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MScInternational Human Resource Management

Why this course?

This course will help you to develop an understanding of how and why human resource policies and practices differ across the world. You’ll examine how international companies address these challenges.

The course allows you to consider these issues critically. It also encourages you to think more practically about the skills required to manage in an international context.

The programme will provide you with:

  • a good understanding of theoretical debates and policy issues affecting human resource management in the global context
  • an awareness of the range of possible national and regional models for the management of human resources within the globalised economy
  • an appreciation of the impact of local cultural and institutional influences on the practices of global organisations
  • good working knowledge of the skills required to manage in an international context
  • an understanding of how multinational organisations can best mobilise a culturally diverse workforce

It allows you to work towards a professional level of membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

The Department of Human Resource Management is a CIPD Approved Centre. The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) stage of this programme is accredited as meeting the knowledge requirements for Professional Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) at Associate, Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow.

You’ll study

The curriculum provides a good balance between theory and practice.

You’ll undertake an introductory HRM class early in Semester 1 to prepare you for the core classes which follow. This class covers HRM concepts and functions such as:

  • the nature of HRM
  • people and their role in organisations
  • recruitment and selection of employees
  • managing people in the workplace, including:
  • motivation and workplace relations
  • rewards and benefits
  • training and developing the workforce

Research Report

During Semester 2, you’ll produce a group report based on an organisational issue with an international focus. Assistance is given by the department to gain access to an organisation to complete the report.

Dissertation

MSc students also complete a dissertation on an approved topic with an international focus. This is done over the period of June to August.

Facilities

Strathclyde Business School is one of the largest institutions of its kind in Europe. It has 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.

Teaching staff

The course is taught by world-class faculty drawing on leading-edge research.

Accreditation

The Postgraduate Diploma stage of this programme is accredited as meeting the knowledge requirements for Professional Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) at Associate, Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow.

Course content

Compulsory classes

Business Skills

The module is primarily concerned with developing and improving a range of definable skills that are pivotal to successful management practice and to effective leadership. These include thinking and decision-making skills, the management of financial information, a range of team-working and interpersonal skills and others associated with developing personal effectiveness and credibility at work.

The module also seeks to develop further more-specialised skills that are of particular significance to effective higher-level people management and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development. Finally, the module seeks to help learners make the most of their formal programmes of study with the inclusion of key postgraduate study skills and requires critical reflection on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint.

A variety of learning methods will be used in this module including lectures, group discussion, practical demonstration and role play, hands-on computer exercises and individual reading. Topics covered:

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Questioning Techniques
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Discipline and Grievance
  • Finance
  • Dealing with Difficult Situations
  • Coaching and Mentoring
Global Staffing

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.

Critical Issues in HRM

The aim of the module is to build upon core theories and strategic practices of HRM by examining emerging developments in people management, within complex and volatile global business environments.

The module will be taught using a variety of methods designed to support student learning, to encourage active reflection and also to develop critical understanding. Students will be expected to engage in directed, self-directed, and individual and group-based learning. For all classes, there will be accompanying reading and a central lecture.

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.
Research Methods for HR Professionals
Designed to increase critical awareness of the ways in which research in social science practice relates to theories of research methods, this class is concerned with exploring the strengths and weaknesses of particular research designs and techniques relevant to human resource issues and developments. You'll be equipped with the ability to design and execute methodologically rigorous research projects.

Elective classes

Choose two from this list

HRM in a Business Context

The aim of this module is to critically explore human resource management as both a strategic function and essential aspect of the management role, which creates value for both business organisations and stakeholders through the effective organisation of people and associated work systems. The module examines the business context and socio-economic drivers which shape corporate strategies and in turn, shape the strategic policies and practices of human resource management.

The module involves a combination of classroom-based learning, student-led discussion, group-based activities concerning case studies, and engagement with guest speakers.

Research Methods

The aim of this class is to help students prepare for undertaking their Integrated Dissertation and Research Report. Sessions covered include research design, ethical consideration in research and analysing and presenting data.

Employee Reward

This module examines the interdisciplinary nature of reward management in an organisational context, presenting different theoretical and philosophical approaches to pay determination (e.g. economic, psychological, legal, and political) in relation to contemporary trends in employment policy and employee relations.

Reward management strategies that consider relative value, individual and collective contribution and labour markets will be examined. Specific subjects covered within this module include: pay and reward strategies within private, public and third sector organisations; legal constraints in determining pay structures; job analysis techniques; pay differentials for disadvantaged groups; and non-monetary reward. International comparisons will be made available as appropriate.

Learning and development in this class is designed to appeal to a range of learning styles, and to integrate argument, action, and reflection. This means that the format of the learning periods combines lecturing, group work on case studies and discussion. A variety of teaching methods will be adopted including formal lectures, guest lectures, individual reading, and applied exercises including group presentations.

Contemporary Employment Relations

The aim of this class is to provide a critical understanding of current developments in employee relations in the UK. It aims to provide a conceptual and theoretical understanding of the dynamics and the contours of the employment relationship. Particular attention will be focused on exploring the resilience of the traditional institutions and modes of employment regulation, as well as exploring current attempts to recast the dynamics of employee relations.

Throughout the class, our concern will be to explore the extent to which the existing forms of collective employment regulation remain intact, or are being superseded by a greater emphasis on the individual within the employment relationship. This will be achieved by exploring key issues such as changes in workplace regulation, representation and management strategies, as well as considering current trends within employee relations.

A flexible and interactive approach to teaching and learning will be employed. The teaching methods adopted will comprise of a mixture of lecture inputs, group discussions and case studies.

Leading, Managing and Developing People

The aim of the module is to build upon core theories and strategic practices discussed in Semester One HR916 HRM in a Business Context, by critically examining both HRM and HRD practices for building and managing productive, effective, and healthy workers.

This module will utilise a central two-hour lecture to disseminate core knowledge and generate class discussion. On-line learning materials provide links to case studies and tasks which will be discussed in additional 1-hour seminars designed to engage student reflection on the class material.

Assessment

Research report

During Semester 2, you’ll produce a group report based on an organisational issue with an international focus. Assistance is given by the department to gain access to an organisation to complete the report.

Dissertation

MSc students also complete a dissertation on an approved topic with an international focus. This is done over the period of June to August.

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.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

Fees & funding

2019/20

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

Scotland/EU

  • £10,300

Rest of UK

  • £10,300

International

  • £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.

Careers

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

  • global multinationals
  • government
  • global non-governmental organisations such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and UNICEF

Recent graduates from the department have gained jobs in a range of leading international organisations including:

  • IBM
  • Shell
  • Accenture
  • Oxfam

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International Human Resource Management

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

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