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This course is ideal for those who aim to pursue a career in managing and leading people strategically in a global business environment with HRM. It is suitable for anyone whose work is business related.
Developed by experts in the field, participants will apply current theories and frameworks of GHRM to the reality of how to implement HR practices in industry today. Using innovative learning methods participants will work on industry-led projects and benefit from the critical analysis of real business cases, and interact with guest speakers sharing industry experience.
|Full time||1 year||Kingston||September 2023|
|Full time||2 years including professional placement||Kingston||September 2023|
|Part time||2 years||Kingston||September 2023|
The MSc Global Human Resource Management course embraces and develops the connections between academia and industry. The course has been developed and designed with input from HR professionals to ensure that it focuses on the needs of organisations today. This allows for our content to be informed by the realities of business today and provide context for assessments.
This course takes an innovative approach to teaching that sees both academics and practitioners deliver module content using a variety of approaches that bring subjects to life. We also provide students with an industry-based coach to support their professional development.
MSc Global Human Resource Management also aims to create a community and provides a range of extra curricula activities including the Research to Practice speaker events, a webinar and podcast series and an annual online conference that further builds on HR industry connections and provides excellent opportunities for networking in the industry.
Kingston Business School is a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Approved Centre and this MSc course is accredited by the CIPD. (Note: the MSc top up is not accredited).
The learning outcomes of this MSc programme are aligned to the CIPD's learning outcomes. This means that after successfully completing our masters you will be eligible to independently begin your journey, without the need to take extra training units, towards gaining Chartered status with the CIPD.
Kingston Business School holds the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) in recognition of the excellence of its business education. This accreditation has been earned by just 5% of the world's business schools and recognises the high quality and standard of our business degree offering.
You will take part in an Assessment Centre Experience, providing the opportunity to experience the pathway to employment with tailored feedback to help develop your employability skills for the world of graduate employment.
The course is designed to build knowledge of current HR approaches and to explore, challenge and consider the future of each through various lens. With modules delivered by both academic and practitioners from industry, students are able to immerse themselves in how research and practise work together to find innovative and creative solutions to HR challenges today.
Student will take all the compulsory modules and select one optional module. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year or between teaching blocks.
This module introduces the connection between the organisational strategy and the HR function presenting a variety of views from different lens within the organisation. The module provides an understanding of the academic, strategic, and practical concepts to support this and specifically looks at the strategic role HR has in organisations today, and the opportunities they have to influence and shape success through the function and its roles.
This module provides an understanding of data and its use within HR functions today to provide insights and support business decisions. Starting the journey of identifying how and why data can help us, we then actively take a variety of data, analyse and present solutions in formats that support HR business cases and provide answers to workforce focused questions. It introduces a variety of quantitative and qualitative analytical methodologies and techniques that show in practice how data analytics can add value to an organisation.
This module provides an understanding of the importance of the candidate journey in today's global talent market. Starting with the way we plan our talent requirements in organisations, we then explore attraction, recruitment and onboarding approaches that support organisations to have inclusive and diverse workforces. The module addresses contemporary issues and equips students with the ability to critically appraise the suitability of talent acquisition methods for different scenarios.
This module provides insights and understanding into creating sustainable relationships and management of individuals within our organisations as hybrid working becomes more mainstream and workforces become more globally positioned. It considers how employee relations is a central part of creating diverse and inclusive workforces. It also connects to how we manage performance effectively and build successful teams to support organisational outcomes.
This module develops an in depth understanding of how we develop and maintain engagement and motivation in our workforces today. Considering the impact of organisational culture towards various models and frameworks of engagement, the module then focuses on how HR can impact individuals' experiences through critically reviewing various contemporary concepts and practices.
This module looks at the reasons for organisational development and change, considering how we can manage the process more effectively for success, exploring change models and the leadership skills required to support individuals. This module then takes us to look at the behavioural science of change and the importance of this in today's evolving organisations. Working on a specific industry change project, there is practical application of applied learning through the requirement to create and deliver a change plan.
This module provides the individual with an opportunity to explore, understand and reflect on themselves as part of their own development considering the skills required for business today and to support personal growth and development. This module will encourage individuals to find their own personal brand.
Sessions will provide individuals with a range of activities to challenge and grow including commercial and creative thinking, along with considering the impact of the golden threads (Diversity Equality & Inclusion, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Technology) on their own values, beliefs and professional skills.
Students will have access to external industry professionals, providing a mentoring opportunity during the period of this module to support their own individual journey.
