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MSc International Human Resource Management

With organisations increasingly operating across international boundaries, our Masters course will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to work as a globally connected and flexible Human Resources (HR) professional.

International Human Resource Management

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months
  • Mode of study Full-time, Campus based

Our postgraduate International Human Resources Management (HRM) course builds on core human resource management theory and practice to examine the unique factors and cultural sensitivities associated with multinational operations.

Throughout our MSc, you’ll explore contemporary debates on HR management practices and examine the approaches employers take to human resource management. You’ll gain an understanding of what is required to develop local and global HR systems that consider corporate social responsibility, innovation and participatory practices.

This course provides a critical academic assessment of the approaches international employers take to HRM. There’s a focus on understanding how responsibility and sustainability impact on HR management, as well as exploring how organisations influence HR practices.

We equip you with a wider perspective on the principal issues and concerns affecting work, providing you with a basis for making effective decisions as a manager in the future.

By the end of the course, you’ll have a deeper understanding of the contemporary changes, challenges and opportunities in work and employment globally.

The University of Stirling Management School

At the University of Stirling Management School, the principle of responsible business, policy and practice is central to everything we do. This vision helps us to equip our students effectively with the skills to act as global citizens, capable of addressing the needs of society.

As a member of the Chartered Association for Business Schools, we have strong links with industry and were recently awarded the Small Business Charter for engagement with local and regional enterprise.

We’re in an elite group of business schools globally – and one of only 14 in the UK – to hold accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) for both our MBA and MSc Business and Management (MBM) courses.

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Course objectives

    We don’t assume that you’ve previously studied management. The core modules provide you with a working knowledge of HRM practice in a global context. The elective modules give you the opportunity to explore wider HRM topics.

    Preparing Business Leaders of the Future

    Postgraduate education at the University of Stirling Management School goes beyond text books and lecture rooms, we also focus on your personal and professional development.

    Our unique Flying Start Leadership programme equips you with the awareness, knowledge and techniques essential for building a successful career. These range from practical skills, like effective public speaking, to developing ways to work under pressure in difficult situations and manage conflict. Find out more about Flying Start.

    Preparation for International students coming to study in the UK

    Prepare for Success is an interactive web learning tool for international students who are coming to the UK to study. Take a look at the Prepare for Success website to get more information.

    MSc International Human Resource Management Prize

    A research-based prize of £200 is open to all students undertaking the MSc International Human Resource Management dissertation and is awarded to the student who submits the best dissertation. The prize may be shared if more than one dissertation achieves the highest mark.

  • Flexible learning

    If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

  • Research

    The University of Stirling Management School is rated among the top 25 in the UK for research impact, according to REF 2014. In Scotland, the School was ranked in the top five.

    64% of our research outputs were classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigour. We were ranked 14th in the UK in terms of research impact with over 60% of our research impact judged to have outstanding reach and wide-ranging impact on the policies of public, private and governmental organisations.

  • Academic requirements

    A minimum of a second class honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply

    Other routes of entry

    INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Business, Finance and Sport and meet the required progression grades, you'll be guaranteed entry onto this Masters degree.

  • English language requirements

    If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

    • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
    • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

    More information on our English language requirements

  • Pre-sessional English language courses

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

This is a one-year full-time course consisting of two semesters followed by a HR case study project over the summer months.

A research-based prize is open to all students undertaking the consultancy project and is awarded to the student who submits the best project. The prize may be shared if more than one project achieves the highest mark.


The module details given below are subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes. The modules outlined below represent those offered in 2018/19 on this course of study.

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Course Details

  • Teaching

    You’ll be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations and case study exercises.

    Your learning and development is further supported by guest lectures, field trips, and the opportunity to take part in practical business simulations with fellow students across the Management School.

  • Assessment

    You’ll be assessed by a combination of coursework and exams, including group presentations and reports.

  • Course director
  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (fees are different for each course)

      2018/19 2019/20

    Home/EU Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course*

    If you’re domiciled in Scotland, you may be eligible to apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover your tuition fees and associated living costs. Students domiciled in the EU can also apply for tuition fee support, although may not be eligible to receive funding to support living costs.

    If you're domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, you should be eligible to apply for a loan from your regional body.

    English students apply for a loan of up to £10,609 per year as part of the UK Postgraduate Loan Scheme, Welsh students can apply for a non-means tested loan of up to £13,000 from the Welsh Government and Northern Irish students are eligible to apply for support of up to £5,500.

    *Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.

    £7,900 TBC

    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course. Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.

    £15,250 £15,950

    Please note: You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. If you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

  • Scholarships
    Stirling Management School postgraduate scholarships

    Stirling Management School is committed to investing in academically talented students, helping them to further their education with one of our degree courses. There are various categories of funding available to support the cost of your studies.

    If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity – regardless of your financial circumstances. That’s why we offer a wide range of scholarships and funding opportunities available.

    To explore our scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.

  • Additional costs

    If you choose to attend your graduation ceremony, you will be liable for an additional charge. There is no charge if you wish to graduate in absentia. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support. .

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay

Our MSc International Human Resource Management course helps you to cultivate the transferable skills and knowledge that is highly relevant to business and industry. We give you opportunities to apply theoretical concepts to real world challenges. These include:

  • the ability to research relevant data
  • how to critically analyse data to inform contextual decisions
  • teamwork
  • how to carry out projects and deliver effective presentations
  • ability to reflect on contemporary management practice in an informed manner

Many of our alumni are now working in leading organisations across the world. Graduates have forged successful careers as HR specialists and managers for public, private, for-profit and not-for-profit organisations operating in many industry sectors across the world, such as:

  • central and local government
  • Ernst & Young
  • Heineken
  • Nestle
  • NHS
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Sun Microsystems
  • United Nations

Graduating with an MSc International HRM gives you the foundations you need to progress into a career in HRM. Equally, it offers the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in different areas related to business practice, or to local or international socio-economic development policy-making and implementation.

HigherEd Global Talent Portal

As a Management School student, you have access to the HigherEd Global Talent Portal where you’ll find internship, trainee positions, apprenticeships and graduate positions from companies around the world. It helps international students looking for placements back at home and local students that want to explore an international experience.

The global talent portal is in addition to all other existing initiatives and resources available for you through the Careers and Employability Service, and the Target Connect vacancy and events system.

  • Employability skills

    As a student on the MSc International Human Resource Management, you’ll learn significant transferable skills that are valued by employers.

    Consultancy projects allow you to work with an organisation to investigate a ‘real-world’ issue, enhance your transferable business skills and make professional connections that may lead to a job offer in the future. Current clients range from start-up businesses to international organisations in public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

    Watch our video to find out more about how taking part in a project with a local business can help increase your employability skills.

    Making the Most of Masters (MMM)

    MMM is a strategic collaboration between business organisations, universities, enterprise agencies, and post-graduate Masters levels students. MMM helps offer work based projects as an alternative to a traditional Masters dissertation. The projects are solution focused and address real research needs within an organisation. Find out more about MMM.

You will be challenged and you will develop, because the knowledge and creativity of each individual attending the course is stimulated and this delivers a wonderful learning atmosphere.
Christoph Melon
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I chose the University of Stirling for its good reputation and it's great campus.
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