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Human Resource Management with CIPD Pathway MSc

Course Description

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 (http://www.cipd.co.uk).

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 135,000 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 (see http://www.cipd.co.uk/global/).

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 £170). 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.

The programme pathway comprises 180 credits in total. The taught elements of the programme amount to 120 credits and the dissertation 60 credits.

Modules on the MSc HRM with CIPD Pathway

Semester 1
Human Resource Management (20 credits)
International Perspectives on Industrial Relations (10 credits)
Training Development (10 credits)
Leading and Managing within Organizations (10 credits)

Semester 2
International Human Resource Management (10 credits)
Researching Work, Employment and Employee Relations (20 credits)
Leadership Development (10 credits)
Change Management (10 credits)

The CIPD Skills Pathway Pathway module (20 credits) runs across semesters 1 and 2.

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.

In addition, you will be eligible to apply for membership of the CIPD at either Associate or Chartered level.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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

(Student Profile)

Milda Galkute

Milda is a MSc student in Human Resource Management. Although she comes from Lithuania, she did her undergraduate studies in Social Work at University of Zaragoza (Spain). She has participated in different youth and students’ exchange programmes, such as European Voluntary Service in Spain, Erasmus in France and Americampus in Chile.

Milda is a postgraduate mentor, you can contact her online with questions or read further about her experience at the University of Birmingham on her mentor page: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk/mentor/milda-galkute/


Entry Requirements

At least an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent. 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.

Course Fees

£8,560 (UK/EU), £17,075 (overseas). Please check with the School for the latest fees information.

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