Postgraduate study

International Human Resource Management MSc

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Full-time

Funding opportunities

Managing human resources is a key area of business and management. Globalisation and the changing economic, demographic, and political landscape means that what constitutes effective HRM and how it may best be practiced is constantly evolving and increasingly requires an international orientation. The University of Edinburgh Business School’s MSc in International HRM is at the forefront of research-led, practically and theoretically-informed management education.

The programme provides a combination of courses to enable the professional development of future HR practitioners, capable of operating across national borders. The programme combines the latest theory and research with the development of practical skills and opportunities for the application of knowledge to real-life, international HR issues.

The aim of the MSc in International Human Resource Management is to give you the knowledge, understanding and skills required by HR professionals operating within global organisations.

The programme provides courses that will enable the professional development of future international HR managers. These courses combine theoretical and research-based insights with practical skills and provide opportunities for the application of this knowledge to real-life HR issues.

A strong academic base, enthusiastic faculty and international cohort will ensure a rewarding student experience in our city-centre campus. The School has widespread industry links and students will have exposure to a range of first class guest speakers.

Learning will primarily be through lectures, set reading, class discussions, exercises, group-work assignments, problem solving in tutorials and case studies. Assessment methods include examinations, assignments, presentations or continuous assessment.

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AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScInternational Human Resource Management1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2019/20

Students who follow this programme will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of key terms, theories/concepts and practices within the field of HRM.
  • Obtain, through elective courses, an in-depth knowledge of specific HRM-related theories, skills and practices.
  • Appreciate the implications of increasing globalisation for the management of human resources, with particular reference to HRM in multinational corporations.
  • Develop an ability to undertake qualitative and quantitative research and apply this knowledge in the context of an independently constructed work (i.e. dissertation).
  • To be able to identify and appreciate the significance of ethical issues in HR practices and the management of people in the workplace.

Entrance to our MSc programmes is strongly competitive. You can increase your chances of a successful application by exceeding the minimum programme requirements.

Academic requirements

You will need a UK first-class or 2:1 honours degree from a good university in any subject, or an equivalent overseas qualification.

Candidates must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in Human Resource Management.

Supporting your application

Preference will be given to those with grades above the minimum requirements due to strong competition for places on this programme.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: total 67 (at least 56 in each of the Communicative Skills sections)

  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)

  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.*

(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates. Revised 22/03/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

Find out more about our language requirements:

Application fee and tuition fee deposit

An application fee of £50 is payable in respect of all applications submitted for this programme.

If you receive an offer of admission, either unconditional or conditional, you will be asked to pay a tuition fee deposit of £1,500 within 28 days to secure your place on the programme. The fee does not include the cost of text books for core and options courses so you should budget an additional amount for this required expenditure.

See the programme website for more information on fees and deposits:

Tuition fees

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScInternational Human Resource Management1 YearFull-timeTuition fees

Featured funding

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

Other funding opportunities

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  • University of Edinburgh Business School
  • 29 Buccleuch Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9JS

Due to high demand, the School operates a number of selection deadlines. We will make a small number of offers to the most outstanding candidates on an ongoing basis, but hold the majority of applications until the next published selection deadline when we will offer a proportion of the places available to applicants selected through the competitive process described on the School website.

Deadlines for applicants applying to study in 2019/20:

Round Application deadline Decisions by
1 17 October 2018 6 December 2018
2 12 December 2018 14 February 2019
3 20 February 2019 11 April 2019
4 17 April 2019 6 June 2019
5 12 June 2019 25 July 2019

Full details on the admissions process and the selection deadlines are available on the Business School website:

You must submit one reference with your application.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • University of Edinburgh Business School
  • 29 Buccleuch Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9JS