International Human Resource Management - PgDip

  • Level: Postgraduate Taught
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: City Centre

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.

For part-time students it will run in the afternoon and evening over two years for the PG Diploma in International HRM stage, with an additional third year (part-time) for the MA in International HRM. 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.

Completing the course part-time you will meet the requirements of the CIPD Advanced Diploma Award in Human Resources Management.

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.

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.

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?

  • 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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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.

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  • UK/EU students
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Award: PgDip

Starting: Sep 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 2 Years
  • TBC

Award: PgDip

Starting: Sep 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 2 Years
  • TBC

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.

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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 £10,906 for some courses and options?

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Modules

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

Leading, Managing and Developing People
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.

Resourcing Talent and Performance Management
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.

Developing Skills for Business Leadership
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.

Human Resource Management in Context
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.

Investigating a Business Issue from a HR Perspective
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.

Employment Law and Relations
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.

Course Structure

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.

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 programme at Birmingham City Business School.

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

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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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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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