MSc in International Human Resource Management
The MSc International Human Resource Management (IHRM) provides a broad understanding of the importance of people management in organisational development and business operations. The course builds on current trends in the internationalisation of work, occupations and management activities by offering a unique perspective on the challenges facing the HR profession and HRM practice in a global economy. It addresses both contemporary debates on HR management practices, and reflections on business organisation governance and strategy in an international context.
The course develops HR managers and leaders who are able to deliver responsible, particpatory and sustainable service to their organisation, whether they work, in a private firm, a public agency or a not-for-profit organisation operating with an international workforce or across the world. It is especially designed for those who wish to work in organisations employing an international and diversified workforce, and to have responsibility for developing local and global HR systems that incorporate corporate social responsibility, innovation and participatory practices.
This course provides a critical and academic assessment of the Human Resource Management (HRM) approach and its application by employers in international contexts. Particular attention is paid to understanding issues of responsibility and sustainability in HR management, as well as exploring the influence of various forms of business organisations on HR practices. Stirling Management School is committed to the principles of the PRIME* agenda, and the MSc International HRM reflects this engagement by integrating considerations of social responsibility and sustainability issues in the core curriculum.
The curriculum for the MSc International HRM builds on mainstream HRM scholarship to incorporate specialist topics which are regularly updated to ensure topicality and continued relevance. The course is taught from the Management, Work & Organisation Division, so students have access to specialists in a variety of fields.
The curriculum, and how it is delivered, is innovative and challenging for all students regardless of their academic background. The course uses a variety of assessment methods ranging from the more traditional examinations and essays, to formative assignments (short essays and group feedback).
The course seeks to provide recent graduates with a conceptual foundation for a career in the field of international human resource management or for further academic study in the subject, or to update the knowledge and qualifications of personnel/HR practitioners, managers and trade unionists. It will also provide you with a wider perspective on the principal issues and concerns affecting work and provide the basis for more effective decisions.
* PRiME stands for Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRiME). Its mission is to encourage responsible management education, research and thought-leadership globally. To this end, PRiME provides a voluntary engagement platform for business schools and management-related academic institutions.
Structure and content
The full-time course consists of two 15-week semesters of taught modules and a three-month dissertation period. The course is structured around five core modules (20 credits each) spread across two semesters (three modules in Semester 1, plus two modules in Semester 2), and the choice of two 10 credit electives in the second semester. Students undertake a dissertation project over the summer period.
Delivery and assessment
You have an active role in your learning experience. Delivery includes lectures, seminars, case studies, group-work, presentations, and workshops, followed by a three-month dissertation period. Assessment is by a mixture of examination and coursework, including written assignments and presentations. Successful completion of the taught element of the programme leads to the award of the Diploma or allows you to continue for the award of the MSc International HRM by completing a 15,000-word dissertation based on an original research question agreed by yourself and your supervisor. The project should reflect your own understanding and knowledge of selected topics learnt during taught courses.
Throughout the course of their studies, our students are introduced to a broad range of topical issues which enable them to better understand the challenges of work in various types and sizes of organisations operating both locally and globally.
Students on the MSc in International HRM learn significant transferable skills valued by employers, such as the ability to research relevant data and critically analyse these to inform contextual decisions, the ability to work in a team, to conduct projects and deliver effective presentations in time and to a high quality, and the ability to reflect upon contemporary management practice in an informed manner.
Their learning and development is further supported by encounters with guest-speakers with various industry expertise, as well as field trips (e.g. New Lanark) and the opportunity to take part in business-simulations with fellow students across the Management School (eg. the Strip Steel Business Challenge).
- 2016/17 Overseas £13,950
- 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100
- 2015/16 Overseas £13,500
- 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000
A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.
INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Business, Finance and Sport and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto this Master's degree.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17
If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.
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