Our International Human Resource Management (IHRM) postgraduate course gives you the chance to gain professional recognition and will help you to progress in your career. We ensure our course answers the challenges and tasks you would face on a daily basis.
We are approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, which will help you be more effective in your workplace.
Our Part-time Diploma is taught on a part time day release basis to enable people currently working to attend. It is taught on one afternoon and evening per week. The course covers the key aspects of human resource management, honing the skills you already have and expanding your current knowledge. We ensure that we keep a practical focus on the course, keeping it relevant and fresh to your working life. There will be plenty of group-based study, so you can share ideas and knowledge and learn from the experience of others.
Once you have successfully passed the Postgraduate Diploma you will have achieved the requirements of the CIPD Advanced Diploma. This allows you to apply for Chartered Membership of the CIPD when you can demonstrate the necessary professional experience. You’ll also have the opportunity to progress to the Master’s stage and gain the MA in Human Resource Management.
Our course ensures you have the attributes needed to advance in the job market. Our graduates have gone on to secure jobs as HR managers and 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, Northgate and TNT.
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.
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*Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016
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*DLHE Survey 2015/16
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.
|English language requirements 2017/18|
|IELTS||6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands|
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|PgDip||Sep 2019||PT||2 Years||£2,700 per year|
|PgDip||Sep 2019||PT||2 Years||£4,100 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. Fees for 2019/20 will be published as soon as possible. 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.
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:
Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The additional costs listed here are to be used for indicative purposes only and are based on the additional costs for the 2018/19 academic year. The additional costs for 2019/20 will be published as soon as possible.
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?
Leading, Managing and Developing People
This module will help you as a manager and HR professional by giving you knowledge and skills for effective people management practices.
Developing Skills for Business Leadership
The following modules are all worth 20 credits each. You will have to select one to study in Stage 1:
Human Resource Management in Context
Investigating a Business Issue from a HR Perspective
Part Time students will choose one of the following two modules to study:
Lessons are usually delivered on a part-day release basis, usually on one afternoon and one evening a week. This way, you can effectively fit the course around your work and personal commitments. Normally, entry is by degree or equivalent. If you do not have a degree, evidence of appropriate prior learning or experience may be taken into account.
We’ll provide workshops covering research methods, to make sure you acquire the academic tools to successfully find, understand and apply information and data to your work.
After you complete your postgraduate certificate at the end of the first year you will then move on to the postgraduate diploma for the second year of study. Here, you can carry out our own research under the guidance of one of our staff. You can explore a human resource issue of your choosing, perhaps one from within your own organisation. Once you have completed, you will be able to bring insight, clarity and understanding to your role as a HR specialist.
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).
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 programme at Birmingham City Business School.
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: 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.
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.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
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.
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.