Effective human resource management (HRM) is an integral part of any successful organisation and, within the context of a competitive global market, the demand for skilled staff is now increasing within every business sector, in multinational organisations and companies throughout the world.
This CIPD accredited course is designed specifically for those who want to pursue global careers in HRM, and should cover the essential theoretical knowledge, intellectual frameworks and practical skills required by today’s employers in a range of international business contexts (please see the Accreditation and Professional Recognition section for further details). Upon successful completion, you should gain an understanding of the key theories in HRM and an in-depth knowledge of country-specific practices and international HR issues, as well as the real-world experience and skills needed to operate across national borders as an HR professional.
You will be taught in an internationally diverse environment, with students on this course typically being drawn from countries around the world, allowing you the opportunity to develop global professional networks and a greater understanding of working in multi-national teams.
Why Coventry University?
An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.
The course focuses on strategic people management and development within an international organisational context, placing special emphasis on global employment issues, including national cultures, legislation and strategies. For example, we consider the role of HR professionals in managing skilled and unskilled migration and how this impacts on organisational effectiveness.
Our course team currently benefits from a close relationship with the CIPD, organising and hosting CIPD local branch events. Your programme of study currently reflects the CIPD’s current professional standards and expectations, which aims to broaden your awareness of HR generalist and specialist functions in an international context and provide you with the essential requirements needed to work within the broad context of international people management and development. Please see the Accreditation and Professional Recognition section for further details.
We will aim to develop your strategic awareness of global business operations, for example, by considering how the individual goals and strategies of businesses drive their marketing, production, employee or customer orientation, as well as learning and development strategy. We will also look at how HR professionals can add value in organisations through ensuring cultural diversity through recruitment and selection practices or global talent management programmes.
You will have the chance to study a range of technical modules, such as HR Analytics and Managing Organisational Change Projects using project management, in addition to core HR accredited modules to help you achieve Associate CIPD membership, upon successful completion of the course. Please see the Accreditation and Professional Recognition section for further details. We also ensure that you have the opportunity to gain a genuinely internationalised learning experience, so that you have the chance to develop your awareness of a range of international contexts. For instance, the ‘Comparative Global HRM’ module allows you to select two regions from four to compare HR practices, which should enable you to tailor your studies depending on your personal requirements and in line with your future career aspirations.
This course can be offered on a part-time basis, with study over two years. Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. You can make an enquiry about part-time study using our online forms, for UK and for EU/International students.
Why choose this course?
Ranked 15th in the UK for Business, Management and Marketing in the Guardian University Guide 2020, Coventry has taught Human Resource Management (HRM) at postgraduate level for over 30 years and is currently a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) approved assessment centre (Please see the Accreditation and Professional Recognition section for further details).
The MSc in International HRM is currently accredited by the CIPD, the only HR institution in the world to recognise individual HR professionals through chartered membership.It is currently benchmarked against the Institute’s current HR Profession Map of eight behaviours and 10 professional areas, which means that on successful completion of the four mandatory modules in Semester One, you should be eligible for the CIPD Associate membership (an application process and additional fees may apply to becoming a CIPD Associate member – please see the Accreditation and Professional Recognition section for further details.)
The course, which aims to prepare you for international employment in human resources management or development (HRD), upon successful completion, places an emphasis on research-informed human resource management practices. It also includes the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) module, Professional Development – Consultancy, which means that students who successfully complete this module and meet the evidence requirements will also gain a Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Management and a CMI Level 7 Award in Professional Consulting. This will enable you to apply for Chartered Manager status via the qualified route, once all CMI entry criteria have been met. Please see the accreditation and Professional Recognition section for further details.
Coventry Business School are currently active members of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) and our teaching is designed to adhere to the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME), with the aim of promoting personal and professional ethical behaviour by presenting a range of ethical dilemmas designed to expose you to professional codes of conduct. Please see the Memberships section for further details.
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