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International Human Resource Management - PgDip

  • Level: Postgraduate Taught
  • Starting: September 2021
  • Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: City Centre

Studying with us in 2021/22

It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Any arrangements put in place by the University for the 2021/22 academic year will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

This course has recently been updated. Please download the course specification for the up to date information.

Want to qualify professionally with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development? Study an International Human Resource Management course at a fully-accredited CIPD centre with Birmingham City Business School.

Our Postgraduate Diploma in International Human Resource Management programme is ideal for people who want to qualify professionally with the CIPD.

If you wish to engage with this course part-time, the modules will run in the afternoon and evening over two years for the PG Diploma in International HRM stage, with an additional optional third year (part-time) for the MA in International HRM. For some sessions, full-time and part-time cohorts will be taught together, allowing you to the opportunity to share experiences with both UK-based and international students to incorporate a global perspective to HR issues.

By completing the course part-time you will meet the requirements of the CIPD Advanced Diploma Award in Human Resources Management. Upon successful completion of this course you will be eligible to upgrade to an Associate Member of the CIPD.

What's covered in the course?

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. Where appropriate to the individual topics covered during the course, implications for sustainability will be identified that relate to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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 is 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. 
  • Our teaching is interactive and led by our experienced team, who believe HR is as much about the doing as it is about the learning – giving you the skills you need to develop and enhance your employability.  
  • To achieve your Advanced Diploma or Master's you are required to conduct research into a live business issue from an HR perspective. This will increase your business acumen, skills and credibility with current or future employers. 
  • Our part-time offering has been designed with busy, working professionals in mind, allowing you to get qualified while in employment. Part-time study is a mixture of afternoon and evening classes one day per week. 
  • We pride ourselves on building a community of learners with regular feedback forums and personal tutor coaching. 
  • All modules give an international perspective filled with professional development to enable our students to demonstrate a deep understanding and critical awareness of the current global issues and challenges HR professionals and line managers face. 
  • The course covers the core CIPD modules but allows you also to select modules in specialist areas. 

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Open Days

Our Open Day for this course will take place in Spring 2021. Register now and we will contact you when the booking form goes live.

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This course is not open to International students

New £11,222 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £11,222 available for postgraduate study.

More about postgraduate loans

Course Accreditations

This course is approved by:

Chartered Institute of Personnel Development CIPD

Entry Requirements

Essential Requirements
Typical Offers (UK Students)

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 Experiential Learning (APEL) procedure. 

Additional information for EU/International students
Essential

Applications from international applicants with equivalent qualifications are welcome. Please see your country page for further details on the equivalent qualifications we accept.

In additional to the academic entry requirements listed above, international and EU students will also require the qualifications detailed in this table.

English language requirements 2020/21
IELTS

6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

If you do not meet the required IELTS score, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English courses. Please note that you must have a Secure English Language Test (SELT) to study on the pre-sessional English course. More information.

Other accepted qualifications Visit our English language page
  • UK students
  • International students

Award: PgDip

Starting: Sep 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 2 Years
  • £3,000 per year

Award: PgDip

Starting: Sep 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 2 Years
  • £4,400 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Personal statement

Students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.

Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.

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

Your passion and motivations

Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?

Why this course?

Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.

What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?

Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.

Relevant academic or work experience

Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?

You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

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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Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

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 £1,222 for some courses and options?

Postgraduate loans

Modules

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

20 credits

This is a core module that provides learners with a rigorous framework of knowledge and understanding concerning people management and development. It focuses on four main topics, namely individuals, groups, structures, and processes.

20 credits

A major and fundamental objective of the HR function is the mobilisation of a workforce. Organisations can only function if they are able to assemble together teams of people with the necessary skills, attitudes and experience to meet their objectives.

20 credits

The module is primarily concerned with the development of skills, and specifically seeks to develop and improve a range of definable skills that are pivotal to successful management practice and to effective leadership. These include thinking and decision-making skills, the management of financial information, managing budgets, a range of team working and interpersonal skills and others associated with developing personal effectiveness and credibility at work.

20 credits

This module provides you with an understanding of the principal internal and external environmental contexts of contemporary organisations, including the managerial and business context, within which managers and workers interact in conditions of change and uncertainty within the organisational environment. The module seeks to examine how leading organisations respond to these dynamic environmental contexts.

20 credits

This module provides the opportunity for learners to demonstrate the ability to diagnose and investigate a live, complex business issue from an HR perspective, to locate the work within the body of contemporary knowledge, to collect and analyse data, to derive supportable conclusions and to make practical and actionable recommendations for change, improvement or enhancement of current practice.

20 credits

This module will enable students to build a strong understanding of the legal issues that impact on the “people” aspects of the business. Both UK and European employment legislation will be explored and enable learners to critically assess the impact of legal regulation on HR practices.

This course is approved by:

Chartered Institute of Personnel Development CIPD
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 to upgrade their Student Membership to that of Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (Assoc CIPD).

Further Study

Once you have completed the postgraduate diploma, you can progress to the Master’s stage and gain the MA in International Human Resource Management.

You could also have the chance to study on the part-time DBA research degree course at Birmingham City Business School.

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Enhancing employability skills

The course is designed around the skills and competencies required to become a professional HRM 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 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.

Employment Opportunities

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.

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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 £340 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

"The area of human resources is a fast emerging and constantly changing field of study. This demands that we as practitioners must approach what we do with mental agility and commercial acumen. In a time of ever increasing globalisation our ability to understand and responds to the impact of this on our people, organisations and operations has never been greater. Our teaching team are passionate about our profession and we are excited to welcome you and explore this fascinating field of study."

Harry Allen, Course Leader

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Harry Allen

Senior Teaching Fellow

Before joining Birmingham City University, Harry was in full time practice as a Group Human Resources Manager for a student accommodation company based in Coventry for just over two years. 

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