MSc International Human Resource Management

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Start date(s)

September 2020

Tuition fees 20/21
Home (full-time, per year): £7,950
International (full-time, per year): To be confirmed

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About this course

LJMU's MSc in International Human Resource Management creates globally knowledgeable practitioners with an appreciation of multi-cultural international practice.

  • Study on a course approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • Gain eligibility for Associate Membership on graduation
  • Access state-of-the-art learning facilities in the Redmonds Building 

This CIPD approved MSc degree programme will develop your abilities to critically examine and apply contemporary approaches to HR management within organisations operating in a global environment. The programme builds professional core areas such as Resourcing and Talent Management, Managing Performance and Digital Engagement and Relationships.

Recognising the growth of global consultancy, the programme contains the financial, project management and relationship skills needed to perform effectively. 

You will critically examine the needs of the global marketplace and the integration of skills, systems and knowledge required to enable organisations to operate efficiently and effectively in dynamic commercial environments.

Using international business case studies highlighting best practice across a variety of sectors, industries and stakeholders, you will also evaluate different approaches to managing and designing human resource strategy. 


AACSB International –The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business logoLiverpool Business School at Liverpool John Moores University is a member of AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. 

AACSB International is a global association of leaders in education and business dedicated to supporting and advancing quality business education worldwide. Through membership, accreditation, research, thought leadership, professional development, and advocacy, AACSB partners with over 1,500 organizations, from more than 90 countries globally. Membership or participation in the Global Education Alliance does not imply accreditation.

Professional body recognition

LJMU is a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) approved centre.

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Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

This internationally focused Masters degree is recognised as a key HR qualification required by employers when recruiting HR Business Partners, Advisers and Managers, particularly if the organisation has an international or multinational focus.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core Modules

Developing Academic Business and Leadership Competencies
20 credits

This module aims to develop your interpersonal, leadership, critical, and financial skills and enable you to apply them in an HR context.

Introduction to Strategic HR
10 credits

This module aims to develop your knowledge of components of HRM and how HR fits with wider organisational strategy. It will focus on wider examples related to HR.

Management Theory and Leadership
20 credits

This module covers leadership and management. It provides a contemporary and comprehensive introduction to the principal ideas and developments in this area.

International Consultancy Skills
10 credits

This module aims to: critically assimilate the relationship between the organisation's business model and its performance, analyse the context of the economy and how it influences people and organisations globally and critically evaluate the role, behaviours and attitudes of HR consultants in a changing commercial environment. It:

  • helps you to understand the business model essential for the evaluation of a business's success or failure
  • introduces the key building blocks of a business model which include: customer, financial cost structure, revenue streams, channels, key activities, etc

Managing Human Resourcing Strategy
10 credits

This module provides a conceptual framework for effective employee resourcing. Formative feedback is advanced through workshop participation and the analysis of case studies and scenarios.

OD in An International Arena
20 credits

This module aims to explore the stages of OD and the challenges and opportunities of running an OD project in an international environment.

Research Methods for HR
20 credits

This module aims to develop your skills to research a real-life workplace problem. You will learn the whole research process through participating in workshops and conducting online exercises. In addition, the module aims to prepare you for your level six independent impact report, by enabling you to critically review and summarise literature and independently conduct a research project utilising quantitative and qualitative research tools.

Global Digital Engagement
10 credits

This module aims to develop your skills to critically evaluate the role, function, value and drawbacks of the digital economy and how this relates to managing and developing people resource. It explores the role of digital technologies in HR.

Dissertation and Impact Report
60 credits

This module aims to develop an independent, academically rigorous research project using primary research methods, with a methodology and full literature review. It will culminate in a critical, analytical discussion, drawing out further areas for exploration, potential new theoretical contributions to your chosen subject, and recommendations for future academic research in your chosen area.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

Students typically attend classes over two or two and a half days a week across the two semesters.  The dissertation starts at the end of semester one and continues after semester two, with Action Learning Sets meeting for supervision every few weeks until submission of the dissertation in early September.

Teaching methods

The programme is taught by a dedicated team of research-active academics incorporating a number of international specialists. All staff offer a mix of academic excellence and industry experience.

Course teaching will develop your abilities to critically examine and apply contemporary approaches to HR management within organisations operating in a global environment.

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Applied learning

Using international business case studies highlighting best practice across a variety of sectors, industries and stakeholders, you will evaluate different approaches to managing and designing human resource strategy.


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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

Assessment methods for this course are as follows:

For the majority of modules, you will be assessed by presentations, systems building, case studies, written essays and reports. Assessments run throughout the academic year, and will include:

  • written assignments reviewing the implications of major pieces of current research for contemporary organisations
  • written assignments advising on and developing HR strategy and policy in specific organisation/sector contexts
  • an IT portfolio evidencing development
  • face-to-face presentations and role play
  • a research proposal in preparation for your Masters-level dissertation
  • your dissertation 

All assessments are developed by the LJMU teaching team (under the guidance of the external examiner). Written assignments are issued early in the semester and you are encouraged to consider your assignment throughout the module.

You will have opportunities in workshops to discuss assignments, clarify requirements with your module tutor and discuss possible approaches with colleagues in the group.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Helen Collins

Helen Collins

Programme Leader

Helen has worked at LJMU for over three years and has extensive experience running, managing and teaching on Masters courses, gained through more than 20 years of teaching at universities both in the UK and abroad. Her teaching interests are mostly concerned with the internationalisation of HRM, and Organisation Development in an international arena. Research interests include: precarious and insecure work, Action Learning pedagogy and practice, and international students’ experience of cross-cultural adaptation.  

Teaching and research are very rewarding parts of my role. Whilst I enjoy developing programmes and refining modules, I particularly relish watching students on the MSc grow over the course of the programme, adapt to a new culture and new teaching and learning styles and thrive to become competent HRM scholars and practitioners who I am immensely proud to see graduate.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, and a café. It is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Liverpool Business School also has a dedicated Management Development Suite, based in a listed building in the historic Georgian Quarter of Liverpool and a short walk from the Redmonds Building. The building has recently undergone £1.2 million investment to provide a professional learning space.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 honours degree
  • experience in the field of HR, training, development or related area OR aspirations to work in this area

Additional Information

  • Additional qualifications will be considered e.g. Level 5 CIPD Intermediate standards
  • IELTS 6.0 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)
  • Pearson 50-57
  • RPL is accepted on this program
  • You will not be interviewed
  • International students applying to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU should check if they require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. Contact International Admissions Team for more details
  • International students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part-time

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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

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Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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