Glasgow Caledonian University logo
  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 8.78k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 14.8k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    This professionally-accredited programme is a great choice for anyone who sees their future role in an organisation or context where the effective management of people at work matters.
    The programme is the first of its type in Scotland and is accredited by professional bodies in the UK and abroad, including the Chartered Institute for Personnel & Development (CIPD); The American Society for HRM (SHRM); and, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), which means that your professional career is underpinned by the knowledge, understanding and capability that will see you firmly on an incredible career path.
    During the course, you will study:

    * contemporary HRM strategies, policies and activities in a range of geographical contexts
    * global, international and comparative organisational environments
    * diversity and cross-cultural management
    * management and leadership

    The programme is designed to meet growing demand in large, national and international organisations for highly educated individuals with a global perspective and mindset. Our aim is to support your preparation for a genuine career in international and culturally diverse settings.
    All modules involve class based learning and tutor support. This includes the dissertation stage which is made up of an HRM Inquiry Project. Shorter than a traditional Masters dissertation, the HRM Inquiry Project involves structured industry visits.
    You can start in either September or January.

    The programme has been designed to be as flexible as possible, taking into account your requirements. You have the option of starting in either September or January. Over the course of the year you will complete the following 8 taught modules, plus a dissertation or project:

    * Personal and Professional Development
    * Managing and Developing Human Resources
    * HRM in Organisational Contexts
    * Resourcing and Talent Management
    * Performance Management
    * Change and Leadership
    * Diversity and Cross Cultural Management
    * International and Comparative HR Strategies

    Module Details
    Personal and Professional Development
    This module aims to develop individual mastery in personal and interpersonal effectiveness in order to support career entry and development, thereby enabling positive and professional organisational impacts
    Diversity and Cross Cultural Management
    This module aims to develop insights into key elements of culture at individual, national and organisational levels. The purpose is to support cross-cultural capability and inculcate a global mindset by stimulating self-awareness and widening frames of reference, because cross-cultural sensitivity and literacy is core to the MSc in International HRM programme.
    International and Comparative HR Strategies
    The aim of this module is to develop critical insights into the theoretical underpinnings and practical implications of human resource strategies in organisations which operate internationally and in different countries. The module explores and evaluates key dimensions in formulating and implementing HR strategies in large, transnational and multi-national organisations
    Managing and Developing Human Resources
    This module critically examines selected contemporary theory and practice by investigating local, national and international issues in human resource management (HRM) and human resource development (HRD).
    HRM in Organisational Contexts
    The aim of the module is to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to interpret and analyse environment(s) in which their organisations operate. This is done by critically examining internal and external environments in global and national contexts.
    Resourcing and Talent Management
    This module develops critical understanding of resourcing and talent management issues to promote fair and effective decision making in key aspects of human resource management.
    Performance Management
    This module aims to explore how managers in organisations might optimise individual and collective performance to achieve strategic goals through effective performance management policies and procedures. It also develops skills in the interpretation of financial information to determine organisational performance
    Change and Leadership
    Essential to organisations today, this module develops a critical appreciation of organisational change and its leadership implications and demands. In doing so, this module considers multiple perspectives of change and leadership ranging from traditional to emerging alternatives.
    Research Design and Critical Inquiry
    The purpose of the module is to introduce students to research and consultancy approaches to critical inquiry in the areas of human resource management and business.
    Human Resource Management Research Project
    The Human Resource Management Research Project is an independent investigation of a substantial human resource management or employee relations issue or problem, which demonstrates a critical awareness of management practice, relevant theories and research techniques and approaches.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    * UK Honours degree 2:2 or equivalent. Normally the degree will be in a people or business-centred discipline. However, degrees may be in, for example, the social sciences, arts subjects, modern languages, economics, politics or any business subject such as marketing or finance. * Alternatively, if you have another type of degree such as science or technology and appropriate work experience where your effectiveness involved working successfully with others, you may also apply. * If you have a lesser qualification, equivalent to a UK Higher National Diploma, and you have at least a years appropriate work experience, we will happily consider your application. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


    Accredited by a number of professional bodies: The CIPD (Chartered Institute for Personnel & Development); SHRM (The American Society for HRM); and, CMI (Chartered Management Institute)

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