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Manchester Business School
MSc International Human Resource Management and Comparative Industrial Relations

Program Name:

MSc International Human Resource Management and Comparative Industrial Relations


Advancing technology and greater internationalisation means the world is getting smaller. Put your HR career on the global stage with a CIPD-accredited degree that focuses on managing people across borders and putting human resources into an international context.

Recent recruiters include:

Accenture, AstraZeneca, Bentley, Deloitte, Hewlett-Packard, Mercer Co, Nestlé, RBS Insurance, Shell International, Telenor Group

 Course structure

(all taught course units are 15 credits)

Semester 1

Core units

- Comparative Industrial Relations*
- Human Resource Management: Strategy and Practice*
- Multinational and Comparative Employment Systems*
- Research Methods for Organisations*

Optional unit

- International Management

Semester 2

Core units

- International Labour Law and Regulation*
- International Human Resource Management*

Optional units

- Human Resource Management: Context and Organisation*- Management of International Change*

* These courses are compulsory in order to achieve CIPD recognition

Note: a maximum of eight courses can be taken so you choose two optional units during the two semesters. There may be minor changes to the allocation of modules to each semester.

Summer research period

Research dissertation (60 credits)

You must complete a satisfactory dissertation to be awarded your MSc. This piece of work, undertaken in your third term and over the summer, gives you the opportunity to apply the techniques and theories you have learned during the taught modules. Dissertation topics reflect the expertise of your lecturers. Supervision often starts with small groups of students studying similar topics meeting with their supervisors, who then guide students in deciding on the focus for their individual dissertations.

The dissertation itself normally consists of a literature review followed by a piece of empirical work, involving either qualitative or quantitative research.

Dissertations have covered topics such as:

• Recruitment and selection in multinationals operating in Pakistan
• Gender and diversity management in Chile
• Labour law and worker rights in China
• Corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the retail industry
• The transformation of the health sector in Greece and Britain: the impact on industrial relations
• Performance appraisal in Nigerian banking.

Course recognition

Successful completion of the course entitles students to Graduate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). In 2012-13 the Masters should be accredited to the new equivalent advanced level postgraduate standards, which will allow you to apply for the new associate membership, and beyond, once the degree and CIPD components are completed. Further details are available from the postgraduate administration team at the School and you can visit the CIPD website. Students wishing to gain CIPD membership attend a series of skills workshops with guests invited from a wide range of companies, to enable them to develop practical HR skills.



Teaching mode:

Full Time



Tuition fees:

(extra fees for CIPD registration)

Home/EU £9,800
Overseas £15,500






15 September 2014


12 months





Application deadline:

Rolling admission - please apply as early as possible.





Application procedure:

Entry requirements

First or upper second class honours (2:1) degree from a UK university or the overseas equivalent, in any discipline.






no academic background in business or economics required