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MSc International Human Resource Management and Comparative Industrial Relations / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course description

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MSc Int. HRM & Comparative Industrial Relations experience: Delores Joan Idumesaro, Nigeria,

People are at the heart of workplaces. Managing and developing them is essential to help organisations achieve their goals, and support employees to thrive and lead meaningful working lives.

  • Learn about the differences between the employment practices and industrial relations systems in diverse countries and multinationals
  • Understand how social and economic factors influence variations in practice and systems
  • Study the influence of economic integration on changing systems of employment and industrial relations
  • Gain a competitive edge in the job market studying a course accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

CIPD Course recognition

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) offering the ability to fast track your career through membership.

As part of our accreditation, all students attend a series of compulsory HR skills development workshops. These workshops focus on your personal skills capacity building as a future HR specialist. The workshops are non-credit bearing in order to maximise their developmental nature. You can join CIPD as a student member and once you have passed all course units (including the HR skills development workshops and the dissertation), you can update your CIPD membership to Associate Member. After you have applied your knowledge in a workplace setting, you can then apply for Chartered Membership.

Further information about CIPD qualifications >>

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

Teaching and learning

Assessment across the course units varies on the modules chose. It includes a combination of examinations, individual essay, course work, assignment and group project and presentation assessment. A dissertation is undertaken during the final semester over the summer.

Course unit details

During the course you will be taking 180 credits in all. The eight taught modules during semester one and two total 120 credits and consists of both compulsory and optional taught units which can be viewed in the list below.  Please note that certain modules have to be taken to achieve CIPD recognition

Over the summer period, you will carry out your Research Dissertation, worth 60 credits.  Examples of recent dissertation project topics include:

  • Work-life balance: perspectives of female teachers from the UK and India
  • Demographic change in Germany and Japan and the implications for the labour market
  • A comparative study of gender discrimination at work in the UK and China
  • The impact of support practices on expatriate adjustment in a Russian multinational corporation
  • Coping mechanisms of Nigerian women balancing motherhood and managerial roles

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Workplace Research and Analysis Skills BMAN60261 15 Mandatory
International Human Resource Management BMAN60992 15 Mandatory
Multinationals and Comparative Employment Systems BMAN70051 15 Mandatory
HRM: Strategy and Practice BMAN70231 15 Mandatory
Comparative Industrial Relations BMAN71911 15 Mandatory
International Labour Law and Regulation BMAN71922 15 Mandatory
The Management of International Organizational Change BMAN62082 15 Optional
HRM: Context and Organisation BMAN71242 15 Optional
Employment Practice and Equality BMAN72382 15 Optional
Industrial Relations BMAN72391 15 Optional

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk