University of Portsmouth: Global Human Resource Management (Distance Learning)

InstitutionUniversity of Portsmouth View institution profile
Department Faculty of Business and Law
Telephone 023 9284 5566
Study type Taught


Human resource management (HRM) is a universal concept valued by organisations across the world, but with nuances that vary across contexts. Gain the skills and knowledge you need to effectively manage human resource issues on a global scale with this part-time Master’s course.

Our MSc in Global Human Resource Management takes an international approach, giving you a unique skill set to help you stand out from the competition as organisations increasingly expand across borders.

On this course, you’ll be introduced to key human resource (HR) practices and will investigate the impact that the globalisation of businesses has had on the HRM industry. You'll explore why HR measures that are effective in one country can fail within another, even though they’re part of the same organisation.

On this practical course, you'll use case studies of real organisations to develop your knowledge, so you can immediately apply what you learn to your place of work. You’ll also have the option to develop a real HR action plan for your current organisation as your dissertation, which could help you land a promotion or new job.

You’ll leave this course with the practical skills necessary to effectively manage employees from a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds. And because knowledge of the HR industry on a global scale is sought-after in the workplace, you’ll become a valuable asset to businesses around the world.

This course benefits from a global cohort of students that can provide unique insight into HRM practices around the world.

Together, you'll:

Examine the strategic role and practical application of key HRM functions across the globe, taught by experienced experts and industry professionals Develop analytical, critical and information technology skills, as well as people skills, to allow you to connect with employees of varying attitudes, perceptions and values Develop your knowledge and experience to support your approach to problem-solving exercises, case studies and other activity-based learning Learn to communicate proposed global HR solutions and critical knowledge effectively Identify sustainability issues affecting the resolution of international HR problems, along with international HR ethical issues

How you're assessed All assessments for the course are based on coursework submitted online. Your performance is assessed through coursework such as:

Written assignments An investigative project Opportunities for formal and informal feedback will be provided so you can improve your work for the future.

Career prospects and opportunities With a global perspective on Human Resource Management, you’ll prove a valuable addition to businesses that operate on an international scale.

Your new technical skills and ability to analyse human resource issues will be attractive to prospective employers, as will the practical experience you’ve gained from your final investigative project.

And just because you’ve studied HR you don't have to stay within HR specifically. This Master’s will give you people management skills you can transfer into a variety of sectors.

With the skills and expertise you’ll gain on this course, you could go on to a career in:

Human resources Personnel Business development and consultancy Recruitment Management Training and development


University of Portsmouth

It’s time to dive deeper into what you love, become a real expert and figure out how to make your mark.

Taught qualification or independent research? On-campus teaching or online part-time study? At Portsmouth, you can choose from a wide range of subjects and modes of study.

Why Portsmouth?

  •    5***** rated for excellence in the QS World University rankings 2021
  • Outstanding Gold-rated teaching for our students (TEF)
  • Dedicated Graduate School supporting all research students
  • 84% satisfaction with course quality (PTES Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2020
  • Master’s Scholarships available for high achievers

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