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 programme builds on UELs long experience of offering a wide range of postgraduate programmes in the UK and abroad. It offers three notable elements:
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.
The programme is modular in structure and consists of two stages.
Stage One comprises four taught modules each of 30 M Level credits:
international business strategy,
managing people and transformation,
managing and researching in an international context,
international human resource management.
Stage Two, which awards 60 M level credits, entails the writing of a Dissertation of 14,000 words. Students must have passed the modules in Stage 1 in order to move on to Stage 2.
The programme is available on a full- or part-time basis. Full-time students study two modules in each semester, followed by the Dissertation. Part-time students study one module per semester.
The programme is taught at the Business School, a new purpose-built facility in Docklands. The Business School is one of the largest schools at the University of East London, with over 2,000 full-time and almost 1,000 part-time students, taught by some 60 academic staff.
There is a very high investment in appropriate technology and the Business School has extensive computing facilities.
The learning environment sets out to promote active and reflective learning by participants, with extensive scope for group work and problem-based learning using case studies and analyses. This is achieved through three main forms of learning and study.
Lectures – which set the context for learning, introduce themes, and structure regular reading. The aim is an interactive experience in which course participants can draw on – and challenge – module tutors.
Seminars – which offer scope for exploring case studies, group work in preparing presentations, and exploring the literature.
Self-directed learning – based on a framework provided for each module, involving structured reading and problem-solving.
There is range of assessment methods on the programme. Each module is assessed separately, using different mixes of assessment – such as coursework assignments, group presentations and reports, and exams. The aim is to assess a range of skills.
Assessment takes place during the semester in which the module is taught, and as a rule there are two assessment tasks in each taught module.
The Postgraduate programmes adhere strictly to the University regulations on assessment, designed to ensure fairness and maintain the quality of our awards. All work for assessment is double marked and quality is monitored by external examiners.
Relevance to work/profession
The learning outcomes of this programme reflect the approach taken by the UK Quality Assurance Agency in its guidelines for masters’ programmes in business and management. Masters programmes add value to first degrees by enabling individuals to develop in two ways that are central to a career in a commercial business or international organisation.
Firstly, they develop an integrated understanding of the field: that is, they enable students to see business in its context, and in its relationship to other central dimensions of business life.
Secondly, they require participants to become critically aware in their engagement with the subject: that is, the enable students to assess evidence for and against a point of view, to challenge the presuppositions of a theory, and to be equipped to engage in research to corroborate or refute an argument.
These skills are central in fostering the mature, positive, yet critical approach which organisations need if they are to develop and thrive in a complex and rapidly changing economic, business and political context.
The Masters in International Human Resource Management aims to apply this overall philosophy to the needs of students considering, or developing, their careers in this area of HRM. The management of people is a field in which an integrated and critically aware understanding of business life – and the roles of individuals within it – is of particular importance. Human resource management has been identified by leading researchers as a crucial domain for the successful operation of multi-national employers.
The MA Dissertation is a central element of the programme – and worth one-third of the total academic credits needed to obtain the award. The Dissertation can either be dealt with as a management problem or have a more academic focus. It provides an opportunity for sustained research, analytical thinking, and clear and rigorous writing. A module on research methods offers scope to develop research and information-handling skills as part-preparation for the Dissertation.
Your future career
Graduates from the programme can be expected to find employment in HRM in internationally-operating organisations based in a range of jurisdictions. In some cases, the programme might serve to help an individual (and their employing organisation) develop specialist competences needed to promote organisational development, such as a move to international operations.
How we support you
The programme aims to provide consistent and continuing support for students through staff involved in teaching, administration and programme management. A key contact point is the Business School Helpdesk, which can help with a range of student enquiries in conjunction with academic staff.
There is also support to cover particular linguistic and academic needs through UEL’s Academic English Study Support service (AESS), delivered by the English Language Centre.
In general support is provided through,
accessible and supportive module tutors,
student support centre with dedicated staff,
induction process that aims to develop key skills for UK study,
an ongoing parallel support programme of English language and study skills,
an on-line facility for learning skills.
large learning resource facility with on-line databases,
Programme aims and learning outcomes
What is this programme designed to achieve?
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.
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 one’s 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.
The programme structure
All programmes are credit-rated to help you to understand the amount and level of study that is needed.
One credit is equal to 10 hours of directed study time (this includes everything you do e.g. lecture, seminar and private study).
Credits are assigned to one of 5 levels:
0 - equivalent in standard to GCE 'A' level and is intended to prepare students for year one of an undergraduate degree programme
1 - equivalent in standard to the first year of a full-time undergraduate degree programme
2 - equivalent in standard to the second year of a full-time undergraduate degree programme
3 - equivalent in standard to the third year of a full-time undergraduate degree programme
M - equivalent in standard to a Masters degree
The overall credit-rating of this programme is 180 M level credits.
Entry is at two points per year, in September and February. All full time cohorts are provided with 12 months’ tuition and 3 months self directed study. Those who commence their programmes in September can complete in 12 calendar months. Given the exigencies of university vacations those who commence in February can complete in 15 calendar months.
Part-time participation is available for attendance during daytime sessions. Part-time students would need to study for four semesters during the taught part of the programme. There is a choice of submission date for the Dissertation for part-time students.
It is possible to move from full-time to part-time study and vice-versa to accommodate any external factors such as financial constraints or domestic commitments. Many UEL students make use of this flexibility on a range of programmes and this may impact on the overall duration of their study period.
How the teaching year is divided
The teaching year is divided into two semesters of roughly equal length. A typical student registered in a full-time attendance mode will study two 30 credit modules per semester and a typical student registered in a part-time attendance mode will study one module per semester
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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 Premaster’s or Master’s 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.
No work experience is required.
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