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MSc in International Human Resource Management

Our MSc in International Human Resource Management will develop your understanding of real-world HR issues, and will provide you with key insights specific to the demands of working for multinational organisations and across national borders.

Meet Pamela, MSc IHRM student

Pamela Orozco Márquez from the MSc IHRM talks about her motivations for studying at the University of Edinburgh Business School

Programme overview

Within the specialised domain of the Business School's IHRM programme, cases and examples of large international companies are used to illustrate and discuss issues such as global talent management and comparative employment relations. There is a consistent focus on the global implications and application of HRM, which is reflected in the tailored course selection options available on the IHRM programme.

Learning outcomes

Programme structure

You will take four core courses in the first term and two in the second term. In the second term you will also have the opportunity to choose two option courses that will enable you to tailor your studies towards your chosen career path. The final dissertation will be written over the summer term and is overseen by an academic supervisor. Overall, the programme is designed to incorporate the rapid practical and theoretical developments in the field of IHRM.

Programme structure

Industry links

A strong academic base, passionate faculty and international student body will ensure a rewarding learning experience in our city-centre campus. The School has widespread industry links enabling you to benefit from the expertise of a range of guest speakers. In the past, speakers have included the HR Director of Heineken, Senior HR Manager of Procter and Gamble, the Head of HR Shared Services with the Royal Bank of Scotland, and the Edinburgh Managing Director of the John Lewis Partnership.

Corporate speakers

Career development

Our MSc, fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, provides a combination of general HR and specialist international HR courses that will enable you to pursue a career in a range of human resources related roles, such as international careers advisor, international HR analyst and quality and diversity officer. There is a particular emphasis on multinational corporations but as a graduate you will also be equipped to work in the public sector, SMEs and the third sector.

Career development