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Effective human resource management (HRM) is an integral part of any successful organisation and, within the context of a competitive global market, the demand for skilled staff is now increasing within every business sector, in multinational organisations and companies throughout the world.

Designed specifically for those who want to pursue global careers in HRM, this course covers the essential theoretical knowledge, intellectual frameworks and practical skills required by today’s employers in a range of international business contexts. You should gain an understanding of the key theories in HRM, an in-depth knowledge and understanding of country-specific practices and international HR issues, alongside the real-world experience and skills needed to operate across national borders as an HR professional.

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD)

Successful completion of this course currently fulfils the requirement for Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) Associate Membership and the knowledge element required for Chartered Membership, although further modules must be successfully completed to receive Chartered Membership which will incur additional fees.

*Currently, this course is mapped to the CIPD’s Professional Standards Framework, with a review of that framework expected in 2020. Whilst Coventry University hopes and anticipates that any review would be see the continuation of our accreditation, if the review were to require changes, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

Course information

The course focuses on strategic people management and development within an international organisational context, placing special emphasis on global employment issues, including national cultures, legislation and strategies. For example, we consider the role of HR professionals in managing skilled and unskilled migration and how this impacts on organisational effectiveness.

Our course team currently benefits from a close relationship with the CIPD, organising and hosting CIPD local branch events. Your programme of study will reflect the CIPD’s* current professional standards and expectations, which aims to broaden your awareness of HR generalist and specialist functions in an international context and provide you with the essential requirements needed to work within the broad context of international people management and development.

We will aim to develop your strategic awareness of global business operations, for example, by considering how the individual goals and strategies of businesses drive their marketing, production, employee or customer orientation, as well as learning and development strategy. We will also look at how HR professionals can add value in organisations through ensuring cultural diversity through recruitment and selection practices or global talent management programmes.

You will have the chance to study a range of technical modules, such as HR Analytics and Managing Organisational Change Projects using project management, in addition to core HR accredited modules to help you achieve Associate CIPD membership*, upon successful completion of the course. We also ensure that you have the opportunity to gain a genuinely internationalised learning experience, so that you have the chance to develop your awareness of a range of international contexts. For instance, the ‘Comparative Global HRM’ module allows you to select two regions from four to compare HR practices, which should enable you to tailor your studies depending on your personal requirements and in line with your future career aspirations.

Career prospects

Organisations in every area, in every country should have a HR department, so upon successful completion of this course, having the experience and these essential skills could lead to you working within one of those departments, regardless of whether you work as a generalist or a specialist with particular expertise in one area of HR.

Opportunities now exist to explore HR in numerous sectors and at many different levels, covering everything from training and recruitment, pensions, compensation, benefits, and payroll and redundancy to implementing employment law and relocation packages.

Upon successful completion, you should gain a clear understanding of a broad range of HR, managerial and business principles, practices and competencies in different regions of the world. You should develop specialist technical competence, strong analytical and problem-solving skills in managing organisational change and in HR analytics.

There will be opportunities to work with employers on problem-based assessments and you will have the opportunity to gain experience producing policy documents relevant to the changing world of work.

Our Faculty aims to give you access to Employment Personal Tutors, aligned to your area of study, to work with you throughout your course. Our Employment Personal Tutors have previously worked in industry and some have experience of being a recruiter; because of their experiences, they understand the labour market, the skills employers look for and the processes used by employers to select candidates.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.


Visit the International Human Resource Management - MSc page on the Coventry University website for more details!

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