MSc International Human Resource Management

Glasgow Caledonian University

Program Description

MSc International Human Resource Management

Glasgow Caledonian University

MSc International Human Resource Management

This professionally-accredited programme is a great choice for anyone who sees their future role in an organisation or context where the effective management of people at work matters. 

The programme is the first of its type in Scotland and is accredited by professional bodies in the UK and abroad, including the Chartered Institute for Personnel & Development (CIPD); The American Society for HRM (SHRM); and, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), which means that your professional career is underpinned by the knowledge, understanding and capability that will see you firmly on an incredible career path. 

During the course, you will study:

•contemporary HRM strategies, policies and activities in a range of geographical contexts
•global, international and comparative organisational environments
•diversity and cross-cultural management
•management and leadership

The programme is designed to meet growing demand in large, national and international organisations for highly educated individuals with a global perspective and mindset. Our aim is to support your preparation for a genuine career in international and culturally diverse settings.

All modules involve class based learning and tutor support. This includes the dissertation stage which is made up of an HRM Inquiry Project. Shorter than a traditional Masters dissertation, the HRM Inquiry Project involves structured industry visits.

Why Choose This Programme

•The only SHRM accredited programme in the UK, and one of only 8 outside the US
•To centre your expertise on the management of people in international and diverse contexts
•To prepare yourself for a professional career
•To develop skills appropriate to your chosen career
•To experience award-winning support from induction through to graduation
•To benefit from innovative teaching that focuses on learning for the real world and the employability of our graduates

What You'll Learn

The programme has been designed to be as flexible as possible, taking into account your requirements. You have the option of starting in either September or January. Over the course of the year you will complete the following 8 taught modules, plus a dissertation or project:

•Personal and Professional Development
•Managing and Developing Human Resources
•HRM in Organisational Contexts
•Resourcing and Talent Management
•Performance Management
•Change and Leadership
•Diversity and Cross Cultural Management
•International and Comparative HR Strategies


Assessment includes coursework, examination and project work all of which can take various forms.  Our purpose is to make assessment relevant to the aims and desired outcomes from each individual module.  Professional bodies usually require some small element of exam during the period of study and, of course, this is something that we fully support.  We also provide ongoing support for students to help you achieve your potential.  We have specialist support tutors, some of whom have expertise in working with learners for who English is a second language.  All of these people understand the needs of learners and are there for you.

Career Opportunities

There are a wealth of directions in which a student can develop a career after graduation and that may be here in the UK or in other international and diverse contexts.  It may be that you will choose to develop your career within a specialist HR function or you may choose to develop your career in any management role where the effectiveness of people at work is an organisational imperative.

Entry Requirements

Minimum Requirements

•The typical entry requirement is a people or business-centred degree equivalent to UK Bachelors degree.  However, degrees may be in, for example, the social sciences, arts subjects, modern languages, economics, politics or any business subject such as marketing or finance.
•Alternatively, if you have another type of degree such as science or technology and appropriate work experience where your effectiveness involved working successfully with others, you may also apply. 
•If you have a lesser qualification, equivalent to a UK Higher National Diploma, and you have at least a year’s appropriate work experience, we will happily consider your application.

* Where appropriate, students with an unrelated degree wishing to move in to this area of study will be considered. The overriding consideration will be the Programme Leader’s assessment of the student’s ability to undertake the Programme successfully.

Recognition of Prior Learning

The university will also consider admission to the programme on thebasis of prior learning and/or prior experiential learning.
Such learning may be certificated or un-certificated and could includeconsiderable industrial experience in the sector at a management level.

Applicants in this situation are advised to consult with the Programme Leaderat an early stage in the application process.

Progression from INTO Scotland

Applicants who have completed an INTO Graduate Diploma in Business (eg GCU/INTO’s Graduate Diploma in English with Business) or a comparable programme from similar institutions, will also be considered.

English Language Requirements

We do not want to admit students who we do not think will be able to meet the requirements of the course.  Thus, our guidance regarding English language is truly designed to protect you best interests.

If your first language is not English, you will need to have an IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element less than 5.5.

Indian applicants who have achieved 70% or above in their 12th grade school leaving certificate English, will be deemed to have met/have equivalence to the IELTS requirement.

If you do not meet these requirements, you should undertake further English language tuition which can either be done in your home country or in the UK.  Your local agents may be based placed to guide you on this.

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