Online course details
Part-time: 2 years
£6,060 (2022/23) ‡
Online course description
Ergonomics and Human Factors is a dynamic and evolving profession gaining greater attention around the world, as increasing emphasis is being placed on a holistic human-centred approach to product and service design, to optimise usability and user-experience.
Increasingly, Human Factors specialists or Ergonomists are key stakeholders in the design process as they bring an understanding of the human-technology-systems interactions and lead a systems approach to design.
This Postgraduate Diploma in Ergonomics and Human Factors (PG Dip) is the second stage of our Masters in Ergonomics and Human Factors. Delivered over 2 years, it builds on the Postgraduate Certificate in Ergonomics and Human Factors to advance your knowledge and develop specialist understanding of systems approach in the area of Healthcare of Behaviour Change through a choice of optional modules.
The course has been developed by subject matter experts and qualified Ergonomists and Human Factors specialists, in close alignment with the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) curriculum, to prepare you for the demands of the human factors profession today and tomorrow.
The academic team continue to practice in industry as Chartered Practitioners. They are passionate about the Human Factors profession and advocates of the quality and productivity benefits that the approach brings.
Specialist pathway awards
This Postgraduate Diploma in Ergonomics and Human Factors is the second stage of our Masters in Ergonomics and Human Factors. Made up of five core modules and one optional module, you are able to tailor your studies to achieve a named pathway award:
- PG Dip Ergonomics and Human Factors
- PG Dip Ergonomics and Human Factors (Healthcare)
- PG Dip Ergonomics and Human Factors (Behaviour Change)
Accredited by Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF)
This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF).
Whilst studying the Postgraduate Diploma, you will be able to register with the CIEHF as a Student Member* giving you access to their membership events and resources, as well as valuable networking opportunities, which will add real value to your studies as well as to your professional development.
*Please see CIEHF website for membership fees and details.
A stepping-stone to a Masters qualification
This Postgraduate Diploma is the second stage of the Masters (MSc) in Ergonomics and Human Factors course. Upon completing the PG Dip, you may wish to go onto complete the full Masters award by undertaking the Research Project (a triple module) and obtain the MSc award. The Masters in Ergonomics and Human Factors is developed in line with the CIEHF core competencies, and is a qualifying course for graduate membership.
Modules can be studied individually for your CPD
If you decide that a full Masters is not what you’re looking for just yet, we’ve designed our online Ergonomics and Human Factors modules, all at level 7, so that they can be completed as a short standalone course. Delivered over a 10-week term, you’ll study with the full course cohort and achieve a Certificate of Credit on successful completion of the module. So, if you are looking to build your CPD or expand your knowledge of ergonomics and human factors, then a 20 credit module is an ideal alternative.
The Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) in Ergonomics and Human Factors comprises six 20-credit modules totalling 120 credits at level 7. You will complete five core modules and one optional module.
There are 3 optional modules to choose from. The table below explains which optional module determines the named pathway award:
|Optional module||Module code||Named Pathway award|
|Contemporary Issues in Ergonomics and Human Factors
||PG Dip Ergonomics and Human Factors
|Ergonomics and Human Factors (Healthcare)
||PG Dip Ergonomics and Human Factors (Healthcare)
|Ergonomics and Human Factors (Behaviour Change)
||PG Dip Ergonomics and Human Factors (Behaviour Change)
We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
This course introduces key Ergonomics and Human Factors theory and debates, and it is designed to transition you between the theoretical knowledge, research evidence and application in practice. With a mix of group work and independent study, the course entails a wide range of study materials, interactive activities, reading, reflection and assessments.
During your studies, you will be encouraged to consider the knowledge gained throughout the modules in the context of your own workplace and demonstrate your understanding back through the online discussion boards as well as your assessments.
Pace of study
The academic year is made up of three 10-week terms, known as trimesters. We recommend around 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester for the standard study plan.
This course is assessed entirely through coursework. You will undertake formative and summative assessments to demonstrate that you have met the module and programme learning outcomes.
Typically, assessments require you to integrate and critically evaluate the knowledge and skills covered in the modules with your own research and wide reading. Assessments will take the form of academic reports and case studies, online oral presentations and poster presentations through to developing or critiquing research proposals and conducting your own independent study.
Student support and guidance
Whilst we encourage our students to become independent, life-long learners, we also recognise that offering the right support and guidance will help you to achieve your goals. There is a wealth of support available to you at the University, from your dedicated Personal Tutor and Online Learner Advisor, through to our:
All these services, and more, are available to you as an online student at the University of Derby.
You should possess one of the following:
- A UK undergraduate degree or equivalent International qualification
- Equivalent professional qualification in a relevant discipline
We will also consider applications which demonstrate evidence of relevant key practical experience and work-based training.
English language qualifications
If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:
- IELTS 6.5 (minimum of 6.5 in each module)
- TOEFL 550 (paper based) 213 (computer based) or 80 (internet based)
- Cambridge Advanced Certificate: Pass
- London Tests of English: we accept level 5 for postgraduate courses
- International GCE O Level English Language: Grade C
- International GCSE English/English as a Second Language: Grade C
- ASE Proficiency: Pass
If you are unable to take an English Language Test locally, you may wish to consider our Derby English Language Test (DELT), which is an online test in two parts: reading and writing, and listening and speaking. Take a look at our Derby English Language test (DELT) page for full course details, online exam dates and how to book.
‡2022/23 Fees for new entrants
Starting between September 2022 and August 2023.
| ||Per 20 credits||Modules||Cost|
||6 (six 20-credit modules)
About your fees
This figure would be the total cost of this course in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.
However, please also note that you can receive a 5% discount if you either:
- Pay your full course fees upfront, or
- When enrolling in September, pay for all of your modules to be studied in that academic year upfront
Flexible payment plans available
Choose from three payment plan options:
Pay monthly and only for the modules you are studying
Pay your full course fees upfront, receive 5% discount and avoid annual increases
Pay for all modules studied in the year and receive a 5% discount (September enrolment only)
How to apply
Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.
Students should apply directly to the University.
For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.
All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.
Documents to support your application
In order for your application to be assessed, you will need to provide the following documents when you apply:
- Photo ID – this could be your passport or driving licence
- Current CV
- Written reference supplied on headed paper from either a manager, supervisor, tutor or teacher
- Copies of certificates and transcripts or a letter of testimony for previous qualifications*
*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:
- Confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document
- The date of the translation
- The full name and signature of the translator, or an authorised official of the company
- The translator’s contact details
A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.
Please note: failure to submit any documentation when requested, may result in your application being withdrawn.
The Ergonomics and Human Factors Postgraduate Diploma is designed to support your career development within the profession; however you may wish to progress onto the final stage of the Masters award before considering further qualifications such as a PhD.
The Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors is an excellent resource for employment opportunities and for information about gaining experience in ergonomics. You will be able to access their resources, events and membership community through your student membership for the duration of your studies and build your portfolio as you work towards becoming a Registered Member of the CIEHF.
The Postgraduate qualification will be of value to Ergonomists/ Human Factors professionals seeking postgraduate level CPD. It will also benefit those working in allied professions to broaden your skills and enhance your service offering, to build on your professional development or to create new career openings.
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