MSc in International Human Resource Management

University of Stirling

Program Description

MSc in International Human Resource Management

University of Stirling

This course will help you prepare for a career as an HR professional in an organisation with an international workforce.

You will develop the knowledge and skills you’ll need to deliver a responsible, participatory and sustainable HR service. It’s also suitable for anyone seeking further academic study in the subject, or to update the knowledge and qualifications of personnel and HR practitioners, managers and trade unionists.

The course content addresses contemporary debates on HR management practices and business organisation governance and strategy in an international context. It provides a solid foundation if you’re seeking a career where you’ll have responsibility for developing local and global HR systems that incorporate corporate social responsibility, innovation and participatory practices.


The Management School has associated PhDs including those funded by ESRC/Skills Development Scotland.

Course objectives

This course provides a critical academic assessment of the approaches international employers take to human resource management (HRM). It pays particular attention to understanding how responsibility and sustainability impact on HR management, as well as exploring how organisations influence HR practices.

It will also equip you with a wider perspective on the principal issues and concerns affecting work, which will provide the basis for making effective decisions as managers in the future.

The curriculum builds on mainstream HRM scholarship and incorporates specialist subjects which are regularly updated to ensure topicality and relevance.

The course doesn’t assume that students have previously studied management. The core modules provide students with a working knowledge of HRM practice in a global context. The elective modules allow students the opportunity to explore wider HRM topics.

Stirling Management School is committed to the principles of the PRiME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) agenda. The MSc International HRM reflects this by integrating social responsibility and sustainability issues in the core curriculum. PRiME’s mission is to encourage responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

You’ll need a minimum of a second-class honours degree in any subject or an equivalent qualification. However, you can still apply if you don’t have these formal qualifications, but bring significant work experience in a relevant area.

If you don’t meet the required criteria for this course, you can complete the Graduate Diploma in Business, Finance and Sport to gain a guaranteed entry onto this Master's degree.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of these qualifications:

  • 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.

Scholarships & funding

Stirling Management School Postgraduate Scholarships

Stirling Management School is committed to investing in academically talented students, helping them to further their education with one of our university degree courses. There are various categories of funding available to support the cost of your studies.

Other Scholarships and Funding

You may qualify for University of Stirling funding as well as funding from government bodies, the European Commission, funding trusts, research councils, industry and employers.

Structure and content

This is a one-year full-time course of two semesters, followed by a three-month dissertation period. You’ll be taught in lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations and through practical case study exercises.

The course uses a variety of assessment methods ranging from the more traditional individual examinations and essays but also includes some group presentations and reports.

Following success in your assessments at the end of the second semester, you’ll be awarded a Diploma in International HRM. If you also successfully complete the research dissertation or a consultancy project, you’ll be awarded an MSc.

Preparation and Support

Begin your new course in the best possible way, with our unique Flying Start Leadership programme.

It’s exclusively for new students about to start one of our postgraduate courses. You’ll take part in a wide range of group and individual activities, workshops and information sessions to help you prepare for the year ahead, and make the most of your time at the University of Stirling Management School.

Attend the Flying Start Leadership programme and you will:

  • Discover more about the exciting period of learning ahead
  • Understand what is expected of you in your course
  • Get to know the teaching and support staff
  • Learn more about a diverse range of approaches to learning
  • Work as part of a successful team
  • Develop your personal goals for the year ahead

Activities range from practical skills – such as effective public speaking – to developing ways to work in groups with other students. The programme is also a chance to discover all that the University and the vibrant city of Stirling have to offer and to make new friends.

Other learning activities to prepare you for study in the UK

Prepare for Success is an interactive web learning tool for international students who are coming to the UK to study.

Semester one involves three compulsory modules. There are also three compulsory modules in semester two, plus two other modules of your choice.

Semester 1 Compulsory Modules:

  • Strategic and Operational HRM in Context: introduce you to the foundational concepts and perspectives in HRM.
  • Managing Organisations with an International Outlook: helps you appreciate the interactions between organisations and their global socio-economic context.
  • Responsible Business in a Global Economy: encourages you to reflect on the role of business in society.

