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MSc International Human Resource Management and Comparative Industrial Relations


Course Description

With more and more people working for multinational corporations or in global supply chains, the study of international human resources and comparative industrial relations is becoming ever more important.

The increasing globalisation of the economy and pan-national employment legislation means that the ability to compare processes and practices across continents is a highly sought-after skill. This CIPD-approved course is extremely advantageous in securing a career in HRM. It gives you an understanding of the differences between the employment practices and industrial relations systems of varying countries and multinationals, and how they are influenced by social and economic factors. You also look at the influence of economic integration on changing systems of employment and industrial relations.

CIPD Course recognition
The course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) to the new equivalent advanced level postgraduate standard. You can enhance your studies by taking additional CIPD components that prepare you for CIPD membership. To qualify for membership you need to attend a series of skills workshops with presentations by guest speakers and complete a range of activities enabling you to develop practical HR skills.

You join CIPD as a student member and when you have passed all course units (including the dissertation) and the CIPD components, your CIPD membership will be automatically updated to Associate Member. Once you have applied your knowledge in the workplace, you can apply for Chartered membership.

There is an additional charge for both the required skill training and the CIPD student membership – contact the Masters Admissions Office for details.

Further information about CIPD qualifications: http://www.cipd.co.uk/qualifications

Career opportunities
Recent recruiters include: Accenture, AstraZeneca, BAE Systems, Bentley, Deloitte, Department for Education, Ernst & Young, European Central Bank, Hewlett-Packard, Nestlé, Proctor and Gamble, RBS Insurance, Saudi Aramco, Shell International, Ultramar Group.

Course structure (All taught units are 15 credits)

Semester 1
–– Comparative Industrial Relations
–– Human Resource Management: Strategy and Practice
––Multinationals and Comparative Employment Systems
–– Research Methods for Organisations

Elective units:
–– Industrial Relations
––Organisation Development

Semester 2
–– International Human Resource Management
–– International Labour Law and Regulation

Elective units:
–– Employment Policy and Practice
–– Human Resource Management: Context and Organisation*
–– Human Resource Management in Asia
––Management of International Organisational Change*

* These elective units are compulsory in order to achieve CIPD recognition.

Note: a maximum of eight units can be taken so you choose two elective units across the two semesters.
There may be minor changes to the allocation of units to each semester.

Summer period
Dissertation (60 credits)
–– Apply what you have learned in the taught part of the course
–– Normally consists of a literature review followed by a piece of work based on qualitative or quantitative research.

Examples of recent dissertation topics:
––Work-life balance: perspectives of female teachers from the UK and India
–– Demographic change in Germany and Japan and the implications for the labour market
–– A comparative study of gender discrimination at work in the UK and China
–– The impact of support practices on expatriate adjustment in a Russian multinational corporation
–– Coping mechanisms of Nigerian women balancing motherhood and managerial roles
–– A comparative study of performance appraisal in different countries
–– Handling redundancies in economic crises: a comparison between Germany and the UK
–– A critical review of change agents and the HR function in cross-border mergers
–– The development of employee loyalty in a US subsidiary in China

Open Days

Masters information sessions

We are hosting a series of informal information sessions for undergraduates who are thinking about pursuing a Master’s course at Alliance Manchester Business School.

Our Masters courses aren't just for business graduates - from business analytics to operations, and marketing to finance, we have 17 courses to choose from. Join us to meet a careers advisor, admissions staff and current students and discover how our courses can boost your career prospects.

Also, a number of graduates have the opportunity to progress directly onto the Full-time MBA programme as a Young Potential Leader - could you be one of them?

Choose from the following dates:
Wednesday 15 February 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 15 March 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 26 April 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 10 May 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm

All events are held in the Atrium, Alliance MBS East building (on the corner of Oxford Road and Booth Street East) - number 26 on the campus map.

For further information and to register your interest in attending, please see the Alliance MBS website: http://www.mbs.ac.uk/masters/meet-us.aspx

Visit the MSc International Human Resource Management and Comparative Industrial Relations page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:1, any discipline TOEFL/IELTS may be required for non-UK students. Apply now! You can submit your application before you graduate.

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