MSc in International Human Resource Management

Manchester Metropolitan University

Program Description
AACSB Accredited

MSc in International Human Resource Management

Manchester Metropolitan University


Globalisation and an ever-changing economic landscape are introducing new opportunities and practices to effective Human Resource Management (HRM). Our MSc in International Human Resource Management will develop your understanding of real-world HR issues, developing your knowledge and practical skills, with a focus on how a strategic approach to HR can add value to organisations across the globe.

This course is particularly suitable if some, or all, of your career, will involve working outside the UK or if you have an interest in global employment issues. Our MSc International HRM is fully accredited by the UK professional body (CIPD) and leads directly to Associate Membership.

The course is taught by an experienced team of lecturers, many of whom have extensive experience as HR professionals, and others who are actively researching and publishing in the field.

The course includes a work placement and the opportunity of a live research project leading to your dissertation. It also includes a residential event and a visit to the CIPDs national conference.

Features and benefits of the course

  • Manchester Met Business School has a long-standing reputation for excellence in teaching Human Resource Management to the CIPD Standards. Our programme has been designed to provide an ideal foundation for your career in HRM/HRD or related fields, including international HRM
  • This course meets the advanced professional standards set by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), it is accredited by CIPD and gives full exemption from their level 7 Advanced Diploma in HRM. Upon successful completion of your qualification, and depending on your relevant HR or development experience, you can then apply to upgrade to Chartered Membership.
  • The course is taught by an experienced team of lecturers, many of whom have extensive experience as HR professionals, and others who are actively researching and publishing in the field, including internationally
  • Staff are active in researching internationally, including comparative employment practices, studies of international management development with recent major projects in China, East-Asia, and Europe
  • You will be taught in the Manchester Metropolitan University's Business School’s £75 million teaching and research headquarters on All Saints Campus.
  • The course provides you with an opportunity to attend the annual CIPD National Conference held in Manchester in November and this is included in the course fee
  • A human resources work experience placement is part of the course. Many students choose to research their dissertations in their placement organisation. Our placement team will help and support you in finding your placement, including CV and job/placement application and interview skills preparation. These skills are an excellent foundation to enhance your employability on completion of your studies
  • A management skill/self-development residential is included in this course. This two-day event is included in the course fee and takes place early in term one. As part of the Developing Skills for Business leadership (DSBL) unit, students are able to gain a CMI Award in Management Coaching and Mentoring, further adding to an excellent profile for employability in the UK/Europe, or internationally
  • We have strong links with the CIPD, which is increasingly international. Recent research from the CIPD suggests that over 30% of HR practitioners in the UK have an international dimension to their work, and the international links and partnerships between CIPD and lead bodies in other counties is growing. The CIPD has members located internationally In SE Asia, South America, Latin America, Africa, Middle -East, Europe and beyond
  • Business and Management research is supported, undertaken and applied in the Business School. Part of the University for World Class Professionals; the Business School holds accreditation from nine professional bodies, including AMBA, CMI, CIPD as well as working towards full membership of the AACSB. Research firmly underpins our curriculum but we are also characterised by our strong external focus through the application of research to organisations and policy formation.
  • Our programme is closely linked to the MMU Centre for People and Performance which conducts independent research in partnership with a wide range of organisations, to explore the challenges of managing, leading and developing people to create sustainable high-performing organisations
  • Our experts deliver tailor-made solutions to organisational and sector-specific challenges and issues for a range of private and public sector clients and policy-makers.
  • We also host Conferences, Workshops and Symposiums on a variety of HRM and HRD themes.
  • Manchester Met Business School hosts the Manchester Industrial Relations Society which runs frequent (monthly) talks and debates by nationally recognised experts in the field.

Course details

Our postgraduate business programmes aim to equip you with the specialist skills in management, leadership and strategy and are intensively focused on developing your employability skills so that you can develop rewarding careers as HR leaders.

