Globalisation and a shifting economic landscape are introducing new opportunities and practices to effective HR management. Our MSc in International Human Resource Management will develop your understanding of real-world HR issues and equip you with the necessary skills to operate across national borders as a human resources professional.

Why study the MSc in International Human Resource Management?

Students from the MSc HRM talk about the benefits of studying the international HRM course that is part of the programme »

Programme overview

Based on the success of our MSc in Human Resource Management, the recently introduced MSc in International Human Resource Management provides managers key practical, theoretical and research skills specific to the demands of working for multinational organisations and across national borders. On this MSc, you will gain an understanding of the key theories in HRM, an in-depth knowledge of specific IHRM practices, as well as an understanding of international personnel management issues.

Learning outcomes

Programme structure

You will take four core courses in the first term (Sep-Dec) and two in the second term (Jan-May). In the second term you will also have the opportunity to choose two option courses, such as Global Talent Management, that will enable you to tailor your studies towards your chosen career path. The final dissertation will be written over the summer term (Jun-Aug) 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