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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.

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MSc International Human Resource Management and Comparative Industrial Relations / Course details

Year of entry: 2019

Course description

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

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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
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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