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MSc International Human Resource Management


Course Description

This course is designed to help you develop a career in human resource management. It is particularly suitable if some, or all, of your career will involve working outside the UK or if you have an interest in global employment issues. Our MSc International HRM is fully accredited by the UK professional body (CIPD) and leads directly to Associate Membership.

You will receive an excellent grounding in all aspects of International HR, developing your knowledge and practical skills, and focusing particularly on how a strategic approach to HR can add value to organisations across the globe.

The course is taught by an experienced team of lecturers, many of whom have extensive experience as HR professionals, and others who are actively researching and publishing in the field.

The course includes a work placement, and an opportunity to do a live research project leading to your dissertation. It also includes a residential event and a visit to the CIPD’s national conference.

Units of Study

You will study the following units:
■ Leading, Managing and Developing People - This unit provides a critical evaluation of research and debate in the fields of HRM and HRD. You will examine the theoretical foundations of leading, managing and developing people. In particular, the unit will consider the nature, scope and impact of HRM, the theory and practice of leading and managing people at work, and finally will look at the field of learning and development.
■ HR in Context - This unit develops major internal and external contextual issues that shape decision making in business and in HRM.
■ Developing Skills for Business Leadership - This unit will equip you with management, leadership and HR professional skills to support your continuing professional development.
■ Research Methods in HRM - This unit enables you to develop the skills required to identify and investigate HR issues in order to stimulate and support improvements to organisations’ strategies and practices and to peoples working lives.
■ International and Comparative HRM - Critiques the key features of international Human Resource Management and employment systems in selected countries looking at the history of their development and comparing and contrasting their similarities and differences.
■ Dissertation - You will be required to identify, structure, frame and investigate a complex managerial or business issue and produce a substantial written document of your achievements and conclusions.
Electives*:

Performance and Reward
Business Psychology in Action
Ethics Responsibility and Equality
Strategic Learning, Coaching and Talent Development
Organisational Learning and Knowledge Management

*The running of elective units is subject to timetabling and each unit may not be available every year. Candidates seeking CIPD accreditation would need to take the Performance and Reward elective.

The number of units you study will depend on if you choose the PgCert (60 credits) or MSc (120 credits + 60 credit dissertation).

Special Features

■ This course meets the new professional standards set by the UK professional body, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). It is accredited by the CIPD and gives full exemption from their Postgraduate Diploma. The course leads directly to Associate Membership of the body.
■ Student membership of the CIPD is highly recommended. This enables you to obtain the CIPD exemptions, access CIPD resources and library, and attend the national conference in Manchester. CIPD student membership fees are not included in your tuition fees. Please see http://www.cipd.co.uk for current fees.
■ You will be taught in the Business School’s £75 million teaching and research headquarters on All Saints Campus in central Manchester.
■ The course includes attendance at the annual CIPD National Conference held in Manchester in November and this is included in the course fee.
■ A human resources placement is part of the course and many students choose to research their dissertations in their placement organisation. Our placement team will help and support you in finding your placement.
■ A management skills/self-development residential is included in this course. This two-day event is included in the course fee and takes place in your first term.

Assessment

The range of assessment is carefully designed to prepare you for your developing career in HR, and provides a foundation for your journey towards Chartered Membership of CIPD. It also reflects our commitment to develop both your knowledge and your practical skills.

There will be a range of written assignments, reports and case study analyses alongside a small number of written examinations. You will also have the opportunity to develop your professional skills, through practice and reflection. You will develop a record of your personal and professional development, including a plan for your future career development.

Visit the MSc International Human Resource Management page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You should have a good UK honours degree (minimum 2:2), or international/professional/academic equivalent, in any subject. We also welcome applications from candidates who may not have a degree but do have equivalent professional qualifications or significant, relevant management experience.If your first language is not English and your first degree was not taught in English, you must have an English language score of IETLS 6.5, or equivalent such as TOEFL IBT 90. If your IETLS score is 5.5 we may offer you a place on the proviso that you successfully complete an approved English language course at the University.

Course Fees

Please refer to our website for the latest fee information.


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