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Masters in Business Management

Masters in International Human Resource Management

You will combine theory and practice in the study of International Human Resource Management (HRM) within a global environment on this programme, which is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

At a glance

  • Develop a comparative awareness of the various elements of human resource management practice
  • Gain an understanding of the development of HRM into a strategic function and the growth of International HRM
  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), AACSB and EQUIS
  • Optional overseas trip
  • Choose from completing a business project or dissertation
Level
Masters
Subject area(s)
Business & Management
Award
MSc
Duration
12 months
Attendance
Full-time
Programme Director
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Dr Elizabeth Houldsworth

Our Masters programme will prepare you to work as Human Resource Management (HRM) professionals or people managers within international organisations.

You will receive grounding in international HRM, focusing on its development into a strategic function within global organisations. You will develop a comparative awareness of the various elements of HRM practice, notably training and development, recruitment and selection, and performance management. With this MSc course, you will be equipped with a range of analytical, diagnostic and facilitative tools to support your future work. You are required to complete a project during the programme but may substitute this with a dissertation, if appropriate.

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Compulsory modules Credits

To introduce students to key theoretical concepts necessary for their understanding of comparative human resource management. In addition to focusing on the key factors which account for the variation in the management of human resources in different countries and cultures.? The module will also consider a range of HRM practices from a comparative perspective.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module describes, contrasts and explains traditional and new forms of organization within an international context. The module evaluates a variety of organisational design features such as teams and networks for their capacity to deliver appropriate strategies for 21st century firms and organisations. It considers the future of post-industrial organisation.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module aims to provide students with a broad understanding of the choices made by multinational organisations with regard to managing their employees across different countries by introducing key concepts, theories and contemporary practices. It also aims to develop skills required to work in the international context through practical group work in multi-cultural teams.

  • Global challenges and international human resource management (HRM) strategy
  • Global corporate culture in multinational enterprises (MNEs)
  • Global staffing and global talent management
  • Managing expatriation
  • Developing global leaders
  • Diffusion of HRM practices in MNEs
  • Managing global HR function in MNEs
20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module aims to introduce students to the core concepts and models underlying contemporary strategic management, their theoretical and empirical foundations, their limitations, the arguments surrounding them and their practical application to real issues facing real companies. This module provides students with an understanding of the conceptual and analytical tools of strategic management and economics.

  • Theories, frameworks and introduction
  • Internal resources and competencies of firms
  • External environment in which firms operate
  • The process of internationalisation
  • Globalisation and regional integration
  • Collaborative behaviour and strategic alliances
  • Integration/responsiveness framework and strategy

20 [10 ECTS credits]

The module examines existing knowledge about how people behave in organisational settings, the theories that inform this knowledge and the practical implications for managers. It relies on the tacit knowledge of students and on social and human sciences such as management, philosophy, political science, psychology and sociology.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module considers the management of transformation from both an organisational and personal perspective. Students are introduced to key models of change and consider how they might be applied and the barriers to their effective implementation. The module also provides an opportunity for students to learn about and to practice some of the skills required in the management of transformation.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module provides an introduction to the field of human resource management in terms of the development of the function; its approach to strategy and the deployment of the key practices of human resource management. It is relevant for any students considering a career where they will be managing others or for those interested in a career specialising in HRM.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module aims to provide students with an opportunity to define and execute an independent piece of research in international human resource management on an approved topic of their choice. Under the guidance of a supervisor, the module also aims to develop student’s ability to research, problem-solve, learn independently and make effective use of their time and the resources available.

20 [10 ECTS credits]
To strengthen students’ ability to make best use of the learning opportunities during the MSc degree course. To provide students with an understanding of what is required to perform well in essays, dissertations, report writing and examinations at Henley Business School. To provide students with an awareness of the appropriate use of methodology, theory, data, literature reviews and original research in a Masters dissertation/project.

0 [0 ECTS credits]

Optional Modules

Students must choose 20 credits of option modules so as to complete a total of 180 credits.

Students may choose to substitute MMM082 (Project in International Human Resource Management, 20 credits) with a dissertation MMM089 worth 40 credits, plus no optional module.

Optional modules Credits

This module aims to introduce students to digital marketing and the increasingly important role of technology in both marketing practice and society. By the end of the module students should be able to apply a range of skills to implement digital marketing approaches and understand the key strategic drivers behind the growth of the digital economy.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This course studies the contemporary international business environment from a macro, meso, and micro economic perspective. Theories from economics, political science, economic geography, and international business are examined. Students learn about global economic developments, the role of institutions and political economics systems, and the impact of technological changes and the differences of regional and national locations in business.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module is delivered at University of Reading UK. Students will learn about the cross-disciplinary Corporate Social Responsibility subject involving firms, individuals and wider society with a focus on international management of responsibility. A strong component of Ethical theory is being learnt as part of the foundational knowledge of this module.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module aims to provide students with an introduction to the key theories of leadership and an understanding of their practical application in different organisational contexts.

