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International Human Resource Management (MSc)

Course Description

This programme combines a mix of theory and practice in the study of international human resource management (HRM) and prepares students to work as HRM professionals or people managers within global organisations.

By studying this programme students will receive grounding in the field of international HRM with a specific focus on its development into a strategic function within global organisations. As well as developing a comparative awareness of the various elements of HRM practice, notably: training and development; recruitment and selection; and performance management, students will be equipped with a range of analytical, diagnostic and facilitative tools to support their future work in international teams. All students are required to complete a project during the programme but may substitute this with a dissertation, if appropriate.

See the website http://www.henley.ac.uk/postgraduate/course/msc-international-human-resource-management/

Modules include:
• Principles of HRM in Global Organisations
• International HRM
• Designing Organisations
• Managing Transformation
• International Strategic Management.

Why Henley?

Assessment: Exams, applied project and individual and group assignments

Consistently maintain highest standards: Henley is in top 1% of business schools worldwide to hold accreditation from all three bodies in the UK, Europe and US

Excellent networking potential : 70,000 Henley alumni in 150 countries

High calibre students: always oversubscribed, 1,000 ambitious new Masters students join Henley each year

Award winning campus: beautiful, green, 134 hectares, with state of the art facilities

World-leading faculty: widely published, frequently asked for expert comment by media and to speak at events

Part of world top 1% ranked university: Reading has a global reputation for its learning experience and employability potential.

Careers and accreditations

Our International Human Resource Management graduates follow a variety of paths upon graduation. Some enter (or return to) traditional HRM roles with the benefit of CIPD membership. Typical career paths include roles in learning and development or recruitment. The programme is also directly relevant to students seeking senior managerial positions in international organisations with responsibility for the management of people.

Our graduates tell us that the MSc in International Human Resource Management gives them the key skills required to build a career in HRM as well as providing the opportunity for CIPD membership.

The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).


If you come to Henley to take one of our Business and Management courses you’ll be joining one of the world’s leading business schools, as our triple-accredited rating puts us in the top 1 per cent globally.

You’ll learn from internationally renowned academic experts and thought leaders who have relevant experience in international business, marketing, entrepreneurship, human resource management, energy studies and accounting. You’ll also benefit from our close connections with international organisations and senior industry leaders as well as our involvement in high profile academic conferences such as UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development).

All of our courses take a practical, research-led approach to business and management. Our interactive teaching methods will enable you to evaluate and discuss complex topics, giving you an unrivalled insight into the challenges facing organisations in an international context, with a particular emphasis on governance and ethical dilemmas.

We are committed to attracting only the strongest applicants, to develop outstanding professionals and business leaders. You can be certain that our staff will work hard to bring out the very best in you, to develop a range of transferable business skills and technical knowledge that will enable you to achieve your career goals and aspirations.

Visit the International Human Resource Management (MSc) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A good first or second class UK honours degree, or overseas equivalent, will usually be required. Applicants with relevant experience or professional qualifications will also be considered. Prior knowledge or experience of your chosen subject area is not required. We welcome applications from recent university graduates from a wide range of disciplines.

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