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MSc Human Resource Management

Start date
September
Duration
1 year full-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught
Fees
For 2022/23:
£15,210 (Home)
£26,640 (International)
Attractive scholarships and funding opportunities are available

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

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 and Managing Equality and Diversity. Modules cover theory and practice with guest speakers and practical exercises, as well as research-led academic insights and perspectives.

Why study at Birmingham?

Students walking through campus on a sunny day
  • 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. 
  • Birmingham has been recognised as the number one university for graduates by leading employers in 2020-21.
  • You can develop your understanding of business in a practical way, by working on real-time projects with top global companies through our Future Leaders Certificate. 

Accredited by the CIPD

CIPD approved CentreAccredited 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.

Discover our unique scholarship offers

Students walking on University campusAt Birmingham Business School we offer a wide variety of scholarships for our new MSc students in 2023.

These awards are available to both UK and international applicants and range in value from partial to full tuition fee support, as well as awards of up to £10,000 for our alumni.

Find out more about our scholarship offers

Modules

Semester 1

The following modules must be taken:

Semester 2

The following modules must be taken:

You must also choose one module from the following options:

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


The optional 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.

Fees

For programme fees and information on further costs please visit our Fees and Financing page.

Find out more about fees and funding.

Postgraduate Taught Scholarships in Birmingham Business School

We have a number of scholarships available for students joining us in September 2023 on our 12-month MSc programmes. Full details regarding eligibility and application can be found on our Business School scholarships page.

Other sources of funding may be available. Explore our Scholarship and funding database.

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

UK and EU students (with settled or pre-settled status) looking to pursue a Masters programme in the UK can apply for a non-means-tested loan from the British government via the Student Loans Company (SLC).

Detailed criteria and information regarding the application can be found on our  postgraduate funding page

  • Questions about funding? Use our Student Help knowledge base to find the answer.

How To Apply

1 July 2023 is the application deadline for international students applying through the student route who wish to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2023 made after this date. The deadline for Home students is 31 August 2023.

Our staged admissions process

A staged admissions process is in place for this programme. This means that when you apply, your application will be considered with all others that have been submitted before the deadline. Therefore you might not hear from us with a decision on your application until a few weeks after the deadline has been reached. This enables us to ensure that all applications are considered fairly and equally. When you apply please ensure that you submit all of your supporting documents including an English language proficiency certificate (if English is not your first language) if you have one.

Further information and application deadlines

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

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Our Standard Requirements

Applicants will have an Honours degree (2:1 or higher) in any subject or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent.

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 that 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

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.

English Presessional Programmes 

If you’re looking to improve your knowledge of spoken and written English in preparation for studying at Birmingham, our pre-sessional English courses are for you. If you have a conditional offer, you can take one of these courses as an alternative to retaking IELTS or other similar qualifications. Find out more 

A high-class learning environment

Students outside the Alan Walters BuildingAs a postgraduate student, you will have access to our award-winning £10 million postgraduate teaching space, the Alan Walters Building. This will provide you with access to facilities of the highest quality, including a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, dedicated computer clusters and seminar rooms as well as communal areas for studying and group work, which look out over the University's ambitious Green Heart development, which was completed in 2019.

The programme is suitable for those with an Honours degree in any subject intending to start a career in HR/Employment Relations and also HR professionals who wish to further expand their knowledge.

The modules in this programme cover theory and practice with guest speakers, practical exercises and simulations as well as research-led academic insights and perspectives. The links with practice both in teaching as well as in assessment will enhance students’ employability and transferable skills. 

As well as providing you with the skills and knowledge to become effective HR practitioners, we will help you to become more ethically aware and responsible organisational citizens, equipped to develop and promote good people management ideas and practices (including, fairness at work; equality, diversity and inclusion; employee voice and influence at work). You will have the opportunity to investigate these issues during the HRM and Ethics at Work, and Managing Equality and Diversity modules, for example.  

The programme also promotes an international comparative focus on HRM and the employment relationship, enabling you to have a better multi-level ‘big picture’ understanding of the world of work. You will develop greater comparative understanding during the International Perspectives on Employment Relations and International HRM modules, for instance. 

We also offer the option for students to be awarded with a CIPD accreditation, subject to students being successful on taught modules and completing the policies and practices chapter in their dissertation. 

Graduates will leave Birmingham perfectly placed to take up key HRM and employment relations positions. Employers have included: TotalEnergies, BP, Tiktok, Ramboll, Novartis, Randstad, Siemens, Deloitte, Honeywell, Shakespeare Martineau LLP and County & Local Councils

Top jobs in this area

  • HR Executive
  • Talent Acquisition Specialist
  • HR Business Partner
  • Recruitment Partner
  • P&O Business Partner
  • Associate Recruiter
  • Change Management Partner
  • HR Manager
  • Human Capital Senior Consultant
  • Senior HR Generalist
  • HR Learning Consultant

We pride ourselves on our graduates’ high levels of employability. We will help you to plan, manage and achieve your career goals, giving you the competitive edge when it is time to start job hunting. The University of Birmingham has ranked in the top 5 Universities Targeted by the Largest Number of Top Employers in the UK for the past 5 years, according to the Highfliers.co.uk Graduate Market reports (2017-2022).

Many employers visit the Business School to run seminars for our students. In fact, companies such as IBM, HSBC, and Deloitte are just a few of the organisations who see these sessions as an opportunity to look for suitable candidates for internship programmes and graduate training schemes.

BBS Careers and Careers Network

As a Birmingham Business School student, you will benefit from two award-winning Careers teams.  

Careers Network is the University of Birmingham careers and employability team offering: career fairs, employer events with top firms across the UK, start-up and entrepreneurial activities, and support. Internships and bursaries are also available exclusively to University of Birmingham students.   

BBS Careers is a dedicated service for Birmingham Business School students. The team provides guidance, support, and work experience opportunities, tailored to business school students, to help you succeed during and after university. We offer workshops, alumni and employer events, and 1-to-1 consultations. These will help you to develop your skills and learn how to submit high-quality internship and graduate applications.  

BBS Careers is one of a few, if not the only business school career service to offer life-long support.  

We are here to support you! Whether you are applying for postgraduate end-of-study internship, a graduate job, or applying for a management role five years after graduation.  

Visit the BBS website for more details

Future Leaders Certificate

The postgraduate Future Leaders Certificate, run by the Birmingham Business School Careers team, is an extra-curricular programme which is designed to prepare our MSc students for the potential impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). This is intended to equip students with the skills they need to stand out and succeed within this increasingly competitive market. As part of this, students will be encouraged to increase their awareness of responsible business and ethical considerations.

Students selected for the Future Leaders Certificate will receive expert coaching, mentoring and industry insight, and work on a group project set by multi-national companies which place high importance on their social and corporate responsibility. 

 

 

Future Leaders Certificate

The postgraduate Future Leaders Certificate, run by the Business School’s Careers in Business team, is an extra-curricular programme which is designed to prepare our MSc students for the potential impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). This is intended to equip students with the skills they need to stand out and succeed within this increasingly competitive market. As part of this, students will be encouraged to increase their awareness of responsible business and ethical considerations.

The Certificate culminates in our Gold Award, where students will receive expert coaching, mentoring and industry insight, and work on a group project set by multi-national companies which place high importance on their social and corporate responsibility. 

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