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How long you will study
Domestic course fees
GBP 12300 per year
How you will study
International course fees
GBP 20100 per year
Our MSc in International Human Resource Management will develop your understanding of real-world HR issues, and will provide you with key insights specific to the demands of working for multinational organisations and across national borders.
Within the specialised domain of the Business School's IHRM programme, cases and examples of large international companies are used to illustrate and discuss issues such as global talent management and comparative employment relations. There is a consistent focus on the global implications and application of HRM, which is reflected in the tailored course selection options available on the IHRM programme.
You will take four core courses in the first term and two in the second term. In the second term you will also have the opportunity to choose two option courses that will enable you to tailor your studies towards your chosen career path. The final dissertation will be written over the summer term and is overseen by an academic supervisor. Overall, the programme is designed to incorporate the rapid practical and theoretical developments in the field of IHRM.
A strong academic base, passionate faculty and international student body will ensure a rewarding learning experience in our city-centre campus. The School has widespread industry links enabling you to benefit from the expertise of a range of guest speakers. In the past, speakers have included the HR Director of Heineken, Senior HR Manager of Procter and Gamble, the Head of HR Shared Services with the Royal Bank of Scotland, and the Edinburgh Managing Director of the John Lewis Partnership.
Our MSc, fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, provides a combination of general HR and specialist international HR courses that will enable you to pursue a career in a range of human resources related roles, such as international careers advisor, international HR analyst and quality and diversity officer. There is a particular emphasis on multinational corporations but as a graduate you will also be equipped to work in the public sector, SMEs and the third sector.
Entrance to our MSc programmes is strongly competitive. You can increase your chances of a successful application by exceeding the minimum programme requirements.
You will need a UK first-class or 2:1 honours degree in one of the subjects below, or an equivalent overseas qualification.
Supporting your application
Applications from current undergraduates
Final-year undergraduate students are welcome to apply, so long as your studies will be completed prior to the MSc programme commencement date.
The minimum academic requirement is a UK 2:1 honours degree in a related subject or an equivalent international qualification.
Some examples of equivalent qualifications:
If your home country is not listed above, consult the minimum grade point average (GPA) required by following the link below.
Erin Bembe, full time MBA
After I graduated in 2010 with a BA in Economics, I became a Financial Specialist at the Federal Highway Administration in Washington DC. I returned to study as I had progressed as far as I could in my current role and I also wanted to move from the public sector into the private sector. I chose the University of Edinburgh for its global reputation, its location, and because of the length of the MBA programme (1 year compared to 2 in the US).
The MBA is an intense full-time program providing an overview of business with the option to specialize in an area of interest. There is a strong focus on sustainability and corporate social responsibility as well as the development of leadership and other soft skills. Because the school is so well placed in Europe and has such a good reputation, it attracts students from all over the world, providing a diverse and stimulating learning environment. The opportunities to learn beyond the classroom – from international business treks to case competitions and undergraduate mentoring programs are vast.
The programme allowed me to develop both my technical skills and my soft skills which were instrumental in landing me my current job. I am now a Senior Financial Analyst for Johnson & Johnson and was introduced to my current company through the programme’s Capstone project.
Having an alumni community that I can tap into is important to me. The network I’ve built thus far has been a huge support in my post-MBA life. The programme is quite rigorous and the city can be a huge distraction, so it’s essential to find the right balance between studying and enjoying all that Edinburgh has to offer. Make sure to take advantage of all the opportunities the school provides for development outside of the classroom – the multiple clubs, volunteering opportunities, projects, guest lecturers, and career services.
Tim Puddy, Masters in International Human Resource Management
Prior to moving to Edinburgh I completed a BA in Management from the University of York. During the course of the degree I spent a placement year working at the Pharmaceutical Company GlaxoSmithKline. I worked within the Human Resource Development team concerning their future leader programmes.
I went back to study as I enjoy the stimulating and liberating environment available in academia, and wanted to pursue my interest in HRM. Edinburgh University is an elite university, but more specifically, the Business School provided a route to CIPD accreditation which is key in HRM careers. Being by definition an international programme, the IHRM cohort is also very international and therefore we get so many new perspectives on issues. We have been taught about crucial areas of HRM as well as having particular focuses on the issues an international context brings. These concepts were reinforced during a class trip to Helsinki.
The CIPD accreditation is hugely important, but to have a deep theoretical background in topical HR issues is even more so. The Reward Management module in particular has helped me get a job in this area as I will be working in reward management for Virgin Money. I will also be maintaining links with the health sector.
Edinburgh itself is beautiful, vibrant and quaint all at the same time. It is also walkable which is very important to me. I love a good view, and Edinburgh is spoilt with these! Of course its culture and arts scene aren’t too far behind. The city will, I am sure, hold a special place in everyone’s memories so keeping in touch is crucial personally as well as professionally. I encourage new students to make the most of what Scotland and the Business School have to offer.
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