Taught course

International Human Resource Management

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Business and Law

Entry requirements

Normally a good honours degree (minimum 2:2), or equivalent, in any subject. We will also consider your application if you have degree equivalent professional qualifications or significant management experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is designed to help you develop a career in human resource management. It is particularly suitable if some, or all, of your career will involve working outside the UK or if you have an interest in global employment issues. Our MSc International HRM is fully accredited by the UK professional body (CIPD) and completing it automatically leads directly to Associate Membership of CIPD (Assoc CIPD) which is a widely recognised professional qualification within the HR field, and fully Chartered CIPD status follows once you have enough work experience.

The International HRM focus means this qualification is suitable for overseas students, as well as UK or EU based students wishing to develop a career in an international business organisation, or specialise in international HR whilst working in the UK. You will receive an excellent grounding in all aspects of International HR, developing your knowledge and practical skills, and focusing particularly on how a strategic approach to HR can add value to organisations across the globe.

The course is taught by an experienced team of lecturers, many of whom have extensive experience as HR professionals, and others who are actively researching and publishing in the field.

The course includes a work placement, and an opportunity to do a live research project leading to your dissertation. It also includes a residential event and a visit to the CIPD’s national conference.

Units of Study

You will study the following units:

  • Leading, Managing and Developing People (15 credits) - This unit provides a critical evaluation of research and debate in the fields of HRM and HRD. You will examine the theoretical foundations of leading, managing and developing people. In particular, the unit will consider the nature, scope and impact of HRM, the theory and practice of leading and managing people at work, and finally will look at the field of learning and development.
  • HR in Context (15 credits) - This unit develops major internal and external contextual issues that shape decision making in business and in HRM.
  • International and Comparative HRM (30 credits) - Critiques the key features of international Human Resource Management and employment systems in selected countries looking at the history of their development and comparing and contrasting their similarities and differences.
  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership (15 credits)- This unit will equip you with management, leadership and HR professional skills to support your continuing professional development.
  • Research Methods in HRM - This unit enables you to develop the skills required to identify and investigate HR issues in order to stimulate and support improvements to organisations’ strategies and practices and to peoples working lives.
  • Dissertation (60 credits) - You will be required to identify, structure, frame and investigate a complex managerial or business issue and produce a substantial written document of your achievements and conclusions.

The number of units you study will depend on if you choose the PgCert (60 credits), PgDip (120 credits) or MSc (120 credits + 60 credit dissertation).

The IHRM programme offers students the opportunity to gain CIPD qualification that enhances employability in a competitive market place. The international content of the program also enables you to distinguish yourself from the competition in be able to contribute an international perspective to organisations which is relevant in an increasingly global labour market. Human Resource Management is an increasingly attractive and well-rewarded career, and as a result is becoming more popular amongst graduates. This CIPD accredited course enables you to distinguish yourself from the competition by demonstrating a combination of commitment, knowledge and skills, and specialist expertise in HR in its international context.

This programme includes a ten-day work placement and many students subsequently choose to research their dissertations in their placement organisation. Previous students have undertaken placements at a variety of companies, including Warrington NHS Trust, Stockport Borough Council, Kelloggs, The Crowne Plaza, The Hilton Hotel, and Carole Nash Insurance.

Special Features

  • MMU Business School has a long-standing reputation for Excellence in teaching Human Resource Management to the CIPD Standards. Our programme has been designed to provide an ideal foundation for your career in HRM/HRD or related fields, including international HRM.
  • This course meets the advanced professional standards set by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), it is accredited by CIPD, and gives full exemption from their level 7 Advanced Diploma in HRM. Upon successful completion of your qualification and depending on your relevant HR or development experience, you can then apply to upgrade to Chartered Membership.
  • Student membership of the CIPD is highly recommended. This enables you to obtain the CIPD exemptions, access CIPD resources and library, and attend the national conference in Manchester. CIPD student membership fees are not included in your tuition fees. Please see www.cipd.co.uk for current fees.
  • Staff are active in researching internationally, including comparative employment practices, studies of international management development with recent major projects in China, East-Asia, and Europe.
  • Our programme is closely linked to the MMU Centre for People and Performance which conducts independent research in partnership with a wide range of organisations, to explore the challenges of managing, leading and developing people to create sustainable high-performing organisations.
  • You will be taught in the Business School’s £75 million teaching and research headquarters on All Saints Campus in central Manchester.
  • A human resources placement is part of the course and many students choose to research their dissertations in their placement organisation. Our placement team will help and support you in finding your placement.
  • A management skills/self-development residential is included in this course. This two-day event is included in the course fee and takes place in your first term.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
Please refer to Manchester Met’s website for the latest fee information.
International students
Please refer to Manchester Met’s website for the latest fee information.

For further information about funding your postgraduate study, please visit Manchester Met’s fees and funding page: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
8 months


full time
4 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations25
Written coursework / continuous assessment30
Professional practice15
Dissertation30 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Course Enquiries - HRM Course leaders
+44 (0)161 247 6969