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Develop the people management skills required for working in an international business environment

If you're interested in a career involving responsibility for the management and leadership of employees in a global environment then this course is for you.

Human Resource Management (HRM) is a vital area of business. Successful people management, effective recruitment and a knowledge of employment law are keystones to the running and development of any company, whatever its size.

This course will develop your personal and professional skills to enable you to succeed in dynamic and complex international business environments. It will equip you with knowledge and understanding of global perspectives in HRM and prepare you to work in organisations to develop and sustain competitive advantage.

Course details

You’ll learn the specialist skills and expertise you need to be effective in realising human potential and wellbeing in employment and gain an understanding of recruitment and selection, training and development, employee relations and performance management.

You’ll develop an in-depth knowledge of international HRM processes and practices and gain an understanding of international and multicultural business environments and the skills required to manage people in global organisations.

You’ll also develop skills which will enhance your personal effectiveness as a critical thinker and encourage creative and effective approaches to complex management issues.

This course attracts students from all over the world and provides you with an excellent opportunity to expand your understanding of the diversity in international approaches to people management through discussion with your peers. You’ll be encouraged to reflect on the approach to HRM in your own culture/country and contribute relevant examples in class discussions.

Lead academic - Dr Vaughan Ellis


Modules that you will study* as part of this course

  • Contemporary Issues in Strategic Management ( SOE11105 )
  • Dissertation ( HRM11130 )
  • Employee Resourcing ( HRM11102 )
  • HRM in an International Context ( HRM11111 )
  • Intercultural Business Communication ( LNG11106 )
  • People and Organisational Development ( HRM11115 )
  • Research Methods ( SOE11131 )
  • The Organisational Context of HR ( HRM11116 )

* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

How you’ll be taught

This is a full-time course starting in September or January and is split up into three trimesters.

  • Duration:September starts: 12 months
  • January starts: 18 months with a three-month break over the summer (after the first taught trimester)

You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, workshops, seminars and independent study.


You will be assessed using a range of different methods including presentations, reports, essays, exams and group work.


In response to the increasing internationalisation of business, and the appreciation of the importance of effective people management, expertise in international HRM is increasingly valued by employers. This course has been developed to enable our graduates to compete in this expanding labour market.

Visit the MSc International Human Resource Management page on the Edinburgh Napier University website for more details!




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