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MSc International Management (Human Resource Management)

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This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute.

On the MSc International Management (Human Resource Management) course you will develop an understanding of a range of global businesses, their operations, and the cultural differences you will meet in the practice of international management. You will study the various business functions, such as marketing, finance and strategy, taking into account global environmental factors (economic, political and social) in which international organisations operate. You will also develop a specialism in key areas of Human Resource Management; the business function which many would argue is the most important in the sense that it delivers to the organisation the human resource without which nothing would be achieved.

One of the big differences on this course is the focus on acquiring the skills you will need to work in international organisations. You will learn about a range of international organisations and develop your general management skills and intercultural management skills. You will develop your specific Human Resources Management skills in this same international context. You will gain practical experience by working on a live consultancy project for a commercial or not-for-profit organisation and have the opportunity to take part in field trips to study organisations in other countries.

With this master's degree, graduates go on to successful international careers with a range of commercial and not-for-profit organisations around the world.

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Compulsory modules

On the MSc International Management (Human Resource Management) course you will study the compulsory modules listed below, and then choose between completing a dissertation or work-based research project. 

  • Research Methods:
  • Introduction to the Principles of Marketing
  • Finance and Accounting for Business
  • Global Strategic Management
  • International Organisations
  • Resourcing, Talent and Performance Management
  • Managing Employment Relations
  • Leading and Managing: International Perspective
  • Consultancy Project
  • International Management in Practice: Study Trip

Elective modules

  • International Business in Practice - Study Trip

Capstone Module Choice

You will choose one of the following capstone modules that best suits your academic interests or professional development requirements.

  • Dissertation
  • Synoptic Research Project
  • Client Project

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Accreditation

This course is accredited by CMI – CMI accreditation means that this professional chartered body in management recognises the strengths of the programme and the quality it adds to educate successful and capable graduates in Business and Management. As an added value, if you decide to become a member of the CMI, you have the option to graduate with your degree and gain a professional CMI qualification (Level 7 in Strategic Management and Leadership) and there's no extra study involved. This membership also provides you with benefits. For example, student members can access online content, networking events, company visits, online seminars and mentoring.

A CMI Induction event will be held so you can find out about the CMI qualification and membership and choose whether you would like to qualify and join. If you do choose to become a member of the CMI and gain the Level 7 CMI qualification you will need to pay a non-refundable fee, which was £289 in 2018 and includes one-year membership of the CMI.

Teaching and learning

Much of the teaching on the course takes the form of interactive workshops, but there are also lectures from staff and visiting speakers. Lectures, discussions, role-play exercises and seminars are linked with selected case studies and assessments to strengthen your practical analysis and decision-making skills. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills in working as part of a team through structured group assignments.

Teaching staff at the Business School are researchers and/or from an industry background with an in-depth practical experience of business and management issues. Visiting speakers from business, industry, consultancies and research bodies provide further input.

Approach to assessment

Each module is assessed using a range of different methods including examinations, assignments, individual or group reports and group presentations. This range of assessments will help you to develop the analytical and presentational that employers within different organisations look for.

Specialist facilities

At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. Set at the heart of our Headington campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and has transformed the experiences of our students and the entire University community. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.

We're investing over £30m to create modern teaching and learning facilities and creating a new home at Headington for the Business School.

Set to be complete in 2017, you'll see:

  • The Business School brought together in a modern, professional environment
  • 30 teaching rooms and a collaborative lecture theatre
  • A new Main Hall with soundproof wall, perfect for teaching and events like graduations
  • Social learning spaces and a cafe
  • A new gateway into the Headington Campus.

Our library provides specialist business resources (both hard copy and via online access) to UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, a wide range of constantly updated key texts, and postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses.


Visit the MSc International Management (Human Resource Management) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

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