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Course summary

Our postgraduate International Human Resources Management (HRM) course builds on core human resource management theory and practice to examine the unique factors and cultural sensitivities associated with multinational operations. Throughout our MSc, you’ll explore contemporary debates on HR management practices and examine the approaches employers take to human resource management. You’ll gain an understanding of what is required to develop local and global HR systems that consider corporate social responsibility, innovation and participatory practices. This course provides a critical academic assessment of the approaches international employers take to HRM. There’s a focus on understanding how responsibility and sustainability impact on HR management, as well as exploring how organisations influence HR practices. We equip you with a wider perspective on the principal issues and concerns affecting work, providing you with a basis for making effective decisions as a manager in the future. By the end of the course, you’ll have a deeper understanding of the contemporary changes, challenges and opportunities in work and employment globally.


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 method

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.

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. I

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)65.5 minimum in each skill
Cambridge English ProficiencyC
Cambridge English AdvancedC
PTE Academic5451 in each component
TOEFL (iBT)80No subtest less than 17

Fees and funding

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Human Resource Management at University of Stirling - UCAS