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International Human Resource Management and Comparative Industrial Relations MSc

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Degree awarded
Master of Science
12 Months. [Full-Time]
Entry requirements

We normally look for a UK bachelor degree with first or upper second class honours, or the overseas equivalent, in any discipline.

When assessing your academic record, we take into account your grade average, position in class, references and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification. 

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Course options

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Course description

Watch Course Director Professor Miguel Martinez Lucio talk about the course>>

Course module details >>

Advancing technology means the world is getting smaller. Put your HR career on the global stage with a degree that focuses on managing people across borders and putting human resources into an international context.

With more and more people working for international corporations or global international supply chains, the study of international human resources and industrial relations is becoming ever more important. The increasing globalisation of the economy and pan-national employment legislation also means the ability to compare processes and practices across continents is a sought-after skill.

It gives you an understanding of the differences between the employment practices and industrial relations systems of varying countries and multinationals, and how they are influenced by social and economic factors. You also look at the influence of economic integration on changing systems of employment and industrial relations.

CIPD Course recognition

This course is approved to the new equivalent advanced level postgraduate standard and you can enhance your studies by taking additional CIPD components that prepare you for CIPD membership. If you decide to do so, you can attend a series of skills workshops, hear from guest speakers, and complete a range of activities enabling you to develop practical HR skills.

You will join CIPD as a student member and on passing all of the modules of the Masters degree (including the dissertation) and the CIPD components, your CIPD membership will be automatically updated to Associate Member. Once you have applied your knowledge in the workplace, you can apply for Chartered membership.

There is a charge for the CIPD stream - contact the Masters Admissions Office for details. Further details including costs are available from the postgraduate administration team and you can visit the CIPD website .

If you are interested in domestic human resource management you might like to consider our MSc Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations .

Open days

Postgraduate Open Day

Register now   for our next postgraduate open day on  Wednesday 25 November 2015  . The venue is the Atrium in Alliance MBS East (no.26 on the campus map, on the corner of Oxford Road and Booth Street East).

Registration starts from 2.30pm

- 3.00pm Welcome presentation, Masters alumni panel and taster lecture

- 4.00pm Meet academics, current students and admissions staff

- 4.00pm Opportunity to take a campus tour.

Events round the world

We take part in events both at home and around the world, and we'd be delighted to meet you in your country . If you are in the UK, you are also welcome to organise a personal visit .


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2016, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £10,500
    International students (per annum): £17,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

Refund Policy

Due to the competition for places and limited availability, our courses require a deposit of £1000 to cover non-recoverable costs and secure your place. The deposit will be deducted from your tuition fees when you register on the course.

The deposit is non-refundable, except in the following situations:

  • you fail to meet the conditions of your offer (see below for further information); and/or
  • you are refused a visa or entry clearance to enter the UK (proofmustbe submitted)

If an offer has been made specifying an English Language condition which you do not meet, the Admissions Team will require the official certificate of an English Language test taken after the date of offer as evidence that you have attempted to meet your offer conditions for a refund to be approved. The English Language test certificate provided with your application documents will not be accepted as proof that you have attempted to meet your offer conditions as such a certificate will predate the offer.

If an offer has been made specifying an academic condition, the Admissions Team will require the official university documentation showing that you have not met this academic condition from the institution at which you have studied, as evidence for a refund to be approved.

The Admissions Team reserves the right to refuse to refund of any deposit that does not meet with the requirements outlined above.

Additional expenses

Please note: There is a £450 administrative fee payable to Alliance Manchester Business School on arrival if you choose to register with the CIPD, plus you join the CIPD for two years - the year of your course, and the year of graduation. The current fee to join the CIPD is £178 for the 1st year and £138 for the 2nd year.


Contact us for further information on scholarships available .

Contact details

Academic department
Alliance Manchester Business School
Contact name
Masters Admissions Office
+44 (0)161 306 1339
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