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Progress your career with a CIPD accredited masters

MSc International Human Resource Management

Intakes: January | March | May | September | November

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

Fees: £9,995

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

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Programme overview

Internationally focused and locally relevant, our Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD) accredited Global Online masters in International Human Resource Management has been designed to take your HR career to the next level, wherever you are in the world. 

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.

Delivered by Manchester Metropolitan’s multi-award winning Business School, 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.

Course details

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.

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

Typical modules 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.

For full details of the content within each module please download our factsheet here.

Your programme leader is:

anastasia-kynighou programme leader for the Global Online MSc International Human Resource Management at Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Anastasia Kynighou

Important Notice

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

*Please note, these modules may be 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.

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

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. 

For further information please get in contact by filling in the form and one of our enrolment advisors will contact you to help.


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.

Unit fee: £833*

Programme fee: £9,995

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

Studying online

Our online masters 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.

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.

Working online you will have the opportunity to grow your worldwide professional network, making invaluable industry connections that can open doors now or in the future.

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.

How to apply

If you feel you meet the entry requirements you can start your application straight away by clicking on the ‘start your application’ button at the top of this page. Once you have provided your details you will be sent an email with a link to our application portal where you can begin your application.

If you would like to check some details and speak to someone first, register your interest for the course by filling out the adjacent form. Once you have completed the form your dedicated Enrolment Advisor will be in contact to arrange an initial pre-admission consultation. During this they will answer any questions you have and confirm if you meet the entry requirements for the programme. If you do they will send you a link to our online application portal.

Once you have access to the application portal 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.

The course is delivered by our double accredited global Business School

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