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Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management (HDHRM)

The Higher Diploma in Management is a 30 credit program focused on metering the need of present HRM field. The program consists of two semesters. Each semesters consists of four subjects. These subjects are designed to educate and train HR professionals, entrepreneurs, business owners and other participant to meet challenge of competitive, dynamics, and complex business environment. The teaching learning methods of the program includes class room lectures, student presentations, group activities, industrial studies, take home assignments, residential training programmes etc.
Student evaluation will be done base on two main parts, that is continues assessment and end semester final written examinations where each course will gain 50% of the makes for assignment and 50% of the marks for final written test of the course. Written examinations will be held at the end of each semester, while student have to complete continues assessment before the said examination.
The Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management will be awarded to the students those who successfully complete the program according to the By-Laws. Higher Diploma will be awarded at the diploma awarding ceremony of the Institute of Human Resource Advancement, University of Colombo.

Learning Outcomes

The main objective of Higher Diploma in Management program is to provide HRM knowledge, skills and attitudes of among the participants.
Accordingly, the specific objectives of the program are:
• Provide an opportunity to participants to obtain the knowledge in the field of HRM.
• Develop a range of skills associated with HRM functions.
• Give a critical understanding of modern practices in HRM.
• To give an opportunity to organizations to improve HRM skills of their own employees in the university background.
• To give an opportunity to entrepreneurs and business owners to improve HRMl knowledge and skills.

Program Duration: 12 Months

Program Medium: English & Sinhala

Program Schedule: We offer a comprehensive program on weekends, combining online and physical lectures, and theory sessions held from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Target Group

The Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management (HDHRM) program conducted by IHRA at the University of Colombo caters to a diverse target group, including recent graduates seeking to specialize in HR, entry-level HR professionals looking to advance their careers, mid-career professionals aiming to enhance their qualifications, career changers interested in transitioning into HR, managers and supervisors seeking to better manage their teams, entrepreneurs in need of HR expertise for their organizations, government and NGO employees engaged in HR-related roles, and international students seeking a multicultural academic environment for specialized HR education.

This program equips individuals with the vital skills and knowledge required for success in the dynamic field of human resource management, making it an ideal choice for a wide range of career stages and aspirations.

Entry Qualifications

Possesses any one of the following qualifications:
(1) Passed GCE (A/L) Examination with six month work experience

(b) Accredited prior learning program of minimum of 30 credits with six month work experience


(2) Demonstrated competence in the relevant field and potential for future career development;


(3) Good working knowledge of the language of instruction of the Higher/ Executive Diploma program.

Contact Details

Program Coordinator:
Prof. MGG Hemakuamara (Senior Lecturer, IHRA, Uoc)
Contact: +94 11 250 7564
Office Location: HRM Unit, Ground Floor, IHRA, UoC.

Program Assistant:
Ms. Ruvani Sherifa & Ms. Danushika Umayangani
Contact: +94 11 250 7564
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Office Location: HRM Unit, Ground Floor, IHRA, UoC.