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International Human Resource Management and Development

MSc/PGCERT/PGDIP

School - Salford Business School

Subject area - Business and Management

Start Date(s): September; January; March; June; November; July

Duration:

MSc (one year full-time)

PgDip (eight months full-time or two years part-time)

PgCert (four months full-time or one year part-time)

Fees:

Part-time - £1,417 per 30 credit module

UK - £8,500

International - £13,500

Full-time PgDip - £5,670 full-time, £2,835 part-time

In Brief:

  • Enhance your employability by developing the skills needed to motivate, manage and reward employees in an international business environment
  • Taught by subject area experts, you will develop both theoretical and practical skills
  • The Business Innovation Project offers you the chance to practise the knowledge you have learned in a live consultancy position.
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

As the nature of work changes, organisations face challenges in recruiting, motivating, developing and retaining the workforce of the future. As a result, HR managers need to understand the future demographic, technological and societal shifts, and prepare themselves accordingly.

With an increasing emphasis on globalisation, companies need experts who understand the global and comparative background to Human Resource Management and Development in the international business environment. This advanced level programme will give you the requisite knowledge and skills to work in a broad range of HR roles in an international context.

This course is designed for graduates with an interest in Human Resource Management and Development careers.  By the time you finish the programme, you will have developed as a manager of people by acquiring specialist knowledge that you will be able to apply in practice. You will gain a global perspective on Human Resource Management & Development themes and specifically focus on comparative employment relations and employment law in a variety of national settings.

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Course Structure

The programme is block delivered and there are several entry points throughout the year. You will take the modules below in a sequence dependent on your start date.

The course is delivered in four 30 credit blocks of intensive study periods. For each block, you will study a single module for a 6-week period. Face-to-face teaching is delivered on campus for 6 hours each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Business Innovation Programme one afternoon a week during the 6-week blocks.

During this year, you will also undertake independent study in your own time with online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

You will complete your Master’s degree with the 60 credit Business Innovation Project. You will be able to choose to investigate a business issue either via a dissertation or a paid six month placement.

SEMESTER 1      

This module is designed to prepare students to undertake the role of a HR manager in an international context. To enable you to do this, you will examine the changing nature of organisations in a global context, and the debates around whether HR policy and practice is becoming truly global or whether national and cultural sensibilities prevent this. You will also be equipped with the skills needed to apply theoretical concepts relating to organisation design and development in practice.
On this module, you will compare and contrast different approaches to handling employment disputes in different national settings, examining the role of trade unions and other non-union groups in different countries.  You will look at employment law in a variety of national contexts, and how this impacts on multinational organisations, reviewing contemporary industrial disputes for how these have affected organisations’ processes including employee engagement, diversity management, employee communication and involvement and participation and change management.  This module will include two industry visits and links to the annual programme of speakers at Manchester Industrial Relations Society.

SEMESTER 2      

You will look at the changing nature of the workforce and the way in which increasing diversity can be an organisational asset.  You will develop your strategic skills, looking at analysis of trends, developing effective, legally compliant resourcing and retention strategies and evaluating process, policies and practices for recruitment and performance.  As you develop your interviewing skills, you will be encouraged to reflect on your own performance.  You will use class-based performance management scenarios with fellow students to analyse real-world performance management scenarios and discuss different approaches to handling performance conversations.  An important part of this module looks at a critical understanding of performance and performance management, including high performance work practices, and the boundary between motivation for performance and abuse.  You will also consider how to advise business managers in their setting of performance priorities, objectives and targets.  
In addition to understanding how you may organise and manage people, it is essential to develop a critical self-awareness and understanding of different leadership styles and skills and how these can be applied to a range of situations. This module will develop your self-awareness and understanding of leadership skills and behaviours and how these can motivate and engage employees - including those from different cultural contexts - and secure their commitment in times of both stability and change. This will include learning how to manage inter-personal conflict and how to create cohesive and effective teams for the benefit of both organisations and employees through the use of different strategies such as flexible working.

SEMESTER 3  

Business Innovation Project (BIP)

This module accounts for the final 60 credits of your degree.  You will have the opportunity to select between a live project, placement, internship or dissertation, all of which are designed to accommodate your career aspirations and enhance your professional experience.

