Available for September start

Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 2 years

UK fee

£6,300 (2024/25)

International fee

£6,300 (2024/25)

Course level



PG Dip

Start date




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:

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.

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What you will study

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 moduleModule codeNamed Pathway award
Contemporary Issues in Ergonomics and Human Factors 7PS564 PG Dip Ergonomics and Human Factors
Ergonomics and Human Factors (Healthcare) 7PS566 PG Dip Ergonomics and Human Factors (Healthcare)
Ergonomics and Human Factors (Behaviour Change) 7PS565 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.

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How you will learn

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.

There will be 1/2 virtual classrooms over the 10 week trimester and if you are unable to attend you will be able to download the session to view in your own time.

Assessment method

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.

Who will teach you

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Dr Victoria Filingeri
Programme leader

Academic Lead in Ergonomics, Dr Victoria Filingeri, completed her BSc in Psychology with Ergonomics, MSc in Health Psychology, PhD and postdoctoral research at Loughborough University, looking into crowd behaviour, rail safety (funded by the Rail Safety and Standards Board), teenagers trespassing (funded by Network Rail), and the ageing population.

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Get a taste of the course content

Our Ergonomics and Human Factors Postgraduate Diploma course taster will give you an idea of how online learning works. It includes a selection of content from a course module so you can see what some of our learning material looks like.

You will need to complete a short form to access the course taster.

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Entry requirements

You should possess one of the following:

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:

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Fees and funding

2024/25 for new entrants

Starting between September 2024 and August 2025.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £1,050 6 (six 20-credit modules)  £6,300

About your fees

This figure would be the total cost of this course based on the fee 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.

If you are required to undertake any associate study or additional study as a condition of your offer for the programme, please be aware that the cost for this will be in addition to the programme cost stated above.

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from two payment plan options:

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

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Documents to support your application

In order for your application to be assessed, you will need to provide the following documents when you apply:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

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.

Application deadlines

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.


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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