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This Master's programme prepares students to work as Human Resource Management (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.

Course modules

The module descriptions set out on this page are correct for modules being taught in the current academic year. Optional module listings are indicative and may be subject to change.


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.

Professional accreditation

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the world’s largest Chartered HR development professional body with members from over 120 countries worldwide. Henley Business School is delighted that its MSc programme in International HRM has been approved as providing the skills and knowledge necessary for professional membership of the CIPD, thus providing an excellent opportunity for students who wish to work within the HR function.

For more information on how the MSc in International HRM at Henley Business School degree can help lead to professional recognition from CIPD please contact 

Visit the International Human Resource Management MSc page on the University of Reading website for more details!