Taught course

Global Human Resource Management - MA

London Metropolitan University · Guildhall School of Business and Law

Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

A good bachelor’s degree (2.2) in any subject. In certain circumstances, you may be considered if you have significant human resource experience at a senior level. Interviews are generally required for non-standard entry, and your IELTS results must be a minimum of 6.

Accelerated study

For those students following successful completion of Diploma in Global Human Resource Management postgraduate, you may be considered for direct entry on to our MA Global Human Resource Management.

This is subject to gaining 120 credits. Here, you will have the opportunity to choose to complete a human resource management dissertation, a business consultancy report or a work placement programme or any other option or alt option (20 credit) module.

To be admitted to the MA Global Human Resource Management top-up course, you are normally required to demonstrate an average of 55% pass marks across the Diploma in Global Human Resource Management postgraduate. This is subject to the decision of the course leader.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. This course requires you to meet our standard requirements

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Successfully complete the MA Global Human Resource Management course and you’ll receive a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development advanced Level 7 associate membership certificate and associate membership from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

This will allow you to apply for an upgrade to chartered membership or chartered fellowshipdepending on your professional experience. Whether you want to enter junior human resources roles or progress onto more senior roles, this master’s will equip you with the skills and knowledge to do so.

We're sixth in the country for producing the most CEOs and managing directors, according to a study by Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance.

The MA Global Human Resources Management is an ideal next step to boost your future career opportunities.

More about this course

Our teaching is offered on a full-time basis, mainly delivered during the daytime, and can be completed in 12-15 months. A part-time study option may also be considered for working students or those with other conflicting commitments. This study option is subject to approval by the course leader, on a person-to-person basis. There are two annual entry points for admission. January and September start dates are available to ensure flexibility.

You’ll examine the theories of global human resource management (including strategy and practice, covering issues around managing people across different cultures, employee engagement, talent management, and employment law). This will be applied to all business sizes, from entrepreneurial start-ups to large multinational companies.

Your analytical and critical thinking skills will be developed so you can use the theories to solve practical, real world, human resource issues in your workplace. We’ll also help you improve your research skills so you can put together either a research dissertation or a consultancy report or, undertake a placement. These assessments will address the human resource issues facing your organisation and how you could tackle them.

We’ve structured the course, so your learning meets all the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development requirements. For example, their skills for business leadership requirements are delivered and assessed across all four of the core modules.


The teaching staff on this master’s programme are highly research-active in their chosen research specialisms. This means you'll benefit from their expert academic perspectives on the important issues facing the human resource profession today.

There will be guest speakers from the private, public and not-for-profit sector, as well as consultants and authors of highly respected works, which will contribute to your learning.

You’re encouraged to join your fellow students at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development North London and, other London branch events. This will further develop your human resource expertise and professional human resource network.

The high quality of education on our CIPD-related courses means you can expect the following benefits as commended by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development:

  • an up to date and high-quality curriculum
  • excellent standards of teaching and learning
  • strong commitment and support from lecturers
  • effective use of action learning sets
  • a strong ethos and beneficial formative feedback


Assessment carried out for all modules is both formative and summative. The formative assessment provides you with the opportunity for feedback on your work without it counting towards your final grade. Whether you arrive to the programme with junior or more senior human resource management experience or are making a career change, you'll find the assessments interesting and challenging.

The assessment methods include written report and essay assignments, comparative analyses, case studies, a skills development portfolio and learning log, presentations, and group work. In addition, you will have the option to choose whether you wish to complete either a 12,000-to-15,000-word human resource management dissertation, a business consultancy report, or a work placement programme.

Professional accreditation

You are encouraged to join the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development as a student member when you begin your course.

Upon successful completion of the MA Global Human Resource Management programme, subject to being a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development member, you’ll gain associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and you can apply for professional upgrading linked to your professional experience to achieve Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship.

Our dedicated Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development professional adviser from the North London branch can guide you on your application to upgrade to chartered status.

Information for international students

Due to unprecedented demand for our courses for the spring 2023 intake, international admissions are now closed for the majority of our postgraduate courses. You can still apply for the autumn 2023 intake. Distance learning courses courses are still available for spring 2023.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    Subject to approval by the course leader months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12-15 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Christina MacNeil