Work should be decent for workers and productive for organisations. At Manchester Met, we help organisations and policy makers take an evidence-based approach to quality and performance.
Our MSc International HRM is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and leads directly to Associate Membership.
You’ll join a community of students with different levels of experience. Sharing different perspectives and experiences with each other will help boost your understanding of HRM.
Explore the HR world
We’ve designed this course to help you apply theory to practice, boost your career opportunities and add value to your workplace.
From business psychology to performance and reward, you’ll explore a whole host of key areas. At the same time, we’ll discuss the latest industry challenges such as global resourcing and talent management.
You’ll learn from experts in the area – many of our teaching team have years of experience as HR professionals, others are researching and publishing in the field.
Features and Benefits
CIPD dual award – achieve a CIPD diploma as well as an MSC or PGDip. Access CIPD resources as a student and after you graduate as an associate member.
Taught by HRM experts – our lecturers specialise in various disciplines within HRM and have extensive experience working in the profession.
A city of opportunities – with global organisations, innovative start-ups and established businesses, Manchester offers a wealth of opportunities.Use our connections with employers to enhance your studies and professional network.
Management skills residential – this two-day event is included in your course fee. As part of this unit, you’ll also achieve a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) award in management coaching and mentoring.
Cutting-edge research – learn how the experts from the Decent Work and Productivity Research Centre provide tailor-made solutions for public and private-sector clients.
Hands-on experience – we’ll help you find a placement as part of the course. Many students choose to research their dissertations at the same organisation too.
Career focused – we’ve designed this course to provide an ideal foundation for your career in HRM in the UK and beyond. You’ll graduate with the skills that employers look for.
“Studying at Manchester Met has taught me to think strategically and critique my own work. The skills developed throughout my degree have accelerated my career, upon graduating I secured my first HR role at Morgan Stanley in Mumbai." Priyanka Fernandes, MSc International Human Resource Management.
Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements
Accreditation The Business School is accredited by The Association of MBAs. AMBA accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education.
Endorsement The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development is the professional body for Human Resources and people development. There are over 145,000 members internationally. Manchester Met Business School is a CIPD Approved Centre.
Accreditation The Business School is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This means we are internationally recognised for meeting global standards of excellence in business and management education.
"I wouldn’t have been able to make the connections or secure my new job without the help of the university."
Joe Dryden, HRM Student.
By the time you graduate, you’ll have a global perspective on organisations – vital in an increasingly global labour market. The international outlook of this course means that you can explore career options across the globe.
You’ll be prepared for a range of HRM roles, including:
Human capital executive
HR business partner
Business change manager
Head of learning & organisational development
Your additional CIPD award will also help you to stand out in competitive job markets. Depending on your experience, you can also apply to upgrade to Chartered Membership.
To boost employability, you’ll have the chance to achieve a coaching qualification and connect with the Manchester branch of the CIPD.
Normally a good UK honours degree (minimum 2:2), or international equivalent, in any subject. We will also consider your application if you have degree equivalent professional qualifications or significant management experience.
If your first language is not English and your first degree was not taught in English, you must have an English language score of IELTS 6.5, or equivalent. If your IELTS score is 5.5 we may offer you a place on the proviso that you successfully complete an approved English language course at the University.
Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.
MEET THE EXPERTS
“The teaching approach at Manchester Metropolitan University is a very connected one and we work with a range of employers across public and private sector, right up to global corporations…”
Listen to what Dr Fiona Creaby, Senior Lecturer, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…
Our masters in International Human Resource Management (HRM) with CIPD is a next-step HR qualification with a difference. With its international perspective on HR issues, it’s a perfect fit for someone looking to boost their prospects in an increasingly global market – whether you’ve recently graduated, or you have a few years’ experience under your belt.
Study with us and you’ll develop your knowledge and practical skills across a variety of real-world HR issues. With the support of our team of experienced HR professionals and researchers, you’ll explore everything from the theory and practice of managing people at work, to HR management and employment systems around the world, to issues that shape decision-making in business and HRM. You’ll also explore the latest industry challenges, such as global resourcing and talent management. In short, you’ll learn how a strategic approach to HR can add value to organisations around the world.
Through our Research Methods and Dissertation units you’ll develop the skills you need to identify and investigate the kind of HR issues that impact corporate strategies and practices. You’ll also investigate a complex managerial or business issue, come up with practical recommendations and an implementation strategy – and learn how to communicate that to the management team.
We know hands-on experience is vital to success. That’s why this course includes an optional work experience placement. It’s the perfect opportunity to see the theory applied in practice, while many use their placement employer as the subject for their research. Our placement team will help you with application and interview skills, ensuring you make the most of the opportunity.
