MSc International Human Resource Management

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Accreditation: Professional Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development at Associate Member, Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow level
  • Study mode and duration: 12 months full-time

Study with us

  • understand how multinational organisations can best mobilise a culturally-diverse workforce
  • prepare for a HR career in global organisations
  • gain professional membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • develop an understanding of how and why human resource policies and practices differ across the world
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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. 

It allows you to consider these issues critically and 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. 

You'll develop an awareness of the range of possible national and regional models for the management of human resources within the globalised economy. 

You'll learn about the impact of local cultural and institutional influences on the practices of global organisations. 

By the end of the programme, you'll have a good working knowledge of the skills required to manage in an international context, as well as an understanding of how multinational organisations can best mobilise a culturally diverse workforce.

You'll have the opportunity to regularly engage with senior HR professionals through departmental and external networking opportunities. Throughout the course of your study there will be a number of 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. Additionally, there will be opportunities to attend high profile conferences for HR professionals. 

The programme is delivered by the Department of Work, Employment & Organisation, winner of the HR Network Award 2018 for Outstanding Contribution to Scottish HR. The Department is also home to the highly regarded Scottish Centre for Employment Research.

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What you'll study

You will take a mix of core and elective classes. 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
  • motivation and workplace relations
  • rewards and benefits
  • training and developing the workforce 

Business Skills will help you develop and improve a range of definable skills that are pivotal to successful management practice and to effective leadership. 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.

Integrated dissertation and research project

During the second semester, you will produce an integrated dissertation and research report (IDRR) based on analysing a human resource issue in an organisation. You are encouraged to use your own contacts to gain access to an organisation, although assistance will be given by the department to offer you opportunities to access an organisation. For the IDRR you are encouraged to complete an 8-10 week placement within an organisation to understand the HR function within the business and to work with the organisation to identify an HR issue they currently face in order to carry out research and analysis to address this issue. During semester 2, no classes are timetabled on Thursdays and Fridays to allow you to focus on your IDRR. 

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

The course allows you to work towards a professional level of membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). CIPD is the professional body for human resource and learning and development professionals. CIPD qualifications are valued by employers and are often a pre-requisite for HR roles. The MSc is a CIPD approved programme at Advanced level and meets the educational requirements for Associate Member of CIPD (AssocCIPD). You're required to join the CIPD as a student member at the start of the course. 

Accreditation

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 Member, Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow level. The Department of Work, Employment & Organisation is a CIPD Approved Centre.

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One of four faculties forming the University of Strathclyde, SBS is a triple-accredited business school (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA) and was the first business school in Scotland to achieve this accolade in 2004. The Business School is home to seven subject departments and a number of specialist centres, all of which collaborate to provide a dynamic, fully-rounded and varied programme of specialist and cross-disciplinary courses.

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As a postgraduate student at Strathclyde Business School, you may choose to join the Strathclyde Business Network, a student-led initiative that facilitates interaction with business and industry leaders.

The Network aims to foster knowledge sharing, facilitate discussion and enable networking opportunities with the very best business professional in industry. Every year the Network organises Glasgow Business Summit, which is the first-ever student-led business conference in Scotland and brings together students with leading businesses from across the UK.

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Course content

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
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.
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.

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.

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.
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.

Managing Human Resources in Multinationals

The aim of the class is to provide students with knowledge and critical understanding of the context and content of human resource management in a globalising economy by focusing on the activities of multinational companies.

The class will utilise a variety of teaching and learning methods. The emphasis will be on adopting a student-centred approach to teaching and learning to encourage a high degree of student-driven learning. Within the formal teaching time there will be a mix of lectures, tutorials, case study-based discussion and videos.

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.

You're required to choose one 10-credit elective class. Electives are taught throughout the semester, online or via intensive classes offered at the Business School's Spring School.

Recent electives offered include People Resourcing, Employment Issues and the Law and Managing Talent and Succession Planning.

Please note that electives offered may vary from year to year.

Employment Issues and the Law

Employment law plays a hugely significant role in shaping the work of managers and HR, personnel and employee relations specialists. This module aims to introduce key aspects of UK employment law with the aim of examining the nature and extent of its impact on employment relationships, policies and practices.

Managing Talent and Succession Planning

This will seek to address a range of inter-related themes and issues centred on the concept of ‘talent’ – What are the talents that we require? Who are the ‘talented’? How do we source them? How do we develop them? How do we retain them and provide opportunities that meet their aspirations? How do we manage ‘talent’? How do we motivate those employees who are not labelled as part of the talent community?

The class will combine broad strategic talent themes with a practical approach to the management and development of talented or high potential employees within an organisational setting.

The class will encourage the development of a critical view of Talent Management theory and practice to develop capabilities as professional managers who are able to think critically about Managing Talent and are, therefore, better problem-solvers and decision-makers in this key area.

People Resourcing

The aim of this class is to help students to understand People Resourcing issues within organisations and related concepts in order that they can become thinking practitioners in the field. General knowledge-based objectives include developing knowledge and understanding of a number of issues facing practitioners within organisations who are responsible for ensuring that the organisation is effectively resourced with people.

The learning methods will combine elements of formal presentations, individual reading, group discussions, and class feedback sessions. 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.

Learning & teaching

Core and elective classes will be taught across two semesters running from September to December and January to March. Classes will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, interactive sessions, practical demonstrations and role-play. You'll also benefit from guest lectures given by distinguished HR professionals, and a business skills development programme. The integrated dissertation and research report is undertaken during the summer months.

Assessment

Classes are assessed by various methods, including essays, individual and group projects and final exams. Exams will take place at the end of each semester in December and April/May. You'll also keep a CPD Record that describes all your important learning activities and experiences during the course. Submission of a satisfactory CPD Record is a requirement for completion of the course.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Minimum second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent (see our country pages for further information) in any subject.

English language requirements

Students whose first language is not English must have a minimum of 6.5 IELTS score, with no individual score lower than 5.5. Get more information about the English language requirements for studying at Strathclyde.

Please note that achieving the minimum entry 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.

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Fees & funding

2020/21

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

Scotland/EU

£10,750

Rest of UK

£10,750

International

£20,350

Additional costs

Students are responsible for costs associated with printing and binding final project (approx £50).

PgDip/MSc International Human Resource Management is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Students wishing to achieve Associate Membership of CIPD on completion of the course are required to join as a student member during their studies.

This is not mandatory for passing the course but is required by CIPD to achieve membership update on passing the course.

Cost for 2019/2020 is £40 joining fee plus £118 member fee.

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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International students

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

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Careers

As a graduate of this programme, you'll be well placed to work for organisations including global multinationals, government bodies, and global non-governmental organisations (e.g. International Labour Organisation (ILO) and UNICEF). In recent years, graduates have accessed a range of jobs with a variety of organisations and recent graduate destinations and jobs have included:

  • Head of Human Resources at Reiches, Austria
  • HR Advisor at Aberdeen Standard Investments
  • Business Analyst at Calaisco, Berlin
  • Principal Recruiter at ADAMAR, Indonesia
  • HR Executive at Clintec Pharmacetucials
  • Doctoral Researcher at University of Strathclyde

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International Human Resource Management

Qualification: MSc
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: full-time

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SBS Postgraduate Admissions

Telephone: +44 (0)141 553 6105 / +44 (0)141 553 4590

Email: sbs.admissions@strath.ac.uk

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