The MSc in International Human Resource Management (IHRM) gives students the knowledge, understanding and key skills required by HR professionals working in an international context with multinational organisations and to enable students to effectively contribute to dynamic organisations.

The University of Edinburgh Business School's MSc in International HRM is at the forefront of research-led, practically and theoretically-informed management education.

Knowledge and Understanding

By the end of the programme, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of key terms, theories/concepts and practices within the field of IHRM
  • Obtain, through elective courses, an in-depth knowledge of specific IHRM-related theories, skills and practices
  • Appreciate the implications of increasing globalisation for the management of human resources, with particular reference to IHRM in multinational corporations
  • Develop and ability to undertake qualitative and quantitative research and apply this knowledge in the context of an independently constructed work (i.e. dissertation)
  • Identify and appreciate the significance of ethical issues in HR practices and the management of people in the workplace.

Graduate Attributes

By the end of the programme, students will be able to:

  • Critically assess existing theory and practice in the field of IHRM and be able to challenge these
  • Identify and analyse problems in the field of IHRM and provide innovative solutions for these
  • Be critical and reflective in the process of evaluating all knowledge;
  • Demonstrate competence in communicating and exchanging ideas in large and small group contexts
  • Be able to advance well reasoned and factually supported arguments in both written work and verbal/oral presentations
  • Work effectively with colleagues with diverse skills, experience levels and way of thinking
  • Demonstrate competence in the field of professional HR management and be able to locate/identify practitioner and academic resources for the purposes of strategic development and/or problem solving
  • Be able to identify and to evaluate social, cultural, ethical and environmental responsibilities and issues in global contexts.