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The award
MA

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 11000 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 12500 per year

All study options

About International Human Resource Management at Westminster Business School, London, University of Westminster

The course is designed to appeal to candidates from outside the UK wishing to pursue or enhance a career in HRM that has, or may have, an international dimension. Students study an interesting range of modules focusing on international corporate HRM, International personnel management and organisational analysis and development. This Master's specifically enables you to build a body of practical skills and theoretical knowledge around the management of organisations within different international contexts, allowing you to acquire a coherent, specialised body of relevant knowledge.

Westminster Business School is an approved centre for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and this course has been accredited by the CIPD as meeting the knowledge criteria for professional membership. This means that once you have passed the degree and given the CIPD evidence of your practice in the workplace you will gain the professional level of Chartered Membership with the joining and membership fee paid for by the university.

Students on the course will be exposed to a wide range of contemporary perspectives on key developments in and around international human resource management and organisational analysis, providing access to a range of alternative academic and practitioner views. You will explore relevant issues and what these mean for individuals and organisations at local, national and international levels.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. You may choose one option module.

Core modules

You will analyse how people are managed - and the HR practices and employee relations systems that are adopted - in different cultures.

You will examine the working environment of HR practitioners by analysing the impact of economic, political, social and technological factors.

This module concentrates on the international context of HRM, and the policies and procedures that organisations need to devise when designing international human resource strategies.

You will explore different approaches to the management of human resources and the implications for organisational success.

This module examines the academic ways in which organisational effectiveness is influenced by structure, technologies, culture, power and attitudes. You will use concepts and modes of analysis to critically evaluate organisational design and development.

The aim of the project is to enable students to develop or evaluate, on the basis of empirical or conceptual research and analytic rigour, a specific area of human resource knowledge.

This module aims to develop your knowledge and competence of the research process, and the application of research methods in the area of international human resource management.

This module will help you to develop the interpersonal management skills and techniques you need to work both as an internal and external consultant to organisations.

A choice of one of the following:

Option modules

This module provides you with the theoretical underpinning necessary to critically evaluate both individual and organisational learning processes.

You will develop your critical awareness of the links between an organisation's need to achieve corporate objectives, and its need for people.

This module focuses on the management of reward systems, critically analysing the links between reward systems and employee behaviour, through the use of theory and case studies.

Accredited internship

All students on our full-time business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme Reflective Practitioner Module. This is an 8 week unpaid accredited internship, which can be taken in addition to option modules and will help students to gain invaluable work experience. The internships, which are with London-based organisations, take place during the summer period. To apply, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV to the Business Experience Team; the team then shortlist from the applications and conduct group meetings with the applicants.

Ultimately it is up to our internship employers to decide whether they would like to interview the candidate(s) and offer him/her an internship. We have received very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Accreditation

Westminster Business School will pay your CIPD joining fee and your membership fees for the first period of your studies. You will also be provided with text books which contain the essential reading for the core modules.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Download the Programme Specification

Course Leader

More about me

Cecilie Bingham

Principal Lecturer

Cecilie is a principal lecturer in Human Resource Management within Westminster Business School. Her relationship with the University of Westminster goes back to the late seventies.

She gained an Applied Social Science BA from Lanchester Polytechnic, followed by an Industrial Relations MA from University of Warwick. Her professional memberships include BUIRA and ILT. She is an Associate researcher with the Work Foundation and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Cecilie previously worked for Incomes Data Services as a journalist and senior researcher, and until recently, she was the Commissioning Editor for The Work Foundation's bi-monthly journal Managing Best Practice. Cecilie's book Employment Relations: Fairness and Trust in the Workplace is one of the nominees for 2016's Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Management Book of the Year.

Her recent research papers have looked at flexibility and diversity within the workplace.

Cecilie's emphasis in teaching is on blending theory with practice, and the importance of diagnosing the causes of problems before ascertaining the most appropriate managerial tools to solve them.

Careers

Those completing the course can be expected to find employment within HRM, either in the UK or abroad, or to continue their studies in HR-related fields. Providing a higher degree qualification in a well-established management area, the course enhances your career prospects and marketability in the professional practice of international HRM. Past students have gone on to become consultants (internal and external), HR managers, compensation and benefits managers, change management specialists, HR business partners/operations managers, civil servants, and mediators. Companies that have employed our students include Cap Gemini, PwC, Transport for London, and Visa.

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015-16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you'll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 11000 per yearInternational course feesGBP 12500 per year

Notes about fees for this course

Alumni Discount See details

Entry requirements

Typical offer

  • Undergraduate Degree

Applicants should normally hold a first degree from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours or international equivalent) and demonstrate interest and motivation in the subject area. Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years' relevant professional experience will also be considered. Directly relevant degree disciplines include; business studies, economics, geography, management, and operations research. 

However, students with qualifications in other disciplines such as engineering, environmental sciences, the humanities and languages are also encouraged to apply. 

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6 in each element.

View standard entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a first degree from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours or international equivalent) and demonstrate interest and motivation in the subject area. Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years' relevant professional experience will also be considered. Directly relevant degree disciplines include business studies, economics, geography, management, and operations research. 

However, students with qualifications in other disciplines such as engineering, environmental sciences, the humanities and languages are also encouraged to apply. 

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6 in each element

View standard entry requirements

What students think about Westminster Business School, London, University of Westminster

    Vanessa De Silva, Management Consultant, Expertise Limited, Bermuda

    Testimonial from Vanessa De Silva, Management Consultant, Expertise Limited, Bermuda, student at Westminster Business School, London
    As an international student I was looking for a Master's program that would offer me an experience and education that I could utilise worldwide. The University of Westminster was a simple choice for me knowing the superior level of education, top quality professors and fabulous location offered. The culturally diverse group of classmates held various levels of professional experience which enriched my learning as we continued to develop and challenge each other.

    Having completed the MA Human Resource Management specialising in Employee Relations I have acquired an education which lead me to a fulfilling career rather than a short-term job. As a Management Consultant in an Employment Services firm I work with local and international clients and have continued to develop my practical experience in employee relations, policy development, recruitment and performance management.

    Andrew Behles, Trainee Chartered Accountant, Nexia Smith & Williamson

    Testimonial from Andrew Behles, Trainee Chartered Accountant, Nexia Smith & Williamson, student at Westminster Business School, London
    As a US national with relatively little experience in international accounting standards and practices prior to beginning the course, the WBS Msc in Finance and Accounting provided me with a useful blend of accounting theory and practice that has well equipped me for securing a job in international audit in the UK upon graduation. And with up to six exemptions from ACCA exams, its easy to see a quick and tangible return on investment.

    Owen Coughlan, RBS Global Banking & Markets

    Testimonial from Owen Coughlan, RBS Global Banking & Markets, student at Westminster Business School, London
    A Distinction in my Masters at the University of Westminster gave me the knowledge and confidence to gain a coveted job in an investment bank. Having a solid grounding in theory combined with practice in my Westminster Business School degree enabled me to take on the added responsibilities I needed to advance my career.

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