MSc in International Human Resource Management


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Program Description

Globalisation and a shifting economic landscape are introducing new opportunities and practices to effective HR management. Our MSc in International Human Resource Management will develop your understanding of real-world HR issues and equip you with the necessary skills to operate across national borders as a human resources professional.

Programme overview

Based on the success of our MSc in Human Resource Management, the recently introduced MSc in International Human Resource Management provides managers key practical, theoretical and research skills specific to the demands of working for multinational organisations and across national borders. On this MSc, you will gain an understanding of the key theories in HRM, an in-depth knowledge of specific IHRM practices, as well as an understanding of international personnel management issues.

Programme structure

You will take four core courses in the first term (Sep-Dec) and two in the second term (Jan-May). In the second term you will also have the opportunity to choose two option courses that will enable you to tailor your studies towards your chosen career path. The final dissertation will be written over the summer term (Jun-Aug) and is overseen by an academic supervisor. Overall, the programme is designed to incorporate the rapid practical and theoretical developments in the field of IHRM.

Industry links

A strong academic base, passionate faculty and international student body will ensure a rewarding learning experience in our city-centre campus. The School has widespread industry links enabling you to benefit from the expertise of a range of guest speakers. In the past, speakers have included the HR Director of Heineken, Senior HR Manager of Procter and Gamble and the Edinburgh Managing Director of the John Lewis Partnership.


Career opportunities

Our MSc, fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, provides a combination of general HR and specialist international HR courses that will enable you to pursue a career in a range of human resources related roles, such as international careers advisor, international HR analyst and quality and diversity officer. There is a particular emphasis on multinational corporations but as a graduate, you will also be equipped to work in the public sector, SMEs and the third sector.

Learning outcomes

The MSc in International Human Resource Management (IHRM) gives students the knowledge, understanding and key skills required by HR professionals working in an international context with multinational orgnaisations and to enable students to effectively contribute to dynamic organisations. Students who follow this programme will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of key terms, theories/concepts and practices within the field of IHRM.
  • Obtain, through elective courses, an in-depth knowledge of specific IHRM-related theories, skills and practices.
  • Appreciate the implications of increasing globalisation for the management of human resources, with particular reference to IHRM in multinational corporations.
  • Develop and ability to undertake qualitative and quantitative research and apply this knowledge in the context of an independently constructed work (i.e. dissertation).
  • Identify and appreciate the significance of ethical issues in HR practices and the management of people in the workplace.

Entry requirements

Entrance to our MSc programmes is strongly competitive. You can increase your chances of a successful application by exceeding the minimum programme requirements. Academic requirements You will need a UK first-class or 2:1 honours degree from a good university in one of the subjects below, or an equivalent overseas qualification. Academic background An undergraduate degree in any subject is normally required. Candidates must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in Human Resource Management. Supporting your application Preference will be given to those with grades above the minimum requirements due to strong competition for places on this programme. Applications from current undergraduates Final-year undergraduate students are welcome to apply, so long as your studies will be completed prior to the MSc programme commencement date.

Last updated Aug 2019

About the School

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