Influence global practice

This course is designed for graduates of any discipline who intend to develop a career in global business using people management skills. You'll learn about the key aspects of international trends and critical issues influencing global employment practices.

A distinctive feature of the programme is the varied background of the class, with students from several international countries (including students from two collaborating institutions in Europe), which enhances the opportunities for networking and cross-cultural learning.

Why International Human Resources at LSBU?

  • Additionally, the research element of the programme allows you to specialise in an area of HR of interest or value to your future career.
  • Professional accreditation - The School has Centre of Excellence status with the IOEE, in recognition of our leading-edge practice.
  • Small classes which focus on the application of theory to real-life scenarios and enhance your strategic management capabilities.
  • This situation is further enhanced with a partnership involving 2 prominent European institutions from Paris and Madrid, whose students join the programme during the second semester.
  • The teaching team is made up of colleagues with academic and industry backgrounds. Guest lectures are frequent and contribute to a vibrant syllabus.


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 12 months September Southwark Campus


The programme focuses on the management of human resources in international companies and the issues associated with the management of staff abroad. You'll develop a strategic view of the importance of globalisation in helping international organisations compete and understand the multi-faceted dimensions of international HRM, which include cultural, institutional and legal contexts. Acquire, modify and integrate key contemporary and relevant HRM knowledge to help fulfil individual career aspirations.

  • International HRM
  • Managing and leading people
  • Fundamentals of international management
  • Strategic international HRM
  • People resourcing
  • International employment relations
  • Research methods
  • Dissertation

The modules are assessed by course work, group presentations and a time-constrained examination. Some modules are assessed by course work only. The dissertation is assessed by a written report and a presentation. Each module is 100-200 of study hours, except for the dissertation, which should be 600 hours of study time.


The course provides a good grounding in HR issues, theories and practice and several modules are based on international professional standards. Successful students can enter a variety of HR roles, particularly the international market or within multinational companies in their country of practice.

Many students on this course are from overseas wishing to gain a UK Masters level degree in international HR which they can then utilise back in their country of origin or to further an international career. The course also attracts a number of UK students wishing to specialise in international human resource management.

Employability Service

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Professional links

Centre of Excellence status is the IoEE’s (Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs) flagship organisational accreditation for organisations that promote and deliver enterprise skills development – and is in recognition of the School’s entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice.


Course members will be offered the opportunity to liaise with our professional placement staff in order to secure a work placement attached to an HR department of a London-based organisation.

A placement can provide you with an organisational context for learning, giving you the opportunity to become involved in short projects/process tasks in HR, and could also be a valuable source for your dissertation.

Teaching and learning

A distinctive feature of the full-time programme is that for half of the modules students will share classes with practising HR professionals following the part-time Master's route. These students, typically aged 25 - 35, work in HR departments in London while studying for the professional CIPD qualification. This exposure will considerably enhance your learning experience.

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division in business or social sciences;
  • Work experience may be useful although is not essential.

Note: All overseas candidates whose first language is not English should have attained a minimum of IELTS Level 6.5.

How to apply

International students

International (non-Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start Dates Application code Application mode
Full-time 12 months September 3781 Direct to LSBU

Postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.


Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses.


It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance.

Postgraduate Application Service

Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session, they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

Suggested reading

  • Harzing, A. W & Pinnington, A. (2011) International Human Resource Management, Sage.
  • Briscoe, D.R & Schuller, R.S & Tarique, I. (2011) International Human Resource Management: policies and practices for multinational enterprises, Routledge.
  • Edwards, T & Rees, C (2011) International human resource management: globalization, national systems and multinational companies, FT/Prentice Hall.
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Last updated May 2, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 23, 2019
1 year
9,135 GBP
Full-time UK/EU fee: £9,135; International fee: £13,780.
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Sep 23, 2019
End Date
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