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International Human Resource Management MSc: Course features

What this course offers you

  • A respected academic qualification that distinguishes you as an HR professional with knowledge of the issues that affect international HRM
  • Eligibility for Associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) when you successfully graduate
  • Close proximity to the CIPD head office and library in Wimbledon, and to London for networking
  • One year full-time and two year part-time study options
  • Career and employability focus through the consultancy project and ‘theory into practice' approach
  • A supportive and pleasant study environment with students from various industry and international backgrounds
  • Worldwide school and staff collaborations that support an international curriculum and ensure that the course has global relevance
  • Teaching quality that has been rated ‘excellent' by the Higher Education Funding Council (only a few of the UK business schools have received such recognition)
  • Students can use their management report (and dissertation) to shape the direction of their subsequent career
  • Flexible attendance pattern for part time students
  • HRM seminar series delivered by leading HRM managers, recruitment specialists and talent development consultants with Kingston Business School's own renowned academics

Kingston University and Boston University dual masters programme

If you are taking the dual degree, you will study a full-time masters programme at Kingston Business School during the autumn and spring semesters, then continue to Boston University to take another course in Boston over the following summer and autumn semesters.

Course structure

Core modules

  • You will evaluate human resource management in the context of national political, economic, social and technological environments. This module focuses on strategy, change management and the contribution the HR function makes to organisational performance. You will develop the confidence to be responsible for leading, managing and developing people within organisations at operational, tactical and strategic levels. You will be assessed with an exam.

  • You will complete a management research project (dissertation) that involves researching an HR issue and producing a management report containing the implications for theory and recommendations for practice. You will learn a variety of research methods, identify and investigate a business problem, apply the findings to create solutions and present the conclusions in the form of a management report. You may also present your findings to clients. You will be assessed via a research portfolio and your management report.

    This project can be with an organisation in the UK or overseas.

  • You will critically evaluate and implement policies and practices to attract, reward and retain a competent workforce. You will investigate how HR professionals attract people with the skills, attitudes and experiences an organisation needs to achieve its strategic objectives. You will discover reward methods that enhance a highly effective employee's fit in the organisation and help you to retain their talent. By the time you have finished studying this module, you will understand employee resourcing, talent and reward management from academic, strategic and practical perspectives. You will apply your learning in this module and develop professionally. You will be assessed via two assignments.

  • This module examines the global and national factors that affect international human resource management and the different approaches to legal regulation. You will identify and evaluate the HR challenges that face multinational enterprises, such as how national and regional differences affect the employment relationship and human resource management strategies in a range of operational areas. You will also learn about the complexities of international labour law and key trends and debates. You will be assessed via two assignments.

  • This module provides you with a theoretical grounding in the fields of strategic leadership and performance management. You will develop critical perspectives on:

    • how performance at organisational, group and individual levels can be enhanced and inspired by strategic leadership and direction; and
    • an understanding of the role of performance management in supporting the strategic objectives of the organisation in different business environments.


    These theoretical foundations will be illustrated with examples and integrated with practical exercises in order to help you develop the knowledge, skills and capabilities to assume a substantive strategic leadership role within an organisation in both a domestic and international context. You will be assessed via one assignment.

  • This module develops your understanding of the concepts of employee engagement, and of organisational learning, in the context of designing and managing work and jobs to enhance organisational performance and productivity. You will learn to:

    • critique concepts related to engagement and identify strategies for enhancing engagement with work; and
    • critically evaluate proposals for engaging employees and enhancing organisational learning, and to propose theoretically and empirically supported plans.

    You will be assessed via one assignment.


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