Global Human Resource Management MSc

Why choose this course?

This course will provide you with the most up to date insights into HR today from both academic and industry practise. It will give you a strategical and operational understanding of HR in a global environment and you will develop your own professional practise and skills.

You will apply theories and frameworks of HR to the reality of how to implement HR practices in organisations today, as well as identify how technology also supports the function and employees' experiences. Using innovative and creative methods of learning, you will work directly on industry-led projects, hear from subject experts, and create solutions to solve current HR problems.

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year Kingston September 2021
Full time 2 years including professional placement Kingston September 2021
Part time 2 years Kingston or Moscow September 2021
Location Kingston Hill

2021/22 entry

If you are planning to join this course in the academic year 2021/22 (i.e. between August 2021 and July 2022), please view the information about changes to courses for 2021/22 due to Covid-19.

 

Continuing students

Students who are continuing their studies with Kingston University in 2021/22 should refer to their Course Handbook for information about specific changes that have been, or may be, made to their course or modules being delivered in 2021/22. Course Handbooks are located within the Canvas Course page.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • Kingston University has a strong reputation in delivering Human Resource (HR) qualifications with over 30 years experience
  • Graduates are provided with the knowledge and skills to operate in a critical, fast paced and evolving function of business today
  • You will benefit from direct connections to industry partners and access to leading HR research from Kingston academics.

Links with business and industry

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.

Accreditation

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

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 Accreditations

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.

Kingston Business School Accreditations

What you will study

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.

Modules

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.

Core modules

Organisational Strategy and the Purpose of HR

15 credits

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.

HR Analytics

15 credits

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.

Talent Acquisition

30 credits

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.

Managing and Leading People

30 credits

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.

Employee Experience

30 credits

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.

Organisational Development and Change Management

30 credits

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.

Optional modules

Organisational Learning and Development

15 credits

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.

Employment Law

15 credits

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.

Total Reward Management

15 credits

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 information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Entry requirements

Typical offer

The minimum entry qualifications for the MSc are:

  • A good honours degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognised international higher education provider and a clear interest in studying HRM at a postgraduate level, with a view to CIPD membership and a career in HR management; or
  • some experience as an HR professional who has already completed CIPD qualifications to Intermediate level; or
  • at least two years' HR and/or management experience.

International

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 5.5. 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.

Teaching and assessment

Guided independent study

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.

Support for postgraduate students

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

Your workload

Year 1: 22% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity.

Year 1

Year 1
  • Scheduled teaching: 297 hours
  • Guided independent study: 1203 hours

Contact hours may vary depending on your modules

How you will be assessed

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:

Year 1

Year 1
  • Coursework: 94%
  • Practical: 6%

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetables

The course is delivered through block delivery with 15 credit modules running over 4 days and 30 credit modules running over 8 days.

  • Full time and part time (Kingston) – sessions will be split over a two-week period for 15 credit modules and a four-week period for 30 credit modules.
  • Part time (Kingston) – sessions will be delivered Friday to Saturday / Sunday* on two consecutive weeks with four weeks between each teaching period
  • Moscow part time – sessions will be delivered Saturday to Monday / Tuesday* with the first week face-to-face in RANEPA and the second week being online.

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.

Class sizes

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.

Who teaches this course

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.

Fees for this course

2022/23 fees for this course

Home 2022/23

  • MSc full time £10,540
  • MSc part time £5,797

International 2022/23

  • MSc full time £16,300
  • MSc part time £8,965

2021/22 fees for this course

Home and European Union 2021/22

  • MSc full time £10,330
  • MSc part time £5,682

Overseas (not EU) 2021/22

  • MSc full time £15,800
  • MSc part time £8,690

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which 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, 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.

Textbooks

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, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.

Computer equipment

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 residences. Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses.

Printing

In the majority of cases coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Travel

Travel costs are not included but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses and halls of residence.

This course in Russia

The Global Human Resource Management MSc is also delivered with our partners in Moscow at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). The modules are identical to those delivered at Kingston University, though some additional workshops and input from local regional practitioners are included. The core curriculum is delivered by Kingston University academics.

After you graduate

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.

Changes to courses for 2021/22 due to Covid-19

Course information (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Composition of the course

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and, therefore, we do not anticipate having to make any further changes to the course, i.e. number of modules or credits in a year, in response to issues arising from the pandemic. However, if this becomes necessary, the changes will be highlighted to students via email before enrolment.

Unless government advice instructs otherwise, Study Abroad programmes will take place in 2021/22. The safety of all our students is paramount, therefore, as per normal practice, all Study Abroad activities must also be approved by the University's insurers to ensure that students are adequately protected during their period abroad. We will provide updates as the pandemic situation stabilises and/or further government advice is released.

Changes can be made to courses as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and in response to feedback from students and other key stakeholders. Any such changes made to the composition of the course will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

Modules

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and, therefore, we do not anticipate having to make any further changes to module titles and summaries or to the availability of modules in response to issues arising from the pandemic.

Changes can be made to modules as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and to provide a high quality student experience. Any such changes made to module titles, module summaries and/or availability of modules will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

Length of course

We expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to progress through and graduate from the course without delay.

In exceptional circumstances the sequence of learning and teaching activities may be changed in 2021/22, e.g. moving those modules which can be delivered more effectively to the first teaching block and moving back those – such as practical modules and placements – which may be more difficult to deliver due to some ongoing restrictions.

In some cases, it may be necessary to delay placement modules which may then impact the length of the course. In these circumstances the University will guide students through the appropriate options available to ensure students are able to make informed choices.

