Taught course

International Human Resource Management and Development

University of Glasgow · Adam Smith Business School

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (e.g. a GPA of 3.0 or above) in business, management, engineering or related social science or science subject, with at least 20% of courses in organisational behaviour and/or psychology, leadership, employee relations, human resource management, organisational change or learning and personnel development.

Those who do not have this level of relevant knowledge and who would like to pursue further studies in the area of HRM are advised to apply for the MSc Management with Human Resources.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme blends theory and practice allowing you to develop a comprehensive knowledge of contemporary human resource management and human resource development within international contexts.

Why this programme

  • This programme is designed for those who want to develop a career in HRM/HRD and helps you develop a skills portfolio and knowledge necessary to practice within the global workplace.
  • You will develop the ability to analyse, evaluate and manage HRM/HRD issues and problems from all angles and perspectives and to develop workable solutions.
  • The programme is professionally accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
  • You will have the opportunity to develop and practice a wide range of skills and competencies through experiential learning, reflective practice and case study approaches.
  • The programme is underpinned by a wealth of research across the wider areas of international human resource management, and leadership.
  • You will benefit from the first hand expertise of practitioners and academics with practical managerial experience in a wide variety of contexts.

Programme Structure

You will take eight core and two optional courses, and complete a dissertation. Teaching methods include lectures, workshops, experiential learning, tutorials, guest speakers, case studies, videos and group work. Your dissertation is an opportunity to research an issue of your choice in depth, develop specific subject knowledge and consolidate research and problem solving skills.

Core courses

  • Developing skills for business leadership
  • Human resource development
  • Human resource management context: Understanding organisations and external environments
  • International perspectives on employment relations
  • Managing and leading people in an international context
  • Managing diversity
  • Operational and strategic HRM
  • Research skills for managers.

Optional courses may include

  • Career management in the contemporary economy
  • Knowledge management and organisational learning
  • Organisational misbehaviour
  • Understanding global work.

Career prospects

By the end of the programme you will have acquired the knowledge and competence for developing career pathways in HRM and HRD and developed skills for leading and managing internationally. The learning approach emphasises experiential learning, reflective practice, and the development of interpretive, evaluative and problem-solving abilities which provide benefits for employers and enhances graduate career prospects. You are encouraged to act on your own initiative, take personal responsibility and adapt to changing circumstances.

Information for international students

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time £10,650
International students
Full time: EU £10,650 Non EU £20,150
Please see the list of scholarship opportunities available.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Business Management