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International Human Resource Management (MSc)

Course Description

Our MSc invites students from around the world and UK students wishing to expand their understanding of an overseas market to study the global workplace from a human resource perspective. Looking at employers from around the globe, you will use qualitative and quantitative methods to critically evaluate company data, including the analysis of statistical information such as recruitment and retention rates.

You will also measure the success of training, looking at how it benefits staff and what the real return on investment is. Meanwhile, your qualitative data focuses on employee and manager perceptions, employer brand and how a company becomes an employer of choice.

You will gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of HR Management including learning and development in the workplace, people resourcing, HRM performance management and employee relations - covering everything from unions and strikes to discipline and grievance. You will also examine modules with a global flavour.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/internationalhrm_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


Our course provides excellent opportunities for your ongoing career development and could lead you to a job in HR, potentially working for a UK company with an international remit, a small business emerging into the global market, or an overseas multinational company.

As HRM covers many aspects of people management, your study may also stand you in good stead for a career in general management or as the boss of your own company.

- Head of Learning and Organisational Development
- HR Business Partner
- Talent Manager
- Regional Recruitment Specialist

Careers advice:
The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

You will have the opportunity to network with members of the professional body, The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and will be able to join and attend branch meetings and events, many of which are held at our Rose Bowl, a business hub in the centre of Leeds.

In addition our MSc will include an optional placement working in an HR department and, subject to demand, the possibility of an educational visit to a European country to explore their Human Resource Management practices. This may include visits to factories, governmental institutions and attendance at a European University to attend lectures (in English).

We have a dedicated employability and placements office to support you and provide you with access to a wide range of vacancies from local, national and international employers. Pre-placement guidance and seminars are available on topics such as CV and letter writing, how to succeed at interview, assessment centres and psychometric tests.

Core Modules

Competencies for the International HR Practitioner
Develop insightful management strategies and personal interactive and culturally-sensitive skills that strengthen and enhance your cross-cultural competencies within a multi-cultural workplace.

Intercultural Dimensions of Management
Take an in-depth look at the dynamics of intercultural differences and intercultural relations and their impact on Management Practice.

Key Principles of Human Resource Management
Gain an introduction to the major contemporary research and debates in the field of HRM and HRD, from a global perspective.

Strategic Corporate Human Resource Management
Develop and explore key topic areas in the study of organising and managing the global workforce to achieve organisational performance measures.

You will carry out an in-depth research project in a subject area that is appropriate to the course and of particular interest to you.

Option Modules

Employee Engagement
Undertake a critical study of employee engagement from the perspectives of the practitioner and the academic. Relate employee engagement to factors such as leadership, performance, well-being and organisational commitment.

Employment Law (HR)
Develop a conceptual understanding, and analytical and evaluative skills, which are essential for effective personnel practice in an advisory capacity at both strategic and operational levels in an organisation.

Intercultural Leadership & Organisational Change
Reflect on and build your personal leadership capabilities for implementing change within an intercultural setting, learning how to embed and implement change throughout a diverse organisation.

International Human Resource Development
Gain a critical understanding of people management and development in a modern global organisational setting, and of the challenges and latest trends of International Human Resource Development.

Leadership & Management Development
Focus on the learning and development of leaders and managers within organisations so you can assess the value of leadership and management development to an organisation's success.

Performance & Reward from a Global Perspective
Develop functional knowledge in key areas of performance and reward for both public and private sector employees within global, national and local environments.


- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- The Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl has impressive teaching spaces, auditoriums, conference facilities and an outstanding local reputation as a business hub. The Rose Bowl puts our students at the centre of a dynamic business community.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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

(Student Profile)

Aisha Pothan

Leeds Beckett offered me a dual qualification, enabling me to get a professional (CIPD) and an academic degree together. The course gave me a sneak preview of the working world – after a four-week shadow placement with Leeds Building Society, I applied for a full-time position and now work within the Learning and Development team.

Aisha Pothan
Learning and Development Coordinator, Leeds Building Society


Entry Requirements

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