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).
This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and expertise to practice Human Resource Management in a multi-national, globalised context.
The MSc International Human Resource Management is both academically challenging, with input from world-leading academics, and practically focused, giving you the opportunity to develop the confidence, knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in International Human Resource Management.
Central to this is the idea of the international HR manager who combines specialist technical knowledge with a strong understanding of the social, political and ethical context of business in a globalised world.
In this world, in addition to technical expertise in particular HR functions, managers need to understand national differences and how to manage in cross-cultural environments. They need to be aware of how to organise processes and projects across national boundaries. They need to be able to analyse the impact of different national institutional contexts on firm structures, innovation processes and work organisation. They need to be aware of the broader social and environmental consequences of their actions and the way in which national and international structures of soft and hard law impact on their policies and procedures. They need to be sensitive to changing social expectations of the responsibilities of firms and the way in which new internet based technologies make companies more visible and accountable to global social movements as well as more locally based coalitions of citizens and consumers. They need to be able to reflect on how to be an HR manager in such complex contexts, and to adapt creatively and effectively to challenges in a fast-moving environment.
The course will look at the management of people including theories of management and organisation, motivation, groups and team working, internal structures and decision-making processes, and leadership. The management of the various activities associated with the practice of HRM, namely recruitment and selection, training and development, reward management employment law, equality and diversity will also be examined.
The course will also explore the nature of the organisation, the strategy and structure of multinational firms in different sectors (such as manufacturing, transport and professional services) will be analysed in cross-national settings in order to understand national differences and how to manage in cross-cultural environments.
Our teaching is heavily informed by research and combines academic rigour with practical relevance. Our internationally leading faculty consists of academics who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field. They bring the lessons learnt from their most recent research into the classroom, giving you access to up to date real life examples and scenarios and critical business thinking.
Your teaching and learning resources will be provided and we will be responsive to your needs and views. For your part, you will need to put in the necessary amount of work both during and outside formal teaching sessions, and to make good use of the facilities provided.
Methods of teaching
Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials).
In a lecture, the lecturer will mainly be giving an overview of a particular aspect of the module content (as well as opportunities for you to ask questions and be reflective), while in classes and workshops you will have an opportunity to practice techniques, discuss ideas, apply concepts and consolidate your understanding in the topic.
International Human Resource professionals need to have the skills to evaluate new ideas, identify which new practices will have the greatest impact on their organisations and have the confidence to disregard others in an international context. It is a field of management that offers promising careers.
This MSc programme is primarily designed for those interested in the changing nature of human resource management in a globalised world. It will provide a strong basis for a variety of careers and support:
Those wishing to pursue an academic career will also benefit from the programme as the basis to further PhD studies in international human resource management.
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.
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.
Our International Human Resource Management / International Human Resource Development programme is ideal for people who want to qualify professionally with the CIPD.
For full-time students the Masters programme is ideal as it allows you to complete the requirements of the Institiute for the award of the Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management or Human Resource Development.
If you complete the part-time mode you will also complete the requirements of the Institute for the award of the Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management or Human Resource Development after 2 years of part time study.
Successful completion of the core and the option modules will enable you to become Associate Members of the CIPD with eligibility for upgrading to Chartered Membership.
We have an experienced teaching team who combine real work experience of human resource management with the academic qualifications, bringing a strategic and conceptual view to the topics covered. Sessions are interactive and we invite guest speakers, encourage students to work together on case studies, arrange visits and incorporate role-playing activities to develop practical HR skills.
For full-time students, the course runs over one full year. For part-time students it will run on one afternoon and evening over two years for the PG Diploma HRM / HRD stage, with an additional third year (part-time) for the MA IHRM. For some sessions, full-time and part-time students will be taught together, allowing UK-based and international students the chance to share experiences and bring a global perspective to HR issues.
One of the CIPD core modules requires you to apply the knowledge and skills gained on the course to conduct a piece of research on a ‘live’ HR issues and this further enhances individual skills and enhances employability.
-Our course will be fully approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and is equivalent to the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma which allows you gain associate level membership and eligibility to upgrade to Chartered Membership status on meeting the CIPD requirements.
