International Human Resource Management (MSc)
1 year (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)
The MSc in International Human Resource Management programme aims to:
- enable students to acquire specialist knowledge of international human resource management whilst placing that subject knowledge within a wider organisational and contextual framework
- equip students with an understanding of current issues and thinking along with techniques applicable to research and debates in the area of international human resource management
- enable students to apply a range of specialist skills and knowledge to the organisations (and their context) in which they, as specialists, may operate.
- enable students to think critically and be creative in the analysis of assumptions and evidence in the field of international human resource management
- equip students to be able to solve complex problems in the field of international human resource management and make decisions through identifying issues, evaluating options and reviewing outcomes
- enable students to work effectively in group contexts through developing listening, spoken and written skills and using a range of media to communicate with others.
The MSc provides exceptional training in visual communication. Students benefit from a three-day residential programme, as well as visiting speakers and guest lecturers.
The course is both academically challenging, with input from world-leading academics, and practically focused, giving you the opportunity to develop the confidence, knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in International Human Resource Management.
Central to this is the idea of the international HR manager who combines specialist technical knowledge with a strong understanding of the social, political and ethical context of business in a globalised world. In this world, in addition to technical expertise in particular HR functions, managers need to understand national differences and how to manage in cross-cultural environments. They need to be aware of how to organise processes and projects across national boundaries. They need to be able to analyse the impact of different national institutional contexts on firm structures, innovation processes and work organisation. They need to be aware of the broader social and environmental consequences of their actions and the way in which national and international structures of soft and hard law impact on their policies and procedures. They need to be sensitive to changing social expectations of the responsibilities of firms and the way in which new internet based technologies make companies more visible and accountable to global social movements as well as more locally based coalitions of citizens and consumers. They need to be able to reflect on how to be an HR manager in such complex contexts, and to adapt creatively and effectively to challenges in a fast-moving environment.
The course will look at the management of people including theories of management and organisation, motivation, groups and team working, internal structures and decision-making processes, and leadership. The management of the various activities associated with the practice of HRM, namely recruitment and selection, training and development, reward management employment law, equality and diversity will also be examined.
The course will also explore the nature of the organisation, the strategy and structure of multinational firms in different sectors (such as manufacturing, transport and professional services) will be analysed in cross-national settings in order to understand national differences and how to manage in cross-cultural environments.
The Autumn Semester consists of the following three modules:
- Human Resource Management in Context
- The Management of Human Resources
- International Management
Plus ONE from the following:
- Cross-Cultural Management
- Reward Management
- Employment Relations
During the Spring Semester, students undertale the following two modules:
- Globalisation and the Management of Labour
- The Practice of HR in the Modern Workplace
Plus TWO from the following:
- Contemporary Issues in HR Research
- Leadership, Work and Organisation
- Employment Law
- The International Human Resource Management Project
Graduates should be able to:
- Identify and use relevant information for addressing problems in the sphere of international human resource management
- Communicate theories, arguments, evidence and conclusions effectively via oral and written means
- Understand their own preferred roles in a team-working context, and work effectively within a team
- Understand their own leadership style, and provide effective leadership to a team
International Human Resource professionals need to have the skills to evaluate new ideas, identify which new practices will have the greatest impact on their organisations and have the confidence to disregard others in an international context. International Humans Resources is a field of management that offers promising careers.
This MSc programme is primarily designed for those interested in the changing nature of human resource management in a globalised world. It will provide a strong basis for a variety of careers such as:
- Students wishing to enter into international human resource management positions in multinational firms.
- Students wishing to join small and medium sized enterprises that are linked to global production networks and/or trading in overseas markets.
- Students interested in working in policy making institutions or in social movements concerned with business and society.
- Students wishing to pursue an academic career will also benefit from this MSc as the basis to further PhD studies in international human resource management.
Suitable for graduates with an Upper second class honours degree (2:1, GPA 3.0/4.0) in business, social sciences, humanities, law or other relevant subjects, from an approved university or the international equivalent.
Non-graduates with approved professional qualifications or work experience may also be considered under certain circumstances.
Applicants whose first language is not English are required to obtain a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each paper (or an equivalent English language qualification).
Tuition Fees 2016/17
Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.
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Next intake: September each year
Name: Postgraduate Admissions Office, Cardiff Business School
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6953