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  1. Hi Fanni, I came across your profile and thought it would be best to reach out to you. I'm wanting to pursue my MSc in HRM from the UK and the University of Birmingham is one of my options. Do you mind telling me how you found the course and what are the opportunities like in the UK in terms of international students? Thanks!

    Hi,

    Thank you for reaching out!

    I found the course very relevant to the actual HR field in the job marker mainly because if you choose the CIPD pathway it will give you hands on experience as you'll learn from professionals from the industry. This means that you'll need to solve real life HR problems based in the UK. The CIPD pathway is strongly related to the UK and its labour law. Consequently, if your plan is to secure a job in the UK on the long term, then I would definitely recommend to choose this course. You'll also have the chance to go for the normal MSC in Human Resources course which won't be that country specific as the CIPD pathway. In that case I would recommend to check the following link to see which modules the course will incorporate.https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/business/human-resource-management.aspx

    I hope this helps!

    Fanni

  2. Hi, I am from India and I am currently pursuing a bachelors in Business Administration. I am intrigued by the course details of the MSc Human Resource Management and I would like to know about the potential career opportunities or career paths to take after finishing this program?

    Hi,

    Thank you for your interest in the course! I believe it's always better to demonstrate it with real life examples. I started my career after this course at a HR tech start-up based in the UAE as a People Analytics intern followed by being a Research Intern (HR category) in a HR tech company, then being a Project Management intern at Amazon. Currently, I am doing a HR Transformation Project Management role in the aviation industry based in Budapest, Hungary.

    I hope this helps!

    Fanni

  3. Hi, I am interested in studying the MSc HRM (with CIPD pathway) and was just wondering how many contact hours and how much independent work is involved on the course? Also what are the career links like? Thanks for your help:)

    Hi

    Thank you for your interest in the course! It is a full time course in theory but I myself managed to work next to my studies part-time in the hospitality industry in order to finance my daily life! I would say that it totally depends on oneself determination. Regarding carrier opportunities after the course it is very wide range from the consultancy industry to HR specific roles. Just to give a real life example, I started my career after this course at a HR tech start-up based in the UAE as a People Analytics intern followed by being a Research Intern in a HR tech company, then being a Project Management intern at Amazon. Currently, I am doing a HR Transformation Project Management role in the aviation industry based in Budapest, Hungary.

    I hope my answer was helpful and please feel free to reach me if you have any other question regarding the course!

    Kind regards,

    Fanni

  4. Hi Fanni,

    I'm a Business Management student pursuing my undergraduate degree in a British university in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I would like to know if the University of Birmingham accepts students who have done 3-year undergraduate courses for their postgrad degree. I was going through the entry requirements and it only mentioned entry for students who have done 4 years hence why I was curious about this. Thanks for your help!

    Hi, I myself came to do this course with a 3 years BA (hons) Background so you shouldn't have a problem with applying or being accepted to the course solely on the basis of how many years of undergraduate years you have.

  5. Dear Fanni,

    I am planning on applying to the University of Birmingham to pursue my education and to eventually settle down in the UK. I currently hold a MBA degree from my home country, Azerbaijan, and work as an HR assistant at one of the local companies. However, I am a little confused regarding which course to choose. Do you think studying HR management could be a good fit for international students and for future job perspectives? Also, could you please help to differentiate between HR Management and HR man with CIPD pathway?

    Thank you in advance for your kind help.

    Hi, I would definitely recommend the course for international students as I myself was one of them. Majority of the modules are applicable internationally. By choosing the CIPD pathway you will be studying about HR Policies in practice from very experienced professionals. It is recommended to take this course as opposed to the normal HRM course if you are planning to pursue a career in the UK as this module highly involves learning employment laws and their implementation in practice in the UK context. On the other hand, if you decide to take the normal Human Resource Management course you will have the freedom to choose 1 module per semester that you are interested in given by the university which are obviously highly connected to the field itself. If your ultimate goal is to settle in the UK then I would definitely recommend you to choose the CIPD pathway. I hope this helped! Fanni

  6. Hi, I want to pursue my Masters in Project Management, could you help me know what opportunities there will be after completing this course? Is there a demand for PMO?

    Hi

    What a coincidence because right now I am a PM intern at Amazon even though the course I finished was not directly related to it. I would definitely say that there is a demand for the role and that is all about the transferable skills so don't be only open to HR related jobs once the course is finished. Job roles I've done myself that were related to HR: HR Research analyst, People Analytics Intern, Consulting Intern.

  7. Hey Fanni, hope you are doing well. I am a Computer Science Engineer with over three years of work experience in Human Resources. I want to pursue a one year Masters program in HR in the UK in order to understand the theories of HR better. I currently like three programs at the University of Birmingham:

    - MSc Management, Organizational Leadership and Change Pathway - MSc Human Resource Management - MSc Human Resource Management with CIPD Pathway

    My goal is to either work for a year post Masters or to progress into a PhD program. I would like to know which of the above programs are in line with my goals. I also would like to know the difference between these programs.

    Hello, thank you very much for your question and apologies in the delay getting back to you. My name is Emma from the Postgraduate Recruitment team, and I am replying on behalf of the mentor as they have not yet answered it.

    Our MSc Human Resource Management courses, especially the CIPD pathway, are primarily designed for those who wish to go into a career in Human Resources - which you already have experience in. The CIPD pathway would be good if you wanted to form a career in HR and didn't have your CIPD qualification already, but if you wish to go onto a PhD then I would suggest either the MSc Management or MSc Human Resource Management. Either one would lead well into further study and would also help if you decided to move into industry, so I would look for the one that interests you most.

