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Human Resource Management (MBA)

This MBA is aimed at students who may aspire to a career or role in human resource management in the UK or overseas.


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 2021/22:
Home: £7,500
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 etc. as well as general management and for progression to senior management roles.
  • 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.
  • Join a learning community that will become a business network for life.
  • UWTSD ranked 1st in the UK for student satisfaction in teaching quality in Business Studies – The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

What you will learn

Course Overview

This course is available to Home and International applicants. Please note this course will be starting in September 2021.

This programme provides 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.

Students learn the principles and skills involved in managing people and the employment relationship. It will also equip students to conduct advanced research into a variety of human resource management 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 Resource Management 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:

  • Financial Management
    • 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.
  • Human Resource Management
    • Upon the successful completion of the Human Resource 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.
  • Marketing Management
    • 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.
  • Strategic Management
    • 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:

  • Managing People
    Upon the successful completion of the Managing People module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
    • identify and critically appraise the Human Resource Management role in employee recruitment, development and engagement in a competitive and international context
    • develop a critical appreciation of the issues involved in managing a complex and diverse workforce for both organisational success and workforce wellbeing
  • Managing Performance
    Upon the successful completion of the Managing Performance module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
    • identify and critically analyse the Human Resource Management role and contribution to managing and improving employee and organisational performance
    • critically appreciate the practices available to support, improve and achieve competitive advantage and high performance

Part 2

  • Dissertation, OR
  • Integrated Case Study, OR
  • Business Development Proposal

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.