M.Sc. International Human Resource Management

Sheffield Hallam University

Tuition fee:
  • € 4,928 / Year (EEA)
  • € 10,789 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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We designed this course in response to the increasing internationalisation and workforce diversity of organisations. You explore human resource management (HRM) in an international setting, including managing human resources (HR) in organisations that operate across national borders and the cross cultural issues of people management.

It is for HR advisors and managers wanting to develop their expertise in people management, and recent graduates wanting to follow a career in HRM in multinational companies. You develop your professional expertise and improve your employability and career prospects by gaining broader international business, management and leadership knowledge.

We begin by introducing you to organisation theory, covering stakeholder management, organisational design and structure, and managing culture and change.

You then study specialist theory and practice from an international perspective, giving you practical expertise across key areas of HR including

* people resourcing
* performance and reward management
* employee relations
* individual and organisational learning
* international HRM

To enable you to manage and interpret financial and management accounting information, you learn skills such as budgeting and ratio analysis.

A dissertation develops your ability to research new ideas and approaches from a cross cultural perspective.

Typical projects include

* stress management
* absenteeism
* rewards
* learning
* equality of opportunity.

Central to the course is our professional development programme. This improves your personal reflection and planning skills by completing intensive study blocks and work-based learning. For aspiring HR professionals this broadens your experience helping you to gain your first role.

You can also attend a two day residential held outside Sheffield, which gives you hands on experience of managing various HR activities, such as an assessment centre. During the course, you develop the skills to formally present your research findings to your fellow students and course tutor.

We have guest lectures from leading practitioners, visiting professors and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development professionals to ensure you learn the latest developments in HRM. Recent guests include the director of clinical operations of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation and an information systems specialist from BT.


Semester one - postgraduate certificate modules * understanding organisations and leadership
* international people resourcing: strategies and policies
* performance and reward management in a international context
* challenges for HR management

Semester two - postgraduate diploma modules * information management and financial analysis for HR managers
* individual and organisational learning
* contemporary issues in international employee relations
* perspectives on international HRM

Semester three - MSc modules * research and methodology
* dissertation- this is a major project geared to your interest and based on an area of strategic international importance


Normally one of the following

* a degree in any discipline
* professional equivalent
* completion of a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) core management programme from a recognised institution.

We may consider you without a first degree if you have the necessary experience and can demonstrate an ability to complete the course.

A TOEFL test minimum mark, paper-based 550, computer-based 213, internet-based 79 or an IELTS score of 6.0, is the standard for non-native speakers of English.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

193 (Grade B)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 79

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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