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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

Apply online

Please note: This course has now reached capacity for September 2014 entry and is now operating a waitlist for places. This means that if you apply now, your application will be assessed and successful applicants will be placed on a waitlist for places. The waitlist will be regularly reviewed. You may also be offered a place on an alternative Masters course which has available spaces.

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.

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) as meeting the advanced-level underpinning knowledge of an HR professional. Close links are maintained with local branches of the CIPD via guest speakers. You gain real-life experience and boost your CV through workshops by leading HR practitioners and attending a live employment tribunal case. The CIPD awards an annual course prize for the best performance on the course. This CIPD-accredited course is extremely advantageous in securing a career in HRM.

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

Our postgraduate open days give you a great opportunity to look round the School, meet staff and students and find out what Manchester has to offer you. The last one took place on 27 November 2013 - For a taste of what happens at one of these events, download the programme from the day (PDF document, 817KB).


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,800
    International students (per annum): £15,500

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

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Additional expenses

Please note: There is a £450 administrative fee payable to 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
Manchester Business School
Contact name
Masters Admissions Office
+44 (0)161 306 1339
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