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International Human Resources Management (IGS) (MSc)

Course Description

The full-time MSc International Human Resources Management course is taught in a truly international context in two world capital cities and offers a collaborative programme awarding master's degrees from LSBU and Carlos III University, Madrid or the Institut de Gestion Sociale (IGS), Paris.

The course is designed for graduates of any discipline who intend to develop a career in global business in the area of human resource management, or in any area of management which places a high priority on the exercise of people management skills.

Building upon the expertise and opportunities available at all the institutions, the programme focuses on the management of human resources in international companies and the issues associated with the management of international staff, and includes the opportunity of an internship. Members of the programme are supported and encouraged to develop research skills in a business environment through the production of an internship-based masters dissertation, which represents the culmination of the programme.

Upon completion you'll be awarded two Masters degrees: MSc in International Human Resources Management (UK) and a degree from either IGS Paris, Carlos III University, depending on your route of study.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/international-human-resources-management-igs-msc


The course is taught in English in all locations. You will study in Paris or Madrid for 4 months, and London for 4 months followed by a 6-7 month international internship.

Semester 1 (Paris or Madrid)
- Introduction to HR
- Business game
- International economics
- International human resources
- Managing in an international environment
- HR strategy and policy (at BU level)
- Managing and leading people
- HR administration and legal environment
- Key processes in human resources management and HRIS
- Soft skills in HR management

- Managing and leading people
- Strategic management
- Organizational behavior
- Comparative HR
- Financial management
- Commercial management
- Production management
- International management
- Accounting

Semester 2 (London):
- Research methods
- Fundamentals of international management
- International strategic HR management
- People resourcing
- International employee relations
- Dissertation

You'll undertake a 6-7 month internship in an international HR role to support the dissertation and further career opportunities and improve your French or Spanish language skills.


The course gives a good grounding in international HR issues, theories and practice, and several units are based on the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) professional standards. Successful students can enter a variety of HR roles, particularly in the international market. The internship gives a real boost to career opportunities for graduates on this programme.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes. Internships offered in International Companies and it is envisaged that the programme will attract a level of Professional Body (CIPD) membership.

Centre of Excellence status is the IoEE’s (Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs) flagship organisational accreditation for organisations that promote and deliver enterprise skills development – and is in recognition of the School’s entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice.

Visit the International Human Resources Management (IGS) (MSc) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Students for this programme need to apply direct to IGS or Carlos III University. Students are usually from overseas wishing to gain a masters level degree in international HR on a truly internationally delivered course in Paris, Madrid and London, which they can then utilise back in their country of origin or to further an international career. The course also attracts a number of UK, Spanish and French students wishing to specialise in international human resource management.

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