The Post- Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (DHRM) is a two semester part-time programme structured to meet human resource management needs in Zimbabwe, the region and beyond. It intends to equip students with both academic and practical skills that enable them to enter the Human Resource Management (HRM) field through research and academic studies.

The programme targets individuals without a first degree in HRM but who wish to pursue a Masters’ Programme in HRM. It therefore serves as a bridging qualification for such individuals. Candidates who already have an HRM undergraduate degree are exempted from this diploma.


The general aims of the programme are to provide the student with:

2.1. An understanding of contemporary theoretical foundations and analytical issues in the employment relationship.

2.2. An understanding of the strategic role of human resource management through the vertical and horizontal integration of HR activities.

2.3. The ability to conduct research informed by clearly articulated HRM theories or general management theories that promote effective human resource management.


HRM graduates have career opportunities in a wide array of disciplines which include the following; 1060

-Human Resource Management (Private and Public Sector) Management

-Labour Movement

-Research and Consultancy

-Teaching and lecturing

-Non -Governmental Organisations etc.


4.1 Normal Entry

For normal entry a candidate should have satisfied the university’s general academic regulations and have a pass in English language and at least an “E” grade in Mathematics at “O” level and have a good first degree.


Formal examinations will normally be held at the end of each semester.

5.1 Continuous assessment shall account for 40% of the overall assessment while the final examination will account for 60% of the overall assessment.

5.2. The aggregate pass mark shall be 50%.

5.3. Marking Scheme and Diploma Classification

Refer to section 21.2 of the General Academic Regulations for Post-Graduate Diplomas


Students shall earn 46 credits to be allowed to graduate. 1061


Level 1 Semester 1

Code Description Credits
DHRM 601 Work Place Relations 4
DHRM602 Accounting for Business 4
DHRM603 Strategic People Management 4
DHRM604 Training and Development 4
DHRM 605 Introduction to Economics 4
DHRM606 Research Methods 4

Level 1 Semester 2

Code Description Credits
DHRM607 Organisational Dynamics 4
DHRM 608 Research Project 6
DHRM609 Sociology of Organisations 4
DHRM 610 Human Resource Management Consultancy 4
DHRM 611 Industrial Psychology 4


DHRM 601 Workplace Relations

The module considers an overview of the workplace relations in Zimbabwe and other countries. As a comparative study the module enables the student to appreciate the origins of workplace I.R and how it shapes the current workplace relations. The module will also analyse all the parties in the employment relations, strikes, collective bargaining and the legal framework governing the employment relations.

DHRM 602 Accounting for Business

The module is designed to give students an understanding of the basic principles of accounting and their application to sole traders, partnerships, companies and non profit making organisations and introduction to the analysis and interpretation of financial records and statements.

DHRM 603 Strategic People Management

This modules aims to cover the very basic concepts in human resource management. It enables students to understand what policies and strategies are and how they usually develop. These strategies and policies will include reward management, health and safety, training etc. and how all these are linked to the attainment of organisational objectives.

DHRM 604 Training and Development

This module is aimed at making students appreciate the importance of investing in people/workforce. The module will also focus on the strategic development of the workforce and the learning organisation. In addition the importance of training and approaches to training (training techniques) will be explored.

DHRM 605 Introduction to Economics

This module intends to enable students to understand and appreciate the importance of making decisions to create a product, decisions to create demand and supply and also decisions to create capacity.

DHRM 606 Research Methods

The module is intended to enable students to understand the techniques widely used in gathering, interpretation, analysis and presentation of data in social research

DHRM 607 Organisational Dynamics

The module examines the individual and groups in organisations. It also covers motivation, learning theories, personality, stress, organisational effectiveness, decision making and organisational classification.

DHRM 608 Research Project

The project involves research in the area of the students’ interest. The student is expected to do practical fieldwork over a period of 3 months. The project is expected to be between 25-35 pages.

DHRM 609 Sociology of Organisations

The module examines, industrial conflict, discipline and power in organisations, corporate cultures, organisational structures and how they impact on employee performance

DHRM 610 Human Resource Management Consultancy

The module explores trends and principles of ethical and profitable Consultancy in Human Management. The module will cover consultancy under the 3 main themes in HRM which are labour, training and general Human Resource Management. Approaches to consultancy and practical ways of consultancy will be highlighted.

DHRM 611 Industrial Psychology

The module enables students to understand how workers behave and try to cope with stressful situations. It also enables students to understand and appreciate the psychological variables affecting workers.