International Human Resource Management

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Start Date

September 2019


1 year full-time for September entry

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Why Study International Human Resource Management?


Develop a global expertise in Human Resource Management practices and employment systems by taking part in business challenges set up by high-profile companies. Learn from CIPD practising managers and build on this expertise by taking advantage of Abertay’s network of industry links.

This CIPD-accredited programme is focused on contemporary practice, ensuring you’ll develop the knowledge, understanding and skills you’ll need to deal effectively, systematically and creatively with the issues and problems of people management that organisations face.

This MSc covers a wide range of HRM strategies, policies and procedures that organisations need to manage their employees in a global context.

It’ll help you develop an understanding of the differences between HRM practices and employment systems of varying countries and multinational companies, and how they are influenced by economic, political and social factors. You'll develop a strong relationship with the academic team due to smaller class sizes - historically 15 -20 people. 

Throughout the programme, you’ll benefit from exposure to industry through live business simulations, working on real-life problems set by our business partners.

Thanks to Abertay’s industry contacts, many of our students are able to secure work placements during their studies with some going on to be offered permanent roles after graduation.

It's not unusual for graduates of this course to receive starting salaries of up to £30,000.

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A postgraduate qualification can prepare you for a more senior position and a considerably higher starting salary. 

Information and advice is key to making sure you make the right decision for you. Thankfully, we’re here to tell you everything you need to know about stepping into the world of postgraduate study.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants should have an honours degree at 2:2 (lower second class), or equivalent, in a relevant subject area. 

Applicants should provide two references indicating aptitude for study. 

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Applicants with professional and practice based qualifications or work place development programmes may qualify for entry with advanced standing. Please discuss all types of qualifications with the admissions or programme tutor.

How to Apply

Overseas/EU Applicants

A minimum proficiency level of IELTS 6.5 (with no band less than 5.5) or equivalent (CEFR: C1) is required. Other certificates and evidence of English proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 can be accepted, details of acceptable qualifications can be found here.

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our Intensive English for Academic Purposes programme.

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Information for International Applicants

Please provide certified proof of your English language level. Our accredited International English Foundation Course can help. To further enhance your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your potential.

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How the Course Works

You’ll take part in workshops and activities, and share experiences with peers from different countries and organisations, to broaden your knowledge and develop your professional and strategic thinking skills.

The blend of knowledge, analytical and practical skills you’ll gain will enable you to make decisions and advise senior managers on how to recognise and respond to a wide range of stakeholder influences on business and HR strategies to improve organisational and individual performance.

You’ll also develop your ability to supply accurate and timely advice about legislation in the area of HRM, especially in employee relations’ issues.

This programme offers you an opportunity to study and be able to implement HRM policies and practices that take into account influences from different stakeholders and institutional forces relevant to dealing with peoples’ contributions and rewards within organisations in a global context.

Our approach to teaching and learning means you’ll have the opportunity to gain a degree and a portfolio of professional practice skills and experience to present to future employers.

The course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of contemporary HRM as a strategic management function, develop a critical understanding of the complexities of managing employment relationships in the contemporary environment and develop the skills and knowledge that add value to organisations, while offering the opportunity to study, learn and develop intellectual abilities in a multicultural and stimulating academic environment.


Key Modules (subject to change)

International and Comparative HRM (BMT521)

Provides an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings and the practical implications of international approaches to human resource management.

Resourcing and Talent Management (BMT523)

Provides students with the knowledge and skills required for resourcing and talent management within a global context. Module content includes: the theoretical background; types of resourcing and talent management strategies; recruitment, selection and induction; talent and succession planning; employee turnover as the basis for developing staff retention.

HRM in a Business Context (BMT522)

An understanding of the principal internal and external contexts of contemporary organisations within which managers, HR professionals and workers interact in conditions of environmental turbulence, change and uncertainty. Module content includes: the nature of HRM and organisational behaviour; employee resourcing; performance management; employee development; employee relations; rewards and remuneration.

Managing and Building Human Capital (BMT526)

Provides an understanding and critical awareness of contemporary perspectives on the effective management and development of human capital. Module content includes: the human capital context; managing human capital; developing human capital for effective organisational and individual performance.

Dissertation (1) (BMT527)

Students undertake an in-depth investigation within the field of Human Resource Management and will produce a 12,000 - 15,000 word dissertation. The MSc dissertation is a research based enquiry into a management issue or issues with the aim of finding a solution to a problem or problems and/or identifying, explaining and analysing elements of good or bad practice.


The scholarships below are open to all international students and those applying from England, Wales and Northern Ireland with a 2.1 or above for a postgraduate course. It's paid in two instalments, in December and March. 

Rest of UK Postgraduate Abertay Scholarships

This £2,000 award is open to all prospective new postgraduate students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

International Postgraduate Abertay Scholarships

This £3,000 award is open to all prospective new international (non-EU) postgraduate students at Abertay University.

Programme Fees for 2019

Scottish & EU students


Fees stated are for the entire course.

Postgraduate funding (tuition fee and living cost loan) may be available from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland for those who meet the eligibility criteria. 

For further information please visit the SAAS website

English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students


Fees stated are for the entire course.

* There may be additional charges where the MSc is not completed within 18 months. Module fees are on a pro rata basis of 180 credits.

International Students


Fees stated are for the entire course.

* There may be additional charges where the MSc is not completed within 18 months. Module fees are on a pro rata basis of 180 credits.

Get inspired

Meet some of our Human Resource graduates and find out what they've gone on to do.

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Roz Tippett

Roz is the HR Coordinator at The James Hutton Institute.

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Barry Fitzpatrick

Barry runs his own business consultancy firm, 80/37 Business Solutions.

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Career Opportunities

You’ll be prepared for wide-ranging and specialist roles within HRM and other management disciplines. Recent graduates have gone on to work for companies including BMW, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, FedEx Redstar Express, Hobbs of London, Dundee City Council, Tayside Contracts and Police Scotland.

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