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International Human Resource Management MA/PGDip/PGCert (CIPD Accredited)

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October 2018
September 2018 (EU/INT induction)
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
15 months extended
18 months with placement
£14,000 (UK/EU) *
£16,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Jossy Mathew

In a globalised world HR professionals face many challenges around the areas of leadership and people management, cross-cultural and expatriate management, global integration, governance systems and, and reward and performance management. In increasingly globalised and dynamic work places organisations require adaptable professionals who understand these issues.

Why study MA International Human Resource Management (CIPD Accredited)  at Middlesex University?

Grounded in the standards of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the world’s largest HR professional body, this course provides a unique insight in traditional and non-traditional sectors with a focus on subjects such as international reward management, globalisation and liberalisation of the national economies, and comparative employment relations. As well as acquiring knowledge on these key topics you will also develop the capabilities to utilise people related data, metrics, and use analytics for insight driven and informed practice to further the priorities of the organisation.

The course, designed for both graduates and HR professionals, has a strong emphasis on understanding the links between theory and practice, taught by an experienced and research driven team you will also attend guest lectures from renowned HR professors, develop skills in metrics and analytics with practitioners, residential activities, and have the option of integrating a 6 month work placement into your learning. If you would like a more graduated approach to undertaking study there is also the extended 15 month version of the course.

Course Highlights

  • Middlesex University is a CIPD Approved Centre and successful completion of the programme leads to Associate Membership of the CIPD.
  • Develop an understanding of key issues in IHRM including; international reward management, organisation development and change management in MNCs, globalisation and liberalisation of the national economies, comparative employment relations, and international trade union movement
  • Opportunity to incorporate a 6 month work placement to enable you to develop your professional practice and apply and the knowledge and skills acquired in the course
  • Gain insights into the application of theory into practice through learning from both research active academics and experienced practitioners
  • The course meets standards of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the world’s largest HR professional body.

What will you study on the MA International Human Resource Management?

The core modules of the course constitute a common platform to lay the foundation for you to gain knowledge, think critically and apply theory to practice, required for professional excellence. Furthermore, the core modules impart in-depth insights on IHRM, data management and research. T four fifteen credit modules extend the knowledge and skills developed through the core modules and provide specific inputs on the key aspects of IHRM. Finally the dissertation provides an opportunity to do an independent piece of research and develop expertise on an area of your choice.

  • Modules

    • Principles of People Management and Development (30 credits) Compulsory

      This module aims the development of students’ professional practice and its application that are pivotal to successful people management and development practice. It develops a strong sense of self-awareness and of the students’ strengths and weaknesses as managers and as colleagues.

    • Metrics, Analytics and Data (30 credits) Compulsory

      The module enables students to critically analyse the concept of insight driven people management and development and its connection to the meaningful analysis of organisational data. The module provides student with the opportunity to develop ethical and sustainable measurement practices suitable for both challenging economic circumstances and organisational growth situations.

    • International Human Resource Management (30 credits) Compulsory

      This module provides insights on managing a diverse workforce through a critical reflection of both theory and practice of international human resource management. Cultural and institutional factors that influence IHRM are evaluated for their impact on practice. It reviews contemporary research on leadership, employment, and flexibility.

    • Applied Dissertation (60 credits) Compulsory

      This module develops a student’s ability to identify and undertake a live empirical piece of research in the area of IHRM. This is achieved by developing the skills of a comprehensive review of the literature; collection and analysis of data, evaluation of their findings in the light of the literature, development of conclusions and making of practical and actionable recommendations.

    • International reward management (15 credits) Compulsory

      This module provides students with an in-depth understanding of strategic reward management in a global context. It develops the skills to research and critically analyse reward within an international organisational context and to present written findings and recommendations to senior management.

    • Developing International organisations (15 credits) Compulsory

      This module develops a critical appreciation of the theory and practice of organisation development. The course also develops a comprehensive and critical understanding of the key global changes and critically evaluates their influence in shaping and re-shaping organisations.

    • Globalisation, work and employment (15 credits) Compulsory

      The module introduces the field of Comparative Employment Relations to examine how institutions shape national employment relations. It evaluates the different models of capitalism and how systems of work and welfare differ in different parts of the world. The module also reviews the current debates surrounding corporate social responsibility and regulation, changes in production paradigms and international labour standards.

    • Labour Strategies and the Contemporary Economy (15 credits) Compulsory

      The module examines how labour (both organised and non-organised) may develop an effective response to the challenges of globalisation. It evaluates different typologies of trade unionism in both the Global North and the Global South. Further, the recent re-emergence of social actors from non-traditional parts of the labour movement such as unemployed, migrant and cooperative-workers in response to both the intensification of globalisation processes, informality and social exclusion are considered.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the MA International Human Resources Management taught?

You will take part in a full range of learning, including lectures, seminars and workshops to explore concepts and theories, engage in discussion and look at real world issues. You will also take part in lab sessions, online activities, group and individual tutorials and self-directed study. To enhance your practice understanding you will also take part in residential programmes, engage case studies, debates and interactive sessions, as well as being involved with student led appraisal interviews


The course will consist of a variety of different modes of assessment and feedback, which will include exams, individual coursework and group coursework. The coursework will involve a range of activities including portfolios, individual and group reports, management report and the dissertation project.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the MA International Human Resource Management support your career?

The course aims to impart a unique mix of knowledge and skills, as well as developing robust analytical capabilities, for anyone wishing to progress in a HR career, whether that is with multi-national corporations or non-traditional organisations such as NGOs.

Careers specific to international human resource management include:

  • HR Officer, Administrator or Manager
  • Training and Development Officer or Manager
  • Project Coordinator or Manager
  • Management Consultant
  • Recruitment Consultant or Coordinator

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