Human Resource Management
Mode of Study
In a world with an increasingly global workforce, those working in human resources (HR) need to understand the transnational nature of employees in the 21st century. Companies need to work harder to provide a competitive employment package to attract and retain the best workers, and HR professionals need to be able to adapt their approach to individual employees and situations.
This focused Masters degree will develop interpersonal and analytical skills needed to excel in HR. Assessments are tailored towards developing practical skills required to succeed in a role in this field. For example, during the Mentoring and Coaching module, you will create a personal portfolio development plan that you can use to demonstrate your mentoring skills in interviews.
You will start the course by studying the theory and practice of human resource management in a global economy. You will then move on to explore a number of key HR topics including:
Completing this course will help you:
Your studies will culminate in an independent research project which investigates and evaluates a topic of interest, making use of the research, analytical thinking and communication skills you have developed throughout the programme.
Why we’re great
- Our subject matter experts have designed this course with international HR situations in mind.
- Through course content and collaboration with fellow students around the world, you will gain a global outlook on human resources and the ability to succeed in national and international companies.
- No need to take a career break – complete this course 100% online and part-time around your existing work.
The MSc International Human Resource Management is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 180 credits at Level 7.
Level 7 Modules:
- Global Resource and Talent Management (20 credits)
- Strategic Human Resource Development (20 credits)
- Diversity Management in a Global Economy (20 credits)
- Mentoring and Coaching for Organisational Effectiveness (20 credits)
- Leadership and Management Development (20 credits)
- Global Environment and People Management (20 credits)
- Research Methods (20 credits)*
- Business and Management Research Report (40 credits)*
* These modules are core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.
Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.
Our courses are delivered through a virtual learning environment (VLE) instead of a traditional campus. This means you will have access to your study materials 24/7, including:
- multimedia lecturecasts made up of written content, short videos, animation, audio recordings, infographics, short tests and mini-assignments
- discussion forums for you to chat about the course content with fellow students
- live Q&A sessions with your tutors
- a comprehensive eLibrary of textbooks and academic journals
- support from academic staff and your dedicated student Support team
To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.
Rather than fretting about exams, you will be assessed exclusively through assignments. This can be by engaging in discussion forums throughout your modules, completing reflective journal entries, or by submitting longer written pieces.
We are committed to providing frequent and transparent feedback through the following ways:
- Our assessment criteria are designed to be simple and transparent.
- You will always be aware of your current provisional grade, right from the start of the programme.
- You will be able to view your marks clearly in your gradebook whenever you log onto the learning platform.
- There is a 7-day turnaround for marking and feedback of assessed work.
- You will have regular contact with your Student Support team, with whom you can discuss any concerns as soon as they arise.
Our MSc International Human Resource Management has an indicative study duration of 2 years which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability.
It’s possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.
Our academic year is organised into modules, typically with a one- or two-week break between modules and a structured three-week break for the Christmas period. Students will receive a course timetable during the application process.
All of our courses have regular start dates throughout the year.
On successful completion of your degree, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.
Human resources is central to operations for companies across all sectors. After completing this course, you will be well-positioned to succeed in a range of people management roles, such as: Human Resources Manager, Human Resources Officer, Recruitment Consultant, Training and Development Officer, Employee Relations Adviser, Career Coach and Management Consultant.
We know that many people from non-traditional backgrounds would succeed on our courses! That’s why we offer two different entry routes, taking into account your prior work experience and relevant qualifications. You will also need to meet our English language requirements.
Additionally, you will need to pass your first assignment set within your two-week induction period of the course in order to continue with your studies.
In order to satisfy the academic entry route requirements for our MSc International Human Resource Management, as a minimum you must have an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant Level 6 professional qualification.
In order to satisfy the work experience entry route requirements for our MSc International Human Resource Management, as a minimum you must have at least five years’ senior level work experience in human resources.
As our courses are delivered in English, a high proficiency with English is required. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5. Don’t worry if you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification – we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.
You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.
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Fees and Funding
Full tuition fee: £11,222