About your course
This course is delivered by specialist academics from the Liverpool Business School, who have an in-depth grasp of the strategic acumen required to deploy and manage global professional services.
- Masters degree available to study full time (one year)
- Approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development - you will be eligible for Associate Membership on graduation
- LJMU is a CIPD approved centre
- Study in the state-of-the-art Redmonds Building
- Programme linked to and shares some content with our highly regarded MA Human Resource Management
There are many international students on my programme and it is great to hear about different views and how things are done in different countries. Being a relatively small group we have had some great opportunities during our studies, including visiting businesses to see how the practical side of HR works. The tutor support on offer at LJMU is really good and you can go to them whenever for advice and support
Introduction to the School
The Liverpool Business School is a forward looking, professional, business school, active globally as well as locally. We maintain close links with business and place students at the centre of all that we do.
The School provides responsive business education that prepares graduates for a wide range of business and management careers. We are proud of our approach to providing business education, which emphasises practical knowledge and its application, delivered by supportive and approachable staff.
Throughout its history, the School has served the business needs of the North West through programmes which focus on developing professional capabilities required by a contemporary, dynamic economy. The School emphasises the power of education and practical application of research to improve the employability of people entering private, public and voluntary sectors, boosting the productivity of work forces, generating innovation and growth.
Top class facilities
The School is based in the Redmonds Building, located in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. The Redmonds Building is shared by three Schools within the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies: Liverpool Business School, Liverpool Screen School and the School of Law, making for a rich blend of student learning experiences.
As well as high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, and a ground floor cafe, the School has a state-of-the-art professional suite, with the capability to host conferences and seminars plus a dedicated postgraduate and research area.
The Redmonds Building 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.
Why study this course at LJMU?
Contemporary global business demands a new breed of HR professional: strategic thinkers who understand the needs of international professional services across diverse and multi-cultural dimensions.
The competitive advantage of organisations relies on market-aware postgraduates with an understanding of how globalisation influences the international working environment. Human resources are typically the biggest cost to the operation of businesses, and the knowledge base they represent is crucial to continuing success. Human Resource Managers are therefore essential in maintaining the ever-evolving needs of this highly important and shifting piece of infrastructure.
On an international level, 21st century organisations are operating in an extremely fluid and free economic environment. This is due to a rapid increase in upwardly mobile international citizens and labour forces, not to mention the ever further advances in technology that enable businesses to operate internationally from anywhere in the world.
Postgraduates with interpersonal and people management skills who understand these political, economic and organisational practices, within the relevant cultural contexts, are therefore highly valued. This MSc enables you to provide ingenious, functioning solutions to International Human Resource Management and contribute to the continuation of best working practices.
Programme outline and structure
This MSc in International Human Resource Management will enable you to become a globally knowledgeable practitioner with an appreciation of multi-cultural international practice. You will be able to develop the organisation you work for, its commercial relationships and your own career.
This new 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.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
- Developing Academic Business and Leadership Competencies
This module will develop your competencies as a postgraduate student, focusing on interpersonal, leadership, critical analysis and financial skills enabling you to demonstrate the application of sound business thinking in a HR context
- Introduction to International HRM strategy and Context
By evaluating the impact on business and HR choices and strategies, you will critically analyse the major organisational and external contexts and constraints within which organisations operate across a range of business sectors globally
- Management Theory and Leadership
This module is designed to enable you to critically evaluate HR's role within an international organisation context, and its contribution to HR strategy, organisational leadership and international organisational effectiveness
- International Consultancy Skills
You will evaluate a range of competing international HRM frameworks from different perspectives, concepts and strategies for employment in contemporary global organisations
- Managing Resourcing Strategy
During this module you will critique different management strategies, particularly organisational strategy, dedicated to attracting, managing and retaining talent. You will examine the barriers, challenges and opportunities which enable HR managers to maximise talent potential in the workforce
- Organisation Development in an International Environment
You will critique organisational development (OD) stages and strategies in an international context, allowing you to examine the issues and opportunities surrounding OD programmes in an international HR environment
- Research Methods
This module aims to develop your skills in order for you to research real-life workplace problems. You will learn the whole research process through workshop participation and conducting online exercises. By working on a real research problem, you will develop your skills in designing and implementing quantitative and qualitative research projects
- Engagement in Digital Age
Examine the impact of digital HR on academic and professional practice. You will be required to demonstrate digital knowledge and skills through the composition of a digital presentation
- Dissertation and Impact Report
You will be required to develop an independent and academically-rigorous research project using an international setting. You will be expected to use primary research methods, with a methodology and full literature review, culminating in a critical analytical discussion drawing out further areas for exploration, including potential new theoretical contributions to your chosen topic and recommendations for future academic research in your chosen area
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you require further guidance or clarification.
How will I be assessed?
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.
Staff research interests
Liverpool Business School is home to a vibrant and active research community who are committed to innovation and excellence in research.
Our research is concerned with important contemporary human resource management and organisational design issues ranging from family friendly and diversity initiatives in organisations, to executive coaching, the development of people as managers and resilience. Our research and research based activity is multidisciplinary in practice and reflects the School’s areas of special expertise. This approach is evident in our research which is increasingly focused on global as well as local organisations. Within our team we have international researchers including Dr Mina Beigi and Dr Lilian Otaye and the HR team have authored texts and chapters in texts for CIPD and Sage publishing.
Our main areas of research expertise include:
- Resourcing and Talent management
- Learning and development
- Organisational Design
- Managing Performance
An annual research symposium brings together academic papers and practitioner case studies as we look to engage practitioners and learn from them.
Our expertise in Entrepreneurship is based on research specifically in this area, including the specialist topics of rural entrepreneurship, sustainability and graduate start-ups.
Our Centre for Public Services Management helps us to focus our research expertise in public management, and we work with public bodies regionally and elsewhere to build our research base and put theory into practice.
Entry requirements (Home)
An honours degree in any subject area 2:2 or above.
Experience in the field of HR, training, development or related area OR aspiring to a career in these areas.
Industry experience recommended but not essential.
Additional qualifications considered - Level 5 CIPD Intermediate standards.
Entry requirements (International)
International applicants are required to have equivalent entry qualifications and must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, via an IELTS test with a score of 6.0 ( 5.5 in each component) or equivalent.
If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.
Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.
In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.
6.0 (Min 5.5 in each component)
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.
Sources of funding
Postgraduate Masters loans are available for the 2017/18 academic year. The loans, of up to £10,000, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses, in line with the existing qualification framework for England. Administered by the Student Loan Company, the loans are available to those under 60 at the start of their course.
Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to: ljmu.ac.uk/postgraduate-funding
LJMU Alumni Award
Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants.
English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary
A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.
LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
This International Human Resource Management Masters degree fulfils the CIPD’s Intermediate (Level 5) Standards, recognised as the key HR qualification required by employers.
This new, internationally focused Masters degree will be recognised as a key HR qualification required by employers when recruiting HR Business Partners, Advisors and Managers, particularly if the organisation has an international or multinational focus.
Liverpool Business School is proud to have strong links with the CIPD, and members of the teaching team are active within the local branch and local group. The CIPD sponsors ‘postgraduate student of the year’ prizes each year to recognise outstanding achievement by two students completing the HRM postgraduate programmes at LJMU.
Nationally, members of the teaching team operate as external examiners and as a panel chair on behalf of CIPD for quality and accreditation of their programmes at other centres.
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.
Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.
Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.
Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.
These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.
You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:
- new international applicants
- current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
- LJMU international alumni
English for Postgraduate courses bursary
A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.
This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where 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.
Further guidance on programme changes