Progress your career with a CIPD accredited masters

MSc International Human Resource Management

Intakes: January | May | September 

Course length and study mode: 2 year programme, online

Fees: £1,083 per 15 credit module. Regional subsidies and early bird discount available (see below).

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

Programme overview

If you are a HR practitioner looking to succeed on an international level, this Global Online International HR Management masters from Manchester Metropolitan University’s multi-accredited Business School is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD). It has been designed to give you the knowledge and the skills you need to lead in a global context, helping to distinguish you from the competition when it comes to your next career move.

The course is grounded in the latest research that has a real impact on human resource management, with close links to Manchester Metropolitan University’s Centre for People and Performance. As one of the largest hubs of its type in the UK, the centre conducts independent research in partnership with a wide range of organisations to explore the challenges of managing, leading and developing people on a global scale.

From our easy three-step enrolment process to flexible fee payment, we’re dedicated to making studying and balancing your career as straightforward as possible. you will have the freedom to study wherever and whenever - all you need is a laptop and an internet connection. you will also be accompanied by a cohort of similarly determined peers from across the world, from various business backgrounds, who are keen to share their knowledge and experience and root not only for their success - but yours too.

Features and benefits

  • Internationally focused, locally relevant - From studying the effect of globalisation on multinational corporations and discovering how human resource management can have an impact on the bottom line, to attracting and retaining top talent and increasing employee engagement, this unique online HR masters will give you the skills you need to advance your career both locally and internationally. A focus on vocational assessment means you will be able to draw on your experience and complete ‘real world’ workplace projects throughout the programme, putting your learning into practice.

  • Globally endorsed - Our Business School is placed among the world’s elite according to AACSB for its degree programmes, research, business engagement and innovation. Our MSc International Human Resource Management is also fully accredited by the CIPD and, upon membership to the CIPD, you will be awarded Associate Professional Membership of the organisation when you graduate - helping to distinguish you from the competition when it comes to your next career move.*  

  • Study your way - Global Online has been designed to help you to achieve your masters without taking a career break: from a fast and easy three-step application process and the opportunity to begin your studies at three different entry points in the year, to the choice to pay per unit you study. Our flexible study format and our Virtual Learning Environment has been expertly designed to help you to study wherever and whenever it suits you.

  • Grow your worldwide professional network - Whether it’s through our optional annual Executive Conference or live online seminars with tutors and peers, you will regularly collaborate with business professionals around the globe, making invaluable industry connections that can open doors now or in the future.

  • Be supported every step of the way - We pride ourselves on our students’ study experience. As a Global Online student, you will be assigned a dedicated Student Success Advisor who’ll be there to cheer you on from the sidelines, ensure you hit important deadlines and help you to get the most from your time with us.

About the online course

The course is designed to work around your work and life commitments. It can be completed within two years at a pace that suits you, with a recommended study week of up to 15 hours.

Our innovative Virtual Learning Environment has been designed with the latest pedagogical research at its heart. It will encourage you to develop independent thought, reflect on your own work and engage with your fellow students across the globe. You will enjoy a programme of highly interactive live online seminars and presentations, have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of group tasks that are aimed at developing your transferable skills and receive personalised feedback from your tutors, all at a time that suits you best.

Typical units of study may include*:

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

Elective units:

  • Performance 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.


*These units and their timing are subject to change.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

Manchester Metropolitan University Business School has a long-standing reputation for excellence in teaching Human Resource Management to CIPD standards. We have strong links with the institution, which is growing increasingly international and has members located in South East Asia, South America, Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Europe and beyond.

This course meets the advanced professional standards set by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). It is accredited by CIPD and gives full exemption from their level 7 Advanced Diploma in HRM.

The course will enable you to distinguish yourself from the competition by demonstrating a combination of commitment, knowledge and skills. You will gain a CIPD qualification and be able to contribute an international perspective to organisations – something which is relevant in an increasingly global labour market.

Upon successful completion of your masters, and depending on your relevant HR or development experience, you can apply to upgrade to Chartered Membership. You can read more about Chartered Membership here.

Academic expertise

The course is delivered by:

Dr Anastasia Kynighou – Senior Lecturer

Anastasia, who joined the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School in 2013 as a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management, is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Manchester Business School (MBS).

Before joining MMU, Anastasia held the posts of Visiting Lecturer of Management at the University of Cyprus and Lecturer in Human Resource Management (HRM) at the University of Central Lancashire. Currently, she holds visiting posts at MBS, where she teaches on the Global MBA programme, and at the Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM), where she teaches on the MBA and MSc. in HRM programmes.

Anastasia’s research has been published in high-impact peer-reviewed journals such as the International Journal of Human Resource Management and she has presented a number of papers at international academic conferences.


Entry requirements

To enrol in the course, you’ll 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

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.

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. Please contact your Enrolment Advisor for more information.


Unit fee: £1,083*

Programme fee: £13,000

We are currently offering a 10% Early Bird Discount to eligible professionals joining this programme.

To find out if you are eligible, please contact our enrollment team.

We offer a subsidised fee to students from certain countries:  

Unit fee: £916*

Programme fee: £11,000

Click here to see the full list of eligible countries.

*Fee based on 15 credits per unit  

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

Important Notice

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


The course is delivered by our double accredited global Business School

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