MSc Management (International Human Resource Management)
Our intensive, one-year MSc Management with a specialism in International Human Resource Management (HRM) is for graduates from a wide range of subject backgrounds. It is not necessary to have any prior academic or practical experience in business or management. This programme is for students who aspire to management-level and international HRM roles within their chosen industry.
Our MSc Management pathways provide an introduction to management followed by a detailed exploration of a specific area of management theory and practice, in this case human resource management in an international context. The programme attracts students from around the globe and you will work with students with different backgrounds and interests.
Within this MSc pathway, you will develop an in-depth understanding of human resource management theory and practice across borders. You will critically evaluate areas including cross-cultural management, comparative employment relations and HRM, and the human resource practices of international organisations.
We aim to guide, teach and develop analytical and confident critical thinkers. You will gain insight into the nature of management and international HRM and will be armed with the knowledge to apply management theory to practice. Group work and presentations, often based on industry case studies, allow practical application of theory and develop the teamwork and communication skills expected in today's workplace.
Bristol is an entrepreneurial city and home to SETSquared, the world's top university business incubator (UBI Global). You will be taught by leading academics whose research tackles the global societal issues facing modern management. 88% of our business and management research is rated as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2021), reflecting its impact in shaping policy and practice.
You will study five core units worth a total of 90 credit points and your specialist unit, International HRM, worth 30 credit points. The core units include Management and Organisation; Strategy, Finance and Accounting for Management; Operations and Marketing Management; Management Research Methods; and Academic, Personal and Professional Development.
You will start by studying subjects that are central to a career in management today, including finance and accounting, organisational behaviour and strategic management. In the second term, you will deepen your understanding of management by studying operations and marketing management as well as management research methods. Throughout, we will help you to develop the skills necessary to meet the complex and dynamic organisational challenges of the 21st century.
The final part of the MSc Management (International HRM) brings an opportunity for in-depth research and investigation into your area of interest and can be adapted to reflect your career goals. You can choose from the following routes:
- academic dissertation: a methodical exploration of a chosen area of study;
- applied extended project: a management research project with an external partner organisation;
- group project: a group-based research project that explores management knowledge with a focus on the UN Sustainability Goals.
Each route bears 60 credit points.
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Management (International Human Resource Management).
An upper second-class honours degree or international equivalent in any discipline.
For applicants who are currently completing a degree, we understand that their final grade may be higher than the interim grades or module/unit grades they achieve during their studies.
We will consider applicants whose interim grades are currently slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements. We may make these applicants an aspirational offer. This offer would be at the standard level, so the applicant would need to achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of their degree. Specific module requirements may still apply.
We will consider applicants whose grades are slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements, if they have a relevant postgraduate qualification. If this is the case, applicants should include their CV (curriculum vitae / résumé) when they apply, showing details of their relevant qualifications.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.Go to admissions statement
Fees and funding
- UK: full-time
- £17,600 per year
- Overseas: full-time
- £31,500 per year
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.
More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
We aim to guide, teach and develop knowledgeable, thoughtful and ethical management practitioners who will thrive in a global environment. This degree provides excellent preparation for all careers in human resource management in any sector at the local, national and international levels.
Our Careers Service offers support and online training to help you to identify your career goals, apply for opportunities, and perfect your interview technique during your year of study. You will have the opportunity to put what you have learned into practice by undertaking a group project for an industry partner. Opportunities are coordinated by the Professional Liaison Network.
Previous graduates of the MSc Management have gone on to work at a variety of companies all over the world, including L'Oreal, World Wildlife Foundation, Deutsche Bank, LG Electronics, Huawei, Abercrombie & Fitch, and the NHS. Others have gone on to join startups or to set up their own businesses.