International Human Resource Management / Development - MA / PgDip *

Attendance:
Full Time, Part Time
Starting:
September 2017
Campus:
Fees:
£7,900 per year for UK/EU Full Time 2017 entry (view all fees)

Our International Human Resource Management / International Human Resource Development programme is ideal for people who want to qualify professionally with the CIPD (approval pending). 

For full-time students the Masters programme is ideal as it allows you to complete the requirements of the Institute for the award of the Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management or Human Resource Development.

If you complete the part-time mode you will also complete the requirements of the Institute for the award of the Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management or Human Resource Development after 2 years of part time study.

Successful completion of the core and the option modules will enable you to become Associate Members of the CIPD with eligibility for upgrading to Chartered Membership.

We have an experienced teaching team who combine real work experience of human resource management with the academic qualifications, bringing a strategic and conceptual view to the topics covered.   Sessions are interactive and we invite guest speakers, encourage students to work together on case studies, arrange visits and incorporate role-playing activities to develop practical HR skills.

What's covered in the course?

For full-time students, the course runs over one full year.  For part-time students it will run on one afternoon and evening over two years for the PG Diploma HRM / HRD stage, with an additional third year (part-time) for the MA IHRM.  For some sessions, full-time and part-time students will be taught together, allowing UK-based and international students the chance to share experiences and bring a global perspective to HR issues. 

One of the CIPD core modules requires you to apply the knowledge and skills gained on the course to conduct a piece of research on a ‘live’ HR issues and this further enhances individual skills and enhances employability.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our course will be fully approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and is equivalent to the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma which allows you gain associate level membership and eligibility to upgrade to Chartered Membership status on meeting the CIPD requirements.
  • The programme allows you to study either on a full-time or part-time basis, so that you can combine work with achieving your qualification
  • The course covers the core CIPD modules but allows you also to select modules in specialist areas so you will either focus on HRM or HRD.  It also allows you to apply to the CIPD for upgrading to Chartered Member in either discipline.
  • Interactive teaching sessions with guest speakers and professional skills development sessions.
  • The Master’s stage of the course allows you to consider HRM and HRD from an international perspective.
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Subject to approval

The content of this course has been refreshed and updated to make sure you graduate with the skills employers need in an ever-changing job market.

Our quality control experts are currently reviewing the content and we anticipate receiving formal approval shortly.

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Entry Requirements

You are required to meet one of the following options:

UK students
Essential

A 2:2 Honours degree from a UK University or International equivalent

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
MA Sep 2017 FT 1 year £7,900 per year
PgDip Sep 2017 PT 2 Years £2,450 per year

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
MA Sep 2017 FT 1 year £12,000 per year
PgDip Sep 2017 PT 2 Years See below

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

You will need to apply online direct to the university for this course. A link to the form will be available soon as well as details of the course fee. We'd like to send you an email once the link is available to save you checking back - just sign up for an update.

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.

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.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

Fees for part time students

If you study this course part-time, you will be charged on a pro-rata basis.

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.

CIPD

On this course, students will be required to become a CIPD Student Member. This comes at a cost of £90 per annum*.

*These costs are subject to change

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This course is available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

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?

Postgraduate loans

Stage One

Stage One is the same for both Part Time and Full Time students.

 
Leading, Managing and Developing People
20 credits
 
Developing Skills for Business Leadership
20 credits
Optional Modules
20 credits

The following modules are all worth 20 credits each. You will have to select one to study in Stage One:

  • Resourcing and Talent Management 
  • Learning and Talent Management 

Stage Two - Full Time

The following modules will be available to Full Time students.

Human Resource Management in Context
20 credits
Employment Law with Relations
20 credits
Leadership, Management and Organisational Development
20 credits

Stage Two - Part Time

The following modules will be available to Part Time students.

Part time students may choose to exit at this point and be awarded a PG Diploma in HRM or HRD. For part-time students only this will meet the requirements for the CIPD Advanced Diploma and allow them to apply for Chartered Membership of the CIPD.

 
Human Resource Management in Context
20 credits
 
Investigating a Business Issue from a HR Perspective
20 credits
Optional Modules
20 credits

Part Time students will choose one of the following two modules to study:

  • Employment Law with Relations
  • Leadership, Management and Organisational Development

Stage Three

Full Time students will study the following modules. These modules will also be available to Part Time students who wish to top up their Diploma to a Masters level qualification.

International Human Resource Management
20 credits
Investigating a Business Issue from a HR Perspective
40 credits

Course Structure

Each 20-credit module involves 60 hours of learning activities which will include some lectures, seminars, group discussions, research activities and case study work.  There will be a good mix of individual tasks and group work to foster learning.  In addition to the 60 hours of guided study there is a requirement for self-directed study for all modules.

For the CIPD core modules the assessments include two exams, the compilation of a portfolio to show skills-based learning and a business report covering a piece of relevant research.  For the optional and additional modules, assignments will include essays, practical case studies and an open book exam.

Further Study

You can choose to progress their academic development further by studying for an MBA, PhD or DBA.

Enhancing employability skills

The course is designed around the skills and competencies required to become a professional HRM or HRD practitioner.  A core module of the course is called Developing Skills for Business Leadership, and covers the skills and competencies specified by the CIPD. 

You will be able to participate in practical, work relevant activities such as conducting a negotiation with an employee representative, holding a grievance and disciplinary interview with a member of staff, selection interviews and many more skills-based sessions.

The course is closely tied into the CIPD profession map, which has been developed by consideration of what the leading experts working in HRM and HRD need to know and understand to contribute effectively to the performance of their organisations.

OpportUNIty

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.

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

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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+44 (0)121 331 6295