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International Human Resources (MSc)

Course Description

The full-time International Human Resources MSc programme 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. You'll learn about key aspects of international trends, developments and critical issues influencing global employment practices.

Building upon the expertise available in the University, the programme focuses on the management of human resources in international companies and the issues associated with the management of international staff.

Many students on this course are from overseas wishing to gain a UK Masters level degree in international HR 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 students wishing to specialise in international human resource management.

A distinctive feature of the programme is the varied background of the class, with students from several international countries (including students from two collaborating institutions in Europe), which enhances the opportunities for networking and cross-cultural learning.

Additionally, the research element of the programme allows you to specialise in an area of HR of interest or value to your future career.



- International HRM
You'll study international trends and developments of human resources management.

- Managing and leading people
The module examines essential people management and leadership techniques and practices which enables employees to engage with and contribute to corporate and strategic goals.

- Fundamentals of international management
The module surveys the principles of management in the international context, analysing the level of development in economies and management system from an international perspective.

- Strategic international HRM
The module investigates the importance of strategic IHRM as key to the success and competitive edge in today's global organisation.

- People resourcing
The module aims to examine integrated and systematic approaches to meeting an organisation's needs for human resources.

- International employment relations
The module examines employment relations in a variety of national context using a common framework of analysis.

- Research methods
Prepares you to carry out effectively your dissertation by equipping you with the skills and knowledge to define appropriately a research project.

- Dissertation
Explore an area of HR that really interests you or that will be helpful in your future career.

The modules are assessed by course work, group presentations and a time constrained examination. Some modules are assessed by course work only. The dissertation is assessed by a written report and a presentation. Each module is 100-200 of study hours, except for the dissertation, which should be 600 hours of study time.


The course provides a good grounding in HR issues, theories and practice and several modules are based on international professional standards. Successful students can enter a variety of HR roles, particularly the international market or within multinational companies in their country of practice.

Recent guest lectures include: CIPD Annual Lecture 2007 – Alison Bartholomew, National Health Service Litigation Authority and managing the Risk of People in Organisations.

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.


A placement isn't part of the programme but you'll be encouraged to seek work experience during the dissertation period, and will be supported by the teaching staff and the university.

Teaching and learning

A distinctive feature of the full-time Human Resources MSc programme's learning experience is that for half of the modules per semester students will probably share classes with practising HR professionals following the part-time Masters route. These students, typically aged 25 - 35, work in HR departments in London while studying for the professional CIPD qualification. This exposure to HR professionals considerably enhances the learning experience.

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

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