Entry requirements (changes for 2021/22 entry)

We have not changed entry requirements as a direct result of the pandemic.

Entry requirements for international students

We have not changed entry requirements for international students as a direct result of the pandemic.

Teaching (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Changes to the way the course will be delivered

As we transition from the pandemic restrictions, we expect to steadily increase the proportion of on-campus teaching. We will continue to provide a proportion of online learning, as experience has shown that this enriches and supports the student learning experience.

If the pandemic affects teaching and learning activities in 2021/22 more than we currently anticipate, the proportion of online learning will increase. However, unless a lockdown is enforced, we will ensure that all courses provide a reasonable percentage of their teaching and learning activities on campus.

Should your circumstances prevent your attendance at on-campus sessions, you should still be able to engage with your course remotely in a way that allows you to progress. Where this is not possible, for example on courses with high practical content, your course team will be able to advise you on the options available to you.

Changes to teaching in the event of a further lockdown or adjustments in government advice

The University will continue to closely monitor government announcements and advice in relation to the pandemic and, where required, will take any necessary action in order to comply with such advice.

In the event that a further lockdown is enforced in 2021/22 the University will aim to deliver the course fully online once more. The majority of our courses are prepared to be delivered fully online if the situation requires it. Where the quality of the student experience may be compromised, or the course is unable to be delivered fully online, the University may need to suspend the delivery of that course until a time that it can be delivered. Students will be supported in these situations to ensure they are able to make the right choices for their particular circumstances.

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours for Year 1

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled learning and teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours were not and will not be made as a direct result of the pandemic.

‘Scheduled learning and teaching' includes teaching delivered online, either live or recorded/on demand.

Timetable

Your individualised timetable for teaching block 1 (i.e. up to December 2021) should be available by the end of August. Timetables for teaching block 2 (i.e. from January 2022) will not be available until the autumn. We make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible.

In 2020/21 it was agreed that scheduled learning and teaching could take place on any day of the week between 9am and 9pm, to maximise the time available for teaching in order to accommodate smaller group sizes and social distancing. This meant we sometimes had to use Wednesday afternoons and enrichment week for additional teaching slots. If we need to accommodate smaller group sizes and social distancing in 2021/22 we expect to adopt a similar approach. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Assessment (changes for 2021/22 entry)

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and, therefore, do not anticipate having to make any further changes to the course, i.e. to the overall methods of assessments, in response to issues arising from the pandemic. However, if this becomes necessary, the changes will be highlighted to students via email before enrolment.

Changes are made to modules, including how they are assessed, as part of normal enhancement processes to keep our modules up to date with current developments in that subject area and in response to feedback received from students and other key stakeholders. Any changes to the overall methods of assessment for Year 1 of the course will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

If social distancing or lockdown restrictions are in place in 2021/22, online alternative options to formal on-campus examinations, including practical examinations, will be made available to students where possible.

Staff (changes for 2021/22 entry)

No changes are expected to the general level of experience or status of staff involved in delivering the course.

Staff are engaged in Continuous Professional Development activities to develop their teaching expertise, as part of the normal enhancement processes, to ensure that course teams have the required breadth of expertise.

Fees, funding and additional costs (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Tuition fees

There will be no changes to published tuition fees for 2021/22.

Additional costs (e.g. field trips, materials, equipment, etc.)

As we transition from the pandemic restrictions, we expect to be able to increase student access to on-campus facilities. Students will therefore have access to University computers and library facilities.

If, due to an increase in social distancing requirements or the enforcing of a lockdown, it becomes necessary to significantly increase the proportion of teaching delivered online, students will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online teaching and learning activities. Students who are able to travel will have access to computers on campus, however, it should be noted that access to on-campus facilities might be restricted if social distancing requirements are enforced.

The University is committed to supporting students who are unable to access suitable technology to ensure equity of access in a blended delivery mode.

Funding

There will be no changes to any existing University funding arrangements for 2021/22. Currently there are no indications from the UK government that there will be any changes to government funding arrangements.

Fees and funding for international students

There will be no changes to published tuition fees or funding arrangements specifically relating to international students for 2021/22.

Work placements and field trips (changes for 2021/22 entry)

We are anticipating that placements (including work and clinical placements) and field trips included as part of the course will go ahead in 2021/22. However, to ensure students gain maximum value from placement activities, it may be necessary to reschedule them to later in the year, when any impacts from the pandemic restrictions are minimised.

Any proposed changes to placements or field trips would go through the University's agreed processes where the impact of the change will be carefully considered.

In the interests of the health and wellbeing of our students, all placement arrangements must be approved by the University's insurers and the appropriate risk assessments made before students are sent on a placement.

Courses which require placements or field trips to be completed in order to pass relevant modules will have contingency plans in place in the event that a placement or field trip cannot be completed due to another lockdown or more stringent social distancing measures.

Award, qualification and accreditation (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Qualification

No changes will be made to the qualification awarded, e.g. BSc (Hons), MSc, etc., as a direct result of the pandemic.

Changes can be made to courses, including the qualification awarded (although very rare), as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area. Any changes made to the qualification awarded for the course will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

Accreditation

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and in accordance with any professional body requirements. We do not anticipate making any further changes to courses in response to any issues arising from the pandemic and which would put at risk any professional body accreditation status.

Additional (changes for 2021/22 entry)

International students should maintain awareness of the UK government's and their home country's government's advice on possible travel restrictions. The University will closely monitor advice and guidance published by the UK government and assess its impact on our international students. Appropriate advice and guidance will be provided as and when required.