Semester 2 Compulsory Modules:

  • Managing and Developing a Diverse Workforce: helps you understand the practical aspects of managing the challenging elements of diversity in the workforce.
  • Comparative Employment Systems provides you with knowledge of various employment systems and their economic, social and legal framework around the world.
  • Research Methods: introduces you to the conceptual and practical skills needed to undertake a small research project in a relevant HRM topic.

Semester 2 Optional Modules: You can select two modules from those available across the School. These include:

  • Leadership and Decision-Making
  • Current Challenges in HRM
  • Managing in NGOs and the Third Sector
  • Managing Change and People
  • Developing an International Workforce


During the dissertation period, you’ll work, with guidance from an academic supervisor, on an HRM project of your choice. Students who meet the relevant criteria may also have the opportunity to work with an external organisation to tackle a critical business challenge. These projects give you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you develop the degree. Projects usually last three months — from May/June to September. This work experience helps you develop your technical, personal and key transferable skills while you gain a detailed insight into the dynamics of a particular business sector.


Inspired curriculum

The course fully prepares our graduates to play leadership roles in all types of organisations that are required to increasingly report on corporate social responsibility and other non-financial performance indicators.

Employment-ready graduates

The course emphasises transferable skills and knowledge that is highly relevant to business and industry. Teaching methods give you opportunities to apply theoretical concepts to real-world challenges.

Strong links with industry

You’ll have the chance to enhance your career prospects by participating in work-based multi-disciplinary projects designed to prepare you for your next step on the career ladder.

Networking opportunities

Many of our postgraduate students come from overseas. Studying at Stirling offers an excellent opportunity to establish your own global network of contacts at the outset of your career.

Professional development for long-term success

Our Flying Start Leadership programme helps you develop self-awareness about your strengths and acquire new competencies in a supportive environment. You can also participate in a course for professional stock market traders.

MSc International Human Resource Management Prize

A research-based prize of £200 is open to all students undertaking the MSc in International Human Resource Management dissertation and is awarded to the student who submits the best dissertation. The prize may be shared if more than one dissertation achieves the highest mark.

Career opportunities

The University of Stirling is ranked 7th in the UK for graduate employability. Stirling Management School is unique in having a dedicated employability manager. From the very beginning of the course, your career is our focus.

Our alumni include graduates whose successful careers have seen them work in various capacities. These include HR specialists and other managers for public, private, for-profit and not-for-profit organisations operating in many industry sectors across the world, such as:

  • Central and local government
  • Ernst & Young
  • Heineken
  • Nestle
  • NHS
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Sun Microsystems
  • United Nations

Some of our more established alumni (who completed the MSc HRM) are currently leading and shaping the strategy of global organisations at director level.

Graduating with an MSc in International HRM gives you the foundations you need to progress into a career in HRM. Equally, it offers the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in different areas related to business practice, or to local or international socio-economic development policy-making and implementation.


At least 94% of our graduates are in work or further studies within six months of graduating.

Throughout the course, you’ll be introduced to a broad range of topical issues. These enable you to better understand the challenges of work in various types and sizes of organisations operating locally and globally.

As a student on the MSc in International HRM, you’ll learn significant transferable skills that are valued by employers. These include:

  • The ability to research relevant data
  • How to critically analyse data to inform contextual decisions
  • Teamwork
  • How to carry out projects and deliver effective presentations

You’ll also develop your ability to reflect on contemporary management practice in an informed manner.

Your learning and development are further supported by contact with guest-speakers, field trips, and the opportunity to take part in business simulations with fellow students across the Management School.

Cost & Fees


  • Overseas £14,600
  • Home/EU £7,750

These are the current course prices. We review them each year. You can pay your fees in full before the course starts, or by instalments. If you pay in full you may be eligible for a discount.

From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for all taught postgraduate courses are to be held at the level set upon entry.

Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 26, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2018
1 year
Full time
7,750 GBP
United Kingdom - Stirling, Scotland
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Home/EU: £7,750 - Overseas: £14,600