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Why this course?

This course will help you to develop an understanding of how and why human resource policies and practices differ across the world. You’ll examine how international companies address these challenges.

The course allows you to consider these issues critically. It also encourages you to think more practically about the skills required to manage in an international context.

The programme will provide you with:

  • a good understanding of theoretical debates and policy issues affecting human resource management in the global context
  • an awareness of the range of possible national and regional models for the management of human resources within the globalised economy
  • an appreciation of the impact of local cultural and institutional influences on the practices of global organisations
  • good working knowledge of the skills required to manage in an international context
  • an understanding of how multinational organisations can best mobilise a culturally diverse workforce

You’ll study

The curriculum provides a good balance between theory and practice.

You’ll undertake an introductory HRM class early in Semester 1 to prepare you for the core classes which follow. This class covers HRM concepts and functions such as:

  • the nature of HRM
  • people and their role in organisations
  • recruitment and selection of employees
  • managing people in the workplace, including:
  • motivation and workplace relations
  • rewards and benefits
  • training and developing the workforce

Research Report

During Semester 2, you’ll produce a group report based on an organisational issue with an international focus. Assistance is given by the department to gain access to an organisation to complete the report.

Dissertation

MSc students also complete a dissertation on an approved topic with an international focus. This is done over the period of June to August.

Facilities

Strathclyde Business School is one of the largest institutions of its kind in Europe. It has around 200 academic staff and more than 3,000 full-time students.

The departments and specialist units work together to provide a dynamic, fully-rounded and varied programme of specialist and cross-disciplinary postgraduate courses.

Teaching staff

The course is taught by world-class faculty drawing on leading edge research.

Assessment

Research report

During Semester 2, you’ll produce a group report based on an organisational issue with an international focus. Assistance is given by the department to gain access to an organisation to complete the report.

Dissertation

MSc students also complete a dissertation on an approved topic with an international focus. This is done over the period of June to August.

Careers

As a graduate of this programme you could work for organisations such as:

  • global multinationals
  • government
  • global non-governmental organisations such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and UNICEF

Recent graduates from the department have gained jobs in a range of leading international organisations including:

  • IBM
  • Shell
  • Accenture
  • Oxfam

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

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