This module offers students the opportunity to explore and understanding the importance of how organisational learning and development works in today's global organisations. Considering the perspectives of both the individual and the organisation it looks at how we learn and what inclusive approaches are best suited and available to support learning and development in an ever-changing environment or work today. It also looks at the developing areas of technology and the impact this is having on the approaches we are using.
This module develops students' understanding of employee relations and employment law and of the economic, social and political context in which it develops. Focused primarily on UK law, but not exclusively, it will give a sound knowledge of individual employment rights and an understanding of the application of the law in employment relations issues. It will enable students to advise managers in applying the law to specific problems and in proposing appropriate legal and HR policy measures to ensure compliance with the law, best practice and the effective management of the employment relationship.
This module develops a critical view and appraisal of the fundamental principles, key frameworks, strategies, systems and good practices of compensation and reward, and the contribution of compensation and benefits to the achievement of HR and business strategies.
The minimum entry qualifications for the MSc are:
Please note: most students from countries outside the European Union/European Economic Area and classified as overseas fee paying, are not eligible to apply for part-time courses due to UK student visa regulations. For information on exceptions please visit the UKCISA website or email our CAS and Visa Compliance team.
All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.
Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.
Applicants from recognised majority-English-speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.
You will find more information on country-specific entry requirements in the International section of our website.
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When not attending timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.
As a student at Kingston University, we will make sure you have access to appropriate advice regarding your academic development. You will also be able to use the University's support services.
Year 1: 22% of your time is spent in timetabled learning and teaching activity.
Contact hours may vary depending on your modules.
Please note: the above breakdowns are a guide calculated on core modules only. Depending on optional modules chosen, this breakdown may change.
Assessment typically comprises exams (e.g. test or exam), practical (e.g. presentations, performance) and coursework (e.g. essays, reports, self-assessment, dissertation). The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows, though depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose:
Please note: the above breakdowns are a guide calculated on core modules only. Depending on optional modules chosen, this breakdown may change.
We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.
The course is delivered through block delivery with 15-credit modules running over 4 days and 30-credit modules running over 8 days.
The elective modules are delivered in London in a four-day period in July each year with students from all three cohorts coming together for our annual Summer School.
*Please note that delivery days are subject to change.
To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally enrols 40 to 60 full-time students and 20 to 25 part-time students. However, this can vary by module and academic year. The course is delivered through a blended approach using a variety of pedagogic learning methods and also using synchronous and asynchronous approaches. Some content will be taught online.
On the MSc you will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on this course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. The following group of staff members are currently involved in the delivery of different elements of this course. This pool is subject to change at any time within the academic year.
If you start your second year straight after Year 1, you will pay the same fee for both years.
If you take a break before starting your second year, or if you repeat modules from Year 1 in Year 2, the fee for your second year may increase.
If you are a UK student, resident in England and are aged under the age of 60, you will be able to apply for a loan to study for a postgraduate degree. For more information, read the postgraduate loan information on the government's website.
Kingston University offers a range of postgraduate scholarships, including:
If you are an international student, find out more about scholarships and bursaries.
We also offer the following discounts for Kingston University alumni:
Healthcare organisation Salutem Care and Education is offering a scholarship for one Global Human Resource Management (MSc) student. The scholarship will cover the full value of the tuition fees, plus a maintenance grant of £3,955.
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs that are not covered by tuition fees which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, access to shared IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees.
Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.
Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to buy your own copy of key textbooks – this can cost between £50 and £250 per year.
There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residence. Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses. You may wish to purchase your own computer, which can cost from £100 to £3,000 depending on your course requirements.
In the majority of cases written coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing, binding and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees, this may cost up to £100 per year.
Travel costs are not included in your tuition fees but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses, Surbiton train station, Kingston-upon-Thames train station, Norbiton train station and halls of residence.
If the placement year option is chosen, during this year travel costs will vary according to the location of the placement, and could be from £0 to £2000.
Students may be required to travel to the host organisation to conduct an empirical study for the Management Research Report.
Kingston University's human resource management alumni have gone on to work for organisations including Unilever, Capgemini, Ogilvy & Mather Group, Hewlett Packard, HSBC, GSK, Amazon, Apple, and the NHS.
You will be invited to join our alumni network and continue to be part of our Global HRM community through our extra curricula and alumni-specific events, mentoring opportunities, and guest speakers.
The information on this page reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. To improve your student experience and the quality of your degree, we may review and change the material information of this course. Course changes explained.
Programme Specifications for the course are published ahead of each academic year.
Regulations governing this course can be found on our website.