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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)
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.

The course also offers you the option to earn a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development accreditation (CIPD).

Why study at Birmingham?

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  • 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. 

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 2022.

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

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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.

Postgraduate Taught Scholarships in Birmingham Business School

We have a number of scholarships available for students joining us in September 2022 on our 12-month MSc programmes. Full details regarding eligibility and application can be found on our Business School scholarships page .

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government;  find out more about finance for international students.

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 2022 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 2022 made after this date. The deadline for Home students is 31 August 2022.

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 than 6.5 in any band is equivalent to:

  • TOEFL: 95 overall with no less than 22 in any band
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): 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.

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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. 

Top jobs in this area

  • Human resource manager/officer
  • Trade union official
  • Occupational psychologist
  • Public policy
  • Management consultant
  • Arbitrator
  • Training and development officer
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion officer
  • Public services/Civil Service
  • Recruitment consultant

Careers in Business

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We’ll help you in all aspects of your career management, from planning your job-seeking strategies, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your essential employability skills. At the start of your programme you will receive an email from our team, giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. Please get in touch to find out how our Careers in Business team can support you.

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Learn more about the service that our Careers in Business team can provide.

Career development advice

Our consultants offer an individual advice service, which includes:

  • Career review and objective setting
  • Job-seeking strategies
  • CV review
  • Application advice
  • Interview and selection advice
  • Working in the UK
  • International work enquiries

Skills coaching

Employers aren’t just looking for great qualifications. They want to see high-quality personal skills too, such as team working, leadership, presentation and interpersonal skills. Our Skills Development Consultants offer individual appointments to help you shape and hone these qualities.

Keeping you up to date

Our Employer Liaison Team regularly undertakes initiatives to attract employment/ project opportunities into the Business School. You can find information about vacancies and other openings on Careers in Business Online and on Business School noticeboards, as well as through the Careers Network vacancy database .

Careers events and workshops

This is your chance to find out about employment opportunities, develop your skills and network with industry professionals. Our range of career management, personal development and employer events are a great opportunity to discover what’s open to you upon graduation – just sign up to the events to take part.

Using Careers Network

Postgraduate students in the Business School are very welcome to use the services provided by our central career service, Careers Network, such as online vacancy listings, employer presentations and fairs and accessing online careers information. You should use the Careers in Business team for individual appointments, CV checking, mock interviews and other job search-related activities.

 

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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