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Why take this course?

The globalisation of business means that the management of people has become an international activity. It cannot be assumed that what is effective in one country can be automatically transferred to another country, even when it is within the same organisation.

This course will enable you to manage people across borders and be fully informed on cross-cultural issues within international HR.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Learn in multi-national classes where you can benefit from the backgrounds, academic profiles and work experiences of other students
Take part in skills development workshops where you will contribute to managerial and HR-based activities
Participate in live web-based chat forums to discuss your work with lecturers and other students

What opportunities might it lead to?

We are an Approved Centre for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). On completion, you will be eligible to seek Associate Membership of the CIPD and you may meet the criteria for Chartered Membership (depending on your previous experience). The CIPD is the world's largest internally-recognised Chartered HR and development professional body.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Business development and consultancy
Management
Recruitment
Personnel
Human resources
Training

Module Details

The initial emphasis is on putting the foundations into place: developing understanding of the functions and tools of management such as finance, operations management and, of course, HRM. There is also the need to appreciate the importance of an organisation's external environment, which as the course highlights, is international. In addition, weekly tutorials will help you understand the requirements of studying in the UK at postgraduate level.

Here are the units you will study:

Developing People for Business: This focuses initially on HR and professional skills including finance, statistics and information systems.HR skills include effective self-management, effective management in practice, influencing people and ethical practices. Following on from that, theoretical approaches to leadership, change management practice and culture are also considered.

Managing Human Resources: This aims to develop your critical awareness of the conflicts and ambiguities associated with added value professional roles, ethics and legal compliance. You will explore the contribution made by the professional training and/or human resource development function to the efficient operation of an organisation.

The International HR Practitioner: This initially considers the key theories underpinning business strategy and HRM in an international context. The unit considers how strategic human resource management can impact on the strategic processes driving organisations in an increasingly globalised environment. In the latter part of the unit the focus moves on to considering the relationship between strategic management and international HRM.

Research Project: The dissertation should be of value to you in your career and therefore should be strategic in nature. Where appropriate, it could also be of significance to a sponsoring organisation. It should demonstrate the ability to integrate theory and practice, as well as your capacity to manage and present (in written form) a substantial piece of work-based, in-depth research. A supervisor will be allocated to guide you through the research.

Programme Assessment

Our learning approach is active, participative, reflective and student-centred. You will be encouraged to develop a strategic awareness and appreciate the role of the HR professional as a business partner. We combine a variety of teaching methods including seminars, lectures, case studies, class discussions and group work.

Assessment differs from unit to unit, but all consist of varying forms of coursework alongside a time-constrained assessment. You will also complete a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Student Destinations

Our course has been designed for those who want to develop their people management knowledge and skills either as HR specialists or as managers in companies that operate, or wish to operate, across international boundaries.

The international element of this Master’s course will give you a greater understanding of global business and will widen your horizons in terms of seeking work internationally. You can look forward to a fulfilling career working in a range of professional business roles including, human resources management and an array of management roles.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Benefits analyst
Human resource officer
Human resource systems manager
Personnel adviser
Recruitment consultant
Training and development coordinator

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

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