You will be allocated a supervisor who will mentor you through the BIP project.  You will also have the opportunity to engage with the Student Hub and Student Life. Student Life can help with pre project / placement support for students and opportunities for those going on placement to participate in training workshops to ensure best practice. The Student Hub can helps you to find internships, placements and live projects for your Business Innovation Project.

This is a group project (teams of 2 to 5 students) examining an organisational problem or opportunity. Students work on sizeable commercial projects, which are broken down by the team.  Live projects reflect the commercial reality of delivering complex commercial projects through the combined efforts of a committed team.    You will produce a group presentation and executive report, coupled with an individual 8-10,000 word report for assessment.
This involves working on a company project. You will spend a minimum of three days per week on the project brief with a total of 300 hours being available to complete the project. You will normally be based in the University but will spend significant time in the organisation.  The majority of internships are voluntary unpaid positions, but you will gain significant real-world experience. In many cases students are supported in finding and securing internships with the support of the School’s Employability Hub.  You will produce a 30-40 minute commercial presentation and 10,000 word professional dissertation for assessment.
The placement provides you with the opportunity to gain work experience to support your academic learning.  You will work full time with your employer for four to six months on paid work experience implementing a commercial project.  You will produce a portfolio of work, visitor        assessment, presentation and interim report, culminating in a work related dissertation of 10,000 words.        
  • Placements can be undertaken in the UK or overseas.          
  • You can undertake your placements with your sponsor or employing organisation.          
  • For international students placements are 6 months maximum due to visa restrictions.          
  • For home/EU students, placements can possibly be extended to 12 months.          
  • You will be paid a salary for the duration of your placement.          
An advanced-level research pathway based on a real-world business problem.  You will create an initial research proposal (worth 10% of your marks) then produce a 12,000 – 15,000 dissertation for assessment.

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent or successful completion of the Graduate Certificate International Management (www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/international-management).

A wide range of professional qualifications are also accepted either in partial or complete fulfilment of entry requirements.  

Where a student has gained a recognised Honours degree but does not meet the normal entry qualification requirement, they may still be considered for entry if they can demonstrate relevant work experience of a minimum two years duration post study and acceptable level of responsibility.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

If the English language qualification is slightly below this level candidates may be able to take one of the many English courses available in the University. For more information search for English on Course Finder (www.salford.ac.uk).

Suitable For

The programme is intended for graduates who have worked or intend to work in HR roles in an international context.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£8,500
Part-time£1,417 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£13,500
Full-time PgDip£5,670 full-time, £2,835 part-time

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section

Teaching

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Face to face teaching is delivered on campus for two half days each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Business Innovation Programme each Wednesday afternoon during the 6 week blocks, with independent study completed in your own time through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.  Individual student timetables will be provided during induction week.

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, using a wide range of learning activities.  Substantial use is made of distance learning through the University's Virtual Learning Environment, and a wide range of academic journals and texts are available in both paper and electronic formats. Tutorials allow you to reflect on lecture materials and benefit from discussion and group work.

The Business Innovation Project offers a further opportunity for you to apply your knowledge and skills in a more flexible environment.

Assessment

During your course, a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include: essays, assignments, exams, multiple-choice tests, online tests, group reports and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules, but exams still play a major role.

Employability

Successful completion of this programme will enhance your career prospects in a broad range of international HRM&D roles.

Links with Industry

The University of Salford grew out of the institutes of the late 19th century that provided a talented, technically proficient and professional workforce to support the UK’s rapidly growing industries. In the 21st century, this still holds strong. Whilst industry has changed significantly, the need for industry-focussed education is equally relevant today.

We teach the skills that employers need and as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects.

The curriculum across our postgraduate courses balances academic teaching and professional experience.  Our industry partners give us their input into the curriculum so that the teaching reflects industry’s current and future needs and you develop the skills that employers want.  The Business Innovation Project, which forms the final third of your study, is designed to give you real-world experience so you can apply the theory you have learned.

Further Study

Find out more information about research opportunities here.

Facilities

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel campus in the newly refurbished Lady Hale Building, and the Chapman Building, offering state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s student learning community and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Chapman is a stylish modern space with six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with panoramic views across the campus.

Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.

All University of Salford students also have access to the MediaCityUK campus including its study facilities.  MediaCityUK is home to major BBC and ITV departments and over 80 businesses across the creative and digital sectors.  It is recognised as one of the most innovative developments in Britain and is a vibrant place in which to live, work, socialise and study.

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