Choose Kingston's International Human Resource Management MSc

Our International Human Resource Management MSc course gives you a deep insight into the strategies and techniques multinationals use to solve HRM issues when their employees work across multiple countries and leave you with a respected academic qualification. The course has been designed to meet employers' needs and gives you the tools you need to succeed in senior human resources roles, executive training and development roles.

Key features

  • This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Therefore, students who successfully complete the programme will receive both the CIPD and CMI professional qualifications in addition to the University qualification.
  • You will automatically become a member of the CMI at the start of the programme and are expected to join as a CIPD student member.
  • Kingston Business School has 30 years' experience of running human resources programmes.
  • Our International HRM MSc programme is ranked eighth in the UK and was considered one of the best HRM masters programmes in western Europe in 2015 by the Eduniversal Masters Ranking (which covers 1,000 business schools in 153 countries in the world).
  • Notable alumni.
  • Excellent networking opportunities.
  • From Research to Practice seminar series (co-presented by an HR academic and HR practitioner), jointly organised with the CIPD and delivered by leading HR managers, recruitment specialists and talent and development consultants alongside Kingston's own expert academics.
  • Programmes taught by Kingston University's expert staff and leading researchers, alongside many guest speakers, visiting professors and fellows in Kingston Business School's renowned Centre for Research in Employability, Skill and Society.
  • Proximity to the CIPD headquarters and library.
  • Opportunity to study some modules in Moscow.
  • Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 percent of the world's business schools.

Dr Jelena Petrovic, Director of Postgraduate HRM Programmes at Kingston Business School, introduces our postgraduate HRM portfolio:

What will you study?

Following an induction programme that prepares you for intensive study, you will evaluate various external influences on HRM practice in organisations – from global strategic developments to ethical issues and social responsibility.

You will gain an advanced understanding of cross-cultural issues and human behaviour in international organisations, international labour regulations and standards, and the role of HRM in enhancing organisational and management performance internationally, including different approaches to international recruitment and selection, learning and development and compensation.

"We don't want our graduates to be seen as just academics or just practitioners; we want them to be both! This comes through in our 'theory into practice' approach." – Dr Jelena Petrovic, director of postgraduate HRM programmes

International HR and management reports

You will complete a management report (dissertation) that involves primary research into an HR issue. This meets CIPD requirements and develops the practical skills you need to excel as an HR professional.

This research can be carried out with an organisation in the UK or overseas. Our students have provided management reports for host organisations such as Transport for London, Prudential and Whirlpool Corporation. We can offer assistance to students looking for a host organisation.


A variety of group and individual exercises, including role plays, coursework, and unseen exams and management report.

Eduniversal best masters winner 2016

This course has been rated by the Eduniversal masters ranking 2015/16 as one of the best human resource management masters courses in Western Europe.

Study in Moscow

The course is also offered in Russia and you have the opportunity to study some modules in Moscow.

  • All modules in Moscow are delivered by Kingston University academics and HR practitioners from the UK.
  • Some modules in Moscow are delivered over two separate teaching blocks, so if you want to avoid travelling to Moscow twice, you can choose modules that are delivered in only one teaching block. Alternatively, you can choose to take part of the module/s in Moscow and finish at Kingston University.
  • The assessment dates for Moscow assessments are different to those for the UK. As the UK registered a student, you must adhere to the UK deadlines.
  • If you wish to take modules in Moscow, you will need to cover all your expenses yourself (visa fees, airfare, local transport, accommodation and subsistence) except tuition fees.
  • You will need to confirm your intention to go to Moscow at least two months in advance, as the visa application process is time-consuming, and it also takes time to get the invitations from Moscow processed and sent to us.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Leading, Managing and Developing People in Context
  • Investigating a Business Issue
  • Resourcing, Talent and Reward Management
  • International HRM
  • Strategic Leadership Development and Performance Management
  • Employee Engagement and Organisational Learning

Learn a language

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Cost & Fees

Home and European Union 2016/17

  • MSc full time £8,900
  • MSc part time £4,895

Overseas (not EU) 2016/17

  • MSc full time £13,300
  • MSc part time £7,315
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