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Location: Online Mode of study: Part-time Qualification: MSc Indicative duration: 2 years
Start date: Tuition fee: £11,836 For queries: Call +44 (0) 1206 489 358 Delivered by: Kaplan Open Learning

In a world with an increasingly global workforce, those working in human resources (HR) need to understand the transnational nature of employees in the 21st century. Companies need to work harder to provide a competitive employment package to attract and retain the best workers, and HR professionals need to be able to adapt their approach to individual employees and situations.

This focused Masters degree will develop interpersonal and analytical skills needed to excel in HR. Assessments are tailored towards developing practical skills required to succeed in a role in this field. For example, during the Mentoring and Coaching module, you will create a personal portfolio development plan that you can use to demonstrate your mentoring skills in interviews.

You will start the course by studying the theory and practice of human resource management in a global economy. You will then move on to explore a number of key HR topics including:

  • strategic human resource development and learning and talent development practices and policies at individual, group, organisational, national and international levels
  • the management of diversity and inclusion and how national and international contexts shape diversity policies and practices within organisations
  • the significance of leadership and management development, including how to identify candidates for management roles and the importance of ongoing support for developing leaders

Your studies will culminate in an independent research project which investigates and evaluates a topic of interest, making use of the research, analytical thinking and communication skills you have developed throughout the programme.

Why we’re great

  • Our subject matter experts have designed this course with international HR situations in mind.
  • Through course content and collaboration with fellow students around the world, you will gain a global outlook on human resources and the ability to succeed in national and international companies.
  • No need to take a career break – complete this course 100% online and part-time around your existing work.

Ready to discover more about global resources and talent management? In this insightful module, you’ll learn the foundations of global human resource management theory and practice, in order to develop a holistic understanding across a wide range of organisational settings. 

Gain a foundational level of knowledge covering the concept and significance of strategic Human Resource Development (HRD) in a global context. This helpful module critically engages strategic HRDas well as learning and talent development practices and policiesat individual, group, organisational, national and international levels. 

Diversity management is key to organisational growth, so learn more about it in this insightful module. You’ll critically appraise the key concepts of delivering effective policies and practices – while discovering how the development of diverse talent helps improve organisational performance, problem-solving and decision making. 

Mentoring and coaching are key interventions adopted for the development of talent within an organisation. This stimulating module critically engages the nature and meaning of the two different concepts, as well as a variety of models and frameworks used for effective mentoring and coaching within organisations. 

Gain a broad introduction to the concept of leadership and management development – a topic that remains high on HR and corporate executive agendas. This defining module will introduce you to leadership and management in a global context, so that upon completion, you can analyse the design and implementation of key interventions, policies and strategies. 

How do human resources and people management operate in a global context? Find out on this informative module. You’ll examine the economic, institutional, social and global contexts of people management. Not only that, you’ll learn in-depth about globalisation and the demographic, social and technological advancements affecting HR strategies. 

What is SPSS? Hows data gathered in psychology? Get ready to gain knowledge in qualitative and quantitative research methods and apply these skills in a professional setting. By the end of this comprehensive module, you’ll be able to interpret and present your results, while continuing to build your skills portfolio.

This defining module allows you to produce a major piece of academic research on a chosen topic within business and management. You’ll have the opportunity to explore areas that have not been fully investigated previously – incorporating your knowledge of management challenges, or a business scenario that has far-reaching organisational implications. 

Teaching methods

Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.

Our courses are delivered through a virtual learning environment (VLE) instead of a traditional campus. This means you will have access to your study materials 24/7, including:

  • multimedia lecturecasts made up of written content, short videos, animation, audio recordings, infographics, short tests and mini-assignments
  • discussion forums for you to chat about the course content with fellow students
  • live Q&A sessions with your tutors
  • a comprehensive eLibrary of textbooks and academic journals
  • support from academic staff and your dedicated Student Support team

To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.

 

Assessment methods

Rather than fretting about exams, you will be assessed exclusively through assignments. This can be by engaging in discussion forums throughout your modules, completing reflective journal entries, or by submitting longer written pieces.

We are committed to providing frequent and transparent feedback through the following ways:

  • Our assessment criteria are designed to be simple and transparent.
  • You will always be aware of your current provisional grade, right from the start of the programme.
  • You will be able to view your marks clearly in your gradebook whenever you log onto the learning platform.
  • There is a 7-day turnaround for marking and feedback of assessed work.
  • You will have regular contact with your Student Support team, with whom you can discuss any concerns as soon as they arise.

 

Study duration

Our MSc International Human Resource Management has an indicative study duration of 2 years which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability.

It’s possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.

Our academic year is organised into modules, typically with a one- or two-week break between modules and a structured three-week break for the Christmas period. Students will receive a course timetable during the application process.

All of our courses have regular start dates throughout the year.

On successful completion of your degree, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

Human resources is central to operations for companies across all sectors. After completing this course, you will be well-positioned to succeed in a range of people management roles, such as: Human Resources Manager, Human Resources Officer, Recruitment Consultant, Training and Development Officer, Employee Relations Adviser, Career Coach and Management Consultant.

We know that many people from non-traditional backgrounds would succeed on our courses! That’s why we offer two different entry routes, taking into account your prior work experience and relevant qualifications. You will also need to meet our English language requirements.

Additionally, you will need to pass your first assignment set within your two-week induction period of the course in order to continue with your studies.

 

Academic entry route

In order to satisfy the academic entry route requirements for our MSc International Human Resource Management, as a minimum you must have an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant Level 6 professional qualification.

 

Work experience entry route

In order to satisfy the work experience entry route requirements for our MSc International Human Resource Management, as a minimum you must have at least five years’ senior level work experience in human resources.

 

English language requirements

As our courses are delivered in English, a high proficiency with English is required. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5. Don’t worry if you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification – we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.

You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Full tuition fee: £11,836 (2022-23) Δ

  • Designated for postgraduate student loans in England.
  • Simple monthly payment plan available, enabling you to spread the cost over the duration of your studies.
  • Full payment discount of 5% if you pay upfront.
  • Partial scholarship available for international students residing in specific regions outside of the UK.
  • Alumni discount of 10% of the tuition fee available if you are a previous graduate with the University of Essex or University of Essex Online.
  • 10% corporate discount available when three or more of your employees study with us.

Please note that a maximum of two discounts or scholarships can be applied. The corporate discount can only be used in combination with our upfront payment discount, but not in conjunction with any other discount or scholarship. Find out more information about our discounts and scholarships here.

Our course fees are fully inclusive – all teaching materials and required reading are included, and there are no hidden charges for assessments or resits. We also charge the same fee for domestic and international students.

Δ All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process.

Subject specialists, industry authorities and experienced academics: the tutors who teach modules on our MSc International Human Resource Management are experts in the fields of business and human resources.

What our students say

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