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International Human Resource Management


Key facts

Start dates

September 2020



Course length

Full time: 12 months

Part time: 24 months


Oxford Brookes Business School


Understand the operations and cultural differences of a range of global businesses with our MSc International Management (Human Resource Management). 

You will study business functions such as marketing, finance and strategy. And consider global environmental factors in which international organisations operate (economic, political and social). You will also develop a specialism in the key area of human resource management. 

The focus of this course is acquiring the skills you need to work in international organisations so you will:

  • learn about a range of international organisations
  • develop the skills, knowledge and ability to work in a multicultural environment
  • develop your general management and intercultural management skills.

You will gain practical experience by working on a live consultancy project. This can be with a commercial or not-for-profit organisation.

Our graduates go on to successful international careers with a range of commercial and not-for-profit organisations around the world.

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How to apply

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

This course attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities. A minimum of a second class honours degree (2:2) in any academic discipline, or equivalent overseas degree from a recognised institution or equivalent professional or other qualification is required.

Applicants who possess a diploma rather than a good degree may be eligible for entry provided they have compensatory work experience and can demonstrate career development.

Applications are welcome from those in work and seeking continuing professional development.

Entry will also be subject to two satisfactory references (one of these must be an academic reference).

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to satisfy the university's English language requirements:

  • IELTS minimum level 6.0, (with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing, and 5.5 in listening and speaking).
  • If you have completed your undergraduate degree in the UK (at least one full year of study) you will automatically meet our English language requirements

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

International applications

When you accept our offer, you agree to the conditions of acceptance. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

Tuition fees

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Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Financial support and scholarships

The Department of Business and Management is pleased to offer scholarships in all disciplines for students wishing to undertake full-time taught postgraduate MSc programmes. Some part-time courses may be eligible for scholarships for UK and EU applicants.

Scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence and each award will be paid towards the tuition fee for a taught master's degree. These scholarships do not include a maintenance grant.

For further information, visit: /business/postgraduate/fees-scholarships-and-loans/

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

We offer an International Business in Practice Study Trip module. This study trip is voluntary and all costs associated with the trip will need to be funded by you. 

The destination varies from year to year, so it is not possible to give a precise cost. As an example, the fee for the Boston USA field trip in July 2019 was £1580 and included: accommodation for 7 nights in the Boston area insurance company visits (e.g. Facebook, Dunkin Brands, Trip Advisor, Microsoft, Bank of America) group transportation for all activities and some of the meals. This fee did not include international airfare, visa application fee (if relevant), dinners and activities during your free time.

Learning and assessment

We have designed a highly flexible course that is suitable for individuals from a variety of educational backgrounds. With or without work experience.

We link theory to practice through:

  • workshops and seminars
  • company visits
  • external speakers
  • assessment. 

Our student cohorts are international. So you will benefit from working with staff and peers with varied experiences and perspectives. Our teaching staff come from a variety of academic and non-academic backgrounds. This gives you a comprehensive and diverse learning experience.

You'll have varied opportunities for business/industry exposure such as:

  • company visits
  • field trips
  • guest lectures
  • student projects.

Our guest external speakers typically hold the position of managing director. We have recently welcomed speakers from Harley-Davidson, the RAF, the UN, Barclays Bank, and Taylor Wimpey.

You will study the compulsory modules listed below. And choose between completing a dissertation or work-based research project.

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Study modules

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

Human Resource Management in Context

This will develop your understanding of the main internal and external environmental contexts within which organisations operate. You will compare the role of the Human Resource (HR) manager with other functions to show how these integrate with general management and drive organisational success. You will examine how those in the HR function, and line managers with HR responsibilities, need to recognise this wider perspective. You will become aware of how managers and HR professionals in different organisation types and international settings have varying opportunities and constraints when taking organisational and HR decisions.

Human Resource Management in Practice

This provides the opportunity to visit a range of organisations and learn about Human Resource Management (HRM) in practice, so giving you a valuable practical insights and enhancing your employability. Prior to visiting you will research the organisations and prepare questions for them and afterwards you will capture your reflections on your learning in writing.

Comparative Human Resource Management

This provides an understanding of international human resource management through an investigation of both organisational imperatives and local institutional environments. The approach is international-comparative and the focus is on institutions (formal and informal) more than on cross cultural differences. A comparative perspective explores the idea that several successful models of managing people do exist, and study of international organisations such as the UN agencies, offers a perfect opportunity to develop an original view on managing people in an international context, that is characterised by organisational complexity and by political and cultural pluralism.

