With full accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), this focused, carefully structured course offers you a flexible route to professional recognition and career progression.
The course offers an exit route at Postgraduate Diploma level, shsould you not wish to undertake the final year to obtain the Masters qualification.
The Diploma is delivered on a part-day release basis and evening only, giving you the chance to align your studies with your professional commitments. In this way, you will immediately appreciate how the course mirrors the practicalities, and answers the challenges, of your daily tasks.
Key Facts • Both the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma are accredited by CIPD. • The course thoroughly covers key aspects of Human Resource Management, expanding your current knowledge and honing your skills. • Its highly practical focus means you can directly apply your study to live issues in your career. • It is delivered on a part-day release basis, either on Wednesdays between 1.30pm and 8.30pm, or on an evening only basis two evenings per week (Tuesdays and Wednesdays). • Your studies will involve a mixture of classroom-based work and individual research or group-based study. • On successful completion of the Post Graduate Diploma, you will have the opportunity to progress to the Master’s stage and gain the MA Human Resource Management. • 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.
Craig, who is originally from South Africa, is currently studying part-time at Birmingham City University for an MA in Human Resource Management. He came to the University after studying for his undergraduate degree at the University of Derby. For Craig, the flexibility afforded him by the offer of part-time study influenced his decision to choose Birmingham City University. He wanted to improve his career prospects while continuing to work in his current role as a HR Assistant. The part-time basis of his course not only allowed him to do this but also to secure corporate sponsorship from his employer.
Craig is not the only employee at his workplace to have undertaken this course. It was in fact through recommendation from a colleague that he learned of the University and the benefits of the course, including the chance to focus on his continuing professional development.
Craig has been impressed by the “open door policy” offered by all the staff he has come into contact with, which has enabled him to get advice on particular subjects and feedback on his assignments. He says, “This contact has proven very valuable in my future performance on the course.” The positive aspects of the course have not stopped there. Craig has been pleased with the close links between the business world and Birmingham City Business School. He says, “The teaching staff are very well connected with key contacts in certain industries (e.g. the CIPD), offering valuable insight for students.”
Craig has been taken by the very social and welcoming feel he has received from both staff and students, especially as he is a first-time student at Birmingham City University. The investment that is being made in estates has shown Craig that the University is committed to further improving the campus experiences of staff and students.
When talking about what it’s like to study in Birmingham, Craig admits he is a little biased, having lived here now for five years. In comparison to other cities, though, he says that Birmingham is ”a great place to study, relax, be active, socialise, shop... the opportunities in the city offer something for everyone, whatever their preferences.”