MSc/PgDip/PgCert International Human Resource Management with CIPD

Explore real-world HR issues, build practical skills and develop a strategic approach to HR that adds value to organisations across the globe.

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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.
  • Triple crown - study in a Business School that has prestigious triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.
  • 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.
  • 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 – take part in the Postgraduate Internship Programme, which could also be the setting for your research project.
  • 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 course 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

"Our CIPD HRM courses are designed to develop world-class HR professionals with the skills and knowledge to make a valuable contribution to organisational performance.”

Cecilia Ellis, Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management

Career Prospects

The HR landscape is incredibly varied, with a wide range of different specialisms and possibilities – and it’s always evolving. Study this course and you’ll be well equipped to chart a career path that’s right for you.

Whatever your position today, achieving a postgraduate qualification shows employers that you’re working hard to do more tomorrow – that you value professional development and have a passion for HR. So, with the advanced understanding and professional skills you’ll develop, you can move up within your current company, move into a new organisation, or even make your first move into HR from another field.

You’ll be prepared for a range of HRM roles, including: 

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. 

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Entry requirements

You’ll need a UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in any subject, with at least a 2:2. But we might also consider your application if you have appropriate professional qualifications or significant management experience.

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.

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.


“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…

Course details

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. 

Core units

  • 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)

Option units

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 course, 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:


Placement options

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.

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Taught by experts

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.

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UK and EU students

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: £12,750 to £17,000 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).

Additional Information

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).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

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

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


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