MSc International Human Resource Management

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time

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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.
Top 2 for satisfaction with course in Business, Management and Marketing amongst London competitors (Guardian University League Tables 2019).
Joint 2nd for career prospects amongst London universities (Guardian League Tables 2020).


Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Full-time (with optional 3-5 week internship)
12 months
Start Date
Southwark Campus
Full-time (with 12 month internship)
24 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.

Core modules

  • HRM in international context
    The module focuses on the examination of HR theories, concepts and principles in an international context.
  • People management and leadership
    This module examines essential people management and leadership techniques and practices, which enable employees to engage with and to contribute, creatively and innovatively, to corporate and strategic goals.
  • Creativity, enterprise and innovation
    The module encourages students to question what they see and experience around them with an aim to enhance their creativity and to discover new and improved ways of doing things.  
  • International and comparative employment relations
    This module introduces students to the main actors in employment relations and the employment relations strategies employed in contemporary organisations. It then locates those strategies in an international context, examining them in a variety of countries and sectors.
  • Strategy in international HRM
    The module investigates and analyses current practice and developments in strategic HRM with full regard to the international context. It focuses clearly on the importance of strategic HRM as being a key to the success and competitive edge of today’s organisations.
  • Curiosity, creativity and research
    This module introduces students to the research process, the mind-set of the researcher and in particular to the idea of creativity in research and what it means to be a ‘creative researcher’.
  • Research in action
    The module focuses on the nature, approaches, methods, tools and techniques of research within relevant disciplines from the business environment. Thus the module is practically oriented towards the completion of a research proposal that will form the basis of the final practice-based project module.
  • Management consultancy in a global environment
    This module is designed to develop professional consultancy skills by studying organisational structure and culture, situational analysis and diagnosis, communication strategies for consulting and group dynamics
  • Capstone business project
    This capstone, independent research project draws upon the students’ skills and knowledge gained thus far enabling application of learning to a scenario resulting in added value to an organisation and creating real world impact.

Optional modules

Two 10 credit modules (including the below or any other Business School module) or the internship module

  • Contemporary issues in HRM (10 credits)
    This module offers participants the opportunity to explore two highly pertinent, contemporaneous, and important issues in the field of Human Resource Management – namely the issues of employee engagement and equality, diversity, inclusion in the modern workplace.
  • Internship (20 credits)
    Please note: The 24 month study route for this course includes a compulsory 12 month internship. The below relates to the 12 month study route.

    This module allows the student to gain valuable work experience while studying for a master’s degree. Internships tend to be approximately 3 - 5 weeks in duration. Responsibility for securing the work placement and any necessary visas lies with the student. However, the student is supported by both the work placement team and by the University’s Employability Module both during the search process and when the student is actually working.


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

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.

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Centre of Excellence status is the IoEE’s (Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs) flagship organisational accreditation for organisations that promote and deliver enterprise skills development – and is in recognition of the School’s entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice.


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LSBU Business School is an esteemed member institution of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), an international membership and quality assurance body of world-leading and high-potential Business Schools who share a commitment for responsible management practices and lifelong learning, and are looking to provide positive impact on their students, communities, and the economy as a whole. BGA is the sister brand to the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the world's impartial authority on postgraduate management education.

As a BGA member institution, students of LSBU Business School are able to access BGA's individual membership, which offers a range of tools and resources designed to support the professional and personal development of business students and graduates, free of charge. This includes CV building services, a job search function, skill assessments, thought-leadership, partner discounts and much more.


Course members will be offered the opportunity to liaise with our professional placement staff in order to secure a work placement attached to an HR department of a London-based organisation.

A placement can provide you with an organisational context for learning, giving you the opportunity to become involved in short projects/process tasks in HR, and could also be a valuable source for your dissertation.

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.

Personal Tutoring

As a postgraduate student in the Business School, your personal development and wellbeing is very important to us, so we have developed a personal tutoring system that is tailored to your individual and group needs.

Firstly, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will be available to you on a 1:1 basis as well as facilitating group personal tutoring sessions, designed to enhance your academic and personal development within your postgraduate degree programme.

In addition to an allocated personal tutor, there will also be a personal tutor available ‘on call’ in a designated room, called ‘Talk’, for confidential 1:1 pastoral care meetings every day of the academic semester from 9am to 8pm. This personal tutor can be seen by appointment or within a few minutes in order to assist you with any concerns that you may have.

Our personal tutoring motto is that we want you to "Achieve, Succeed & Excel".

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) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Home applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Full-time (with optional 3-5 week internship)
12 months
Start date
Application code
Application method
Full-time (with 12 month internship)
24 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 1,043 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 516 KB).


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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.


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 Enrolment 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.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.


MSc International Human Resource Management (with Internship) (SEPT) (FT) - Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2022/23
UK fee: £11330International fee: £16550
AOS/LSBU code: 5726Session code: 1FS00

MSc International Human Resource Management - Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2022/23
UK fee: £10180International fee: £15400
AOS/LSBU code: 5473Session code: 1FS00

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 391 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 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.

The individual fee for this course is shown above. 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 391 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations; read notices of PhD studentships.

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