International Human Resource Management MSc
MSc International Human Resource Management
MSc International Human Resource Management
Are you looking to start a global career in human resource management in this exciting, challenging and influential area of business? Our MSc International Human Resource Management (HRM) Master's degree prepares graduates from any national background for success in human resources (HR) and people management, anywhere in the world.
This course, tailored to the global environment, will develop your knowledge of HR and people management in an international context. You’ll study alongside students from a range of nationalities and cultures and have the opportunity to network with professionals as you learn about the globalisation of business and its effect on the HR industry. You’ll explore topics including why HR measures that are effective in one country can fail in another, even within the same organisation. This practical course considers the opportunities and challenges of human resource management and people management practice in a global setting.
When you graduate we'll make sure you have the skills to manage people across borders, and to handle cross-cultural issues in international human resources. 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.
Upon completion of this course, you’ll be eligible for internationally recognised associate Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) membership which demonstrates your commitment to the highest standards of the profession, as well as being equipped with the knowledge and skills to start a career as an HR practitioner or as a people manager in a global environment.
This course accepts UK, EU, and international students.
- Compare human resource practices across different regions of the world
- Gain expertise in issues around ethics and sustainability in a global context and its impact on the world of work
- Learn from experienced lecturers and practitioners from international human resource backgrounds
- Practically develop your professional and managerial skills
- Consider the theory and practice of HRM in the global business environment
- Eligibility for associate CIPD membership once you graduate
This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). On successful completion, providing students are in active CIPD membership, students will automatically gain Associate membership of the CIPD. They will also gain the eligibility to potentially upgrade their membership to Chartered depending on their experience.
This course is aligned with the standards laid out in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) curriculum. With over 300,000 HR and business executive members spanning 165 countries, SHRM is the largest human resource management association on the planet. This recognition confirms the high level of HR education we uphold, and our role as a springboard for exceptional human resource professionals.
Business and management studies at the University of Portsmouth is ranked 2nd of the modern universities by research power
What you'll study on this MSc International Human Resource Management degree course
Modules currently being studied
- Professional Skills - 15 credits
- Resourcing and Talent Management - 15 credits
- Global Employment Relations - 15 credits
- Business Ethics and Sustainability - 15 credits
- Learning and Development — Global Perspectives - 15 credits
- Global Human Resource Management — Challenges and Debates - 15 credits
- Leadership and Change - 15 credits
- Strategy and the Global Context - 15 credits
- Human Resource Management Dissertation - 60 credits
Changes to course content
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Careers and opportunities
Careers this Master’s prepares you for
Once you complete this Master's in International Human Resource Management, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge, to operate successfully in a global environment.
This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). On successful completion of course you will be entitled to apply for Associate membership of the CIPD.
Graduates of this course have gone onto roles such as:
- HR Business Partner
- Learning and Development Specialist
- Recruitment Consultancy
- Pay and Benefits Specialist
- HR Consultant
- HR Manager
Career outcomes shown are sourced from the latest available graduate outcome surveys. The data shows career outcomes at 15 months after graduation.
During your course you'll have expert career support from our Careers and Employability Centre, your tutors and our Business and Law Career-Ready Programme. This support will continue for 5 years after you graduate.
How you'll spend your time
We recognise that you'll probably be juggling more demands when you do your Master's degree, as you may be working or you may have family responsibilities.
We'll give you as much indication here as we can of how much time you'll need to be on campus and how many hours you can expect to spend in self-directed study, but please note that these indications are always subject to change. You should receive your full timetable several weeks before you start with us.
It is our expectation that all international students will join us here on campus in Portsmouth.
This Master's degree will take:
- 1 year (full-time study)
You can expect:
hours of teaching time to be confirmed by Course Leader
- To attend lectures, seminars and classroom teaching on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Hours of independent study, Course Leader to advise
In the last 3 months of the course you'll be focusing on your research project.
Master's study is deeper and more specialised than an undergraduate degree. This means you'll focus on something that really matters to you and your career as you work closely with academics committed to the subject.
You'll spend more time in independent study and research than you did for your undergraduate degree, but the majority of your teaching time will be in-person and face-to-face.
- group presentations
- open book exams
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. This includes group discussions, peer review activities, and virtual seminars.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
These are some of the expert staff who'll teach you on this course:
Dr Le Bo
I'm a senior lecturer in organisation studies and human resource management. I have published in, and I am a reviewer for, leading international academic journals, such as 'Organization Studies', and 'Work, Employment and Society'.
My specialist areas of research interest include international management, looking at sustainability and business ethics, and organisational power and politics, with links to governance, corporate social responsibility, and NGO activism.
I am a Senior Lecturer in Business Ethics and teach in the areas of organisational behaviour, human resource management and international business. My research interests include the intersection between civil society and business. I have worked on and investigated the role of the Fair Trade movement, working with companies such as Divine Chocolate and the Co-Operative. I was the Co-convenor of the 2018 Fair Trade International Symposium.