Theoretical approaches will be supplemented by empirical evidence on leadership, leadership in practice and the links with organisational performance. While, real-world examples of organisational leadership will be explored through the use of case studies.

  • Leadership as a relational and process phenomenon
  • Contingency theories and situational approaches
  • Transformational and inspirational approaches to leadership
  • Energising leadership
  • Team leadership, shared leadership and followership
  • Impactful leadership concepts and how they fit with organisations and contemporary expectations of people in organisations
  • Applications of leadership concepts in real-world contexts
20 [10 ECTS credits]

The module or course content descriptions set out on this page are correct for those being taught in the current academic year. Modules or course content marked as optional are indicative and may be subject to change.

A holistic approach

Effective leadership requires more than first-class business acumen, it also requires a degree of self-awareness and sensitivity. Our Masters programmes offer you a unique practice-centred approach to teaching equipping you with the tools to become a compelling leader. This approach creates emotionally intelligent graduates who can be fully effective in their chosen careers.

How you will learn

Henley has a strong reputation for the practical application of business ideas and concepts. We are underpinned by academic excellence and the strength of our research. We offer high-quality technical skills training as well as a deep understanding of the importance of personal development for leaders. This is a thread that is woven through all of our Masters programmes.

Our Masters programmes feature a mix of core and optional modules, tailoring your degree towards your needs and career ambitions. You will complete up to 10 taught modules during your programme, totalling 180 credits. One module usually equates to 20 credits or 10 hours of work per week. Your week will include lectures, tutorials, workshops and personal study, with each accounting for 25% of your time on average. This provides you with the opportunity to discuss and explore the material in depth with your lecturers and fellow students.

You will be introduced to the latest thinking and research findings then have the opportunity to challenge those that have created it. You will also explore real-world issues, tackle current business challenges, and interact with guest lectures and speakers from industry. This gives you the opportunity to test, extend and refine your knowledge and skills with confidence.

How we assess you

You will learn and be assessed through a wide variety of teaching methods which vary depending on your chosen Masters programme. These include online materials and multimedia content, guest lectures, individual and group assignments, case studies, field visits, dealing room simulations, presentations, applied projects, consultancy work and examinations.

On average examinations form between 50 - 70% of the assessed work. The remaining comes from coursework, in class tests, written dissertation or project depending on your chosen programme.

Ongoing support

While Masters students are self-motivated and determined individuals, study at this level can present additional pressures which we take seriously. Lecturers are available to discuss the content of each module and your academic tutor can meet with you regularly. Support staff are here to help with anything that may arise during your time at Henley.

How can Henley Careers work with you?

We have an award-winning careers team that will support you through your postgraduate studies and four years after graduation.

Here is how Henley Careers can help you:

  • Careers Consultant appointments: Our Careers Consultant are here to help and support you with any careers related concern that you might have. Whether it’s CV advice, practicing for an interview, providing feedback if applications aren't successful or support planning your career goals. We are here to help empower you to progress in your career.
  • Events: Henley Careers organise numerous events aimed to help you build your confidence, develop the skills employers are looking for. Additionally, network with employers and expand your industry knowledge.
  • Alumni support: You can continue to book one-to-one appointments with your Careers Consultant and use our online resources. For up to four years after graduating we’re here to help and support in your career.
  • Career Smart: Get a head start in securing a graduate job by taking part in our online course, Career Smart. You can expect to learn about the graduate recruitment cycle in the UK. As well as where to look and how to start applying to jobs, and the different roles available to you.

For more information  please see our Careers page.

Continuing your career

Our International Human Resource Management graduates follow a variety of paths upon graduation. Some enter (or return to) traditional HRM roles with the benefit of CIPD membership. Typical career paths include roles in learning and development or recruitment. The programme is relevant to you if you are seeking senior managerial positions in international organisations with responsibility for the management of people.

Professional accreditation

This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The CIPD is the world’s largest chartered HR development professional body and has members from over 120 countries worldwide. Successful students currently in CIPD student membership will also qualify to achieve professional associate status (Assoc. CIPD) at the end of their studies. Contact pgmanagement@henley.ac.uk for more information on how this programme can help lead to professional recognition from CIPD.

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If you have any questions, please contact us by email at postgraduate@henley.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0)118 378 7593.

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The MSc in International Human Resource Management and Level 7 CIPD qualification, has provided me with a deeper understanding of the critical components within Human Resources, enabling me to fulfil my career ambitions.

Hannah Denton MSc International Human Resource Management Masters in International Human Resource Management
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The program was very interesting and useful for building a professional career in human resources. The professors were creating activities to better understand the theories and this was a small simulation of a professional environment.

Olga Maria Vrochopoulou MSc International Human Resource Management Masters in International Human Resource Management

I had some doubts before undertaking my Master’s as it was in a subject I had no prior academic knowledge in. However, this year has been incredible and I am so thankful that I took the challenge to study a…

Joe Earlam, MSc International Business