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International Human Resource Management MSc


Influence global practice

This course is designed for graduates of any discipline who intend to develop a career in global business using people management skills. You'll learn about key aspects of international trends and critical issues influencing global employment practices.

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A distinctive feature of the programme is the varied background of the class, with students from several international countries (including students from two collaborating institutions in Europe), which enhances the opportunities for networking and cross-cultural learning.

Why International Human Resources at LSBU?

Additionally, the research element of the programme allows you to specialise in an area of HR of interest or value to your future career.
Professional accreditation - The School has Centre of Excellence status with the IOEE, in recognition of our leading-edge practice.
Small classes which focus on the application of theory to real-life scenarios and enhance your strategic management capabilities.
This situation is further enhanced with partnership involving 2 prominent European institutions from Paris and Madrid, whose students join the programme during the second semester.
The teaching team is made up of colleagues with academic and industry backgrounds. Guest lectures are frequent and contribute to a vibrant syllabus.


Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
12 months
Start Date
Southwark Campus


The programme focuses on the management of human resources in international companies and the issues associated with management of staff abroad. You'll develop a strategic view of the importance of globalisation in helping international organisations compete and understand the multi-faceted dimensions of international HRM, which include cultural, institutional and legal contexts. Acquire, modify and integrate key contemporary and relevant HRM knowledge to help fulfil individual career aspirations.

  • International HRM
    You'll study international trends and developments of human resources management.
  • Managing and leading people
    The module examines essential people management and leadership techniques and practices which enables employees to engage with and contribute to corporate and strategic goals.
  • Fundamentals of international management
    The module surveys the principles of management in the international context, analysing the level of development in economies and management system from an international perspective.
  • Strategic international HRM
    The module investigates the importance of strategic IHRM as key to the success and competitive edge in today's global organisation.
  • People resourcing
    The module aims to examine integrated and systematic approaches to meeting an organisation's needs for human resources.
  • International employment relations
    The module examines employment relations in a variety of national context using a common framework of analysis.
  • Research methods
    Prepares you to carry out effectively your dissertation by equipping you with the skills and knowledge to define appropriately a research project.
  • Dissertation
    Explore an area of HR that really interests you or that will be helpful in your future career.

The modules are assessed by course work, group presentations and a time constrained examination. Some modules are assessed by course work only. The dissertation is assessed by a written report and a presentation. Each module is 100-200 of study hours, except for the dissertation, which should be 600 hours of study time.


The course provides a good grounding in HR issues, theories and practice and several modules are based on international professional standards. Successful students can enter a variety of HR roles, particularly the international market or within multinational companies in their country of practice.

Many students on this course are from overseas wishing to gain a UK Masters level degree in international HR which they can then utilise back in their country of origin or to further an international career. The course also attracts a number of UK students wishing to specialise in international human resource management.

Having gained 5 years working experience in the area of training and development in Mauritius, I decided to further my education - I chose to study in London as it's such a bright and vibrant city. So far, I am thoroughly enjoying this course and I am certain I will be able to add great value to my field upon my return to Mauritius.

Nadjma Khodabux, student

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.



Dr John Opute, PhD

School/Division: Business / Management, Marketing and People
Job title: Senior Lecturer, Human Resources Management

An expert in international human resource management, John has 20+years' industry experience within multinational companies including: Alcan Aluminium Company of Canada and Cincinnati Bell in Ohio, USA. PhD supervisor.

Dr Mike Rigby

School/Division: Business /
Job title: Visiting Professor; Associate Lecturer

Dr Rigby specialises in employment relations with specific interests in trade union renewal, employment relations in small firms, occupational health and safety, work life balance and training and development. He is an expert in Spanish employment relations.


Teaching and learning

A distinctive feature of the full-time programme is that for half of the modules students will share classes with practising HR professionals following the part-time Masters route. These students, typically aged 25 - 35, work in HR departments in London while studying for the professional CIPD qualification. This exposure will considerably enhance your learning experience.

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division in business or social sciences;
  • Work experience may be useful although is not essential.

Note: All overseas candidates whose first language is not English should have attained a minimum of IELTS Level 6.5.

How to apply

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
12 months
Start date
Application code
Application method

Postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 298 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 448 KB).


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Fees and funding

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 146 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 102 KB).

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.


We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

Fee status

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.


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Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

Suggested reading

  • Harzing, A. W & Pinnington, A. (2011) International Human Resource Management, Sage.
  • Briscoe, D.R & Schuller, R.S & Tarique, I. (2011) International Human Resource Management: policies and practices for multinational enterprises, Routledge.
  • Edwards, T & Rees, C (2011) International human resource management: globalization, national systems and multinational companies, FT/Prentice Hall.
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