University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

International Human Resource Management

This course enables students to manage people across borders and be informed on cross-cultural issues within international human resources.

Entry requirements

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. Applicants are subject to interview. 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

Teaching and Assessment:

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.

How are you assessed?

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 2016 GBP 7,700 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 12,100 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,700 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,700 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,700 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Admissions Team - Portsmouth Business School
Telephone number: 
023 9284 8200