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MScHuman Resources & International Management

Why this course?

In this full time programme, students will study the management challenges encountered by global organisations, with particular emphasis on attracting, managing and developing people.

The programme brings together cutting-edge scholarship on global business management and international human resource management to provide a bespoke learning experience tailored to students looking to pursue senior roles that have a strong ‘people management’ element.

You'll study

You’ll study a tailored programme of human resources (HR) and business modules that specifically prepare students for management roles within global multinational enterprises and other international organisations. Human resource learning will be delivered through targeted modules such as:

  • Global Staffing
  • Labour & Diversity in Global Context
  • HR in Business Context
  • Comparative & International Employment Relations

These and other HR-oriented learning will be complemented with modules engaging with a range of related challenges for international business managers, including:

  • Understanding the Global Business Environment
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Professional Management Practice

Students will also have the opportunity to select a number of elective modules from an extensive programme of HR and business learning offered by Strathclyde Business School.

Major projects

Students will be required to undertake a research-based project that will focus on an organisational management issue with an international focus. You'll be assisted to connect with an international organisation and its managers to conduct research and produce a practically-focused report.


Strathclyde’s award-winning Business School is one of the largest institutions of its kind in Europe. We've around 200 academic staff and more than 3,000 full-time students.

The departments and specialist units work together to provide a dynamic, fully-rounded and varied programme of specialist and cross-disciplinary postgraduate courses.

Guest lectures

You'll have the opportunity to attend guest lectures and tailored seminars delivered by leading HR and business managers, focusing on the practical challenges of managing people in multi-national enterprises and international organisations.

Course content

HRM in a Business Context

This class aims to explore the managerial and business context of HRM and the associated impact in shaping human resource strategy.

It critically reviews the major internal and external contextual factors influencing organisational strategy and examines the key choices facing HR managers in designing and delivery of HR practices.

The class recognises that HRM occurs in a variety of organisational, social and political contexts and evaluates the significance of these variations for the strategic organisation and management of people. Fundamentally the class examines how organisational and HR strategies are shaped by the dynamic nature of the business context, the underpinning goals of employers and considerations of social and ethical legitimacy.

Managing Human Resources in Multinationals

This class is primarily focused on human resource management within multinational companies providing a broad base to understand how companies address the challenges of managing globally.

The class focuses on key challenges in staffing the multinational enterprise considering aspects such as recruitment and selection, training and development, compensation and performance management. The firm-level analysis will complement the broader comparative frameworks which other modules are developing to allow for you to further your understanding of comparative HRM and issues surrounding the globalisation of business.

Comparative Employment Relations
The aim of this class will be to examine current issues in the field of comparative employment relations including from a political economy perspective and to outline and examine comparative employment relations in the context of the international political economy together with the strategies and practices utilised by international firms. The class will also analyse comparative employment relations from a range of social and institutional perspectives and from a range of distinct environments.
Labour & Diversity in a Global Context
This class will provide you with the opportunity to explore patterns of labour mobility across nation states and how these have varied across space and time. A key focus will be on the issue of diversity management within and between nation states in an era of more integrated markets and the practical implications these have for managers working in different political and economic contexts.
Professional Management Practice

This class develops your awareness and capabilities as a manager. It utilises a Personal Development Plan (PDP) process to help you critically evaluate how your skills and attributes are needed to be effective and, over the course of the year, provides workshops and exercises to help you identify and move towards fulfilling your potential.

Global Business Environment

Business organisations and management decisions and actions exist in a complex, dynamic and often turbulent environment. This class will develop your understanding of the many dimensions and layers of the global business environment. It'll encourage you to recognise, understand and reflect upon the challenges and opportunities that various aspects of the business environment present to businesses, organisations and managers operating in an international context. The class will also introduce you to a range of useful theories, concepts and tools for analysing the business environment and give them an opportunity to apply these to ‘real world’ and hypothetical management scenarios.

Managing Across Cultures

This class will develop the awareness, skills and knowledge required by managers seeking to work abroad as international executives. It'll help you develop an awareness, knowledge and understanding of the importance of the often overlooked 'soft skills' of management, particularly as concerns cross-cultural variations and their impact on the practices and processes of management. It'll examine the main concepts currently employed to understand the complexity presented to managers in their process of managing people across national and cultural borders, addressing the issues of the impact of culture on management structures and processes. It will then provide understanding of the role which cross-cultural management can play in achieving competitive advantage in international business.


The project gives you the opportunity to engage with a topic of interest in depth and over an extended period of time. Preparation for the project is provided via a course in project methodology training. At this stage of the programme, you may be interested in aligning career aspirations with project work.

Elective classes

Students will select two elective classes. Examples are shown below but others may be available.

People Resourcing
This class will help you understand people resourcing issues within organisations and related concepts in order that they become thinking practitioners in the field. Issues such as managing performance, managing equality and managing careers will be covered.
Employment Issues & the Law
Employment law plays a role in shaping the work of personnel specialists. You'll be introduced to important aspects of UK employment law with the aim of examining the nature and extent of its impact on employment relationships, policies and practices, and will gain knowledge of the way in which employment law is formed through European UK legislation and directives.
Employee Reward
You'll become familiar with different pay systems and structures and will develop an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of the foundations of pay in this module, enabling you to develop a critical understanding of pay systems and structures.
Business Strategy

This class provides opportunities to explore, understand and apply the language of strategy and strategic management. By examining real-life organisations, you will develop your understanding of the forces within their contextual and transactional environments that influence their strategy, and by applying different strategic frameworks, develop the ability to critically analyse the strategic direction being adopted.

Managing in Europe

This class gives you the skills involved in managing people in Europe with a focus on cultural and knowledge issues as well as managing cross-cultural differences.

You'll be able to understand the European context in terms of human resource management and employment relations and manage effectively in this context. You'll also be able to adapt to different cultural environments and to manage effectively in an intercultural European context as well as a global context.

Leadership for Change & Innovation

The central premise of this class is that whilst prudent management is essential, it is not sufficient to assure sustainable business success. Leadership in any sector involves using creativity and vision to tackle problems. This class draws together the latest theories and practices to develop skills and understanding for effective leadership in the context of change. It also informs the practices of leadership in innovative project teams.

Learning & teaching

Students will learn through a combination of the following:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • practical exercises
  • expert-led seminars
  • networking events
  • online learning events


Work will be assessed through a combination of written assignments, exams, practical team and individual projects.

Entry requirements

First or second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in any degree subject.

For students whose first language is not English, achievement of the following minimum level of proficiency in English Language, taken within the past two years, is required:

  • IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each criteria

Prospective applicants must keep in mind that the above constitute minimum requirements and that meeting those requirements does not guarantee acceptance on the course.

Fees & funding


All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.


  • £10,300

Rest of UK

  • £10,300


  • £19,500

How can I fund my course?

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.´╗┐

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.


As a graduate of this programme you could work for organisations such as:

  • global multinationals and other businesses trading or managing people across territories
  • government and public sector organisations dealing with international management issues
  • global non-governmental organisations such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and UNICEF

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Human Resources and International Management

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2019, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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