Human Resource Development

The HRD programme is a member of the Program Excellence Network (PEN) of the International Academy of Human Resource Development. This Network "is committed to strengthening HRD academic programs and promoting excellence in teaching HRD. It provides a forum for its members to explore, learn, and work together to shape the future direction of HRD education. This includes professional development as well as fostering the scholarship of teaching”.

Why this degree?

Our Bachelor of Human Resource Development (BHRD) degree with specialisation in Human Resource Development focuses on improving the expertise and skills levels of human resource development (HRD) practitioners in the private and public sectors.
Our degree is currently the only undergraduate degree of its kind in South Africa. This is a specialised professional degree in and is designed for those already employed as trainers, and evidence of current training experience (not human resource management or teaching experience) must be provided for admission.


Core subjects

Our subjects are presented by highly skilled academic and industry experts and are aimed at providing students with optimal exposure to relevant, applicable subject content:  

  • Introduction to human resource development 
  • Learning, motivation and performance
  • Human resource development in the South African context
  • Adult learning
  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Needs analysis and design
  • Delivering learning interventions
  • Introductory research methodology
  • Assessment in an occupational context 
  • Moderation in an occupational context 
  • Research in human resource development
  • Skills development in an occupational context
  • Designing learning programmes
  • Organisational learning and development
  • Contemporary issues in human resource development
  • Managing human resource development
  • Evaluating training effectiveness
  • Quality management in training and development 

Why us?

We make use of lecturers who have not only obtained this degree at postgraduate level themselves, but who are also expert practitioners (with several years’ experience) in training and development. 

During contact sessions, students will have the opportunity to network and discuss problems they experience in the field of training with colleagues who are also trainers from various workplaces. We have international students enrolled for this degree too. The medium of instruction (English) makes this degree accessible to all those who meet the admission requirements. 

Admission requirements

  • APS of 20
  • Minimum of three years’ working experience as a trainer

To be admitted to this programme, the following requirements apply:

  • National Senior Certificate (Matric) with university exemption.
  • At least three years’ working experience as a trainer in the field of HRD.
  • Internet access, as assignments need to be submitted electronically.     


Our degree is convenient, as it is offered on a limited contact basis (three weeks in a year).

This will afford you the opportunity to study while you work and apply theory in the workplace immediately. All assignments are submitted through our intranet and you may write your examinations at an examination centre closest to you.

Please note that this degree is available on the Potchefstroom Campus only.


[Qualification 5FQH01]


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How to apply

Applications can only be done online on the NWU undergraduate applications portal. 

Applications close on 30 September