Higher Diploma in Human Resources Development and Management

MQF Level 5

Higher Diploma

Human Resources Development and Management

TBC 2024
Price  (Local/EU)
Price  (Non-EU)
Part-Time: 25 months
Full-Time: 15 months
ECTS Credits
120 ECTS
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Course Description

The aim of the Higher Diploma in Human Resource Development and Management is to provide a structured educational opportunity for participants who have a career in Human Resource Management or those entering into the HR profession with relevant experience.

This programme provides a solid grounding in HRDM upon which participants can build up their career in this field as well as supporting them in their current role. Course content will be delivered on a modular basis facilitating learning and also offering a degree of flexibility which meets the needs of working professionals.

The overall course objectives are:


  • To gain knowledge on management theories, strategic HR and concepts and principles in HRM.
  • To gain knowledge on strategic HRM i.e. its main components, implications, benefits, aims and strategic levels.
  • To gain basic knowledge on principles of management, financial management, effective marketing and operations management.
  • To gain knowledge on the foundations of Organisational Citizenship Behaviour such as its variations, effects of cultural differences on OCB and frameworks associated with OCB.
  • To gain knowledge on organisational development concepts such as; organisation culture, processes and system.
  • To familiarize oneself with the Knowledge management model, the Theoretical model and the Nonaka and Tackeuchi Knowledge Spiral Model.
  • To understand the components of knowledge transfer and analyse the role of communication in knowledge transfer.
  • To gain knowledge on the organisational and individual benefits of performance appraisals.
  • To gain knowledge on the employment and Industrial Relations Act 2002 and the subsequent related Legal Notices.
  • To gain knowledge on drafting a new Collective Agreement vs. renewing agreements.
  • To gain knowledge on the changing views of HR; traditional vs 21st century views of HRM.


  • To examine traditional and non-traditional models of organisations and modern approaches to organisational designs.
  • To develop a critical understanding of the development of a competency framework and a training needs analysis.
  • To familiarise oneself with new global talent systems and the changing views of careers.
  • To familiarize oneself with models and tools for effective HR planning and talent management.


  • To critically assess organisational demotivators and motivators.
  • To analyse how to evaluate, develop, implement and monitor rewards.
  • To examine the benefits of introducing PMPs to the organisation and to the employees.
  • To examine different types of conflict and the negotiation Climate-Control.

Entry Requirements


Candidates who apply for this course must possess: 

  • a qualification at MQF Level 4 (one ‘A’ Level or equivalent in any subject)  


  • a pass in English* and Mathematics at MQF Level 3 (‘O’ Level or equivalent).  


Preference is given to applicants having a year of work experience related to the field of study. 

*Students whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.  

Target Audience

This course is targeted at professionals with HR experience, such as:  

  • HR coordinator 
  • HR manager 
  • training manager 
  • payslip coordinator  
  • HR supervisor  

The target group can be extended to those who have the experience but lack a formal qualification and wish to have a more thorough background in the subject in order to progress further in their careers. 


Career Paths

The programme aims to prepare you for positions in middle-management and other senior roles such as

  • HR manager
  • Head of HR
  • HR director of any organisation, both in the private and public sector. 


You are required to complete 20 compulsory modules (120 ECTS) to fulfil the requirements of this Higher Diploma in Human Resources Management.

How you’ll be assessed

This is a part-time programme and will typically take 25 months to complete. The programme comprises a total of 20 modules. The method of assessment is assignment-based.  

The course comprises:  

  • 6 lectures per module (twice a week); 
  • 3-hour lectures (evening); 
  • 12 hours of guided learning, presentations, comprising synchronous online discussions, tutorials and/or videos;
  • Self-study hours comprising research, reading and assignment work.



Level 5 Study Programme is assessed via Modular Assessment which carries 100% assessment weighting. The modular score achieved at the end of the study programme is calculated by summing up and working an average of the overall grades obtained in each of the study modules.

