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Masters (MSc) in International Human Resource Management and Comparative Industrial Relations

Learn about the differences in employment practices and industrial relations systems around the world.

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 multinational corporations or in global supply chains, the study of international human resources and comparative industrial relations is becoming ever more important.

MSc Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations approved by CIPD

The course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) to the new equivalent advanced level postgraduate standard.

Read about other business Master's degree courses at Alliance MBS >>

MSc International Human Resource Management and Comparative Industrial Relations

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
MSc
Duration
12 months full-time
Entry requirements

We require a First or Upper Second class honours degree (2:1, with 60% average) from a UK university or the overseas equivalent, in any discipline.

When assessing your academic record, we take into account your grade average, position in class, references and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification. 

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
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Course overview

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.

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £11,500
    International students (per annum): £19,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

Refund Policy

Due to the competition for places and limited availability, our courses require a deposit of £1000 to cover non-recoverable costs and secure your place. The deposit will be deducted from your tuition fees when you register on the course.

The deposit is non-refundable, except in the following situations:

  • you fail to meet the conditions of your offer (see below for further information); and/or
  • you are refused a visa or entry clearance to enter the UK (proof must be submitted)

If an offer has been made specifying an English Language condition which you do not meet, the Admissions Team will require the official certificate of an English Language test taken after the date of offer as evidence that you have attempted to meet your offer conditions for a refund to be approved. The English Language test certificate provided with your application documents will not be accepted as proof that you have attempted to meet your offer conditions as such a certificate will predate the offer.

If an offer has been made specifying an academic condition, the Admissions Team will require the official university documentation showing that you have not met this academic condition from the institution at which you have studied, as evidence for a refund to be approved.

The Admissions Team reserves the right to refuse to refund of any deposit that does not meet with the requirements outlined above.

Additional expenses

Please note: There is an administrative fee payable to Alliance Manchester Business School on arrival if you choose to register with the CIPD.  If you wish to become a student member of the CIPD then visit the  CIPD website  for further information.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

Contact us for further information on scholarships available .

Contact details

School/Faculty
Alliance Manchester Business School
Contact name
Masters Admissions Office
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 1339
Email
School/Faculty
Alliance Manchester Business School was established in 1965 as one of the UK's first two business schools. Today, we are the UK's largest campus-based business and management school, and 'Original Thinking Applied' is at the heart of everything we do. Find out more .

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require a First or Upper Second class honours degree (2:1, with 60% average) from a UK university or the overseas equivalent, in any discipline.

When assessing your academic record, we take into account your grade average, position in class, references and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification. 

English language

For the latest information on demonstrating your English proficiency for those whose first language is not English, please see our language requirements .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements see entry requirements for your country .

Application and selection

How to apply

Advice to applicants

Your statement of purpose should cover the areas outlined below and be one page A4: 

  • Tell us why you are interested in the MSc International Human Resource Management and Comparative Industrial Relations course at Alliance MBS and how the course will impact on your future
  • Describe what makes you an outstanding applicant and describe your potential to contribute to all aspects of the course.

How your application is considered

We can only process applications with the following documents:

  • up-to-date English language score outlining individual element scores, or date of your test (where applicable)
  • first and second year transcript (scanned copies are accepted at the time of application)
  • one academic reference letter , or a professional reference letter if you graduated more than two years ago
  • statement of purpose
  • copy of passport (for non-home/EU students only)

Deferrals

To defer your offer to the following year, you must contact your admission officer to get a copy of the deferral form.  You can only defer your offer for one year.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course. If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Course details

Course description

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MSc Int. HRM & Comparative Industrial Relations experience: Delores Joan Idumesaro, Nigeria,

Watch Professor Miguel Martinez Lucio talk about the course>>

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.

  • Gain understanding of the differences between the employment practices and industrial relations systems of varying countries and multinationals 
  • Learn how variations in practice and systems are influenced by social and economic factors
  • Study the influence of economic integration on changing systems of employment and industrial relations

CIPD Course recognition

The course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) to the new equivalent advanced level postgraduate standard. You can enhance your studies by taking additional CIPD components that prepare you for CIPD membership.

To qualify for membership you need to attend a series of skills workshops, with presentations by guest speakers, and complete a range of activities enabling you to develop practical HR skills.

You join CIPD as a student member and when you have passed all course units (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.

Further information about CIPD qualifications >>

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

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 undertaken during the final semester over the summer.

Course unit details

During the course you will be taking 180 credits in all. The eight taught modules during semester one and two total 120 credits and consists of both compulsory and optional taught units which can be viewed in the list below.  Please note that certain modules have to be taken to achieve CIPD recognition

Over the summer period, you will carry out your Research Dissertation, worth 60 credits.  Examples of recent dissertation project topics include:

  • Work-life balance: perspectives of female teachers from the UK and India
  • Demographic change in Germany and Japan and the implications for the labour market
  • A comparative study of gender discrimination at work in the UK and China
  • The impact of support practices on expatriate adjustment in a Russian multinational corporation
  • Coping mechanisms of Nigerian women balancing motherhood and managerial roles

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Workplace Research and Analysis Skills BMAN60261 15 Mandatory
International Human Resource Management BMAN60992 15 Mandatory
Multinationals and Comparative Employment Systems BMAN70051 15 Mandatory
HRM: Strategy and Practice BMAN70231 15 Mandatory
Comparative Industrial Relations BMAN71911 15 Mandatory
International Labour Law and Regulation BMAN71922 15 Mandatory
The Management of International Organizational Change BMAN62082 15 Optional
HRM: Context and Organisation BMAN71242 15 Optional
Employment Practice and Equality BMAN72382 15 Optional
Industrial Relations BMAN72391 15 Optional
Human Resource Management in Asia BMAN73302 15 Optional
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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

Careers

Career opportunities

This course is ideal for those intending to pursue careers within multinational companies based in the UK or elsewhere and broaden the international understanding of HR professionals who wish to work in a global context .

Recent recruiters

Accenture, AstraZeneca, BAE Systems, Bentley, Deloitte, Department for Education, EY, European Central Bank, Hewlett-Packard, Nestlé, Proctor and Gamble, RBS Insurance, Saudi Aramco, Shell International and Ultramar Group.

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Read the latest information on visa changes and opportunities in the UK for international students >>

Accrediting organisations

The course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) to the new equivalent advanced level postgraduate standard. You can enhance your studies by taking additional CIPD components that prepare you for CIPD membership.

To qualify for membership you need to attend a series of skills workshops, with presentations by guest speakers, and complete a range of activities enabling you to develop practical HR skills.

You join CIPD as a student member and when you have passed all course units (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.

Further information about CIPD qualifications >>

MSc International HRM graduate, Delores-Joan Idumesaro
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"The professors are constantly researching and improving themselves, which is transferred to us during lectures. They not only base their arguments on past events but also current happenings, which is extremely helpful."

Delores-Joan Idumesaro, Nigeria

MSc International Human Resource Management and Comparative Industrial Relations, Class of 2016

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