MSc Global Human Resource Management

Help businesses connect with their employees around the world


Globalisation is creating companies that are more diverse and international than ever before, and with this comes a new set of considerations that employers must face. Enter global human resource management. From recruitment to retention, to compensation and company culture, this function considers how global variations (both subtle and pronounced) are considered by employers.

Global human resource management helps companies realise their global business goals, which makes human resource (HR) professionals who can manage diverse workforces highly sought-after. Gain the skills and knowledge you need to effectively manage human resource issues on a global scale with this part-time Master’s course.

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Course Details

3 start dates per year: January, May and September

Next welcome week: 18 September 2023

Next course start date: 25 September 2023

Application deadline: 11 September 2023. Apply as soon as possible to secure your place.

Duration: 2 years (part time).

Format: Online, with optional face-to-face events.

Total course fees: £9,500 (including a £250 acceptance fee)

Tailored support: Contact our course adviser team today for application advice

Application form: Start your application for September 2023 now

Why this course?

Our MSc in Global Human Resource Management takes an international approach, giving you a unique skill set to help you stand out from the competition as organisations increasingly expand across borders.

On this course, you’ll be introduced to key HR practices and will investigate the impact that the globalisation of businesses has had on the HRM industry. You’ll explore why HR measures that are effective in one country can fail within another, even though they’re part of the same organisation.

On this practical course, you’ll use case studies of real organisations to develop your knowledge, so you can immediately apply what you learn to your place of work. You’ll also have the option to develop a real HR action plan for your current organisation as your dissertation, which could help you land a promotion or new job.

You’ll leave this course with the practical skills necessary to effectively manage employees from a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds. And because knowledge of the HR industry on a global scale is sought-after in the workplace, you’ll become a valuable asset to businesses around the world.


You will study the following modules.
Module 1 - Managing Human Resources (30 credits)

As the first module on your course, Managing Human Resources will give you an overview of the field. You’ll investigate key HR functions and responsibilities of HR professionals, building a base on which the rest of your modules will expand.

Module 2 - Contemporary Issues in International HRM (30 credits)

You’ll consider key HR theory and practice within a global environment. You’ll examine HR through a global, international and comparative perspective, and discuss and explore leading research into HR policy and practice. By the end of this module, you’ll have developed a critical understanding of how HR practices and policies differ across a global business environment, as well as the implications of a strategic and global perspective.

Module 3 - Strategy, Leadership and the Business Context (30 credits)

Companies don’t operate within a vacuum, so it’s important to understand the influence external environments can have on an organisation. On this module, you’ll critically evaluate how national and global contexts can impact organisations and HR strategies, and influence the characteristics of effective HR leadership.

Module 4 - Managing the Employee Lifecycle (30 credits)

You’ll investigate the key theory, policy and practices associated with the employee lifecycle. You’ll develop and evaluate resourcing and talent management strategies, and gain professional knowledge on managing recruitment, selection and performance reward activities that are effective, efficient and lawful. Another key component is understanding HR’s financial impact. For this, you’ll explore various learning and development interventions, learning techniques for their identification, creation, delivery and evaluation.

Module 5 - Investigative Human Resource Management Project (60 credits)

In your final investigative project, you’ll evaluate an organisational issue in an ethical way from an HR perspective. This organisational issue can be one within your current organisation. You’ll then propose a solution based on critical analysis in a persuasive report for decision-makers. Because this project represents a key function you would need to perform within an HR role, it’ll provide you with invaluable experience that you’ll be able to apply immediately to your current role, and carry forward into your career.

