The course is designed to appeal to candidates from outside the UK wishing to pursue or enhance a career in HRM that has, or may have, an international dimension. Students study an interesting range of modules focusing on international corporate HRM, International personnel management and organisational analysis and development. This Master's specifically enables you to build a body of practical skills and theoretical knowledge around the management of organisations within different international contexts, allowing you to acquire a coherent, specialised body of relevant knowledge.
Westminster Business School is an approved centre for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and this course has been accredited by the CIPD as meeting the knowledge criteria for professional membership. This means that once you have passed the degree and given the CIPD evidence of your practice in the workplace you will gain the professional level of Chartered Membership with the joining and membership fee paid for by the university.
Students on the course will be exposed to a wide range of contemporary perspectives on key developments in and around international human resource management and organisational analysis, providing access to a range of alternative academic and practitioner views. You will explore relevant issues and what these mean for individuals and organisations at local, national and international levels.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. You may choose one option module.
A choice of one of the following:
All students on our full-time business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme Reflective Practitioner Module. This is an 8 week unpaid accredited internship, which can be taken in addition to option modules and will help students to gain invaluable work experience. The internships, which are with London-based organisations, take place during the summer period. To apply, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV to the Business Experience Team; the team then shortlist from the applications and conduct group meetings with the applicants.
Ultimately it is up to our internship employers to decide whether they would like to interview the candidate(s) and offer him/her an internship. We have received very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.
Westminster Business School will pay your CIPD joining fee and your membership fees for the first period of your studies. You will also be provided with text books which contain the essential reading for the core modules.
Those completing the course can be expected to find employment within HRM, either in the UK or abroad, or to continue their studies in HR-related fields. Providing a higher degree qualification in a well-established management area, the course enhances your career prospects and marketability in the professional practice of international HRM. Past students have gone on to become consultants (internal and external), HR managers, compensation and benefits managers, change management specialists, HR business partners/operations managers, civil servants, and mediators. Companies that have employed our students include Cap Gemini, PwC, Transport for London, and Visa.
This programme combines a mix of theory and practice in the study of international human resource management (HRM) and prepares students to work as HRM professionals or people managers within global organisations.
By studying this programme students will receive grounding in the field of international HRM with a specific focus on its development into a strategic function within global organisations. As well as developing a comparative awareness of the various elements of HRM practice, notably: training and development; recruitment and selection; and performance management, students will be equipped with a range of analytical, diagnostic and facilitative tools to support their future work in international teams. All students are required to complete a project during the programme but may substitute this with a dissertation, if appropriate.
Module descriptions are correct for modules taught in the academic year 2017/18. Optional module listings are indicative, and may be subject to change.
In addition students must choose ONE optional modules from the list below.
Students may choose to substitute MMM082 (Project in International Human Resource Management, 20 credits) with a dissertation MMM089 worth 40 credits, with no optional module.
Exams, applied project and individual and group assignments
Our International Human Resource Management graduates follow a variety of paths upon graduation. Some enter (or return to) traditional HRM roles with the benefit of CIPD membership. Typical career paths include roles in learning and development or recruitment. The programme is also directly relevant to students seeking senior managerial positions in international organisations with responsibility for the management of people.
Our graduates tell us that the MSc in International Human Resource Management gives them the key skills required to build a career in HRM as well as providing the opportunity for CIPD membership.
The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Globalisation and an ever-changing economic landscape are introducing new opportunities and practices to effective Human Resource Management (HRM). Our MSc in International Human Resource Management will develop your understanding of real-world HR issues, developing your knowledge and practical skills, with a focus on how a strategic approach to HR can add value to organisations across the globe.
This course is particularly suitable if some, or all, of your career will involve working outside the UK or if you have an interest in global employment issues. Our MSc International HRM is fully accredited by the UK professional body (CIPD) and leads directly to Associate Membership.
The course is taught by an experienced team of lecturers, many of whom have extensive experience as HR professionals, and others who are actively researching and publishing in the field.
The course includes a work placement, and the opportunity of a live research project leading to your dissertation. It also includes a residential event and a visit to the CIPDs national conference.
Our postgraduate business programmes aim to equip you with the specialist skills in management, leadership and strategy and are intensively focused on developing your employability skills so that you can develop rewarding careers as HR leaders.
MSc International Business focuses on the links between major business functions and their role in international business and commerce. You'll develop knowledge of the special requirements for conducting business activities across national boundaries, relevant theories and their application in business. You'll also have the opportunity to study at one of our European partner institutions and visit international companies through our integrated Study Abroad programme.
The course will develop expertise in core areas of international business, strategic management and business economics. The wide range of elective modules will enable you to develop skills in a specific business function linked to international business (finance, marketing or operations management) or pursue related areas such as entrepreneurship and business sustainability.
