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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

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.


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


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.

Course content

Compulsory classes

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.

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.

Business Systems
This class focuses on comparative political economy and the variety of business systems that frame and shape employment policies and practices at firm and state level.
The class looks at the structures, strategies and practices of the transnational firm, and their consequences for employment relations. This is then linked to the now extensive debates about the character and scope of globalisation and global flows of goods and labour. Bringing these two themes together, the class  will examine in detail theory and practices of global value chains and production networks with respect to labour issues. The consequences of these dynamics for policy making with respect to corporate governance and responsibility will provide an additional practical focus.
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

Employee Relations

This class will provide a critical understanding of current developments in employee relations in the UK.

You'll learn about the dynamics and shape of the employment relationship with particular attention focussed 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.

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.
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.
Human Resource Development

This class provides you with a comprehensive view of the field of human resource development, learning and change for individuals and organisations.

The class considers theories and practice in the management of workplace learning and development. We encourage the development of a critical view of HRD theory and practice, to develop your capabilities as HR professionals in work and employment. HR professionals who are able to think critically about HRD are better problem-solvers and decision-makers, on the broader social implications of changes taking place in organisations and the challenges these changes pose to HRD.

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.


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.


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 for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

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


  • 2017/18 - £9,500

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £9,500


  • 2017/18 - £18,000

How can I fund my course?

There are scholarship opportunities available for students applying for this course. Opportunities include:

Check our Scholarship Search for more help with fees and funding.

Scottish students

Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

English students

Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.

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
  • 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 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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