– Before starting my MSc in 2015 I went to a funding fair organised by UoB to get to know whether I had any possibilities to get some kind of scholarship. Unfortunately, I was told that because I didn’t do my undergraduate studies in the UK I was not eligible for any of them. As for research assistantship, these are usually for PhD students, as MSc students do not do any research. However, everything I am telling you now is based on my experience back in 2015-16 so things might have changed since then. You could check the UoB guild of students website (guildofstudents.com). They publish all kind of information related to students’ life, such as job vacancies, volunteering, events, student groups, etc. I am sure they will be able to give you more specific information regarding funding possibilities.
– When it comes to the average salary range, to be honest with you, I moved to Chile to start my PhD right after finishing my MSc in UoB so I have not yet had the opportunity to practice HRM in England. Hence, my answer can only be based on the information I could find on the internet. The salary would depend on your experience in HRM and on the location. So for example, if you start as a HRM assistant, you could probably expect around £20.000 a year, while working as HRM officer/administrator you might earn between £25.000 and £30.000 a year. The salaries are obviously way higher in the London area.
– As for social life in Birmingham, due to the pandemic everything has been closed or very restricted for months now, like everywhere else. However, under normal circumstances, you shouldn’t get bored here! Birmingham is one of the biggest cities in England so it’s well connected with other places. For instance, you can get a train and be in London in just 1,5 hour! Or you also got small beautiful touristic towns nearby like Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare’s hometown), Warwick, or Lichfield. And as I mentioned before, you could also join some student groups (sports, music, games) which are supported by the guild of student. This would make your social life much more entertaining!
Happy to help with any further questions!
Best of luck,