MSc Human Resource Management

Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham

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MSc Human Resource Management

Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham

The financial performance of an organisation is highly dependent on strong human resource management. Ever-increasing global competition means activities such as recruitment, selection, retention, and training and development are really coming to the fore. Our MSc is for graduates from a range of backgrounds who are looking for a career in this exciting, challenging and influential arena.

Our internationally oriented programme offers a global focus on a range of issues surrounding HRM theory, policy and practice, giving you a comprehensive insight into the practical application of theory. You will leave with a high standard of knowledge and clear understanding of current practical, intellectual and policy changes you are likely to face in your career in HRM.

The MSc HRM pathway offers a suite of core and elective modules that explore and critically assess relevant and contemporary HRM-related theories and research, giving insight into their practical applications.

By the end of the programme you will have a high standard of knowledge and understanding of the current practical, intellectual and policy challenges facing practitioners in the field of human resource management. These include:

  • The relationship between HRM and business strategy
  • The impact of HRM on company performance
  • The challenge of developing HRM strategies in an international context
  • The implications of new individual and collective employment rights
  • Managing change and introducing new forms of work organisation
  • Ensuring that employees are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge.

The programme begins in September and runs for 12 months. Students are required to undertake 120 credits of taught elements and a 60 credit dissertation. You will receive training in research methods so as to enable you to carry out the dissertation, undertaken between June and September. The training will also prepare you for doctoral research, should you choose to continue your studies.


During the course of the year you will undertake a research dissertation on an appropriate topic, to be submitted in September. You'll choose your own topic in consultation with academic staff, usually building on a particular area of interest from one of the taught modules. You'll also work with the guidance of a supervisor in carrying out the research and submitting the final dissertation.

Why study this course

The Human Resource Management function is increasingly significant to business strategy and success. Activities such as recruitment, selection, retention, managing labour relations, training and career development are highly important to the financial performance of organisations as competition between companies increases.

The programme caters for graduates wanting to develop a career in human resource management, an area in which there are many opportunities. It is distinctive in being internationally oriented, and devotes attention to issues related to HRM theory, policy and practice.

Students also have the opportunity to attend a personal development course at an outdoor pursuits centre in the UK.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (2:1 or higher) or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent.

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements

English language scores of 7.0 IELTS (no less than 6.5 in any band), 95 TOEFL (with no less than 22 in any band), or 67 (in all skills) Pearson Academic Test of English are required.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated July 18, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
8,370 GBP
Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom Birmingham, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 8,370 GBP
£17,580 for overseas students

Human Resource Management MSc Taster Lecture | Dr Geraint Harvey