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

Our next open day for postgraduate taught study will take place on  Wednesday, 23 November 2016 . It's a great opportunity to come and see us and experience what it is like to study at Alliance MBS.

Venue:  The Atrium, Alliance MBS East (No 26 on Campus Guide)

Registration starts from 1.30pm

2.00-3.10pm       Welcome presentation, Masters alumni panel discussion and taster lecture

3.10-4.10pm       Meet academics, current students and admissions staff

3.15-4.00pm       Opportunity to take a campus tour.

At our event, we'll have an alumni panel who'll be describing their experiences and how their course helped them in their careers, a taster lecture and the chance to meet staff and current students.

You can  pre-register   for the event and get details about the schedule for the day.

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, you are also 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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female
Age range: 21-35
Nationalities: 10

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