This mix of the theoretical and practical, combined with a truly international outlook and the benefits of our extensive industry network will give you an edge over many traditional HR masters graduates. With this boost to your employment appeal, you’ll leave us ready and able to contribute an international HR perspective to organisations competing in a global environment.
You’ll study six core units and one optional unit. In the core units, you’ll cover the key theoretical aspects of HRM, carry out research and complete a dissertation, exploring a complex managerial or business issue.
You’ll also complete a work experience placement – note that many students choose to research their dissertations in their placement organisation.
Leading, Managing and Developing People
Human Resources in Context
International and Comparative HRM
Developing Skills for Business Leadership
Research Methods in HRM
Management Research Report (PgDip only)
Dissertation (MSc only)
Choose one from a list including:
Performance and Reward*
Business Psychology in Action
Strategic Learning, Coaching and Talent Development*
*To get achieve the CIPD qualification, you'll be required to take one of these specified option units.
The Developing Skills for Business Leadership unit is a compulsory unit on your MSc/PGDip programme, and therefore all students need to engage fully with the content and taught sessions. The residential launches the unit and covers approximately one-third of the teaching content. The fee for the residential covers your hotel stay including meals and use of all hotel spa and leisure facilities, all course materials, toolkits and teaching provision.
Assessment weightings and contact hours
10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:
Full-time 50% lectures, seminars or similar; 5% placement; 45% independent study
Due to professional body requirements, this course differs from standard University Assessment Regulations in that all units must be passed and no compensation is permitted.
As part of the course, you will be given the opportunity to take part in our Postgraduate Internship Programme. It’s not only a taste of the responsibilities and impact you’ll have as an HR professional, but can also offer the setting for your research project. Securing an internship is your responsibility however, our placement team is on hand to support you by advertising roles and helping you with key employability skills, like preparing for an interview, making applications or writing your CV. With a short-term internship, you’ll not only show potential employers that you’re ready to get to work, but also gain practice credits, which can count towards your studies.
While you need to do at least 100 hours of work, starting any time between November and early August, how you do those hours is flexible. You could work full time during a break in your studies, or you might do a day or two a week throughout term time, fitting it around your studies.
Department of People and Performance
Our People and Performance Department brings together industry leading professionals and academics with specialisms in strategy, innovation, enterprise, human resource management, entrepreneurship and sports management.
The department provides academic leadership for a broad undergraduate and postgraduate portfolio, providing real-life business expertise underpinned by cutting-edge business management theory.
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.
UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £7,125 to £9,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island students
Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £12,375 to £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
In addition to tuition fees, a residential fee of £250 is payable.
A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.
All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.
Postgraduate Loan Scheme
Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses
University isn’t just about learning. It’s about living. Find out all you need to know about accommodation here.
Being at university isn’t just about learning. It’s about living. Before you arrive, we’ll make sure you know where to go and what to do. And once you’re settled in, our team’s ready to support you during your stay.
From apartments and eco-friendly townhouses, to en-suite and standard rooms, we have all sorts of accommodation on (or near) campus. Whichever option is right for you, you’ll have a room complete with desk, heater, and storage, together with a shared kitchen, laundry facilities and free WiFi.
And in such a handy location, you’ll never be more than a few minutes from the library, Students’ Union, your next lecture or a bite to eat in one of the many nearby eateries.
We’re incredibly proud to be part of such a distinctive global city – and we think you will be too.
Manchester is a city of enterprise and sport, culture and diversity. Here, connections are formed and futures begun. Art, science and business coexist and collaborate. Actors and accountants, lawyers and linguists – they’ve all found a home for their ambitions.
We have sporting excellence, culinary creativity, digital innovation and thriving commerce. Entrepreneurs and entertainers. Theatre and music. A rich and distinctive culture. We have character, spirit and personality.
Here, you’ll find people of every type, making leaps in technology, taking strides in industry and creating art in every form. We have a proud heritage to look back on, and a vibrant and diverse future to look forward to, full of possibility and promise.
From advice and support to a fantastic Union and sports clubs, we’ve got your time here covered..
Whether you’re coming to Manchester from another continent or down the road, we’re here to help. As well as our Student Hubs, where you can get all sorts of information and advice, we offer a range of professional support services and social groups for our students.
Being part of our community, you’ll find societies, teams and groups that will help you make the most of your time here. This means you’ll have the chance to pursue your passions, but also to meet people with the same interests.
The Students’ Union is your voice in the University. Through the officials that you elect, the Union supports its members and stands up for your issues. And, with its building at the heart of the campus, it also provides you with a bar, shop, café, and event venue.
Programme Review Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.
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