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MSc International Human Resource Management

Course Description

Explore human resource management (HRM) in an international setting, on a course designed in response to the increasing internationalisation and workforce diversity of organisations.

The course focuses on managing human resources in organisations that operate across national borders and the cross cultural issues of people management. It is for those wishing to develop careers in HRM at a strategic and international level within organisations operating in the international environment.

The course enables you to:
-Develop a critical understanding of the philosophies and general practices of international HRM.
-Appreciate and critically evaluate the latest theoretical concepts, principles, standards and frameworks of HRM practice.
-Develop skills in solving complex scenarios related to improving the activities and functions of modern HRM.
-Develop a holistic approach to examining issues and solving complex International HR problems.

You develop your professional expertise and improve your employability and career prospects by gaining broader international business, management and leadership knowledge.

We begin by introducing you to organisation theory, which covers organisational design, organisational theory and methodologies for understanding complex organisations. You also develop your critical thinking on issues such as organisational change and innovation.

You then study specialist theory and practice from an international perspective, giving you practical expertise across key areas of international HR, including:
-The context of HRM.
-Cross cultural leadership.
-International human resource development.
-Comparative approaches to International employee relations.
-Organisational ethics and corporate social responsibility.

To enable you to manage and interpret financial and management accounting information, you learn skills such as budgeting, ratio analysis and using IT in an HR environment.

We give you the opportunity to work with our academics on suitable research projects. This work leads directly to your dissertation, and in suitable cases you may be able to present a paper at a conference or publish your research. If you already have an interest in a particular area of research for your dissertation, we will provide you with the support that could also lead to a conference paper or publication.

Completing a dissertation develops your ability to research new ideas and approaches from a cross cultural perspective. You also develop the skills to formally present your research findings to your fellow students and course tutor.

Previous students have completed research in cross cultural management and expatriate development programmes. They have also worked on projects for their sponsoring company including:
-The development of under- represented groups in home countries the relevance of western practices to home country organisations.
-Migrant labour.
-Global reward.

The course includes attendance at a three day residential held outside Sheffield. The residential gives you hands on experience of managing an HR activity in a strategic and international context.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/msc-international-human-resource-management

Course structure

Full time.
January and September start – 13 to15 months.

Semester One – Postgraduate Certificate modules
-Organisation analysis and design
-Cross-cultural leadership
-International human resource development
-Context of HR
-Research methods (part1)

Semester Two – Postgraduate Diploma modules
-Comparative approaches to international employee relations
-International strategies for HRM
-Information and financial management for HR
-Organisational ethics and corporate social responsibility
-Research methods (part 2)

Semester Three – MSc modules
-Dissertation – this is a major project geared to your interest and based on an area of strategic or international importance. Your research must be carried out in an organisational setting.

Assessment: coursework; dissertation. There are no examinations.

Other admission requirements

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level.

Visit the MSc International Human Resource Management page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally one of the following: a good degree (2.2) or equivalent; professional equivalent. We may consider you without a first degree if you have the necessary experience and can demonstrate an ability to complete the course. See course description for further admission details.

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