M.A. International Human Resource Management

University of East London

Application deadline: Various
Tuition fee:
  • € 7,000 / Year (EEA)
  • € 11,900 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015, February  2016
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The growing internationalisation of economic activity is inseparable from an increasing need to manage people across borders. This poses challenges not only for large firms but also for smaller enterprises that need to internationalise at an early phase of their development. Internationally-operating organisations need to develop the competences to make strategic decisions about international staffing, understand how to manage foreign nationals in their home countries, and deal with a range of complex practicalities occasioned by cross-border and cross-cultural operation.

The MA in International Human Resource Management at UEL is intended to meet the advanced educational needs of the specialists who will manage and research the HR implications of this phenomenon.

The programme embraces:

* The study of how organisations operate internationally and the changing global and national context for their activities.
* Understanding, analysing and evaluating a range of approaches to people management and organisational strategy.
* Acquiring skills in research and information handling.
* Developing a range of skills to serve as a foundation for lifelong learning and personal and career development.

The MA in International Human Resource Management at UEL
The programme builds on UELs long experience of offering a wide range of postgraduate programmes in the UK and abroad. It offers three notable elements:

* rigorous academic study of the context for global business and international business strategy, organisational behaviour, human resource management, and international human resource management,

* practical and transferable skills for operating in a multi-national and multi-cultural environment

* engagement in a wide-ranging module offering skills and critical analysis in the field of understanding the business environment, the management of knowledge and information, project planning, and research methods.

The programme is taught in the universitys purpose-built Business School in London Docklands. This new facility, opened in 2006, offers a stimulating and supportive learning environment, backed up by state-of the-art technical facilities.


This programme is designed to give you the opportunity to:
* Engage in a study of organisations operating internationally and the changing global and national context in which they operate.
* Acquire a balance of theoretical and practical skills to allow participants to develop intellectually, personally, and professionally in the field of International Human Resource Management.
* Develop the ability to apply knowledge and understanding of organisations and approaches to the management of people to complex issues in a systematic and creative way.
* Understand a range of approaches to the field and analyse and evaluate them in terms of their theoretical coherence, empirical substance, and practical applicability.
* Develop a range of skills to serve as a foundation for lifelong learning and personal development.

What will you learn?

* A systematic understanding of the central issues that determine and shape the theory and practice of IHRM in organisations.
* Theoretical approaches and practical implementation options in the field of corporate strategy and strategic human resource management in the international field;
* A foundation of the principles and key issues in organisational behaviour and human resource management.
* Knowledge and critical understanding of theories and approaches in the policies and practices of international human resource management, and in particular its capacity to engage with and steer change within organisations and in the environment;
* Analysis and evaluation of a range of current problems in international human resource management.
* Knowledge and understanding of the ethical issues and range of stakeholder concerns that influence and shape the management of organisations in the international field;
* Knowledge and understanding of the methodologies and techniques for collecting, processing, analysis and presentation of different types of data for the purposes of management research.

Thinking skills

* An ability to identify, analyse and solve problems, where appropriate in quantitative terms, and develop related solutions from a range of options.
* Ability to exercise intellectual and practical creativity.
* A capacity to identify and use sources of knowledge, and evaluate the status of knowledge and information providers.
* Critical thinking, including the ability to identify assumptions, evaluate propositions in terms of logic and evidence, and identify implicit values.
* The ability to understand the cultural assumptions and norms of others, and reflect on ones own culture and assumptions.
* The ability to acquire and analyse data and information, evaluate their relevance and validity, and synthesise new information.
* Acquisition of skills to promote and enhance lifelong learning and reflection.

Subject-Based Practical skills

* The ability to contribute to the shaping of an international human resource management strategy and its alignment with broader organisational objectives.
* An understanding of the value and complexities of multi-national teamworking.
* The ability to engage in the management of international assignees and other mobile employees in terms of preparation, training, support and re-integration of assignees.
* An understanding of the complexities of reward for internationally mobile employees.
* The ability to contribute to the HRM input to the preparation for and implementation of cross-border mergers, acquisitions and alliances.
* An understanding of the problems associated with international change management.
* An ability to analyse the implications of different regulatory regimes and industrial relations systems for HR policies and practices in an international business.

Skills for life and work (general skills)

* Personal effectiveness, self-awareness and self-management.
* Leadership and the exercise of appropriate leadership skills.
* Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, using a range of media, and exercise skills of persuasion and compromise in complex settings.
* A capacity to work in teams and, where appropriate, to exercise leadership


For admission to postgraduate business and management programmes, applicants normally need to have either:

* An undergraduate honours degree from a recognised/accredited university with a minimum 2.2 classification or equivalent.
* Pass in a recognised Premasters or Masters Qualifying Programme.

Applicants for entry to the MA International Human Resource Management programme will normally be expected to have a first degree or equivalent with a minimum 2.2 award in a related or relevant subject area: this could include a first degree in business or management studies, commerce, economics, a social science, or a combination of these.

Applicants who do not meet this requirement will be considered on a case-by-case basis in the light of their professional and academic experience.

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, an IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent qualification) is required. As a rule, no individual IELTS band should be below 6.0.

Candidates will be interviewed where appropriate. Candidates who do not fully meet the English-language requirement stated above may be offered the opportunity to perform a language test.

International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes.

There will be a reasonable expectation that the applicant will be able to fulfil the objectives of the programmes and to achieve the standard required for the award.

The University will apply the principle of equality of opportunity to its admission activities and encourages the recruitment of local and regional students and those with special needs.

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.

180 (Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) 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.

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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