CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management

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The CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management is the most comprehensive and advanced HR qualification offered by CIPD. It's replaced their flagship CIPD Professional Development Scheme and is equivalent to a Master's degree.

This fully online course, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), is perfect if you're in an HR management role and want to formalise and build on your experience and knowledge, or if you're responsible for HR activities and planning and need the specialist skills to excel in your role.

A Level 7 CIPD qualification is also ideal if you aspire to become a Chartered Member of CIPD, as it'll set you on the pathway to Chartered Member (MCIPD) or Chartered Fellow (FCIPD) status.

This Advanced CIPD qualification is the most widely-respected and sought-after HR qualification, and will demonstrate to employers that you hold yourself to the highest standards and are committed to your professional development.

You'll study resource and talent management, employment law, and reward management in depth, and learn how to manage employment relations and investigate business issues from an HR perspective.

You'll gain a deep understanding of the environment and contexts within which HR practitioners, management and workers interact, and become familiar with current research on approaches to human resource management and development.

  • 92% of ICS Learn graduates end up working in HR.

Who is it for

The Advanced Diploma in HR Management is ideal if you:

Have the responsibility for HR decision-making within your organisation at an operational, tactical or strategic level

Are an HR professional in a team or in an HR functional management role, and are seeking to enhance and develop your career

Are responsible for HR activities within an organisation that doesn't have a specialist HR function

Are an independent or employed consultant who supports organisations in meeting their goals


To achieve the Level 7 Advanced Diploma in HR Management, you need a total of 120 credits - each module is worth 15 credits.

When you enrol with us you enrol on the full Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management, but you'll complete the programme two modules at a time.

Core Modules

You'll study two at a time in any order you wish to start.

Human Resource Management in Context

Leading, Managing and Developing People

Developing Skills for Business Leadership

Investigating a Business Issue from an HR Perspective

Elective Modules

You'll then choose four of the following elective modules:

Resourcing and Talent Management

Managing Employment Relations

Learning and Talent Development

Learning and Management Development

Organisational Design and Organisational Development

Reward Management

Employment Law

We'll be happy to help you choose the modules that will be most useful to you.


This is an Advanced Level 7 course, so you should have a good level of HR experience and be prepared to undertake postgraduate-level study. A prior degree-based educational background would also be beneficial.

If English is your second language, you'll need an IELTS 6.5 or ESOL Level 2 (or equivalent). If you don't have this, we'll review your case on an individual basis.

Career Path

Once you've completed the Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management, you'll be equipped with the knowledge and skills required for a variety of senior HR roles.

Jobs you could hold after completing the highest level of CIPD study include:

Head of HR

HR Director

Senior HR Manager

HR Consultant

Recruitment Manager

People Development Manager

Level 7 CIPD courses are the most widely sought-after HR qualifications, and the Diploma is the most comprehensive course, so you'll be all set for a lucrative and rewarding career.

You'll automatically become an Associate Member of the CIPD, and you'll be on the path to becoming a Chartered Member or Fellow once you've acquired the necessary professional experience.