On the MSc International Management (Human Resource Management) course you will study the compulsory modules listed below, and then choose between completing a dissertation or work-based research project.
Please see the course structure chart.
Research Methods: Preparing you to undertake effective research drawing upon a range of secondary and primary data sources in preparation for your coursework. You will be introduced to a range of tools required for research including methodological issues, data collection techniques and study skills. This module prepares you for completing high quality, systematic business and management research.
Introduction to the Principles of Marketing: Enabling you to gain an understanding of the main marketing principles and how to apply them. You will explore the roles of buyers, the marketing environment and the ways marketers plan, manage and implement marketing programmes in international organisations.
Finance and Accounting for Business: This will develop your critical assessment of corporate financial information from the users' perspective. You will study both financial and management accounting covering three areas:
- Basics - terminology, purposes, users, rules and regulations and business entities
- Financial accounting - key financial statements, published accounts and analysis and interpretation through ratios
- Management accounting - costing, budgeting and forecasting, budget management and pricing
Global Strategic Management: Strategic management is the process by which managers formulate and implement strategies to generate high performance. In this module you will develop your understanding of the managerial challenge in strategising; how to deliver sustainable competitive advantage. You will engage in critical evaluation of the key strategic issues. You will consider the wider economic environment and explore why strategy is important, how organisations make strategic decisions through the processes of analysis, choice and responsible and ethical management and leadership.
International Organisations: This examines a range of international organisations and their different purposes. Your studies will focus on multi-national companies, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the European Union and other similar organisations such as the UN. These institutions influence and relate to the operations of global businesses. You will look at the political, economic and social environments in which international organisations function and the challenges they face. Leading business executives and subject experts are invited in to speak to you.
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 it contributes to high-performance work organisations.
Managing Employment Relations: This will develop your understanding of managing employment relations within a global business. 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 includes a practical skills workshop.
Leading and Managing: International Perspective: This will develop your international management and leadership skills, introducing you to key management issues which are illustrated by case studies. It will improve your cross-cultural awareness and enhance your effectiveness when working with an international organisation. You can choose between taking a Consultancy Project module or the International Management in Practice: Study Trip module.
Consultancy Project: You will gain practical international project experience by working in a cross-cultural team on a real problem for a client organisation. You will develop problem solving and communication skills as well as the ability to work in cross-cultural teams. Your team will work virtually, face-to-face and with help from tutors.
International Management in Practice:Study Trip: You can go to Budapest to experience a hands-on week, learning about the processes within international management. Students meet with leaders of global firms and international organisations, receive presentations from global academic experts, and tour facilities. This module is included in your programme fees, but you are responsible for paying for all travel and accommodation costs and some meals. This is a 10-credit module, which will be formally assessed.
International Business in Practice - Study Trip: The purpose of this study trip is to give postgraduate students a hands-on, intensive experience with the ideas and practices of global business. The programme will include presentations from local management executives and experts. Students will have direct interaction with management executives and practices through site visits to major corporations and agencies.
This study trip is voluntary and all costs associated with the trip will need to be funded by you. It is not linked to university assessments in any way. If you successfully complete this module you will have the following non-credit bearing module recorded on your transcript: P58335
Capstone Module Choice
You will choose one of the following capstone modules that best suits your academic interests or professional development requirements.
Dissertation: The dissertation is an opportunity for you to carry out an in-depth investigation into a topic of Business Management which is of particular interest to you. It should have an appropriately clear focus and be an investigation based on primary and/or secondary data, justified by detailed reference to relevant theories and concepts from literature.
Synoptic Research Project: In this module you will integrate, apply and extend your knowledge and skills gained within the core modules through an international case study and oral examination. You will learn more about the complexity of the Business and Management by synthesising, and applying the learning gained in other modules.
You have the opportunity to link theory to practice by analysing a real organisational issue. Having identified a project (with the approval of both the client company and the Module Leader) you investigate a particular issue, one that can be supported through the relevant literature and by conducting primary research with the client. This module is not an internship but can be taken in conjunction with an internship you have identified and are participating in. The ‘issue’ in question may be current management problem for the client organisation or related to future strategic choices. The Client Project provides you with a significant learning and personal development experience.
Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Accreditation: This course is accredited by CMI – CMI accreditation means that this professional chartered body in management recognises the strengths of the programme and the quality it adds to educate successful and capable graduates in Business and Management. As an added value, if you decide to become a member of the CMI, you have the option to graduate with your degree and gain a professional CMI qualification (Level 7 in Strategic Management and Leadership) and there's no extra study involved. This membership also provides you with benefits. For example, student members can access online content, networking events, company visits, online seminars and mentoring.
A CMI Induction event will be held so you can find out about the CMI qualification and membership and choose whether you would like to qualify and join. If you do choose to become a member of the CMI and gain the Level 7 CMI qualification you will need to pay a non-refundable fee, which was £289 in 2018 and includes one-year membership of the CMI.
As courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here.
Teaching and learning
Much of the teaching on the course takes the form of interactive workshops, but there are also lectures from staff and visiting speakers. Lectures, discussions, role-play exercises and seminars are linked with selected case studies and assessments to strengthen your practical analysis and decision-making skills. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills in working as part of a team through structured group assignments.
Teaching staff at the Business School are researchers and/or from an industry background with an in-depth practical experience of business and management issues. Visiting speakers from business, industry, consultancies and research bodies provide further input.
Approach to assessment
is assessed using a range of different methods including examinations,
assignments, individual or group reports and group presentations. This range of
assessments will help you to develop the analytical and presentational that
employers within different organisations look for.
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On this course you can choose to participate in a International Business in Practice Study Trip module trip to Boston, USA, and International Management in Practice study trip to Budapest, Hungary.
International Management in Practice: Study Trip
You can go to Budapest to experience a hands-on week, learning about the processes within international management. Students meet with leaders of global firms and international organisations, receive presentations from global academic experts, and tour facilities. This module is included in your programme fees, but you are responsible for paying for all travel and accommodation costs and some meals. This is a 10-credit module, which will be formally assessed.
International Business in Practice Study Trip
The purpose of this study trip is to give postgraduate students a hands-on, intensive experience with the ideas and practices of global business. The programme will include presentations from local management executives and experts. Students will have direct interaction with management executives and practices through site visits to major corporations and agencies.
This study trip is voluntary and all costs associated with the trip will need to be funded by you. It is not linked to university assessments in any way. If you successfully complete this module you will have the following non-credit bearing module recorded on your transcript: P58335 International Business in Practice: Study Trip.
Whilst the destination and therefore precise costs vary from year to year, as an example, the programme fee of the study trip to Boston USA in July 2018 was £1380, which included 7 nights’ accommodation in the Boston area, insurance, the company visits, group transportation for all activities and some of the meals, but excluded for example International airfare, Visa application fee (if relevant), dinners and activities during your free time.
If you choose the study trip, you will be provided with additional details regarding the trip (which runs in July) by March, in order to inform decision making, ahead of the trip in July.
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