    I hope this helps! PG Recruitment

  8. Hi Fanni! I would like to know about the admission process for this course. Is it necessary to submit a GMAT/GRE test score, what are the elements that the university looks for in our Statement of Purpose and what is the background that I need to have to study this course? Thank you!

    Hello, thank you very much for your question and apologies in the delay getting back to you. My name is Emma from the Postgraduate Recruitment team, and I am replying on behalf of the mentor as they have not yet answered it.

    Entry requirements for MSc Human Resource Management can be found here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/business/human-resource-management.aspx#EntryRequirementsTab I don't believe a GMAT or GRE score is necessary for application!

    Please visit these webpages for help on how to apply: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/apply-pg/index.aspx and how to write a personal statement: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/help-advice/personal-statement.aspx

    Best wishes, PG Recruitment

  9. Hi, on the HRM course with CIPD are all the modules mentioned on the website mandatory? Are there any optional modules in this course?

    Hello, thank you very much for your question and apologies in the delay getting back to you. My name is Emma from the Postgraduate Recruitment team, and I am replying on behalf of the mentor as they have not yet answered it.

    Looking at the course page, it does state that there are a number of optional modules to choose from (https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/business/human-resource-management-cipd.aspx#TeachingAndAssessmentTab). It might just be that they have not listed all of the modules on the webpage! There is a 'Make an enquiry' button at the bottom of the page that will send an email to the HRM team if you want further information.

    I hope this helps, PG Recruitment

  10. Hello, I am from Indonesia and I am really excited for this course. Could you give me some information about the University of Birmingham, especially the environment around it? I also wanted to have a conversation with you regarding my further Masters degree study here. Thank you.

    Hello,

    Of course! The environment of the university, regarding its students and lecturers are generally very friendly, approachable and there is no situation or matter you wouldn't find a solution for, someone who could listen to you and help to solve it or direct you to the right department. The student population is very diverse which makes the whole student experience very unique. The student community is coming from over 150 countries around the world and the academic staff are 34% overseas nationals. There are over 250 societies you can choose from if you wish to do something outside of your academic studies from a Harry Potter society, baking society, different nationalities' and religions' society etc. There is also a dedicated career support department for postgraduate students. They organise different job fairs, networking events as well as helping you to enhance your CV or prepare you for an upcoming interview or you can just simply have a conversation about any career related issue. They really are great at what they do. 

    The infrastructure and the atmosphere of the university is extraordinary. We have a greenheart in the middle of the campus just in front of our library where students can relax or take a study break after some library session. Most of the buildings we have are recently renovated and very well equipped with computers and cafe places. If you a sporty person we also have a sport and fitness centre where you can do many sports from basketball to swimming or just simply going to the gym. In relation to student accommodation I live in a private house so I can't give you any personal opinion but my friends who used to live in accommodation all liked it. Often these facilities are located very close to the campus providing an easy access to any of the buildings you need to attend on a daily basis. 

    I hope that I could give you some idea about our unique student experience here in Birmingham and if you have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact me.  Here's my email address just in case: fanni.marki98@gmail.com 

    Kind regards, Fanni 

  11. Hi! I wanted to know if I, as someone who has not done maths since Grade 11 and 12, would be able to do the CIPD Course? I'm pursuing BA in Political Science and I know the entry requirements are open to all disciplines but I'm still apprehensive about the maths/statistical part of the course. Can you tell me if maths forms a major chunk of the course?

    Hello

    Doing a CIPD pathway course does not require you to have a strong math knowledge at all as none of the modules you will be studying involve any calculation. By choosing the CIPD pathway you will be studying about HR Policies in practice from very experienced professionals. It is recommended to take this course as opposed to the normal HRM course if you are planning to pursue a career in the UK as this module highly involves learning employment laws and their implementation in practice in the UK context. On the other hand, if you decide to take the normal Human Resource Management course you will have the freedom to choose 1 module per semester that you are interested in given by the university which are obviously highly connected to the field itself.

    I hope this helps to answer your question and if there is anything else I could help with please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Kind regards,

    Fanni

  12. I want to know more about the MSc in Human Resource Management - I am from India and I am currently in my 3rd year at undergraduate level. Could you tell me more about the course please?

    Hi!

    I have attached the link about the course with all the information including the modules will be learned, fees, requirements. If you have any further question please do not hesitate to contact me.

    My personal opinion of the course: I can only recommend it to anyone who wishes to enhance their knowledge in this field (If you are interested in managing people and learning more about employment laws in the UK context (if you choose the CIPD pathway). You will have the opportunity to learn from excellent academics as well as from professionals that you will be able to utilise in practice.

    Here's the link about the course and all the details:https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/business/human-resource-management-cipd.aspx

    Kind regards,

    Fanni

  13. Hi! I am a student who wants to study at Birmingham. Do many companies come here for recruitment activities? Which companies would come? Can I get support for internships or job applications?

    Hi,

    We do offer many recruitment events on campus through the careers department and graduate school. Some are run for specific disciplines while others are more general. However, they do all attract well-known national and international business, and provide excellent networking opportunities.

    The careers department also offer easily accessible information to help with applications. You can also pop in and speak to an advisor for more detailed feedback.

    Best wishes, Tom