MSc International Human Resource Management

Reach specialist status with our international HR masters

CIPD accredited masters course

Globally focused and locally relevant, our online International Human Resource Management masters is delivered by our triple-accredited business school. Fully CIPD accredited, it’s designed to help you take your career to the next level, wherever you are in the world.

Please note, enrolments for September and beyond are no longer being accepted on this programme.

  • Type
    MSc online
  • Start dates
  • Length
    2 years part-time
  • Cost per unit
    £930* (Total £11,160)
  • Typical entry requirements
    A UK honours degree (2:2 or above) or an international equivalent OR where there is no qualification, a minimum of 3 years relevant experience will be considered on a case by case basis

Units may typically include:

  • Critical reading, writing and literature research (15 credits)
  • HR Analytics (15 Credits)
  • International Human Resource Management (15 Credits)
  • Managing Employment Relationships (15 Credits)
  • Managing People for Performance (15 Credits)
  • Performance in an International Context (15 Credits)
  • Professional Practice in HRM (15 Credits)
  • Reward in an International Context (15 Credits)
  • Work and Working Lives in a Global World (15 Credits)
  • Methodological Approaches to Research (15 Credits)

Professional Project (30 credits)  

This unit requires students to conduct an in-depth research project on a chosen area of study. This is a chance for you to demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have developed during the online international HRM masters, as well as engage with real-world study relating to your field of interest. 

Full details of the content within each unit can be found on the MSc International Human Resource unit page.

Important Notice 

This course differs from standard University Assessment Regulations. In accordance with CIPD requirements, every unit must be passed at 50%. No compensation is permitted. 

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

  • A UK honours degree (2:2 or above) or an international equivalent
  • OR where there is no qualification, a minimum of 3 years relevant experience will be considered on a case by case basis

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2022/23 academic year (1 September 2022 to 31 August 2023) of entry and may be subject to change for the 2023/24 academic year (1 September 2023 to 31 August 2024). Please 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 are required to produce evidence of English language proficiency.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

We provide a FREE Pearson English test to all applicants, if required, which can be requested from your enrolment advisor during the application process.


With our flexible payment options, we have made paying for your HR masters course 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 2022/23 academic year of entry (1 September 2022 to 31 August 2023): 

Unit fee: £930*  

Course fee: £11,160 

Fees for 2023/24 academic year of entry: 

There will be no changes to the tuition fees for the 2023/24 academic year of entry (1 September 2023 to 31 August 2024).   

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

Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

*Fee based on 15 credits per unit

MSc International Human Resource Management

Human Resources (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 online International Human Resource Management masters 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. 

Focusing on key areas of international HR such as HR analytics, managing employment relationships along with reward and performance in an international context you will develop a holistic view of HR and learn how to think strategically – 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, whether you are a HR specialist, HR manager, or HR director, 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 strategic human resource management 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 online HR management course has flexibility and student support at its heart, giving you the freedom to balance study with your existing work, life and family commitments.

Who this online HR masters is for:

Career Climbers

If boosting your career appeal is your goal, this CIPD accredited HR masters course will give you the recognition you need to further your career. During the course, you will be able to work through real-world projects based on your workplace requirements and aspirations, preparing you for that next role.

HR Experts

For those who want to see the bigger picture, this HR course will enable you to gain knowledge of managing human resources globally. From reward management to business strategy, explore areas of international human resources as you uncover how to manage a team across different time zones and cultural differences.

Career Changers

Are you interested in stepping into the world of HR? This CIPD accredited course will enable you to navigate a career in the sector. You will develop a holistic view of HR and learn how to think strategically to allow you to add real value to organisations and their employees.

Career prospects

In a globalised world, the need to think beyond local HR is essential for many organisations. Our online International Human Resource Management masters provides that global lens, allowing you to solve issues arising from barriers of language, time zones and cultures.

With the flexibility of distance learning, you can enhance your career prospects without needing to take a break. Whether you want to be a HR Director, HR Specialist or HR Manager, you will gain an accredited degree from a triple accredited Business School. A highly regarded addition to your cv, demonstrating your potential to future employers.

Focusing on key elements of HR such as HR analytics, HR strategy, international HR management and performance/reward, you will put theory to practice through your project work, featuring real-world examples.  

Students enrolling on our HR masters course are eligible to join the CIPD as student members (additional costs apply). And upon successful completion of your masters, and depending on your relevant HR or development experience, graduates will also be eligible for consideration for CIPD membership.* 

* Additional costs apply. Students exiting the programme with the PgDip are not eligible for CIPD Associate Member status.   

Companies where our students have worked:

Abercrombie and Fitch

Amazon Prime Video

Arora Hotels


British Airways


Capita Plc


Emirates Airlines

Etihad Airways




JCDecaux Pearl & Dean Limited

Ministry of Education in Qatar

Nestlé Nespresso





The Walt Disney Company

Tiffany & Co

Studying online

Our online CIPD accredited masters is designed to work around your work and life commitments. With a recommended study week of around 20 hours (depending on the unit), it can be completed in just two years.

With distance learning, you can study around existing commitments, wherever you are – 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 our Student Success Team who’ll be there to answer any queries you have and help you to get the most from your time with us – from the moment you enrol to the time you graduate.

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

The programme is delivered on a continuous basis and units are scheduled sequentially. The order that units are delivered varies depending on the intake start date, although students will normally start with the Critical Reading, Writing and Literature Research unit. Methodological Approaches to Research and Professional Project will normally be the final units studied. All units are 15-credits except for the 30-credit Professional Project. 

Each 15-credit unit will normally be delivered over a 7-week teaching period. Weeks 1 to 6 comprise taught input. Week 7 provides students with an opportunity to consolidate learning before undertaking assessment towards the end of the week. The Professional Project unit is normally 14 weeks. There is normally a one-week Study Break between every unit. 


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 eg degree certificate
  • Evidence of English language proficiency for non-native English speakers eg 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.

Please note, enrolments for September and beyond are no longer being accepted on this programme.

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 coursework.  
  • Each unit is assessed by an assignment (typically 3,000 words, or equivalent). The nature of the assignment varies by unit. Examples may include an essay, case study, report, literature review, research brief, and presentation.  
  • The Professional Project will normally take the form of a 10,000-word project-style essay.   

Study and assessment breakdown

10 credits equate 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 course will vary according to your option choice and style of learning, but it could be:

Study 100% independent study; 0% placement 

Assessment 100% coursework; 0% practical; 0% examination 

This course is delivered by a triple accredited business school

Our business school is triple accredited by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. By choosing to complete your online International Human Resource Management masters course with us, you are choosing to study at one of the best business schools in the world, internationally recognised for excellence in teaching and research.

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Our Business School is a CIPD Approved Centre

Manchester Met’s MSc International Human Resource Management is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).

The CIPD is the main professional body to accredit and award professional human resources qualifications. These qualifications are the recognised professional standard for HR and training specialists, such as HR Manager, HR Director, HR Generalist, or HR Business Partner, working across the UK’s public, private and charity sectors.

Meet Aimee

Here at Manchester Metropolitan University, we’ve designed our Global Online courses to give you the support you need to succeed and when MSc International Human Resource Management student Aimee began her studies after what she describes as a ‘perfect storm of horrible events’, this support was imperative. We caught up with her to find out more.

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