University of Huddersfield

University of Huddersfield

International Human Resource Management

The overall aim of the course is to educate human resource managers in an international context and improve the quality of their professional development. Students are encouraged to develop critical reflection and a range of skills and techniques specific to international human resource management. The course focuses on the development of relevant personal and interpersonal skills in preparation for a future professional career in people management in a global workplace.

Entry requirements

Normally a good relevant 1st degree or equivalent in a subject related to the study of people, eg a degree in human resource management (HRM), business management, marketing or business administration. International applicants must meet the required standard in English.

Course modules

Term One: International Human Resource Management: This module explores human resource management emphasising the international dimension. Differing national cultures and an increasingly globalised economy are key aspects of the module. The module examines the wider context in which IHRM initiatives are set in a wide range of different countries and cultural contexts. There is a strong focus on the strategies and practices of multinational corporations as well as a range of public, private and voluntary organisations. Assessment is by an individual assignment. Managing People in Organisations (F/T): Managing People in Organisations is an extremely practical module which introduces critically analyses and evaluates key elements of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour to enable effective deployment of people within organisations. A strategic exploration of the global context within which people work and are managed is also carried out through a range of organisational behaviour concepts and theories. The assessment for this module is a 5000 word analytical report based upon an Organisational Case Study provided (worth 100 per cent of module marks). International Business Environment: This module looks at of the international business environment and how various institutional contexts and factors such as political, economic and social factors have influenced, and continue to influence international business. This module is designed to develop/widen the knowledge and understanding of the major issues that businesses are confronted with when operating in international markets. Term 1 and 2. Personal Development Through Reflective Practice: This module sets to develop a student experience which gives you the freedom to reflect on your experiences to date as a developing manager. You are actively encouraged to explore and engage with models of personal and professional development, taking into account the organisational, national, international and cultural contexts in which you work now or in future. The module plays host to both a conference and symposium featuring practitioner and academic speakers'. Assessment is by 2 written assignments (each worth 50 per cent of module marks). Term Two: Human Resource Strategy: The ways that people are managed have a big influence on organisational performance yet many organisations still fail to connect human resource management to business strategy. This module first examines the main HRM practices before examining how HRM can be linked to business strategy. Module assessment is through a single individual assignment.
Corporate Responsibility and Governance: The aim of this module is to enable students to understand the theory and practice of corporate governance and how this interfaces with ethical issues involving stakeholders in corporations. It attempts to achieve this through a mix of seminars, cases, and exercises that promote critical and reflective debate. Learning outcomes are assessed through a single extended business case review of 5,000 words. Research Methods and Techniques: This module is a designed to prepare you for your Dissertation. The module covers issues such as choosing your topic, how to find out what is already known about your area of interest and qualitative and quantitative research design. The module is assessed through the completion of a literature review and proposal for your dissertation. You will be supported both by the module team and an individually assigned supervisor. Term 3
Postgraduate Dissertation: Students are required to conduct an in-depth piece of individual research on a topic of their own choice in an approved domain. It is expected that the student will select a research topic which corresponds to his/her own particular interests and thus allows him/her to develop a more specialised knowledge and understanding of this area. The Dissertation will involve review of the literature, research design, appropriate data collection and data analysis. The Dissertation will also drawn conclusions and make recommendations where appropriate. The interpretation and evaluation of the findings to be reported to a high professional standard. Assessment will be through the presentation of a dissertation on a topic relevant to the degree course, normally of the order of no less than 15,000 and no more than 20,000 words. Most modules are offered as 2-hour seminars, normally scheduled during the day. Some modules are also delivered in blocks of teaching.

Assessment methods

There is a strong emphasis on formative assessment and students are encouraged to be independent in developing their own skills and learning. Assessment strategies have been designed to allow students to demonstrate an understanding of HRM concepts and ideas. These strategies may include, for example, individual assignments, group projects, learning logs and portfolios, presentations, case studies, exams and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Huddersfield Huddersfield HD1 3DH Yorkshire and the Humber

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