Taught course

International Human Resource Management

Birkbeck, University of London · Management

Entry requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc International Human Resource Management (HRM) is designed to prepare you for an outstanding career in people management and human resources.

Building on Birkbeck’s critical and analytical approach to learning and utilising the research and teaching excellence of our staff, the programme provides a unique bridge between theory and practice. Throughout the course you will acquire an in-depth, critical understanding of contemporary debates in international human resource management (HRM) and employment relations, whilst developing essential skills for your future career.

The course focuses on the socio-economic and managerial aspects of international HRM, exploring in depth the role and impact of the economy, society and national and global institutions in business policies and practices. Graduates of the programme will obtain a strong social sciences and management background in understanding the content and processes of international HRM.

The modules cover advanced HRM, employment relations, and international business topics and concepts, discuss the structure of the global economy and the role of multinational corporations and of globalisation in shaping local and global realities, and examine contemporary topics such as corporate governance and business ethics.

Across the three taught semesters you will study seven compulsory modules, introducing you to the principles and concepts of HRM in different contexts. At the same time, you will build an understanding of research methodologies to prepare you for your dissertation - an independent research project on a topic of your choice that you will submit by the end of your course. Beyond this, you will choose an optional module that allows you to focus on your interests and career intentions. You could gain specialist knowledge in topics such as training and development, performance management, occupational psychology, diversity management and many others.


  • Based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, the Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management.
  • Our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting-edge articles in the world's leading journals. We have particular research strengths in international business and strategy, the management of innovation and entrepreneurship, human resource management, corporate governance, sport management and marketing, as well as financial management and accounting.
  • The course is taught by a team with international reputations in their respective areas.
  • We engage in significant collaborative research and have excellent contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions.
  • You will have access to Moodle, our online learning resource where all information and materials relating to your programme of study and modules are available, as well as the Birkbeck Library and e-Library.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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