not managed to get a large enough group in Belfast to merit this going ahead. I liked the idea of this route because it would have allowed me complete the L&D electives which would have greatly supported the role I am in. It also would not have meant too much time out of the office. My other options are to complete the PDS over a three year period or to complete the MA in HRM over two years (from what I know this is quite intense). Both of these options would involve a half day away from the office to attend college. Most of all I want to choose the course that will enhance my knowledge and increase my long term employability. All advise welcome Thanks in advance Sinead

7 Responses

  1. Thanks
    Hi Claire

    This is the flexible learning option I was hoping to complete however there is no courses running in my area because they cannot get enough numbers. My only option is either the PDS through a college or MA in HRM. That is where I get stuck. I am not sure which of these would be the best to go for.


  2. Another thought …
    Sorry Sinead, not very helpful of me … ūüôĀ Have you tried contacting your local CIPD branch for guidance? Is that worth a stab?

  3. Yes
    I have contacted them by email and I am waiting for a reply. I should say that this is the second time I have contacted them!

  4. CLMS Leicester
    The centre for Labour Market Studies at Leicester University do distance learning part time Masters and Doctorates for those up to a meaty challenge, in HRM and Training – hope that is of help.
    Kind regards

  5. PDS or MA in HRM
    Hi Seanade
    Why not consider the Professional Assessment of Competence Route (PAC)? This route to CIPD Chartered Membership uses the same standards as the PDS scheme but it is competence based.
    There is an eligibilty issue – you need to have 5 years of management experience and 3 years of HR – this includes training and does not mean 8 years in total.

    There are 4 fields of the Professional Standards
    Leadership and Management – 4 modules
    People Management and Development – 1 area covering HR in general
    Applied Personnel and Development – 2 bits to this Continuing Professional Development and a Management Research Report set a 2nd Degree Level
    Generalist and Specialist Electives – you would need to choose 4 from a total of 19. There are lots of L&D ones ranging from
    Designing & Delivering Training, Learning & Development, Management Development, Managing the Training & Development Function, Managing Organisational Knowledge & Learning, Career Management & Development, Strategic Personnel & Development, Organisational Change & Transition.

    I am over in the Isle of Man on a monthly basis so could pop across from there or could talk you through this.
    Kind regards
    Maureen Scholefield
    [email protected]

  6. Thanks everyone
    Hi Guys

    Thanks so much for all your responses. I have decided to go for the Masters in HRM. I thought that it would be beneficial to acheive a masters level qualification alongside my CIPD graduate status. I also think that gaining a broader knowledge of the entire HR function will be very worthwhile and will add another string to my bow. Starting my course in September so I am preparing myself for all the exams, study and sleepless nights!

    Thanks guys


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