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International Human Resource Management (MA)

Course Description

The course is designed to appeal to candidates from outside the UK wishing to pursue or enhance a career in HRM that has, or may have, an international dimension. Students study an interesting range of modules focusing on international corporate HRM, International personnel management and organisational analysis and development. This MA specifically enables the building of a body of practical skills and theoretical knowledge around the management of organisations within different international contexts, allowing students to acquire a coherent, specialised body of relevant knowledge.

Westminster Business School is an approved centre for Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and this course has been accredited by the CIPD as meeting the knowledge criteria for professional membership. This means that once you have passed the degree and given the CIPD evidence of your practice in the workplace you will gain the professional level of Chartered Membership.

Course Content

Students on the course will be exposed to a wide range of contemporary perspectives on key developments in and around international human resource management and organisational analysis, providing access to a range of alternative academic and practitioner views. They will explore relevant issues and what these mean for individuals and organisations at local, national and international levels.

Core modules

- Comparative Employment Relations
You will analyse how people are managed – and the HR practices and employee relations systems that are adopted – in different cultures.

- HRM in a Business Context
You will examine the working environment of HR practitioners by analysing the impact of economic, political, social and technological factors.

- International HRM
This module concentrates on the international context of HRM, and the policies and procedures that organisations need to devise when designing international human resource strategies.

- Managing Human Resources
You will explore different approaches to the management of human resources and the implications for organisational success.

- Organisational Analysis, Design and Development
This module examines the academic ways in which organisational effectiveness is influenced by structure, technologies, culture, power and attitudes. You will use concepts and modes of analysis to critically evaluate organisational design and development.

- Project
The aim of the project is to enable students to develop or evaluate, on the basis of empirical or conceptual research and analytic rigour, a specific area of human resource knowledge.

- Research Methods and Project Preparation
This module aims to develop your knowledge and competence of the research process, and the application of research methods in the area of international human resource management.

- Skills of the Manager/Consultant
This module will help you to develop the interpersonal management skills and techniques you need to work both as an internal and external consultant to organisations.

Option Modules

Choose one of the following:

- Learning and Development
This module provides you with the theoretical underpinning necessary to critically evaluate both individual and organisational learning processes.

- People Resourcing
You will develop your critical awareness of the links between an organisation's need to achieve corporate objectives, and its need for people.

- Reward Management
This module focuses on the management of reward systems, critically analysing the links between reward systems and employee behaviour, through the use of theory and case studies.

Accredited internship

All students on our full-time business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme Reflective Practitioner Module. This is an 8 week unpaid accredited internship, which can be taken in addition to option modules and will help students to gain invaluable work experience. The internships, which are with London-based organisations, take place during the summer period. To apply, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV to the Business Experience Team; the team then shortlist from the applications and conduct group meetings with the applicants.

Ultimately it is up to our internship employers to decide whether they would like to interview the candidate(s) and offer him/her an internship. We have received very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Associated careers

Those completing the course can be expected to find employment within HRM, either in the UK or abroad, or to continue their studies in HR-related fields. Providing a higher degree qualification in a well-established management area, the course enhances your career prospects and marketability in the professional practice of international HRM. Past students have gone on to become consultants (internal and external), HR managers, compensation and benefits managers, change management specialists, HR business partners/operations managers, civil servants, and mediators. Companies that have employed our students include Cap Gemini, PwC, Transport for London, and Visa.


At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. Today’s organisations need graduates with both good degrees and employability skills, and we are committed to enhancing your graduate employability by ensuring that career development skills are embedded in all courses.

Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available, and can provide you with extra cash and help you to demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for. In London there is a plentiful supply of part-time work – most students at the University of Westminster work part time (or full time during vacations) to help support their studies.

We continue to widen and strengthen our links with employers, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of career education and guidance. Staff take into account the latest data on labour market trends and employers’ requirements to continually improve the service delivered to students.

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

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Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a first degree from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours or international equivalent) and demonstrate interest and motivation in the subject area. Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years’ relevant professional experience will also be considered. Directly relevant degree disciplines include business studies, economics, geography, management, and operations research. However, students with qualifications in other disciplines such as engineering, environmental sciences, the humanities and languages are also encouraged to apply.

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