Before joining the University of Portsmouth, I was a Strategic Analyst on policy and communications projects for the Civil Service.
Read my full profile
The Master's academic year runs from September to the following September. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter. Over the summer you'll be writing your project / dissertation.
Courses that start in January have the same amount of teaching as September-start courses, but they normally run over a longer time period.
January-start courses normally run between 14–18 months, beginning in January and ending in the spring / summer of the following year. There are breaks at Christmas, Easter and in the summer. In the last few months you’ll be writing your project / dissertation.
Joining us as an international student
You'll feel at home in our international community and our diverse city. You'll be joining over 5,000 international students from more than 150 countries who are studying with us.
Learn more about international student life and how we can help you with visas, applications, arrival and settling in.
Supporting your learning
Master's study is more focused on independent learning than undergraduate study, but you'll get lots of support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:
Types of support
Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to postgraduate study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your Master's.
As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.
In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you'll also have access to our student engagement officers. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing, and refer you to specialist support services if you need extra help or support.
The Maths Cafe offers free advice and help with maths skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop, or use our online resources.
You'll have help from a team of study support tutors. Based within the Faculty of Business and Law, these tutors are familiar with the specific requirements your assignments and work closely with faculty academics. This means they can give you focused support with the specific study skills you need to be successful on your course. They're available face-to-face, by phone, email, and by video call.
They can help with:
- academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations, projects and literature reviews)
- reflective writing skills
- critical thinking skills
- delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
- understanding and using assignment feedback
- managing your time and workload
- revision and exam techniques
If you're a mature student, specialist support to help you return to learning is available.
As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University's Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
Library staff are available in person or by email, phone, or online chat to help you make the most of the University's library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from librarians who specialise in business and law.
The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.
Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.
You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.
If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.
They'll help you to:
- discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
- liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
- access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
- liaise with external services
Course costs and funding
Tuition fees (September 2022 start)
University of Portsmouth graduates may receive a 20% alumni tuition fee discount.
Fees are subject to annual increase. Read our tuition fees terms and conditions.
You'll be able to pay your fees in instalments. Find out how to pay your tuition fees.
Funding your studies
Explore how to fund your studies, including available scholarships and bursaries.
If you're a UK student, you may be eligible for a Government Postgraduate Master's Loan, which you can use to help with course fees and living costs.
If you're a UK student who achieved a first in your undergraduate degree you may be eligible for a £3,000 University of Portsmouth scholarship.
Learn more about sponsorships, scholarships and loans for students applying from outside of the UK.
These course-related costs aren't included in the tuition fees, so you'll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. Additional costs could include:
- Accommodation: Accommodation options and costs can be found on our accommodation pages.
- Recommended reading: You can borrow key texts from the library and if you choose to purchase these texts they may cost up to £60 each.
- General costs: such photocopying, memory sticks, printing charges, binding and specialist printing. We suggest budgeting £75 per year.
- Final project transport or accommodation: where necessary, which related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
Read more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.
This course accepts UK, EU, and international students.
- 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.
If you're applying as an international student with a non-UK degree, you’ll need to show you meet the UK entry requirements listed above.
To find out if your non-UK degree or other qualification is accepted, please visit our page for your country and view the UK equivalent of your qualification.
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component score below 6.0.
You do not need an IELTS or equivalent certification if:
- you have a UK degree
- you have a degree from a majority English speaking country (not taught by Distance Learning)
- you are a national of a majority English speaking country
Degrees taught solely in English from non-majority English speaking countries will be considered on a case by case basis. Find out more about our English language requirements.
If you do not meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
How to apply
Unlike undergraduate applications, which go through UCAS, applications for this Master's course are made directly to us.
There's no deadline for applications to this course. We accept applications right up until the start date in September, as long as there are places available. If you wait until September to apply, you may find that the course is full.
If you're applying as an international student, remember that you'll need to leave plenty of time to get your visa organised.
You can find more advice about applying in our Master's application checklist. International students and current students and recent graduates of the University of Portsmouth also have some different application options, which are detailed below.
Extra information for international students
If you're an international student, you can apply directly to us using the same application form as UK students.
You could also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
Ready to apply?
I'm a current Portsmouth student, or a recent Portsmouth graduate
If you're currently in your final year of study at Portsmouth, or you graduated since July 2021, you're eligible to make a fast track application. You'll have:
- a shorter application form to complete
- access to the 20% Alumni fee discount
- a guaranteed conditional offer, for most Master's courses
After you apply
Once we receive your application, we may ask you for further information. We will then either make you an offer or suggest alternatives if your application is unsuccessful.
You'll usually get a decision within 10 working days, so you shouldn't have to wait too long. Some courses have an interview stage – we'll let you know if you need to prepare for one.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.