MSc International Human Resource Management

International organisations draw on talent and expertise from all over the world. They rely on human resource professionals with cultural awareness and a global perspective. The MSc International Human Resource Management programme prepares you to meet that need.

The course is one of a small number in the UK to be accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and aligned with standards set by the US Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). It's also mutually recognised by the Australian Human Resources Institute. Since the professional qualification you'll earn is respected all over the world, you'll be a competitive candidate for jobs in any location.

The curriculum incorporates a global perspective enabling you to:

  • develop the expertise to effectively manage people in a diverse national and international environment
  • study contemporary theory of human resource management
  • learn the best practices in the industry
  • expand your cross-cultural awareness to successfully navigate a multicultural context

The MSc International Human Resource Management course provides sessions on contemporary issues such as

  • Remote working and work-life balance issues 
  • Dealing with furloughed workers
  • Rights of zero-hours and temporary workers in the gig economy

The course is both practical and challenging, incorporating real-world learning from case studies, investigative projects and talks by industry experts. Our specialist staff, with a background across a range of national and international organisations, including some well-known blue-chip giants, will guide you.

Students will conduct a hands-on research project in international human resource management in the form of an HRM Research Project (MSc) or Business Investigation Report (PgD).

By building workforce talent, encouraging employees to become international leaders and supporting a diverse and welcoming workplace, you will contribute to your company's success - as well contribute to the common good.

A unique feature of the programme is a week-long visit to University of Milano-Bicocca where you will attend classes, participate in industrial site visits to leading organisations and engage in cultural visits and activities.

Your career

The programme will prepare you for a career as an effective human resources manager in an international or multicultural environment. It will also make you a more competitive candidate for any leadership or management role.

Our graduates are in high demand and find work in public, private and third sector organisations all over the world. Previous graduates have secured employment internationally as HR Manager (M H Alshaya Co, United Arab Emirates), HR Executive (Hyperoptic Ltd, England), HR Consultant (Ascension Consulting Services, Nigeria), HR Advisor (Optimus Aberdeen Ltd, Scotland; Aberdeen City Council, Scotland), and Lecturer in HRM (University of Ilorin, Nigeria). Others have pursued careers in other roles, for example, Project Coordinator (Ernst & Young, Germany). A number of graduates have also embarked on a PhD and other doctoral study programmes.

Module list 

Managing People in Global Organisations; Managing Workforce and Workplace Diversity; HRM in International Contexts; HRD Strategies in Practice; Organisational Change and Responsible Leadership; Performance Management; Resourcing and Talent Management; Professional and Personal Competence Development for HR Managers; Research Design and Critical Inquiry; Human Resource Management Research Project.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Due to significant demand, applications for this course are now closed to international applicants for January 2022. Please consider our following intake in September 2022.

Study Options

  • 2021/22


Mode of study


Start date


Full Time
16 Months
31 Jan 2022
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc Full Time 16 Months 31 Jan 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date


Full Time
1 Year
Sep 2022
GCU Glasgow
Full Time
16 Months
Jan 2023
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc Full Time 1 Year Sep 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Full Time 16 Months Jan 2023 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Minimum academic requirement

UK honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in any subject area. .

Non-standard entry is welcomed, particularly for applicants with CIPD certification and an unclassified degree/HND qualifications (or equivalent) with relevant experience.

Advanced entry is also considered with credit recognition for modules previously achieved at postgraduate level from CIPD or a CIPD accredited institution.

English language

English language: Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

Advanced standing

Advanced standing operates where there is evidence of completion of a like for like module at postgraduate level either from the CIPD or a CIPD accredited institution. Precise regulations on transfer from another CIPD accredited programme or nationally assessed centre are prescribed by CIPD.

Students wishing to transfer into our programme are advised to contact the Membership and Qualifications team at the CIPD on 0208 612 6208.

International pathways

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Annual full-time tuition fees

Tuition fees include a week-long study trip to Milan.

Scottish (Home) and RUK: £7,500
International: £15,000

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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CIPD membership fees

As part of this masters course, you are required to take out student membership of the CIPD. To retain membership thereafter you will be required to renew your subscription at the end of the 12-month membership period.

Membership fees are set by the CIPD and can be subject to change.


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of £2 million per year.

View our postgraduate scholarships.

Mix of assessments and exams.

Our programme is distinguished by recognition from globally renowned  professional bodies, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).


This course offers routes to chartered status with the CIPD.
This course features professional engagement including employer events on campus, CIPD Scotland Student Conference and an annual careers and employability event.
This course has been designed with professional body and industry input.

The HRM programmes are delivered by a specialist staff with expertise and recognition both in academia and industry with background across a range of national and international organisations including some well known blue-chip giants across both public and private sector organisations.

Colleagues from across the Glasgow School for Business and Society contribute expertise in areas including Strategic Management and Finance. In addition to the specialist teaching staff, we also bring industry experts into our classrooms and take our students out of the university and into workplaces to learn. You will experience case-based learning and will have the opportunity to engage in real-life project work. We aim to make your learning meaningful and relevant to the world of work.

As part of the Managing Workforce and Workplace Diversity module, you will have the opportunity to participate in an overseas study trip to Milan. You will receive 12 hours of teaching from faculty at the University of Bicocca which will be supplemented by case studies looking at the HR and diversity experiences of Italian companies. During the visit to Milan, you will take part in site visits to leading Italian organisations and engage in a range of cultural activities. The purpose of the trip is to broaden your international outlook and cross-cultural awareness which is essential in becoming an IHRM practitioner. The ethos of the trip underpins research by the CIPD (2018) which recognises globalisation as a key trend affecting the world of work and encourages HR practitioners to develop a stronger international outlook. 

Download - Supplementary Terms and Conditions (PDF)

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