Progress your career with a CIPD accredited masters

MSc International Human Resource Management


Intakes: January | March | May | July | September | November

Course length and study mode: 2 year programme, online, part-time

Fee for the 2020/21 academic year of entry (ending August 31st 2021): £10,320

Entry requirements: A UK honours degree (2:2 or above) or an international equivalent OR a minimum of 3 years relevant work experience

HR is complicated when you’re managing a local team, but add in different time zones, cultural differences and laws, and the equation becomes more challenging. But earn an MSc International Human Resource Management from Manchester Metropolitan University Global Online, and you will gain the right skill set to navigate through all these challenges and manage the intricacies of a global workforce, whether you’re looking to start your career in the sector or secure an international role.

Taking an international approach to a whole host of key areas, from business strategy to performance and reward, you will develop a holistic view of HR and learn how to think strategically – ‘big picture’ skills that are essential for career progression. And you’ll have the chance to develop ‘real-world’ projects based on your own workplace requirements too, giving you the opportunity to put theory directly into relevant practice.

No matter where you live or work, this online International Human Resource Management masters will help you learn from the latest research and explore real HR issues. You will graduate in as little as two years with the in-depth knowledge and skills that organisations who compete on a global scale require, without needing to travel anywhere to study.

Delivered by the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School – part of an elite group of business schools worldwide to achieve the prestigious trio of accreditations from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA, the course has flexibility and student support at its heart, giving you the freedom to balance study with your existing work, life and family commitments.

There are six intakes annually for this course, with programmes starting in January, March, May, July, September and November.

Units may typically include:

  • Leading, Managing and Developing People (15 units)
  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership (15 units)
  • Employee Engagement (15 units)
  • Research Methods (15 units)
  • HR in Context (15 units)
  • International HRM (15 units)
  • Global Resourcing and Talent Management (15 units)

Elective units:

  • Performance (15 units) or Reward Management (15 units)

Dissertation and assessment (60 units)

As part of the Global Online MSc in Human Resource Management programme, you’ll be required to produce a 15,000-word dissertation. The course is vocational in assessment, which means you’ll also be able to draw on your experience and complete ‘real world’ projects within the workplace throughout.

For full details of the content within each module please download our MSc International Human Resource Management factsheet.

Important Notice

This course differs from standard University Assessment Regulations – all units must be passed, and no compensation is permitted.

Dr Anastasia Kynighou, Programme Leader for MSc International Human Resource Management

Dr Anastasia Kynighou
Senior Lecturer

Programme Lead, Dr Anastasia Kynighou, is just one of a number of academics and industry authorities that you’ll have the opportunity to learn from over the course of the programme.

Having published peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers and reports on International Human Resource Management, Dr Kynighou is passionate about cross-cultural management and diffusing human resource management practices within multinational corporations. She has presented her work at events across the world, including conferences in the USA, China, Denmark, Greece and Finland.

Our online masters is designed to work around your work and life commitments. It can be completed in two years with a recommended study week of up to 15 hours. 

Study wherever and whenever – all you need is a laptop and an internet connection.  

Using our Virtual Learning Environment  you will enjoy a programme of highly interactive live online seminars and presentations and have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of group tasks with your fellow students across the globe. 

Continued support will be provided by your dedicated Student Success Advisor who’ll be there to help you to get the most from your time with us from the moment you enroll to the time you graduate. 

The MSc International Human Resource Management comprises 180 credits. Students are expected to study 90 credits per year. 

Each 15-credit unit is normally delivered over an 8-week teaching period. Weeks 1 to 6 comprise taught input. Week 7 provides an opportunity for students to consolidate their learning before submitting the assessment in Week 8. The Dissertation unit is normally 32 weeks. 

Overall Methods of Assessment 

  • This programme differs from standard University Assessment Regulations. In accordance with CIPD requirements, every unit must be passed at 50%. No compensation is permitted. 
  • You will be assessed by a combination of coursework and written online examinations. 
  • HR in Context and Leading, Managing and Developing People are each assessed by an unseen 3-hour online written examination in accordance with CIPD professional standards. 
  • All other units are assessed by a 3,000-word assignment. The nature of the assignment varies by unit. Examples may include essays, reports, and a research proposal. 
  • The Dissertation will normally take the form of a 15,000-word assignment. 

Study and assessment breakdown  

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of live seminars, discussion boards and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, and a PGCert 60 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the programme will vary according to your option choice and style of learning, but it could be: 


100% independent study; 0% placement 


82% coursework; 0% practical; 18% examination 

With our flexible payment options we have made paying for your programme, and your professional development, as easy as possible.

We offer you the option to pay unit by unit, pay the full fees upfront or pay via a sponsor. No matter what payment option you choose, we accept all usual online payment methods in any currency via our highly secure Flywire payment portal.

Fees for the 2020/21 academic year of entry (ending August 31st 2021):

Unit fee: £860*

Programme fee: £10,320

Fees for 2021/22 academic year of entry

Tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year of entry (from entry 1st September 2021 to 31st August 2022) are still being finalised for all courses. Please see check back on the website for further details or contact an enrolment advisor on +44 (0)161 880 4721.

For more information on our payment structures and financing your degree, please visit our Fees and Funding pages..

*Fee based on 15 credits per unit

Entry requirements:

To enrol in the course, you will need the following:

  • A UK honours degree (2:2 or above) or an international equivalent
  • OR A minimum of 3 years relevant experience will be considered on a case by case basis
  • If you’re applying with non-UK qualifications, you can find further information for international students on our international website

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2020/21 academic year (1st September 2020 to 31st August 2021) of entry and may be subject to change for the 2021/22 academic year (1st September 2021 to 31st August 2022). Please see check back on the website for further details or contact an enrolment advisor on +44 (0)161 880 4721.

English language requirements:

Applicants whose first language is not English (and whose first degree was not taught in English) are required to produce evidence of English language proficiency. We provide a FREE Pearson English test to all applicants if required which can be requested from your enrolment advisor during the application process.

Read more about our English requirements.

Credit for prior learning:

If you have previously studied a CIPD accredited course or programme before, you may be eligible for an accelerated study route with exemptions granted for some modules.

Applying for the course:

All applications are taken through our online applications portal. To get access to the portal please fill in the form on the applications page and we shall send you an email with login details. Once you have access you will be able to upload the following documents and submit your application:

  • Certificate and/or transcripts evidencing your academic and/or professional qualifications e.g. degree certificate
  • Evidence of English language proficiency for non-native English speakers e.g. IELTS or free Pearson English test results
  • Your CV
  • A passport photo of yourself
  • A personal statement detailing your motivations for studying your chosen course with Manchester Metropolitan University Global Online.

Once submitted we will assess your application and make a decision on whether we can offer you a place on the course. This is usually within five working days of all required documents being uploaded.