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International Human Resource Management - MSc

Course Description

With a strong focus on the global perspective, the MSc International Human Resource Management develops your expertise in managing people effectively in diverse international and cross-cultural environments.

One of only four programmes in the UK to be accredited by the Charted Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and recognised by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) headquartered in the USA, our Masters provides you with a high-quality, professional qualification recognised around the world.

Building on your first degree and/or professional experience, you’ll study contemporary theory on leading and managing people and be exposed to leading industry practices to develop your expertise in the effective management of people in international and multicultural contexts. This is achieved by building relevant knowledge and developing key competencies required including cross-cultural capability and a global mindset.

We emphasise translating academic research and learning to real work situations in order to develop your professional, managerial and employability skills. We do this by engaging you in real-world issues through, for example, case studies, placement or own organisation based investigative projects and the use of industry experts in lectures. We assess key HR skills separately from written assessments. Both full and part-time students have the opportunity to add value to their own work/organisation through a Business Investigation Report (PG Diploma) or HRM Research Project (Masters).

Our graduates are poised to meet the growing demand, particularly in large national and multinational organisations, for high calibre people managers with global perspectives and mindsets. You’ll be prepared for range of managerial and operational roles, where a key responsibility lies in managing, supporting and developing an organisation's human resources in global and culturally diverse settings.

-Students on the full-time programme will undertake an industry placement within a Human Resources setting of an organisation, which allows you to experience / investigate multi-cultural contexts and issues in practice.
-Coursework and your final project will focus on issues relevant to people management in multicultural and international organisations.
-Award-winning support from induction through to graduation.
-Our induction programme and ongoing support prepares you to engage effectively academically and develop cultural sensitivity.
-Innovative teaching that focuses on learning for the real world and the employability of our graduates.
-Study is available full-time or part-time.

This course also has starts in JANUARY 2017 (full or part time), JANUARY 2018 (full or part time) and SEPTEMBER 2017 (part time). Please view the respective web-pages for more information.

January 2017 (full time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/gsbs/study/courses/details/index.php/P01677-1FTAB-1617/International_Human_Resource_Management?utm_source=YYYY&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

January 2017 (part time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/gsbs/study/courses/details/index.php/P02984-1PTAB-1617/International_Human_Resource_Management?utm_source=YYYY&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

September 2017 (part time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/gsbs/study/courses/details/index.php/P02984-1PTA-1718/International_Human_Resource_Management_(Part-time)?utm_source=YYYY&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

January 2018 (full time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/gsbs/study/courses/details/index.php/P01677-1FTAB-1718/International_Human_Resource_Management?utm_source=YYYY&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

January 2018 (part time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/gsbs/study/courses/details/index.php/P02984-1PTAB-1718/International_Human_Resource_Management_(Part-time)?utm_source=YYYY&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

Professional Accreditations

Our programme is distinguished by recognition from both globally renowned HR professional bodies, the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Charted Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Only four programmes in the UK have achieved this status, two of which are taught by GCU.

As of September 2013 CIPD and AHRI (Australian Human Resources Institute) have announced mutual recognition of professional membership for individuals holding corresponding professional grades of membership. This means that members joining under counterpart organisation (either the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development or the Australian Human Resources Institute) will have their existing credentials recognised, providing access to the equivalent grade of professional membership.

Industry Placement

A key feature of the full-time programme is the HR work placement. You’ll be based in the HR function of an organisation in the public, private or voluntary sector.

The placement is an integral part of the learning process and provides a valuable way of gaining some hands on experience and developing key skills in a real environment, which is valued by employers.

The placement is linked with the final project. Drawing on academic theory, you’ll be directly involved in investigating a particular human resource management issue in practice. Along with developing your knowledge and analytical skills, the placement gives you a realistic view of organisations and the human resource challenges faced. The organisation you’ll be working with also benefits from the findings and recommendations from your investigation.


Balance of formative and summative assessment are used including academic essays and reports, practical skills, unseen examinations and group presentations and class tests.

Our teaching

The HRM programmes are delivered by a specialist staff with expertise and recognition both in academia and industry with background across a range of national and international organisations including some well know blue-chip giants across both public and private sector organisations.

Colleagues from across the Department of Business Management contribute expertise in areas including: Strategic Management; Operations Management; the management of technology; and entrepreneurship.

In addition to the specialist teaching staff, we also bring industry experts into our classrooms and take our students out of the university and into workplaces to learn. You will experience case based learning and will have the opportunity for hosted project work. We aim to make your learning meaningful and relevant to the world of work.

Career Opportunities

This programme is designed for graduates and practising managers intending to develop or advance a career in a management role either where the effective management of people is an organisational imperative, or in HR either as a generalist or a specialist, in international multi-cultural or domestic contexts.

Aligned to CIPD Advanced Level, successful completion of the programme forms the basis for a professional the career in the UK as a HR practitioner. Our graduates achieve Associate Membership with the CIPD, essential for subsequent Chartered Membership.

Our graduates are also recognised by SHRM & ARHM, leading HRM bodies in the USA and Australia.

Visit the International Human Resource Management - MSc page on the Glasgow Caledonian University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

UK Honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in people or business-centred subjects including education/teaching degrees and degrees in social sciences, arts subjects, modern languages, economics, politics or any business subject such as marketing or finance. Non-standard applicants with relevant work experience may also be considered.

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