How you will learn

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How you'll learn with us
Our part-time, online courses fit around you. Forget visas and moving costs, with our online degree programmes, you can access your course from anywhere in the world. You’ll need to spend approximately 20-25 hours studying every week. As all course materials are available on demand, you can revise on the days and times that suit you best. We know you have a busy life, so to keep things manageable, your course modules are broken down into weekly segments. This allows you to fit your studies around your work, family, and social life.
All our modules, learning activities, and assessments are delivered online. We do this via Moodle, our easy-to-use Digital Learning Environment (DLE). All you need is regular access to a computer and an internet connection. Through Moodle, you'll have access to discussion forums where you can chat to your online tutors and other students about the course. Watch our short video to find out more about Moodle and then book a personalised demo with our Course Advisers, at a time to suit you.
What does a typical week look like?
Weekly topic Build your course-specific knowledge Challenge activities Apply your studies in learning activities Discussion forums Reinforce your knowledge by sharing ideas with other students Weekly webinar Discuss the week’s topic with your tutor and other students
Additional support 
Studying at Master’s level requires significant independent study, and self-motivation is vital. There are support services available for you to access throughout your studies, these include: University student services, such as IT Support, Student Support, study skills training, and the Library Your Student Adviser Team, who can answer practical and pastoral questions throughout your studies.

How students study with us

• No visas or moving costs
• Access course from anywhere in the world
• Spend approx. 20-25 hours studying each week
• All course materials are available on demand
• Revise on the days and times that suit you best
• Course modules broken down into weekly
• Fit studies around work, family and social life
• Support with non-academic queries from a
student adviser team

Additional Support

As one of our students, you’ll have access to a range of services designed to support your studies and make your time with us as enjoyable as possible. -Our comprehensive online library of books, journals, and resources -A Student Advisor team to answer non-academic queries -Online software tutorials via LinkedIn Learning -The Students’ Union community -Career advice, CV creation, practice interviews, and more via our careers platform

Career prospects and opportunities

Our MSc Global Human Resource Management has been built to give you the specialist knowledge and practical expertise you need to secure a successful career in your industry of choice.

Your assignments will not only familiarise you with key theories and practices in Global HRM, but help develop the soft skills valued by employers as well.

Through investigative projects and group tasks, you gain the thoroughness and collaborative capabilities needed to excel within a workplace.

These skills, coupled with the support you can receive from our exceptional Careers and Employability Service, will help position you as a valuable hire to employers across the world.

Careers and opportunities for MSc Global Human Resource Management

After graduating from MSc Global Human Resource Management, you’ll have a global perspective on HRM that will make you a valuable addition to businesses operating on an international scale.

In addition to your new technical skills and ability to analyse human resource issues, the practical experience you’ve gained from your final investigative project will help you stand out to potential employers.

With the relevant knowledge you’ll have gained from the course, you’ll be equipped to continue building on your expertise and remain highly competitive.

Of course, just because you’ve studied HRM doesn’t mean you need to stay within HR specifically. This Master’s will give you people management skills that can be transferred into a variety of sectors.

Roles open to MSc graduates could include:

Global HR manager:

Individuals in this role plan and direct various functions of an organisation – such as recruitment, strategic planning, and employee wellbeing. While the scope of their role is expansive, global HR managers effectively act as the link between a company’s management and its employees.

Diversity and inclusion manager:

Specialists in this area create and implement processes to improve diversity across all levels of an organisation. Diversity and inclusion managers will often identify or develop useful training programmes that promote inclusive thinking and behaviour.

HR business partner:

HR business partners work extensively alongside their organisation’s senior stakeholders to develop HR strategies that support business aims. They will also use their in-depth understanding of the company to update and implement new policies as it evolves.

Global sourcing manager:

People in this role oversee their organisation’s sourcing – or, in some cases, outsourcing – of labour, services, and materials. Global sourcing managers are tasked with creating efficient supply chains, as well as ensuring compliance with best practices and regulatory bodies.

Learning and development manager:

Learning and development managers create and deliver bespoke training programmes. They strive to enhance an organisation’s success by developing its employees’ knowledge and capabilities.

How to apply

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To join this course, you must have:

  • A second-class honours degree or equivalent in any academic subject seeking to pursue/continue a career in HR.  Applicants with appropriate work experience and professional qualifications may also be considered.
  • Applicants may be subject to interview
  • English language proficiency at IELTS level 6.5 with no component score below 6.0 (or other acceptable proof), if English is not your first language.

If you’re unsure whether you’re eligible to apply, please speak to one of our course advisers.

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