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MBA Human Capital Development and Operations

In recognition of industry demand, this MBA combines a grounding in core business subjects with a specialisation in human capital development. 

This qualification has been designed in response to market demand for graduates with both transferable skills and with the capacity to meet the challenge of shifts in business ecosystems, working practices, major information technology developments, and big data. While the first part of the course prepares you with a broad knowledge of fields including marketing, finance, and strategic management, you will move on to studying specialist modules that will introduce you to a range of new technologies and concepts. 

You will study theory, but also have many chances to apply your own knowledge gained from practical experience. Our students come from diverse backgrounds:  this MBA can adapt to your needs and interests whether you have experience of management in large companies or of working in a small business. 


Once you have decided that you would like to study this programme, you will need to apply by submitting an application directly to the University.

Visit the UWTSD Birmingham's apply section to find out more. You can also apply using the link below.

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Institution Code: T80

Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home: £7,800
Overseas: £15,000

Why choose this course?

  • The programme equips students for employment in areas such as recruitment and selection, training and development, reward management, consultant, career development, human resource planning with a particular focus on the demands of international recruitment.
  • Develop the key leadership and management skills and knowledge you need to progress in your career.
  • Work with friendly, experienced, practice-led tutors who will guide you through every step of the process.
  • Enjoy a personalised learning experience structured and enlivened by a range of educational technologies and techniques.
  • Get to grips with the theories and practical strategies for human capital development.

What you will learn

Course Overview

This course is available to Home and International applicants.

This programme provides you with the academic and practical skills necessary to develop and reflect on high level human resource management skills and competencies which will be applicable across a wide range of situations, sectors and organizations.

You will learn the principles and skills involved in managing people and the employment relationship. You will also be equipped to conduct advanced research into a variety of human capital development issues whilst focusing on the interrelationship of human resource management and organisational performance both nationally and internationally.

*Please note that due to student cohort sizes, the University may request that you choose an alternative pathway.

Module Topics

The MBA Human Capital Development and Operations programme will equip students with general business management knowledge as well as specialist human resource skills to enable them to excel in their chosen field.

Part 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Marketing Management (20 credits)
    Upon the successful completion of the Marketing Management module, the student should be able to:
    • critically appraise key marketing activities and the contribution of the marketing department to the organisation;
    • anticipate and critically evaluate future developments in the field of marketing especially through technology.
  • Human Capital Management  (20 credits)
    Upon the successful completion of the Human Capital Management module, the student should be able to:
    • critically review and appraise current research and advanced scholarship so to enable them to evaluate managerial and business environments;
    • demonstrate a systematic understanding of current issues in HRM and IHRM within a variety of organisations so to enable them to manage effectively the design and implementation of fair, efficient and effective policies and procedures that serve to deliver upon the strategic aims of the organisation.
  • Financial Management (20 credits)
    Upon the successful completion of the Financial Management module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
    • research, apply and evaluate a variety of financial assessment techniques for application to a case study;
    • research, evaluate and critically discuss various issues and theoretical frameworks used in the management and control of financial resources.
  • Strategic Management (20 credits)
    Upon the successful completion of the Strategic Management module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
    • synthesise the relationship between the external context of an organisation and its internal context and their impact on its strategies;
    • critically evaluate competitive and development strategies, in the context of contemporary strategic management issues;
    • assess the factors that must be considered in strategy implementation.

Specialist modules:

  • International Resourcing and Talent Management (20 credits)
    Upon the successful completion of the International Resourcing and Talent Management module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
    • critically evaluate the link between international resourcing strategies associated with ethnocentric, polycentric, region-centric and geocentric (EPRG model) approaches and the achievement of organisational objectives in the global arena;
    • critically analyse international resourcing paradigms related to convergence, divergence and cross-vergence and how these relate to talent management strategies in the host country and parent country context.

  • Human Capital: Relations, Engagement and Wellbeing (20 credits)
    Upon the successful completion of the Human Capital: Relations, Engagement and Wellbeing module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
    • develop a critical understanding of employee voice, engagement, and implement practices to support better working lives;
    • identify types of conflict behaviour and effectively apply techniques for resolution;
    • appreciate the importance of employee wellbeing, and its relevance to the modern organisation.

Part 2

  • Dissertation OR Integrated Case Study OR Business Development Proposal  (60 credits)

Modules are assessed by coursework. This may take various forms, work-based projects, small research projects, presentations, case study analysis and the final research project/dissertation. Students who are not currently in employment may be able to base their projects on case studies.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

This programme is available to Home and International applicants.

Normally, the possession of a minimum of a 2:2 UK first degree or an equivalent international qualification recognised by UK ENIC or work experience of five years at a senior managerial level in lieu of first degree.

English language proficiency at or exceeding an average IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent in any other approved test), with no score less than 5.5 in any components of the test.

Normally work experience of two years or more at a managerial or supervisory level is expected.

Career Opportunities

Potential careers and advancement opportunities include management roles in human resource management and international workforce development, international business contexts, education, health services development, public service and elsewhere.

Additional Costs

There will be no mandatory additional costs to study beyond the payment of tuition. Students should be prepared to incur the basic costs associated with studying such as transport and any on-campus purchases including printing, coffees, snacks or other sundry items.

Many students also choose to invest in study support tools such as laptops, tablets, and/or software over the course of their studies. Any activities related to study or student life which bear a cost beyond tuition will be optional, and the expense shall be clearly communicated to students at the time of registration.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.

Further Information

Please contact birminghamadmissions@uwtsd.ac.uk if you have any questions about the University or about this course in particular. You may also find our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page helpful.