International Human Resource Management (739N1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

Learn about concepts, issues and debates around human resource management and employment relations within the context of the growing internationalisation of business.

Look at the implications of the rise of multinational corporations and foreign direct investment for employment, and the particular challenges of managing a workforce across national borders.

You will adopt a comparative perpective for the discussion of varied human resource practices across different national contexts.

This module weaves together two key themes: international differences in HR management, and the HRM practices of corporations that operate in multiple countries.

Topics may include:

  • specific HRM function areas (such as pay/rewards systems, working time, employee voice at the company or sector level)
  • variability in the interpretation of high performance HRM systems
  • global diffusion of HRM practices
  • different 'home country' effects shaping MNC employment practices
  • international assignments as an HRM tool
  • gendered dimensions of MNC HRM practices
  • the role of culture in global diversity management
  • corporate social responsibility issues
  • global talent management
  • implications of outsourcing and off-shoring for HRM.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


20%: Coursework (Observation)
80%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.