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MA International Human Resource Management

Course Description

Course Summary

An organisation’s success is dependent on many things, none more so than the management of skilled, committed and empowered employees who want to grow and meet challenging goals.

Join us on this course and you will quickly develop as an HR specialist with an international outlook, and gain a high level of practical knowledge which will enable you to make a valuable contribution to your team.

You will research and discuss the latest ideas at operational and strategic levels, and learn to recognise the people management implications of corporate goals.

Intermediate qualifications available:

- Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
- Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Choose International Human Resource Management MA at Bedfordshire and:

- Study and analyse data using the latest techniques and knowledge, and learn about the contemporary issues and problems relating to the management of human resources in global organisations
- Explore and analyse a range of perspectives relating to workplace organisation and its effective management to ensure optimum performance
- Develop the expertise to make an invaluable contribution to effective organisational management
- Gain experience of a multi-disciplinary approach to the principles of HR management, strategic management, employee relations, human resource development, international business and management principles
- Benefit from the development of expertise that will enable you to work as a HR strategic business partner, giving support to other strategic managers with critical insights into the world of people in the workplace.

Why choose this course?

With globalisation and increased global competition, there is a growing recognition that an organisation's success is critically dependent upon effective management of its employees. To be competitive and meet increasing challenges, it is increasingly vital to have skilled, committed and empowered employees who gain satisfaction from meeting the goals of the organisation. The human resource management practitioners can play a vital role in bringing their special expertise to bear on the challenges presented. This course gives you the opportunity to develop as an HR practitioner from an international perspective, and to develop specialist knowledge and expertise in human resource management (HRM) for national and international practice, with an emphasis on strategic issues.

More specifically, this Masters programme gives students the opportunity to explore some debates about the employment relationship that are fundamental to organisations, attempt to answer the questions posed, while allowing students to develop their skills and understanding to enable them to contribute in an effective way to organisational success. More specifically, this HRM course provides students with essential knowledge, understanding and skills required to be effective HR practitioners. Through critical analysis and investigation they develop an understanding of the business and international context within which HR operates, as well as the role of HR in driving organisational performance.

Career Management Skills

Throughout the course the focus will be on the identification, analysis, evaluation and application of different exogenous and indigenous factors that influence firms' business environment and their approach to the management of human resources nationally and across borders. Embedding these transferable skills within the course is a conscious decision to, not only develop academic thinking, but also to prepare you for the demands that will be encountered in professional practice. In addition to which the range of learning and assessment tasks which you will undertake enables you to develop a range of communication skills, both as an individual and as a group. It encourages and develops your ability to engage confidently and appropriately with the subject area and audience reporting their actions autonomously and competently.

The preparation and conduct of the major HRM project requires not only the application of HRM knowledge to a broad ranging and complex issues and necessitates additional skills including time management, management of pressure to deadlines, concision in writing plus the ability to follow an idea from conception through to final delivery.

Career/Further study opportunities


On completing this course you are likely to progress into one or more of the following areas:

- Professional generalist role in the human resource management field;
- Professional roles in a specialist field within human resource management: employee resourcing, employee reward, employee relations, employee development;
- Management positions within the human resource management and development function;
- Consultancy positions concerned with the management and development of employees;
- Professional roles within organisations concerned with public policy matters relating to employment affairs

Further study:

On completing this course you are likely to progress onto:

- Higher degree by research (e.g. PhD)
- Professional doctorate (e.g. DBA)

Visit the MA International Human Resource Management page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

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