Our research in human resource management

Reflecting our research ethics and international outlook, the Centre for Business and Society is the overarching research function of the Faculty of Business and Law. Bringing together the collaborative strengths of five synergistic research centres, this includes the Centre for People and Performance which undertakes independent research in partnership with a wide range of organisations, to explore the challenges of managing, leading and developing people. The Centre for Business and Society is also home to the Work Psychology Knowledge Cluster, which brings together the latest psychological knowledge and research to improve people’s work lives, both through teaching and consultancy.

Typical units of study may include


You will study the following core units and choose an Elective

  • Leading, Managing and Developing People (15 credits)

This unit provides a critical evaluation of research and debate in the fields of HRM and HRD. You will examine the theoretical foundations of leading, managing and developing people. In particular, the unit will consider the nature, scope and impact of HRM, the theory and practice of leading and managing people at work, and finally will look at the field of learning and development.

  • Human Resources in Context

This unit develops major internal and external contextual issues that shape decision-making in business and in HRM.

  • International and Comparative HRM

Critiques the key features of international Human Resource Management and employment systems in selected countries looking at the history of their development and comparing and contrasting their similarities and differences.

  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership

This unit will equip you with management, leadership and HR professional skills to support your continuing professional development.

  • Research Methods in HRM

This unit enables you to develop the skills required to identify and investigate HR issues in order to stimulate and support improvements to organisations strategies and practices and to people's working lives.

  • Dissertation

You will be required to identify, structure, frame and investigate a complex managerial or business issue. Supported by a dissertation supervisor, you then produce a substantial written document of your findings, achievements and conclusions. You will make practical recommendations and provide an implementation plan. Students write a reflective account of what has been learned during the project and how this can be applied to personal development and practice in the future.

Optional units*:

*Not all the optional units listed below are available every year, but you will have a choice of at least two HR Options, plus others from the Masters Network

  • Performance and Reward (compulsory for students to gain the CIPD qualification)

Students wishing to obtain the CIPD accreditation must select this elective, to ensure the required coverage of CIPD professional standards. Provides comprehensive coverage of the key strategic HR activities of managing performance and reward. The topic will include HR Strategy and Performance Management, Performance Appraisal, Discipline, 360-degree feedback, Personal Development Planning, Reward Strategies, Pay, Job Evaluation, Performance-Related Pay, Incentives, Benefits, Total Reward.

  • Business Psychology in Action

Use psychology to achieve a more productive and satisfying workplace, and develop your understanding of the psychological tools and resources available to you as a manager. Main topics will include communication, understanding individual differences at work, employee attitudes, spirituality in the workplace, selection, work-life, well-being and positive psychology.

  • Ethics Responsibility and Equality

Develops an understanding of the concepts of ethics, responsibility and equality in employment. Explores implications for responsible management, and policymaking. As an indication, topics will include Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Governance, Ethical Issues around Customers and Employees, equal opportunities and diversity management, individual equality strands (gender, race, age, disability etc.). Equalities in a global context.

  • Strategic Learning, Coaching and Talent Development

Investigates the contribution strategic learning and coaching policy and practice make to organisational and individual performance. Theory and practice of strategic HRD, Concepts of learning, talent and human development, design, implementation and evaluation of coaching and mentoring interventions.

  • Organisational Learning and Knowledge Management

This unit provides an exploration of key academic underpinnings of organisational learning and knowledge management and the implications for practitioners in facilitating learning and knowing in organisations. You will be exposed to traditional lecture material, involved in group discussions, case studies and work on individual background reading and activities.

Entry requirements

Normally a good UK honours degree (minimum 2:2), or international equivalent, in any subject. We will also consider your application if you have degree equivalent professional qualifications or significant management experience.

If your first language is not English and your first degree was not taught in English, you must have an English language score of IETLS 6.5, or equivalent such as TOEFL IBT 90. If your IETLS score is 5.5 we may offer you a place on the proviso that you successfully complete an approved English language course at the University.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 28, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
1 year
Full time
9,500 GBP
UK and EU students: £7,125 to £9,500 per year. Non-EU and Channel Island students: £11,625 to £15,500 per year.
United Kingdom - Manchester, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
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