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There is growing worldwide demand for professionals and leaders who can devise and apply creative human resource solutions across differing national and international contexts. Success in these roles requires high level mastery of comparative HR practice, combined with sensitivity to context and insight into both employers' and employees' needs.

Our MSc in Human Resource Management (International) will equip you with a critical grasp of the issues, themes and challenges central to managing people, whatever the context. The course will suit you if you are seeking , or have already started, a career in managing people or as a specialist HR professional in any part of the world, including Europe and the UK. Its international focus is particularly relevant if your career plans involve working in:

• countries other than your own
• international organisations within your home country (including the UK), or
• home country organisations which emulate the highest standards of HRM practice worldwide.

Key benefits

The MSc in Human Resource Management (International) is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Student membership of the CIPD comes with the programme, and the University pays your membership fees for your year of study.

Course detail

Alongside up-to-the-minute, practitioner-focused teaching, we will arrange regular opportunities for you to spend time in a local organisation shadowing the work of HR professionals. We also hold regular speaker events where you can hear from inspiring and influential HR professionals discussing leading-edge practice within their organisations.

A particular feature of this course is the very personal interest we take in your development. Using psychometric assessments, skills development workshops and a range of practical activities, we will profile your unique attributes, develop your strengths and offer extensive feedback on your progress throughout. If you need help with your English, we also offer English language and study skills classes free of charge.


The compulsory modules:

• Managing People in Organisations
• The International Employment Context
• International Human Resource Management
• Applied Human Resource Management and Business Skills
• Investigating a Business Issue from an HR Perspective

Optional modules:

• International Resourcing and Talent Management
• Equality and Diversity from a Comparative Perspective
• International Employment Relations
• International Standards and Employment Law
• Performance Management
• Managing Reward
• Management and Career Development
• Employment Law
• Resourcing and Talent Management
• Employee Relations


The final stage of the course is a 13,000-word research dissertation focusing on a live business issue which suits your strengths and interests. You can choose a project arranged for you by the University in a local organisation, or arrange one yourself in Britain or elsewhere. An individual tutor offers individual support for your research, and close supervision.

You can choose between two kinds of project:

• Organisation-based projects - these are projects which tackle a live HR problem or issue within a specific organisation. You will usually spend two months in the organisation, working with people and data relevant to your research. The topic is generally chosen by the organisation. Either the University will arrange this for you in a local organisation or you can arrange a project of your own, in Britain or overseas.

• Issue-based projects - these projects also tackle a live HR problem or issue, but do not require a placement; instead, the project concerns an issue of interest to you. This option typically offers greater freedom of choice. You could approach a number of organisations for data, or find ways of accessing people, for example through social media or your personal network.


We use a variety of blended teaching methods on this course. You will learn through a mix of tutor-led and student-led activities, including small group work, group presentations and discussion, student-led seminars, case studies and role plays.

The overall emphasis is on active participation. As well as face-to-face learning in groups, you will have access to our online learning platform, where you can find lectures, relevant articles and book extracts, as well as communicate with your tutors. We also draw on many real-life examples through case studies and guest practitioner speakers.

There is a significant requirement for students to work independently throughout the course, both individually and in groups. This increases as you move into the dissertation phase.


In order to help you to integrate your learning on the course with practice, and to prepare you for eventual employment, you will spend several days shadowing an HR professional during the first two semesters of the programme. This work experience is organised by the University on your behalf, and involves a diverse range of organisations within or close to Bristol.


A range of different forms of assessment are used throughout the course including written assignments, tests, exams, reflective log, presentations and group exercises. Assessment of skills and competence also forms part of the overall assessment strategy.

Careers / Further study

Our intensive Masters equips you with the professional knowledge and skills you need to make an immediate contribution in an entry-level HR role.

Previous members of our Human Resource Management Masters programmes have progressed to high profile roles in international organisations such as Avon & Somerset Constabulary, British American Tobacco, Barclays Bank, Colgate Palmolive, Deloitte, KPMG, L'Oréal (Paris), the National Health Service, Nestlé, and Towers Watson plc.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link:


- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here:

Visit the MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert International Human Resource Management page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!





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