You’ll develop a wide range of business skills and knowledge in demand by graduate employers. These include:
The Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integrated module which runs throughout the course and focuses on your professional development and employability, giving you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key skills you gain throughout the year. You'll have the opportunity to develop your academic skills, build a portfolio of professional business skills, or study abroad at one of our international partners, undertake an internship placement in the UK, or overseas, or get involved in a global business challenge simulation.
You'll choose four modules from the following list, subject to pre-requisites and restrictions on some modules and combinations
The course then concludes with a dissertation project.
Learning & teaching
You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.
The taught modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the course is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation.
This degree will prepare you for a wide range of careers in businesses and organisations engaged in international activities, including consultancy, business analysis, marketing, business development, sales management, finance and purchasing. Recent graduate positions include:
Explore human resource management (HRM) in an international setting, on a course designed in response to the increasing internationalisation and workforce diversity of organisations.
The course focuses on managing human resources in organisations that operate across national borders and the cross cultural issues of people management. It is for those wishing to develop careers in HRM at a strategic and international level within organisations operating in the international environment.
The course enables you to
You develop your professional expertise and improve your employability and career prospects by gaining broader international business, management and leadership knowledge.
We begin by introducing you to organisation theory, which covers organisational design, organisational theory and methodologies for understanding complex organisations. You also develop your critical thinking on issues such as organisational change and innovation.
You then study specialist theory and practice from an international perspective, giving you practical expertise across key areas of international HR, including
To enable you to manage and interpret financial and management accounting information, you learn skills such as budgeting, ratio analysis and using IT in an HR environment.
We give you the opportunity to work with our academics on suitable research projects. This work leads directly to your dissertation, and in suitable cases you may be able to present a paper at a conference or publish your research. If you already have an interest in a particular area of research for your dissertation, we will provide you with the support that could also lead to a conference paper or publication.
Completing a dissertation develops your ability to research new ideas and approaches from a cross cultural perspective. You also develop the skills to formally present your research findings to your fellow students and course tutor.
Previous students have completed research in cross cultural management and expatriate development programmes. They have also worked on projects for their sponsoring company including • the development of under- represented groups in home countries • the relevance of western practices to home country organisations • migrant labour • global reward.
The course includes attendance at a three day residential held outside Sheffield. The residential gives you hands on experience of managing an HR activity in a strategic and international context.
Full time – September start – typically 12 months
Full time – January start – typically 15 months
Semester one – postgraduate certificate modules
Semester two – postgraduate diploma modules
Semester three – MSc modules
this is a major project geared to your interest and based on an area of strategic or international importance. Your research must be carried out in an organisational setting.
Our students have taken up careers in human resource management with companies and organisations such as • Carrefour • Lenovo • International Hilton Hotels • the banking sector in Nigeria • Da Nang University and many organisations across Russia and the Middle East.
This specialist pathway will enable you to engage in a critical dialogue about the strategic importance of human resource management (HRM) in international firms, and gain insights into contemporary issues in HRM, such as diversity management, talent management and E-HRM. You will be taught by staff from both research and practice backgrounds.
The business context for managing human resources has changed significantly in recent years due to economic, political, social and technological forces. Competition in global business has led to significant interest and research into which HRM policies and practices lead to enhanced organisational performance. Another area of strategic focus for HRM, within multinational companies in particular, is the ease and speed at which knowledge can be developed and disseminated.
This course will provide you with internationally applicable business skills, particularly in HRM, which have become essential for business leaders in the current market. You will develop your analytical skills, creativity and independent thinking about the way in which HRM can shape organisational performance in the context of continuous change and the globalisation of business.
This course will develop your skills and knowledge in international business across a range of areas including finance, and prepare you for work in an international organisation.
During this course you will develop your understanding of the theory and practice of different research methods, both quantitative and qualitative, in business. You will learn to assess how the external business environment will affect your business, and develop strategies for responding to this.
You will complete an investment portfolio exercise which will help to develop your knowledge of international finance, and an insight into the challenges facing bankers, policy makers, regulators and investors in financial markets.
The business environment is very much international these days, which makes global and inter cultural working a reality. Businesses need to be effective at managing people from an international perspective, during this course you will look at organisation behaviour and human resources management with a focus on the continuous change and the increasing globalisation of business and management practice.
You will also examine what it means to be a human resource professional, and the contribution that this area makes to organisational performance. You will also develop a critical perspective on contemporary human resources management within global business.
As an MSc student, you will be required to complete a dissertation which will allow you to apply all the understanding, knowledge, analytical and conceptual tools that you have gained from your modules.
Students will also have the option to take a module of their choice which might focus on ethics, managing a diverse workforce or project management.
Compulsory module for MSc students only
A generalist career in international organisations, more specialist employment in the finance, marketing and human resources management (HRM) sectors globally and further academic studies, eg, a PhD on an international management topic.