HR is complicated when you’re managing a local team, but add in different time zones, cultural differences, and laws, and the equation becomes more challenging.
By earning an MSc in International Human Resource Management from Manchester Metropolitan University Global Online, you will gain the skill set to navigate all these challenges and manage the intricacies of a global workforce, whether you’re looking to start your career in the sector or secure an international role.
100% online coursework
6 start dates per year – January, March, May, July, September, and November
Manchester Metropolitan University is a prestigious and modern university that believes higher education should be accessible to everyone. Its Global Online programs are taught by world-leading academics and delivered 100% online, meaning that after just two years of distance learning you could be graduating with a globally recognized master's degree and a world of bright new career opportunities.
This online master’s is designed to work around your work and life commitments. It can be completed in two years with a recommended study week of up to 15 hours.
Study wherever and whenever — all you need is a laptop and internet connection. Using the university’s Virtual Learning Environment, you will enjoy a program of highly interactive live online seminars and presentations and can work on a wide variety of group tasks with your fellow students across the globe.
Working online, you will have the opportunity to grow your worldwide professional network, making invaluable industry connections that can open doors now or in the future.
Continued support will be provided by your dedicated student success advisor, who’ll be there to help you get the most from the moment you enroll to the time you graduate.
The International Human Resource Management MSc is made up of eight 15-credit units. This includes seven compulsory units and one elective unit. Students will also complete a 60-credit dissertation.
Leading, Managing, and Developing People (15 credits)
This unit provides a critical evaluation of the research and debate surrounding HR management and HR development. The theoretical foundations of leading, managing, and developing people are examined, with a particular focus on: the nature, scope and impact of HR management; the theory and practice of leading and managing people at work; and the field of learning and development.
Human Resources in Context (15 credits)
This unit focuses on major internal and external contextual issues that shape decision-making in business and in HR management.
Developing Skills for Business Leadership (15 credits)
This unit equips students with the management, leadership, and HR professional skills needed to support their continuing professional development.
International Human Resource Management (15 credits)
This unit examines the key features of international HR management and employment systems by reviewing the way human resources are managed across countries and within multinational corporations (MNCs). The context that shapes national systems and organizational HR practices in different locations, as well as the influence of cultural dimensions, is a central theme. The difference between HR management and international HR management is positioned as a backdrop to understanding the challenges that MNCs face as well as the pressures imposed by globalization on local employment systems.
Employee Engagement (15 credits)
This unit explores the concept of employee engagement and its meaning and value to organizations and organizational success. The dimensions of employee engagement are explored, and the practical implementation and measurement of it in an organizational setting is reviewed. Research-based and philosophical connections between employee engagement and other related beliefs, values, leadership models, and management practice are evaluated, as are techniques to promote and embed them into organizational culture and practice.
Global Resourcing and Talent Management (15 credits)
This unit explores the global, national, and organizational context affecting resourcing and talent management strategy. Differing practices and approaches are evaluated and the challenges of recruiting and retaining skill, attitude, and experience to support organizational objectives are assessed. Employment markets are reviewed from an international and national perspective, and the most appropriate ways of attracting, mobilizing, and retaining talent now and in the future are critiqued. Diversity management, employer branding, work-life balance initiatives, and innovative approaches to job design are central themes, as is the importance of developing practices that are professional, ethical, and compliant with the law.
Research Methods in Human Resource Management (15 credits)
This unit enables students to develop the skills required to identify and investigate HR issues to stimulate and support improvements to organizations' strategies and practices and to people’s working lives.
Optional units are normally subject to a minimum of 12 students. Where fewer than 12 students choose an optional unit, all students will normally be required to study the same unit.
Performance (15 credits)
This unit provides comprehensive coverage of the key strategic HR activities of managing performance. Students apply theoretical frameworks to evaluate contemporary practice in this area.
Reward Management (15 credits)
This unit examines total reward from an international and organizational context, focusing on environment, strategy and the systems of reward management. Emphasis on the theoretical and normative understanding of the diverse approaches to reward management, as well as the application of frameworks to evaluate contemporary practice, is made. Reflection of strengths, limitations, and challenges of approaches in students’ own and other organizations is encouraged. A critical reflection of the differing approaches of managing reward to support strategic organizational goals is made and compared against an ethical and professional standpoint. The evaluation of flexible approaches to reward and the challenges of international and executive pay are integrated as key themes.
Dissertation (60 credits)
In this unit, students are expected to identify, structure, frame, and investigate a complex managerial or business issue and produce a substantial written document of their achievements and conclusions.
Please note: these units are subject to change. Unit order is dependent on intake.
To enroll in the course, you will need the following:
A UK honors degree (2:2 or above) or an international equivalent
A minimum of three years of relevant experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis
If you’re applying with non-UK qualifications, you can find further information for international students on the international website.
These typical entry requirements apply to the 2020-21 academic year of entry (September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021) and may be subject to change for the 2021-22 academic year (September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022).
Certificate and/or transcripts evidencing your academic and/or professional qualifications (e.g., degree certificate)
Evidence of English language proficiency for non-native English speakers (e.g., IELTS or free Pearson English test results)
A passport photo of yourself
A personal statement detailing your motivations for studying your chosen course with Manchester Metropolitan University Global Online
Once submitted, the university will assess your application and decide whether it can offer you a place on the course. This is usually within five working days of all required documents being uploaded.
English language requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English (and whose first degree was not taught in English) are required to produce evidence of English language proficiency. The university provides a free Pearson English test to all applicants if required, which can be requested from your enrollment advisor during the application process.
If you have previously studied a CIPD-accredited course or program, you may be eligible for an accelerated study route with exemptions granted for some modules.
Tuition and fees
With its flexible payment options, the university has made paying for your program, and your professional development, as easy as possible.
It offers you the option to pay unit by unit, pay the full fees upfront, or pay via a sponsor. No matter what payment option you choose, it accepts all usual online payment methods in any currency via a highly secure Flywire payment portal.
Fees for the 2020-21 academic year of entry (ending August 31, 2021):
Unit fee: $1,129*
Program fee: $13,548.04
*Fee based on 15 credits per unit
Note: Currency exchange rates are based on various public sources, are provided for information purposes only, and are subject to change without notice
About Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester Metropolitan University is an innovative and modern university based in one of the most diverse cities in the world.
Located in the heart of multicultural Manchester, it takes an international and inclusive approach to learning, and believes higher education should be accessible to all. Its Global Online courses are designed with this ambition in mind and are focused toward being relevant and beneficial to anyone with the will, ability, and determination to succeed — wherever they are in the world.
The programs combine expert-led theory with practical application that aims to help students advance their career — and are all delivered through a 100% virtual learning environment that facilitates collaboration with students from across the world.
Accreditation and ranking
Manchester Metropolitan University is home to a triple-accredited business school:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)
The Association of MBAs (AMBA)
The extent of its accreditations is reflected in the practical and applied nature of its curriculum and fosters innovation in its approach to business and management education.
The university’s excellent links with professional bodies also ensure that as a student of the Business School, you are benefiting from exposure to these leading professional bodies and assured that your learning is relevant and up to date for the needs of industry standards.
Additional affiliations include:
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Business School Impact System (BSIS)
Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)
The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)
The Chartered Institute of Purchase and Supply (CIPS)
The Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)
The Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE)