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International Human Resource Management (MSc)

Course Description

Designed with industry experts, this programme prepares you for a career in a variety of human resource management roles in the UK or abroad.

About the programme

Managing people across borders while taking into account cultural differences in employment practices is a key concept. This course develops your knowledge and understanding of international HRM, including its specialist concepts, conceptual frameworks, research evidence and methodologies.

Learning to manage the complexities of diverse workforces in the global business environment, you will develop an awareness of your own cultural conditioning, biases and assumptions, becoming more culturally sensitive and skilled in communicating and managing in challenging environments.

This course was rated with a 100% student satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2015.

Your learning

You will develop a thorough grounding in the knowledge and skills essential for a management career in business and industry; with particular emphasis on strategy, creativity, leadership and internationalisation. You will also gain leadership and management skills including the ability to think and work strategically and creatively. Our strong partnerships with business and industry ensure the course is exceptionally relevant. You will also undertake a research methods module and dissertation, where you can research a key HR issue from a comparative international and/or cross-cultural perspective.

Modules include:
• Business Management in an International Context
• People and Organisational Development
• International Human Resource Management
• Marketing, Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship
• Strategic Management in an International Context
• Research Methods
• Cross-Cultural Management and Diversity


The MSc dissertation requires you to devise and complete a detailed piece of research in an HRM topic of your choosing.

Our Careers Adviser says

UWS graduates will be equipped to manage diverse workforces across cultural boundaries and may choose either to specialise in HRM or to apply for more general management positions. This degree is also relevant for graduates pursuing careers with multinational organisations.


We have invested in new facilities at our Lanarkshire Campus. There are new teaching rooms and a postgraduate student learning space which ensures our environment supports your learning. The use of technology (such as virtual learning environments, mobile applications, smart boards, etc.) at all campuses will add to your experience. Library and study spaces have also been upgraded and are regularly reviewed.

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

(Student Profile)

Jennifer Hoyer

After completing my undergraduate degree and working for a few years in recruitment, broadening my education into human resources was the logical next step for me and UWS’s International Human Resource Management programme was exactly what I was looking for


Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree in any discipline or equivalent.Applicants with relevant professional experience will also be considered for entry to the course. International students: in addition to the above, overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in any individual component.

Course Fees

Scottish/EU Students: £3,400, Rest of UK Students: £3,400, International Students £11,000

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