International Organisations

You will examine the nature, diversity and the environment of a range of international organisations and their differing purposes and functions. You will learn to apply the theories and knowledge required to successfully manage in international organisations. It also aims to increase the knowledge of organisational interrelationships and complexities that is needed by international managers.

Leading, Managing and Developing People

You will become familiar with research evidence on employment and effective approaches to human resource (HR) and learning and development (L&D) practice. You will consider significant debates in leadership, flexibility and change management to help you become an effective manager and HR specialist. You will learn to manage others effectively and increase levels of engagement, commitment, motivation and performance.

Resourcing, Talent and Performance Management

A major objective of the human resources function is the mobilisation of a workforce. Organisations can only function if they are able to assemble teams of people with the necessary skills to meet their goals and retain effective performers. This module focuses on the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and exiting. You will develop the knowledge and skills required for resourcing and talent management within a global context. You will also gain an understanding of how performance management can support the strategic objectives of an organisation, how the performance of people can be enhanced and inspired by leadership, and how this contributes to high-performance work organisations.

Managing Employment Relations

This will develop your understanding of managing employment relations within different types of organisation. Employment relations is a changing subject which is influenced by external factors (political and economic) and internal factors (management and management style). You will explore the impact of different national environments on employment and the roles of different stakeholders in employment relation systems. You will also critically review employment relations in an organisation and make suggestions to drive improvements to Human Resource Management. This module like many others includes a practical skills workshop.

Developing Skills for Business Leadership

Successful leaders have different approaches to their work, sharing a range of diverse personality traits, attributes and beliefs. They are central determinants of an individual manager's effectiveness and are developed consciously over time and with an awareness of the differing cultural contexts and operating environments. A key purpose of this module is thus to encourage learners to develop a strong sense of self-awareness and of their own strengths and weaknesses as managers and colleagues. In addition it seeks to help learners to develop and improve a range of specific skills which are pivotal to successful management practice and to effective leadership in particular.

Researching Organisations

This module prepares you for completing high quality, systematic business and management research, drawing upon a range of secondary and primary data sources in preparation for your research project. You will be introduced to a range of tools required for research including methodological issues, data collection techniques and different approaches to data analysis.

Final project

Compulsory modules


You will investigate a HR management or organisational practice issue using primary and/or secondary data, justified and supported by detailed reference to relevant theories and concepts from literature and a relevant research design. You will also make recommendations for improved future practice.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

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Learning and teaching

Most of the teaching takes the form of interactive workshops. You will strengthen your practical analysis and decision-making skills with:

  • lectures
  • discussions
  • role-play exercises.

These are linked with selected case studies and assessments.

Structured group assignments and an online group-based marketing simulation
will develop your skills in working as part of a team.

Live research projects for an organisation allow you to gain practical experience. And to put your knowledge of events marketing approaches and theories into practice. 

You will benefit from the insight of teaching staff at the Business School. They are engaged in academic research or come from an industry background with in-depth practical experience of business and management issues. 

Field trips

The International Business in Practice Study Trip module allows you to experience ideas and practices of global business. During the trip you will have direct interaction with management executives and practices. You will: attend presentations from local management executives and experts go on site visits to major corporations and agencies. This study trip is voluntary and you will need to fund all costs associated with the trip. It is not linked to university assessments in any way.

We also run a study trip to Chengdu, China. If you choose the study trip (which runs in July), we will give you all the details by March so that you can make your decisions ahead of the trip in July.

If you successfully complete this non-credit bearing module, it will be recorded on your transcript as P58335 International Business in Practice: Study Trip.


Assessment methods used on this course

We use a range of assessment methods including:

  • examinations
  • assignments
  • individual or group reports
  • group presentations.

This range of assessments will help you develop the analytical and presentation skills employers look for. 

After you graduate

Career prospects

Our graduates are highly employable, following a number of different career routes. Many are in HR departments across a wide spectrum of organisations, including:

  • small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • governmental bodies
  • large global commercial organisations
  • non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Some develop academic careers and others follow consultancy opportunities or go into general management.

Our Staff

Dr Sola Adesola

Cranfield University alumnus Dr Sola Adesola is an international management academic, lawyer, researcher and director of studies with specialties in entrepreneurship education and development, energy policy and international business, and university-industry collaboration.

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Tom Elsworth

Tom is closely involved with academic matters in the relationship with our Associated College Partners and the development of Degree Apprenticeships programmes.

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Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.