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 Master's specifically enables you to build a body of practical skills and theoretical knowledge around the management of organisations within different international contexts, allowing you 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 with the joining and membership fee paid for by the university.
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. You will explore relevant issues and what these mean for individuals and organisations at local, national and international levels. In addition, as a student on this course, you will receive a student membership to Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and access to the CMI professional network, opportunity to attend events and get the latest news from the sector of leadership and management.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. 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.
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.
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.
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