University of Stirling

University of Stirling

International Human Resource Management

The course provides a broad understanding of the importance of people management in organisational development and business operations. The course builds on current trends in the internationalisation of work, occupations and management activities by offering a unique perspective on the challenges facing the human resource (HR) profession and human resource management (HRM) practice in a global economy. It addresses both contemporary debates on HR management practices, and reflections on business organisation governance and strategy in an international context. The course provides a critical and academic assessment of the HRM approach and its application by employers in international contexts. Particular attention is paid to understanding issues of responsibility and sustainability in HR management, as well as exploring the influence of various forms of business organisations on HR practices. The curriculum at Stirling builds on mainstream HR management to incorporate specialist topics with an international perspective, giving graduates the edge in their careers in an increasingly globalised work environment. The course gives students the opportunity to hone critical thinking abilities and problem-solving skills while drawing on up-to-date knowledge highly relevant to HR practitioners engaged in the management of work and employment relations.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2nd Class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. If English is not the applicant's first language, evidence of proficiency must be provided such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (5.5 in all bands). If the applicant does not meet the required score it may be possible to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register applicants must hold a conditional offer for a course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.

Course modules

Semester 1: Strategic and operational HRM in context; managing organisations with an international outlook; responsible business in a global economy.
Semester 2: Managing and developing a diverse workforce; comparative employment systems; plus 2 options from a list including: leadership and decision-making; current challenges in HRM; managing in NGOs and the third sector; managing change and people; developing international managers; students also take a research methods module over Semester 2 which is an essential foundation to help prepare and conduct a major research project for the dissertation (over the summer period).

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a mixture of examination and coursework, including written assignments and presentations. Successful completion of the taught element of the programme leads to the award of the Diploma or allows the student to continue for the award of the MSc by completing a 15,000-word dissertation based on an original research question agreed by the student and supervisor. The project should reflect the student's own understanding and knowledge of selected topics learnt during taught courses.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 12,000 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Stirling Campus Stirling FK9 4LA Scotland

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Key information

Management School, Management, Work and Organisation Division
Telephone number: 
01786 467311