MSc International Human Resource Management and Comparative Industrial Relations
MSc International Human Resource Management

and Comparative Industrial Relations

International Human Resource Management and Comparative Industrial Relations

About the course

Course description

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Advancing technology means the world is getting smaller. Put your HR career on the global stage with a degree that focuses on managing people across borders and putting human resources into an international context.

With more and more people working for international corporations or global international supply chains, the study of international human resources and industrial relations is becoming ever more important. The increasing globalisation of the economy and pan-national employment legislation also means the ability to compare processes and practices across continents is a sought-after skill.

It gives you an understanding of the differences between the employment practices and industrial relations systems of varying countries and multinationals, and how they are influenced by social and economic factors. You also look at the influence of economic integration on changing systems of employment and industrial relations.

CIPD Course recognition

This course is approved to the new equivalent advanced level postgraduate standard and you can enhance your studies by taking additional CIPD components that prepare you for CIPD membership. If you decide to do so, you can attend a series of skills workshops, hear from guest speakers, and complete a range of activities enabling you to develop practical HR skills.

You will join CIPD as a student member and on passing all of the modules of the Masters degree (including the dissertation) and the CIPD components, your CIPD membership will be automatically updated to Associate Member. Once you have applied your knowledge in the workplace, you can apply for Chartered membership.

Please note: There is a £450 administrative fee payable to Alliance Manchester Business School on arrival if you choose to register with the CIPD, plus you join the CIPD for two years - the year of your course, and the year of graduation.  The current fee to join the CIPD is £178 for the 1st year and £138 for the 2nd year. Visit the CIPD website  for further information.

If you are interested in domestic human resource management you might like to consider our MSc Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations .

Course units details

The course consists of both compulsory and optional taught units. Compulsory course units include:

  • Comparative Industrial Relations*
  • Human Resource Management: Strategy and Practice*
  • International Human Resource Management*
  • International Labour Law and Regulation*
  • Multinational and Comparative Employment Systems*
  • Research Methods for Organisations*

Optional course units include:

  • Employment Policy and Practice
  • Human Resource Management: Context and Organisation*
  • Industrial Relations
  • Management of International Organisational Change*
  • Organisation Development
  • Human Reasource Management in Asia

* These courses are compulsory in order to achieve CIPD recognition.

Accrediting organisations

This Masters is accredited to the new equivalent advanced level postgraduate standard. You will join CIPD as a student member and on completion of the Masters and CIPD components you will have achieved the underpinning knowledge towards a level of professional membership.

Once you have applied your knowledge in the workplace you will be in a position to apply to CIPD for a membership upgrade. Further details including costs are available from the postgraduate administration team and you can visit the CIPD website .

Students wishing to gain CIPD membership attend a series of skills workshops with guests invited from a wide range of companies, to enable them to develop practical HR skills.

Open days

Masters information sessions

We are hosting a series of informal information sessions for undergraduates who are thinking about pursuing a masters course at Alliance Manchester Business School.

Our Masters courses aren't just for business graduates - from business analytics to operations, and marketing to finance, we have 17 courses to choose from. Join us to meet a careers advisor, admissions staff and current students and discover how our courses can boost your career prospects.

Also, a number of graduates have the opportunity to progress directly onto the Full-time MBA programme as a Young Potential Leader - could you be one of them?

Choose from the following dates:

Wednesday 15 February 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm

Wednesday 15 March 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm

Wednesday 26 April 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm

Wednesday 10 May 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm

All events are held in the Atrium, Alliance MBS East building (on the corner of Oxford Road and Booth Street East) - number 26 on the campus map.

For further information and to register your interest in attending, please see the Alliance MBS website .

Events round the world

We take part in events both at home and around the world, and we'd be delighted to meet you in your country . If you are visiting Manchester and you are unable to attend one of the Masters Information Sessions, you are welcome to organise a personal visit .

Teaching and learning

Assessment across the course units varies on the modules chose. It includes a combination of examinations, individual essay, course work, assignment and group project and presentation assessment. A dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words is also normally undertaken.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

2015 course profile These figures are for 2015 entry and can vary each year.

266
34
applications
enrolled
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91%
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Age range: 21-35
Nationalities: 10

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