International Human Resources MSc

London South Bank University

Program Description

International Human Resources MSc

London South Bank University


The full-time International Human Resources MSc programme is designed for graduates of any discipline who intend to develop a career in global business in the area of Human Resource Management, or in any area of management which places a high priority on the exercise of people management skills. You'll learn about key aspects of international trends, developments and critical issues influencing global employment practices.

Building upon the expertise available in the University, the programme focuses on the management of human resources in international companies and the issues associated with the management of international staff.

Many students on this course are from overseas wishing to gain a UK Masters level degree in international HR which they can then utilise back in their country of origin or to further an international career. The course also attracts a number of UK students wishing to specialise in international human resource management.

A distinctive feature of the programme is the varied background of the class, with students from several international countries (including students from two collaborating institutions in Europe), which enhances the opportunities for networking and cross-cultural learning.

Additionally, the research element of the programme allows you to specialise in an area of HR of interest or value to your future career.


  • International HRM
  • Managing and leading people
  • Fundamentals of international management
  • Strategic international HRM
  • People resourcing
  • International employment relations
  • Research methods
  • Dissertation

The modules are assessed by course work, group presentations and a time constrained examination. Some modules are assessed by course work only. The dissertation is assessed by a written report and a presentation. Each module is 100-200 of study hours, except for the dissertation, which should be 600 hours of study time.


The course provides a good grounding in HR issues, theories and practice and several modules are based on international professional standards. Successful students can enter a variety of HR roles, particularly the international market or within multinational companies in their country of practice.

Recent guest lectures include: CIPD Annual Lecture 2007 – Alison Bartholomew, National Health Service Litigation Authority and managing the Risk of People in Organisations.

Professional links

The course gives a good grounding in HR issues, theories and practice, and several modules are based on the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Professional Standards.

Course members will be offered the opportunity to liaise with our professional placement staff in order to secure a work placement attached to an HR department of a London based organisation.

If you secure a placement opportunity, this can provide you with an organisational context for learning, giving you the opportunity to become involved in short projects/process tasks in the HR area, and could also be a valuable source for the major project which will form your dissertation.

Teaching and learning

A distinctive feature of the full-time Human Resources MSc programme's learning experience is that for half of the modules per semester students will probably share classes with practising HR professionals following the part-time Masters route. These students, typically aged 25 - 35, work in HR departments in London while studying for the professional CIPD qualification. This exposure to HR professionals considerably enhances the learning experience.

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division in business or social sciences;
  • Work experience may be useful although is not essential.

Note: All overseas candidates whose first language is not English should normally have attained a minimum of IELTS Level 6.5.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 8, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug., 2017
15 months
Full time
10,500 GBP
Start date Aug., 2017
United Kingdom London, England
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Duration 15 months
Price 10,500 GBP
International fee (first year)