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Effective local, national and global people management is a critical part of any organisation’s success. Designed for graduates from a range of backgrounds, our MSc provides you with access to, and an opportunity to become a member of, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD); an ever-more essential requirement for a successful and rewarding career in HRM and employment relations.

With a strong focus on HRM practice and professional managerial skills development, our programme takes you further than the standard pathway. We meet the CIPD’s Advanced level criteria, so when you successfully complete the pathway you can apply for Associate, then Chartered, level membership, depending on your role and experience.

Course details

The MSc HRM (with CIPD Pathway) has a stronger focus on HRM practice and skill development than the standard pathway. It is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and provides access to membership of this professional body. 

Membership of the CIPD is widely regarded as providing a distinct advantage to those who wish to pursue a career in the fields of HRM and Employment Relations and is increasingly seen as an essential requirement. The CIPD currently has 145,000 members and job advertisements for HRM posts frequently make reference to the need for CIPD membership. CIPD status is nationally recognised in the UK but is increasingly recognised on an international basis.

This pathway meets the CIPD’s Advanced level criteria enabling those that have successfully completed and passed the pathway to apply for Associate and then Chartered level membership depending on their HR role/level and experience. The CIPD charges a student membership fee (currently £132). Associate and Chartered membership levels are granted by the CIPD. The modules included in the pathway are detailed below. There are no electives, as students need to complete and pass each module.

Learning and teaching

The programme begins in September and runs for twelve months on a full-time basis. The first nine months of the programme are spent developing knowledge through taught modules.

In addition, you will receive research training. This will form the basis for your final dissertation, which will be your focus during the last three months of the programme.

The programme is led by Dr Andy Hodder and includes members of staff who are internationally recognised in their fields of expertise. These include:

Employability

Careers in Business

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We’ll help you in all aspects of your career management, from planning your job-seeking strategies, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your essential employability skills. At the start of your programme you will receive an email from our team, giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. Please get in touch to find out how our Careers in Business team can support you.


Visit the Human Resource Management (with CIPD Pathway) - MSc page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

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