Taught course

International Human Resource Management

University of Portsmouth · School of Organisations, Systems and People

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree or equivalent in any academic subject and seeking to pursue/continue a HR career. Applicants with appropriate work experience and a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Level 3 or 5 qualifications will be considered.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content


Are you looking to start a global career in human resource management in this exciting, challenging and influential area of business? Our MSc International Human Resource Management (HRM) Master's degree prepares graduates from any national background for success in human resources (HR) and people management, anywhere in the world.

This course, tailored to the global environment, will develop your knowledge of HR and people management in an international context. You’ll study alongside students from a range of nationalities and cultures and have the opportunity to network with professionals as you learn about the globalisation of business and its effect on the HR industry. You’ll explore topics including why HR measures that are effective in one country can fail in another, even within the same organisation. This practical course considers the opportunities and challenges of human resource management and people management practice in a global setting.

When you graduate we'll make sure you have the skills to manage people across borders, and to handle cross-cultural issues in international human resources. These skills are in demand in the HR industry and beyond; you'll be ready to advance your career in business development, recruitment, or training and development.

Upon completion of this course, you’ll be eligible for internationally recognised associate Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) membership which demonstrates your commitment to the highest standards of the profession, as well as being equipped with the knowledge and skills to start a career as an HR practitioner or as a people manager in a global environment.

Course highlights

  • Compare human resource practices across different regions of the world
  • Gain expertise in issues around ethics and sustainability in a global context and its impact on the world of work
  • Learn from experienced lecturers and practitioners from international human resource backgrounds
  • Practically develop your professional and managerial skills
  • Consider the theory and practice of HRM in the global business environment
  • Eligibility for associate CIPD membership once you graduate
Careers and opportunities

Careers this Master’s prepares you for

Once you complete this Master's in International Human Resource Management, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge, to operate successfully in a global environment.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). On successful completion of course you will be entitled to apply for Associate membership of the CIPD.

Graduates of this course have gone onto roles such as:
  • HR Business Partner
  • Learning and Development Specialist
  • Recruitment Consultancy
  • Pay and Benefits Specialist
  • HR Consultant
  • HR Manager

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Course contact details

023 9284 2991