International Human Resource Management

MSc International Human Resource Management (HRM) is designed to prepare you for an outstanding career in people management and human resources.

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MSc (Hons) International Human Resource Management


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Degree Overview

Building on Birkbeck’s critical and analytical approach to learning and utilising the research and teaching excellence of our staff, the course provides a unique bridge between theory and practice. Throughout the course you will acquire an in-depth, critical understanding of contemporary debates in international human resource management (HRM) and employment relations, whilst developing essential skills for your future career.

The course focuses on the socio-economic and managerial aspects of international HRM, exploring in depth the role and impact of the economy, society and national and global institutions in business policies and practices. Graduates will obtain a strong social sciences and management background in understanding the content and processes of international HRM.

The modules cover advanced HRM, employment relations, and international business topics and concepts, discuss the structure of the global economy and the role of multinational corporations and of globalisation in shaping local and global realities, and examine contemporary topics such as corporate governance and business ethics.

Across the three taught semesters you will study compulsory modules introducing you to the principles and concepts of HRM in different contexts. At the same time, you will build an understanding of research methodologies to prepare you for your dissertation – an independent research project on a topic of your choice that you will submit by the end of your course. Beyond this, you will choose an option module that allows you to focus on your interests and career intentions. You could gain specialist knowledge in topics such as training and development, performance management, occupational psychology, diversity management and many others.

Our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting-edge articles in the world’s leading journals. We have particular research strengths in international business and strategy, the management of innovation and entrepreneurship, human resource management, corporate governance, sport management and marketing, as well as financial management and accounting.

The course is taught by a team with international reputations in their respective areas.

We engage in significant collaborative research and have excellent contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions.

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  • You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the university over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, stationary and additional resources.

Why Study this Degree

Birkbeck is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management.

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