-The programme allows you to study either on a full-time or part-time basis, so that you can combine work with achieving your qualification
-The course covers the core CIPD modules but allows you also to select modules in specialist areas so you will either focus on HRM or HRD. It also allows you to apply to the CIPD for upgrading to Chartered Member in either discipline.
-Interactive teaching sessions with guest speakers and professional skills development sessions.
-The Master’s stage of the course allows you to consider HRM and HRD from an international perspective.
Each 20-credit module involves 60 hours of learning activities which will include some lectures, seminars, group discussions, research activities and case study work. There will be a good mix of individual tasks and group work to foster learning. In addition to the 60 hours of guided study there is a requirement for self-directed study for all modules.
For the CIPD core modules the assessments include two exams, the compilation of a portfolio to show skills-based learning and a business report covering a piece of relevant research. For the optional and additional modules, assignments will include essays, practical case studies and an open book exam.
The course is designed around the skills and competencies required to become a professional HRM or HRD practitioner. A core module of the course is called Developing Skills for Business Leadership, and covers the skills and competencies specified by the CIPD.
You will be able to participate in practical, work relevant activities such as conducting a negotiation with an employee representative, holding a grievance and disciplinary interview with a member of staff, selection interviews and many more skills-based sessions.
The course is closely tied into the CIPD profession map, which has been developed by consideration of what the leading experts working in HRM and HRD need to know and understand to contribute effectively to the performance of their organisations.
Our Master's degree in International Human Resource Management offers the opportunity to focus on cultural and management issues at international level. It will provide you with the ability to develop a systematic understanding and critical awareness of current problems and issues in an international context.
You will gain an understanding of core business concepts, helping you understand the role of the organisations in the changing global business environment and the ethical responsibilities of policy makers within organisations.
Alongside the core curriculum, you will gain a general business education which will help you to understand the role of organisations in the changing global business environment and the ethical responsibilities of policy makers within organisations. Our courses will also enhance your lifelong learning skills and personal development to help you get the most from your career.
You will study Organisational Behaviour, International and Comparative Employment Relations, Equality and Diversity Management, Management of Human Resources, Managing across Cultures, Ethics and Sustainability in HR and a newly designed course, Professional Practice in HR, with a six months mentoring programme with a HR professional in the UK. You will also undertake Research Project, in order to demonstrate deeper knowledge and understanding in a particular area of interest.
The aims of the programme are to:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Students are assessed on varied aspects of organisational practice through:
Graduates can pursue professional positions in international human resource management in public and private institutions, international companies, government departments, non-governmental organisations, trade unions and similar agencies.
We have developed strong relations with companies in the financial centres in London, including in the City, Canary Wharf, and Fenchurch Street. This offers you networking, mentoring and internship opportunities, making it a perfect location to develop your career.
You can also reach out to top employers through our dedicated Business School Employability Office (BSEO). Our team focuses on developing your employment skills through CV support, interview skills workshops and guidance through mentors to progress in the industry. This includes the opportunity to network with employers and recruiters at career fairs.
The BSEO team was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards, which shows their dedication to actively support career development.
We will encourage you to join societies such as the HRM and Business Psychology Society to take part in networking events, industry workshops and much more.
Managing human resources is a key area of business and management. Globalisation and the changing economic, demographic, and political landscape means that what constitutes effective HRM and how it may best be practiced is constantly evolving and increasingly requires an international orientation. The University of Edinburgh Business School’s MSc in International HRM is at the forefront of research-led, practically and theoretically-informed management education.
The programme provides a combination of courses to enable the professional development of future HR practitioners, capable of operating across national borders. The programme combines the latest theory and research with the development of practical skills and opportunities for the application of knowledge to real-life, international HR issues.
The aim of the MSc in International Human Resource Management is to give you the knowledge, understanding and skills required by HR professionals operating within global organisations.
The programme provides courses that will enable the professional development of future international HR managers. These courses combine theoretical and research-based insights with practical skills and provide opportunities for the application of this knowledge to real-life HR issues.
A strong academic base, enthusiastic faculty and international cohort will ensure a rewarding student experience in our city-centre campus. The School has widespread industry links and students will have exposure to a range of first class guest speakers.
Learning will primarily be through lectures, set reading, class discussions, exercises, group-work assignments, problem solving in tutorials and case studies. Assessment methods include examinations, assignments, presentations or continuous assessment.
Students who follow this programme will: