MSc Human Resource Management

Start date
September 2023
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught
Annual fees 2023-2024

AED 130,270 full-time 
Scholarships available for all students.

Our MSc Human Resource Management course places responsible business, decent work and good people management at the forefront of teaching and research.

This programme is closed to non-UAE domiciled applicants from midnight on 1 September 2023.

The programme is subject to UAE Ministry of Education accreditation. 

Championing responsible employment and ethical people management

Globalization means that effective and fair management of people is more vital than ever. Graduates will be engaged with critical thinking to, ideally, become more ethically aware and morally responsible managers, employees and citizens, equipped to promote good people management ideas and practices in workplaces and wider society.

Human Resource Management graduates are in high demand from a wide range of top employers for their specialist skills. Our ever-growing relationship with key employers in the sector will provide you with the opportunity to meet and network with leading national and global organisations.

You will begin your studies with a HRM module that provides a foundation of the four core pillars of HRM function: resourcing organisations, developing organisations, reward at work and employment relations. You can then explore a variety of other topics through innovative modules such as The Future of Work. Modules cover theory and practice with guest speakers and practical exercises, as well as research-led academic insights and perspectives.

Why study at the University of Birmingham, Dubai?

  • The MSc HRM programme is distinctive in providing critical understanding of people management and the employment relationship in a ‘big picture’ national and global comparative context.
  • Birmingham Business School is home to one of the strongest research-led teaching groups of HRM, employment relations and organisation studies academics in the UK. It is also home to the Work Inclusivity Research Centre (WIRC).
  • Birmingham Business School is part of an elite group of global business schools and holds the Triple-Crown accreditation from leading bodies AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.  

Accredited by the CIPD

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Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body for HR practitioners, the MSc HRM programme at University of Birmingham provides students with the opportunity to initially become CIPD student members, granting access to CIPD resources in addition to existing academic resources through the University.

Upon successful completion of the MSc HRM, students who have already signed up for CIPD student membership are upgraded to Associate Member (Assoc CIPD), a professional qualification which can be used after their name. This is equivalent to the CIPD Level 7 standard. This only applies to students who exit with the full award. Students with HR work experience at the required level at this point can apply for the higher-level Chartered member (Chartered MCIPD) membership.


Semester 1

The following modules must be taken:

  • Human Resource Development (20 credits)
  • Human Resource Management and Ethics at Work (20 credits)
  • International Human Resource Management (20 credits)

Semester 2

The following modules must be taken:

  • Leadership Development (20 credits)
  • Managing Work and Organisation (20 credits)
  • The Future of Work (20 credits)

During the year you will also undertake a Dissertation incorporating Research Methods (60 credits)

The modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.


Annual fees 2023-2024
AET 130,270 full-time.

How To Apply

Our Standard Requirements

In order to be considered, applicants will have or should be expecting to achieve an Honours degree (2:1 or higher) or postgraduate diploma from a UK university (or overseas equivalent) in any subject.

Applicants who demonstrate being able to exceed the minimum entry requirements will be given preference.

International Requirements

International Students

English language scores of 7.0 IELTS (no less than 6.5 in any band)

  • IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band
  • TOEFL: 95 overall with no less than 22 in any band
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) including online: PTE Academic 76 with no less than 67 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced or Proficiency – minimum overall score of 185, with no less than 176 in any component

The University of Birmingham Dubai offers access to a brand-new, state-of-the-art campus where you will be part of a supportive community who you will get to know personally. 

You will have the same teaching as offered on our Edgbaston campus, meaning you will receive an education from a top 100, globally respected research-intensive Russell Group university. The flexible programme will allow you to tailor your studies to suit your personal circumstances such as intensive weekend studies and evening classes so you can study while you work. You will also benefit from small class sizes and personalised one-to-one sessions with your tutor.

The MSc Human Resource Management programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, class discussions, group work, case-study analysis and presentations. Assessments will take the form of individual essays, group assessments, end of term examinations and a dissertation.

Graduates will leave the University of Birmingham, Dubai, perfectly placed to take up key HRM and employment relations positions. 

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