Human Resource Management (CIPD) - MA

Part Time
September 2016
£3,600 for UK/EU Part Time 2016 entry (view all fees)

If you have the Level 7 CIPD Diploma, our Human Resource Management (HRM) MA course is a great chance for you take your qualification to the next level.

You will study at our new £63 million development, The Curzon Building, which boasts a richly stocked library filled with physical and electronic resources, a new Students’ Union and student support facilities.

Our graduates have secured jobs as HR managers and HR advisors – as well as more diverse roles such as learning and development managers, area managers and recruitment and training co-ordinators.
They work for companies such as West Midlands Police, Birmingham City Council, NHS Mental Health Foundation Trust, Northgate and TNT.

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Why Choose Us?

  • The University is an active research centre, and the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014 report found we have doubled the amount of staff producing internationally recognised research.
  • With our accreditations, excellent industry links and practice-based approach, Birmingham City Business School is one of the UK’s most respected schools.
  • You get the chance to study alongside people from other countries, helping you gain knowledge of the cultural implications of business practice.
  • Our graduates move on to successful careers where they apply their knowledge to full effect.
  • Our engaged, informative study sessions ensure you learn a range of vital skills needed for managerial positions.
  • We keep our courses fresh, relevant and cutting-edge, keeping up to date with the latest trends and technologies.
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Entry Requirements

UK students

The programme is postgraduate and applicants should be able to meet the University’s requirements for postgraduate study.

For entry to the Masters stage, normally a degree or equivalent is required – along with 120 credits gained with the CIPD Advanced Diploma or equivalent.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MA Sep 2016 PT 1 year £3,600

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs

While there are no additional costs associated with purchasing text books, there may be other costs to you. If you are joining the course which has a professional body accreditation you may be required to pay membership or examination costs. For details of these costs, please click on the link below.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

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This course is available part-time

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Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?

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Term 1

30 credits

First you are asked to produce a proposal which outlines your ideas for your research, the background and context for your research, what methods you intend to use and a brief overview of the relevant literature. You will receive guidance and feedback from your supervisor before starting your research.

Term 2

30 credits

After conducting your research you will write up your dissertation, again, with regular reviews and feedback available from your academic supervisor.

Term 3

Reflective Essay
30 credits

An important part of postgraduate study is to be able to critically reflect on your work and in this essay you will be asked to demonstrate this.

Course breakdown

The MA in Human Resource Management runs on a part time basis, with classes taking place on Wednesdays, which allows you to ‘top up’ the Postgraduate Diploma HRM to achieve a Master’s qualification.

Successful completion requires you to conduct a piece of research on an HR issue and submit a proposal, dissertation and reflective essay. Students are allocated academic supervisors who support them through this process. We welcome applications from anyone who already holds the CIPD Advanced Diploma. Most students on this programme are HR professionals who conduct research in their own organisation in a subject area that is important in their context. One to one support is given through meetings with the academic supervisor however largely the research is self-directed allowing you to be flexible in how you achieve your goals. Your mark will be based on three pieces of work.

Please note - The MA in HRM is a separate course to the Postgraduate Diploma in HRM, and you can only join it if you already have the Level 7 CIPD Diploma. Thus, you can progress onto this course from our PG Diploma, or join the course from other institutions if and only you possess the Level 7 Diploma.

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Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.  This allows successful students of the BA (Hons) Business and HRM degree to upgrade their Student Membership to that of Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (Assoc CIPD).

Student stories Craig Hardaker

Craig, who is originally from South Africa, is currently studying part-time at Birmingham City University for an MA in Human Resource Management. He came to the University after studying for his undergraduate degree at the University of Derby.

For Craig, the flexibility afforded him by the offer of part-time study influenced his decision to choose Birmingham City University. He wanted to improve his career prospects while continuing to work in his current role as a HR Assistant. The part-time basis of his course not only allowed him to do this but also to secure corporate sponsorship from his employer.

Craig has been impressed by the “open door policy” offered by all the staff he has come into contact with, which has enabled him to get advice on particular subjects and feedback on his assignments.

Enhancing employability skills

Our graduates have secured jobs as HR managers and advisors, as well as more diverse roles such as learning and development managers, area managers and recruitment co-ordinators. They work for established companies such as NHS Mental Health Foundation Trust, Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Police and TNT.

Postgraduates earn an average £9,000 more per year than those with just undergraduate degrees*. A postgraduate qualification can really help you stand out from the crowd in today’s competitive job market. By becoming a specialist in your field, you will have the chance to advance thinking in that subject and lead, rather than follow, the latest developments.

* The Sutton Trust, 2015


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Graduate jobs

Our graduates are highly sought after by employers upon graduating, and the course could also mean you can stay with your current organisation and move up the career ladder. Our successful students have gone on to work for companies such as West Midlands Police, Birmingham City Council, NHS Mental Health Foundation Trust and TNT, working as HR managers, learning and development managers and training co-ordinators.


As a part-time course to enable HR practitioners to become professionally qualified then most of the students on the programme are already in HR roles. However, gaining Associate membership of CIPD at level 7 is a prerequisite qualification for upgrading to Chartered member and ultimately to Chartered Fellow CIPD. The programme enables students to do this and progress their careers in HR.

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Curzon facilities staircase
Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.

The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

Meet our staff

Our staff are experts in their chosen fields. You’ll be taught by people with professional qualifications, as well as relevant academic and industry experience.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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