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The MSc HRM pathway offers a suite of core and elective modules that explore and critically assess relevant and contemporary HRM-related theories and research, giving insight into their practical applications.
By the end of the programme you will have a high standard of knowledge and understanding of the current practical, intellectual and policy challenges facing practitioners in the field of human resource management. These include:
- The relationship between HRM and business strategy
- The impact of HRM on company performance
- The challenge of developing HRM strategies in an international context
- The implications of new individual and collective employment rights
- Managing change and introducing new forms of work organisation
- Ensuring that employees are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge.
12 month programme
The 12 month programme begins in September. Students are required to undertake 120 credits of taught elements and a 60 credit dissertation. You will receive training in research methods so as to enable you to carry out the dissertation, undertaken between June and September. The training will also prepare you for doctoral research, should you choose to continue your studies.
24 month programme
A 24 month programme is available where students take a general business qualification to develop their knowledge and expertise in functional and strategic business areas; find out more about the 24 month programme.
During the course of the year you will undertake a research dissertation on an appropriate topic, to be submitted in September. You'll choose your own topic in consultation with academic staff, usually building on a particular area of interest from one of the taught modules. You'll also work with the guidance of a supervisor in carrying out the research and submitting the final dissertation.
Why study this course
The Human Resource Management function is increasingly significant to business strategy and success. Activities such as recruitment, selection, retention, managing labour relations, training and career development are highly important to the financial performance of organisations as competition between companies increases.
The programme caters for graduates wanting to develop a career in human resource management, an area in which there are many opportunities. It is distinctive in being internationally oriented, and devotes attention to issues related to HRM theory, policy and practice.
Students also have the opportunity to attend a personal development course at an outdoor pursuits centre in the UK.
Elective modules (subject to change)
Elective modules (subject to change)
Fees and funding
- UK/EU - £8,010
- Overseas - £16,525
Please check with the School for the latest fees information, learn more about fees and funding
Please note: From 1st July 2015 we will be introducing a £50 non-refundable application fee for this course. This does not apply to applications received before 1st July 2015.
Business School Scholarships may be available, find out more about our scholarships.
International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government; find out more.
At least an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent. For those not qualified for direct entry to the one-year MSc programmes, a preliminary year may be available (see MSc programmes – flexible route).
English language scores of 7.0 IELTS (no less than 6.5 in any band), 95 TOEFL (with no less than 22 in any band), or 67 (in all skills) Pearson Academic Test of English are required.
Please note that TOEFL IBT will only be accepted for applicants who do not require a Tier 4 visa to study with us.
If you are currently studying at a Chinese university, please view our specific entry requirements including our list of acceptable universities for further study at Birmingham.
How to apply
When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages