Taught course

Human Resource Management with CIPD pathway

University of Birmingham · Birmingham Business School

Entry requirements

At least an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent. For those not qualified for direct entry to the one-year MSc programmes, a preliminary year is available (see MSc programmes - flexible route). Learn more about entry requirements International students: We accept a range of qualifications from different countries - learn more about international entry requirements English language requirements: scores of 7.0 IELTS or 600 TOEFL are required


Months of entry


Course content

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 (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)
  • The Management of Change (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.

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Information for international students

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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