International Human Resource Management (CIPD) - MSc

Full Time
September 2016
£7,500 for UK/EU Full Time 2016 entry (view all fees)

Our MSc in International Human Resource Management (HRM) will help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to become successful in a highly competitive global market.

Our accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) will give you enhanced credibility with employers when you graduate. 

Our graduates have secured jobs as HR consultants and recruitment consultants – as well as more diverse roles such as HR generalists and apprentice recruitment co-ordinators. They work for companies such as EEF Llt, Crosby Management Training Ltd and Rainbow Recruitment.

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What's covered in the course?

Our course presents you with the opportunity to become a HRM practitioner by an accelerated route of over one year of full-time study. We will develop your knowledge and skills in HRM, both on a national and international level, and you’ll leave with the confidence and knowledge to succeed in a globally competitive environment.

 You’ll benefit from relevant and up-to-date information on the industry from experienced practitioners who take part in a number of different role plays, and invited guest speakers from private and public sector organisations who  describe their first-hand experience.,.

In order to meet the CIPD requirements for Associate Membership, you will complete a business report, undertaking a six week-long work-based project. The Business School has a placements office which helps to find suitable projects in UK organisations. Please note that there is no automatic level of membership if you exit on completion of the Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma. You will need to complete the full MSc in order to bank the knowledge required for Chartered Membership of CIPD.

Why Choose Us?

  • This course offers a chance for you to communicate with other students from the UK, EU and overseas and gain different perspectives on HRM.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Our graduates move on to successful careers where they apply their knowledge to full effect.
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Entry Requirements

You are required to meet one of the following options:

UK students

An honours degree from a UK University

If appropriate qualifications are not held then related work experience in management or HR could be considered by means of the Accreditation of Prior and Experimental Learning (APEL) procedure.

Other qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis.


Please note that even if your application fully meets the entry criteria, you may be required to further demonstrate your suitability via an interview or submission of a course proposal before being offered a place.

Interviews may be conducted in your country of residence, over the telephone or by Skype.

International students
English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (with no band less than 5.5) or equivalent is required or TOEFL 575

No English certificate is required for applicants from countries that appear on our English exemption list. Please contact the International Office for this list.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2016 FT 1 year £7,500

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

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2016 FT 1 year £12,000

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

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 not 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 one

In term one you will cover four modules – HRM in context; Leading, managing and developing people; Learning and development and the Developing skills module. As well as development these modules provide a generalist view of HR and the contexts in which it operates as well as specific skills to help you manage and develop people. Strategic aspects of HR will be covered in the Leading managing and developing people module.

HRM in context

This module gets you to think about the context that HR operates in and gives you an understanding of the principal internal and external environmental contexts of contemporary organisations.

Leading, managing and developing people

What you will learn in this module will help you as a manager and HR professional by giving you knowledge and skills for effective people management practices.

Learning and development

Learning and development is an important specialist function within HR and in this module you will learn which factors contribute to the success of learning and development activities.

Developing Skills for Business Leadership

This module is very practical and in it you will learn many of the skills that are identified in the CIPD competency list for HR practitioners.  This module includes role plays and practice sessions and you compile a portfolio of evidence that displays the skills you have learnt.

Term two

Term two includes the International Personnel and Development module to develop your specific HR knowledge and techniques in an international context. Other modules include Resourcing and talent management, Managing employment relations and a choice between Reward management or Employment law.

International Personnel and Development

Increasingly organisations operate in a global context and as an HR professional you may need to contribute to people management practices internationally.  This module will introduce you to these important international themes.

Resourcing and talent management

One major function of HR is to make sure that organisations have the right people in the right place at the right time and this module covers the things you need to know to contribute to this important objective.

Managing employment relations

In this module you will learn about contemporary employment relations perspectives and debates, both national and international, from a managerial perspective.

Choose between Employment Law or Reward Management.
Employment Law or Reward Management

In the Employment Law module you will look at the legal principles associated with the employment of people, largely in the UK. Or as an alternative option you may choose to the module Reward Management which looks at how rewards can contribute to achieving corporate objectives, and the factors that affect reward strategies, policies and practices in different organisations.

Term three

The remainder of your time on the course is devoted to doing your business report or an individual dissertation. You will be taught how to carry out the applied research through the research methods module before undertaking your work-based project which requires you to research a ‘live’ HR issue within an organisation. If you don’t obtain a placement, and/or are unable to undertake a business report, you’ll have the chance to complete a dissertation. In this case you will graduate with an alternative title of award (MSc International Human Resourcing), which does not have CIPD accreditation.

Business Report (for CIPD accredited membership) or an individual Dissertation

The stage begins with the Research Methods module. It’s important to know how to conduct effective, engaging research. Your research project will be a chance to explore in greater depth, so this module gives you the right guidance and preparation in ensuring you’re ready for your project. You will then undertake six weeks of a work-based project.

Where a student does not obtain a placement and/or is unable to undertake a Business Report, he/she will have the opportunity to complete a dissertation (with an emphasis on international HRM). In this case the student will graduate with an alternative title of award (MSc International Human Resourcing) which will not have CIPD accreditation.

Course Structure

Our modules have been devised by CIPD for professional membership. It also means our modules provide fresh and innovative information that’ll stand you in good stead when it comes to employment.

Term One and Two

In the first two terms you will cover eight modules.

All of the modules are chosen because they will give you the knowledge and the skills that you need to become a competent HR professional. 

Term 3

The Employment law module looks at the legal principles associated with the employment of people, largely within a UK context. Because the focus is on UK and European legislation we offer the Reward management module as an alternative for those students who want a global perspective on reward. This will look at how reward processes can contribute to achieving corporate objectives and the factors that affect reward strategies, policies, and practices in different organisations.

The Resourcing and talent management module looks at the tools and concepts of human resource planning, recruitment and selection, induction and performance management. The module will cover people resourcing within a UK and international contexts.

Employee Relations is concerned with how conflict and co-operation arises within the employment relationship and how to gain people's commitment to corporate goals in unionised and non-unionised firms. The negotiating and influencing skills needed to resolve employee grievances; handle disciplinary cases and to negotiate with trade unions will be developed through the use of role play involving experienced practitioners.

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Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Accredited 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).

Further Study

The CIPD is the professional body pre-eminent in the HR field in the UK and Graduate membership is increasingly sought by employers when appointing to specialist HR vacancies. Increasingly the CIPD is developing a reputation internationally and the course offers graduates a wide range of careers in HR.

Please note that there is no automatic level of membership if a student exits on completion of the Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma. Students will need to complete the full MSc in order to bank the knowledge required for Chartered Membership of CIPD.

Enhancing employability skills

The course is ideal if you want to further your career in human resource management. Working on live projects and briefs will enhance your experience, and you’ll leave fully equipped for a leading role in HR.

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.

* Department for Business, Innovation and Skills 2014


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 Crosby Management Training Ltd and Rainbow Recruitment.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our international human resource management course is most popular with international students from:

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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

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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