Modular Assessment

Overall assessment weighting for each module consists of: Assessment of each module consists of two assignments, each carrying a weighting as below:

a) One Formative assignment carries 20% of total module mark achieved. b) One Summative assignment carries 80% of total module mark achieved.

For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve a minimum of 41% pass mark in both the formative and the summative assignment.

The overall grade achieved for each module is calculated as the sum of: · 20% of the mark achieved for formative assignment; and · 80% of the mark achieved for the summative assignment.

  • Formative assessment

Tasks are provided in the form of structured online discussions that support learners in their development throughout all of the modules studied. Such discussions are facilitated and monitored by lecturer who provides students with constructive feedback to help them improve and prepare for summative assignment and dissertation. Formative assessment tasks will contribute to the student’s final mark to acknowledge their work and give chance to improve. This method allows students to also contribute to the building of the community of practice by providing feedback to their peers as critical friends, enhancing the learner’s critical engagement throughout the study period.

  • Summative assessment

Is done via one assignment at the end of each module. The mode of assessment varies and may include in-class assignments, and home-based written assignments using diverse assessment tools which may include case studies, reports, proposals essay titles and presentations, as applicable to the diverse modules.


Course Intake Dates

TBC 2024

Additional Info

Reading for the entire Higher Diploma in Human Resources Management costs €6,000.*  

The cost for the different exit points is as follows:  

  • Certificate in Human Resources Management: €2,000 
  • Diploma in Human Resources Management: €4,000  

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible for a 70% refund of the cost through the ‘Get Qualified’ scheme.** 

Due to the modular structure of the course, you may also opt to take individual modules as stand-alone. The entry requirements still apply.***  

*Prices are applicable to students who reside in Malta at the time of applying. 

Learning Outcomes

For Communication Skills:

The learner will be able to:

  • Illustrate the early theories of management.
  • Promote the strategic tools for external and internal analysis.
  • Promote organisational motivators such as; holding regular meetings with employees, highlight the organisation’s achievements and recognise and value employees’ achievements.
  • Proceed to study the forces shaping today’s organisation such as; buyer power, variety and solutions, the internet, multiple decisions, change and speed.
  • Promote the key factors critical in developing a competency framework.
  • Illustrate the different processes of knowledge management such as; knowledge generation, codification, application and transfer.
  • Discuss the factors involved in developing a learning organisation such as; planning, empowerment, structure adaptability, entrepreneurship and innovation, contribution and knowledge and communication.
  • Define performance objectives and performance indicators.
  • Promote various appraisal methods.
  • Effectively motivate employees through communication skills.
  • Outline the trade unions and house unions’ roles and responsibilities.
  • Explain bi-lingual issues in Collective Agreements, interpretations and their resolution.
  • Describe effective preparation methods for negotiation sessions.
  • Discuss innovative and contemporary ways in acquiring talent.
  • Illustrate challenges for HRM such as; production, job satisfaction, employee turnover and employee absence.

For Learning Skills:

The learner will be able to:

  • Undertake further studies on the relation between business and HR strategy.
  • Undertake further studies on the aims and rational of strategic HRM and the importance of achieving a competitive advantage through HRM.
  • Undertake further studies in the implications of Organisational Citizenship Behaviour for future research.
  • Evaluate own learning on managing organisational development in terms of success indicators, models for organisational development and employee readiness for organisational development.
  • Evaluate own learning on organisational vs individual learning and generative vs adaptive learning.
  • Proceed to study the best practices in effectively introducing PMPs.
  • Proceed to study the steps in managing an appraisal interview.
  • Study the relationship between motivation and performance.
  • Undertake further studies on the uses of the psychological contract.
  • Undertake further studies in ways how to achieve formal approval of proposals.
  • Undertake further studies on contemporary ethical dilemmas.
  • Undertake further studies on the developments and concerns of HR in terms of; technological advances, globalisation, demographics and ethics.
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