International Human Resource Management (MSc )


This research-led programme demonstrates the central importance of professional international human resource management and employment relations to successful and socially responsible business.

This programme combines a critical analysis of cutting-edge theoretical debates with the study of practical applications for managing people in an international setting. You will examine topics such as how globalisation impacts on migrant workforces and what this means for people management; how to understand and analyse complex international employment statistics; how to assess and develop fair and rigorous payment systems suitable for multinational corporations; why expatriate employees often return before the end of their assignment and what steps can be taken to improve their experience and performance and best practice for managing diverse and culturally distinct workforces.

If you wish to pursue a career in people management, people resourcing or employee representation, this programme is for you. No previous experience of human resource management is necessary.

You will be taught by leading academics who have advised leading industries and public services (e.g. BBC, TUC, Acas, Department of Constitutional Affairs, Equal Opportunities Commission, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Arts Council England) on a wide range of equality and diversity issues in the workplace.

This programme will:

  • Demonstrate the central importance of professional international human resource management and employment relations to successful and socially responsible business
  • Provide an insight into the key theories, policies and practices of international HR
  • Enable you to develop the skills to be able to appraise complex and contradictory areas of knowledge
  • Enable you evaluate the appropriateness of the use of qualitative and quantitative research methods in particular contexts.
  • Allow you to develop a range of personal skills including presentation, argumentation, evaluation, problem solving, teamwork, self-appraisal, and autonomy in the planning and management of learning.

Why study your MSc in International Human Resource Management and Employment Relations at Queen Mary?

The School of Business and Management has built a strong reputation for our distinctive approach, in particular our focus on the interdisciplinary nature of business and management.

We concentrate on developing your communication and presentation skills, as well as your ability to offer insightful analysis and creative thinking. We draw on a long history of human thought, working on the principle that a truly practical business education teaches you to think beyond textbooks, management fads, and memorised formulas for success.

  • The programme covers important contemporary issues in international human resource management including globalisation, labour flexibility, equality and diversity, international reward management, international labour standards, performance management and resourcing
  • You will be taught by leading academics who have advised leading industries and public services (eg, BBC, TUC, Acas, Department of Constitutional Affairs, Equal Opportunities Commission, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Arts Council England) on a wide range of equality and diversity issues in the workplace.


Our MSc International Human Resource Management programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the only HR institution in the world to recognise human resource professionals through chartered membership. This will be of great benefit to our students, who upon graduation, will be in a position to satisfy the entry requirements for associate membership of CIPD. It also provides them the opportunity to develop key skills and behaviours that have been identified by CIPD as capturing what successful HR people do. The accredication level is Level 7 (Advanced).


Our PGT students will have swipe card access to the Innovation Pod, Think Pod, and the QUBE Mac Suite; all located on the Third floor of the Bancroft Building.  The Think Pod is an interactive collaboration space with presentation, recording and video conferencing facilities. The Innovation Pod provides workspaces for individual learning. The QUBE Mac Suite is a workspace for student entrepreneurs providing 27-inch iMac computers with state-of- the art media creation and editing software.

Students will have full access to the Management Schools resources including datasets and accounting resources relevant to this programme. Students will use QMplus (our online learning environment) to access their reading lists, lecture slides, discussion forums and assessment. On arrival students will have a bespoke induction programme of activities.

You will have access to The Learning Resource centre which has 200 networked PCs and is open round the clock with dedicated workstations for postgraduate students.

You will also have access to Queen Mary’s comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room, and The British Library can also be accessed as a research resource.


MSc in International Human Resource Management and Employment Relations is currently available for one year full-time and two year part-time study. There are eight taught modules spread over two semesters, followed by examinations and a 12,000-word dissertation.

Please note that your pattern of study will vary depending on your module choices.

Compulsory modules:

Semester 1

  • Human Resource Management (BUSM110)
  • Leading Organisational Change (BUSM108)
  • Comparative Employment Relations (BUSM016)
  • Managing Diversity (BUSM017)

Semester 2

  • Research Methods for Business and Management (BUSM027)
  • International Reward Management (BUSM049)
  • Management Consulting (BUSM111)

Core module:

  • Dissertation (BUSM102)

(A core module must be taken and passed. A compulsory module must be taken.)

One elective module:

Semester 2

  • Multinationals and Global Business (BUSM028)
  • Human Resource Management in the Public Services (BUSM077)
  • Corporate Governance (BUSM060)
  • Organizational Development and Transformation (BUSM109)

* The range of optional modules may vary from year to year. The School reserves the right to withdraw one or more of the optional modules if there is insufficient student interest.

Entry requirements

A good upper second class honours degree or equivalent in any subject. Some basic quantitative skills and some elementary prior knowledge of accounting would be an advantage. IELTS 7.0 (with 6.0 in writing) or equivalent is required.

International applicants:

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find details on our English language entry requirements

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme.

For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercises, and open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

There is also a lively range of reading groups and seminars arranged by Queen Mary, the School and its clubs and societies that you can attend to complement your studies.

Independent study

For every hour spent in formal classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


The grade for each module is assessed through coursework, along with a written exam in May for each course unit. The 5,000 word dissertation written over the summer.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2017 entry
Full time £11,450

Tuition fees for International students

2017 entry
Full time £20,550


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF] for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

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