MSc International Human Resource Management

Postgraduate, Full-Time

Develop the valuable skills in people management to equip you for a career in human resource management in the dynamic international business environment.

  • Napier code:

    31622MM

  • Course type:

    Full-Time

  • Duration:

    3 trimesters

  • Award:

    MSc

  • Location:

    Craiglockhart campus

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Course introduction

If you're Interested in a career involving responsibility for the management and leadership of employees in a global environment then this course is for you.

Human Resource Management (HRM) is a vital area of business: successful people management, effective recruitment and a knowledge of employment law are keystones to the running and development of any company, whatever its size.

This course will develop your personal and professional skills to enable you to succeed in dynamic and complex international business environments. It will equip you with knowledge and understanding of global perspectives in HRM and prepare you to work in organisations to develop and sustain competitive advantage.


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You’ll learn the specialist skills and expertise you need to be effective in realising human potential and wellbeing in employment and gain an understanding of recruitment and selection, training and development, employee relations and performance management.

You’ll develop an in-depth knowledge of international HRM processes and practices and gain an understanding of international and multicultural business environments and the skills required to manage people in global organisations.

You’ll also develop skills which will enhance your personal effectiveness as a critical thinker and encourage creative and effective approaches to complex management issues.

This is a full-time course starting in September or January and is split up into three trimesters. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, workshops, seminars and independent study.

This course attracts students from all over the world and provides you with an excellent opportunity to expand your understanding of the diversity in international approaches to people management through discussion with your peers. You’ll be encouraged to reflect on the approach to HRM in your own culture/country and contribute relevant examples in class discussions.

Subjects include

  • People and Organisational Development
  • The Organisational Context of HR
  • Intercultural Business Communication
  • Employee Resourcing
  • Contemporary Issues in Strategic Management
  • HRM in an International Context
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

In response to the increasing internationalisation of business, and the appreciation of the importance of effective people management, expertise in international HRM is increasingly valued by employers. This course has been developed to enable our graduates to compete in this expanding labour market.


  • An Honours degree at 2:2 or above.
  • Comparable alternative qualifications or professional qualifications, and experience may also be considered.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you


Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol on our nursing courses.

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Home/EU £6,450 £6,466
Overseas £12,620 £12,620
This course comprises of 180 credits - 120 from taught modules and 60 from the dissertation.

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