University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

International Human Resource Management

Overview If you're working in HR and ready to make an ambitious next move in your career, our MSc International Human Resource Management degree course will develop your knowledge and skills to Master's level and help you stand out from the competition. On this course, you'll improve your knowledge of HR in an international context. You'll learn about the globalisation of business and its effect on the HR industry, and explore why HR measures that are effective in one country can fail in another, even within the same organisation. When you graduate, you'll have the skills to manage people across borders, and to handle cross-cultural issues in international HR. And because these skills are in demand in the HR industry and beyond, you'll be ready to advance your career in business development, recruitment, or training and development. On this course, you'll: Be taught in multi-national classes, benefitting from the diverse backgrounds, academic profiles and work experiences of other students Take part in skills development workshops, where you'll contribute to managerial and HR based activities Study HR and professional skills, human resources management (HRM), and international HR Complete a strategic research project on a topic of your choice, integrating theory and practice that are beneficial to your career Benefit from a flexible approach, with web, email and phone access to many of our facilities. Access the library's electronic journals, resources and database collections Have the chance of being selected for an HR-related placement, arranged by the Faculty, within a Portsmouth-based company Work experience and career planning We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies. When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career. Careers and opportunities We are an Approved Centre for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). When you graduate, you'll be eligible for Associate Membership of the CIPD, and depending on your previous experience, you may also meet the criteria for Chartered Membership. The CIPD is the world's largest internally-recognised Chartered HR and development professional body. The international focus of this course will give you a greater understanding of global business and improve your chances of securing work internationally, or with an international organisation. Once you've graduated, you can pursue a career in: Human resources Personnel Business development and consultancy Management Recruitment Training and Development We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Entry requirements

MSc: A second class honours degree or equivalent in any academic subject and seeking to pursue / continue a HR career. Applicants with appropriate work experience and a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Level 3 or 5 qualifications will be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

The initial emphasis is on putting the foundations into place: developing understanding of the functions and tools of management such as finance, operations management and, of course, HRM. There is also the need to appreciate the importance of an organisation's external environment, which as the course highlights, is international. In addition, weekly tutorials will help you understand the requirements of studying in the UK at postgraduate level. Here are the units you will study: Developing People for Business: This focuses initially on HR and professional skills including finance, statistics and information systems.HR skills include effective self-management, effective management in practice, influencing people and ethical practices. Following on from that, theoretical approaches to leadership, change management practice and culture are also considered. Managing Human Resources: This aims to develop your critical awareness of the conflicts and ambiguities associated with added value professional roles, ethics and legal compliance. You will explore the contribution made by the professional training and/or human resource development function to the efficient operation of an organisation. The International HR Practitioner: This initially considers the key theories underpinning business strategy and HRM in an international context. The unit considers how strategic human resource management can impact on the strategic processes driving organisations in an increasingly globalised environment. In the latter part of the unit the focus moves on to considering the relationship between strategic management and international HRM. Research Project: The dissertation should be of value to you in your career and therefore should be strategic in nature. Where appropriate, it could also be of significance to a sponsoring organisation. It should demonstrate the ability to integrate theory and practice, as well as your capacity to manage and present (in written form) a substantial piece of work-based, in-depth research. A supervisor will be allocated to guide you through the research.

Assessment methods

Our learning approach is active, participative, reflective and student-centred. You will be encouraged to develop a strategic awareness and appreciate the role of the HR professional as a business partner. We combine a variety of teaching methods including seminars, lectures, case studies, class discussions and group work. Assessment differs from unit to unit, but all consist of varying forms of coursework alongside a time-constrained assessment. You will also complete a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 14,700 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 10,200 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 10,200 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 10,200 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 10,200 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 10,200 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 10,200 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site PO1 2UP South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Student Recruitment Centre - Faculty of Business and Law
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02392842991