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University of Portsmouth: International Human Resource Management

Institution University of Portsmouth View institution profile
Department Faculty of Business and Law
Telephone 023 9284 2991
Study type Taught


Overview Are you looking to start a global career in human resource management in this exciting, challenging and influential area of business? Our MSc International Human Resource Management (HRM) Master's degree prepares graduates from any national background for success in human resources (HR) and people management, anywhere in the world.

This course, tailored to the global environment, will develop your knowledge of HR and people management in an international context. You’ll study alongside students from a range of nationalities and cultures and have the opportunity to network with professionals as you learn about the globalisation of business and its effect on the HR industry. You’ll explore topics including why HR measures that are effective in one country can fail in another, even within the same organisation. This practical course considers the opportunities and challenges of human resource management and people management practice in a global setting.

When you graduate we'll make sure you have the skills to manage people across borders, and to handle cross-cultural issues in international human resources. These skills are in demand in the HR industry and beyond; you'll be ready to advance your career in business development, recruitment, or training and development.

Upon completion of this course, you’ll be eligible for internationally recognised associate Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) membership which demonstrates your commitment to the highest standards of the profession, as well as being equipped with the knowledge and skills to start a career as an HR practitioner or as a people manager in a global environment.

What you'll experience On this course, you'll:

  • Compare human resource practices across different regions of the world

  • Gain expertise in issues around ethics and sustainability in a global context and its impact on the world of work

  • Learn from experienced lecturers and practitioners from international human resource backgrounds

  • Practically develop your professional and managerial skills

  • Consider the theory and practice of HRM in the global business environment

  • Eligibility for associate CIPD membership once you graduate

Careers and opportunities Once you complete this Master's in International Human Resource Management, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge, to operate successfully in a global environment.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). On successful completion of course you will be entitled to apply for Associate membership of the CIPD.

This course is aligned with the standards laid out in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) curriculum. With over 300,000 HR and business executive members spanning 165 countries, SHRM is the largest human resource management association on the planet. This recognition confirms the high level of HR education we uphold, and our role as a springboard for exceptional human resource professionals.

What can you do with an International Human Resource Management degree? Once you've graduated, you can pursue a career in:

  • HR Business Partner

  • Learning and Development Specialist

  • Recruitment Consultancy

  • Pay and Benefits Specialist

  • HR Consultant

  • HR Manager

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.


University of Portsmouth


‘I already feel so much more confident applying for jobs.’

Anna, Master’s student at the University of Portsmouth

 Why Portsmouth?
A stronger sense of direction. Opportunities to specialise and further your prospects. A big step towards achieving your ambitions. Portsmouth is a university where you can connect with great people and businesses, and unlock career possibilities.

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.

  •    5***** rated for excellence in the QS World University rankings 2022
  • 86% satisfaction with course …
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