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International Human Resource Management MSc/MSc top-up

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Part time 1 year Typically four weekends per year September 2020

Choose Kingston's International Human Resource Management MSc top-up

This course is designed for students who want to upgrade their PgDip in an HR related field or international human resource management to an MSc.

The course is carefully designed to meet employers' needs and is recognised for its quality, giving you the tools you need to succeed in senior human resources roles, executive training and development roles. This course produces graduates who are ready to succeed in senior human resources jobs with responsibilities in one or more countries.

  • Kingston Business School has 30 years' experience of running human resources programmes.
  • Notable alumni.
  • Excellent networking opportunities.
  • From Research to Practice seminar series (co-presented by an HR academic and HR practitioner), jointly organised with the CIPD and delivered by leading HR managers, recruitment specialists and talent and development consultants alongside Kingston's own expert academics.
  • Programmes taught by Kingston University's expert staff and leading researchers.
  • Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

What will you study?

The programme consists of a research methods and dissertation module. This guides you through all stages of a research project step by step, from developing and clarifying the research idea to writing up the final dissertation. You will learn about:

  • literature review;
  • research design;
  • qualitative and quantitative data collection methods; and
  • data analysis techniques.

Your dissertation will look at an international human resources issue in depth. You will be given supervision as you analyse and structure the problem, examine relevant source material, carry out research and produce an action-orientated report on your findings.

Assessment

Data analysis and dissertation.

Course structure

Following an induction programme that prepares you for intensive study, you will evaluate various external influences on HRM practice in organisations - from global strategic developments to ethical issues and social responsibility.

The taught part of the programme is normally during four weekends. While you are expected to be physically present on these four weekends, the dissertation supervisor meetings can be held online and via email. 

You are expected to start thinking about what topic you want to focus on in your dissertation from the moment you enrol. In order to make an informed decision about this, you start with some background reading. The University has a huge electronic library you are encouraged to access from the moment they enrol.

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 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     

Professional placement year (Optional)

  • The Professional Placement module is a core module for those students following a Master's programme that incorporates an extended professional placement that follows completion of the first 180 credits of taught modules and project or dissertation. It provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an appropriate working environment, and to develop and enhance key employability skills and subject specific skills in their chosen subject.

    It is the responsibility of individual students to locate and secure a suitable placement opportunity; this will normally involve one placement which must be completed over a minimum period of 10 months and within a maximum of 12 months. The placement must be approved by the module leader prior to commencement to ensure its suitability.

     

MSc top up

  • This module will teach you how to secure knowledge relevant to occupational and business psychology, focusing on the skills and knowledge needed for a masters research dissertation. Students tell us they found this module fun, interesting and flexible. You will learn to:

    • critically evaluate the literature;
    • assess and develop the design of the research and the dissertation;
    • understand ethical conduct, professional issues and practical constraints;
    • collect and analyse data; and
    • present results.
     

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

Regulations governing this course are available here

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