International Human Resource Management MSc

University of Exeter
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  • Forward-thinking programme that enhances technological and digital literacy
  • Work on a simulated consultancy project to enhance your employability skills
  • Gain the skills and understanding to thrive in a changing, global workplace

Ways of working are changing, with remote working and freelancing on the rise, HR professionals must adapt to manage and retain top talent from across borders. This one-year internationally orientated programme is designed for students who want to pursue or enhance their global career in HRM.

You can take advantage of a rich combination of innovative and traditional teaching methods to support your learning including taught sessions, guest speaker series and activities such as blended and virtual learning. To provide you with the practical skills you will need to succeed as an HR practitioner, in place of a traditional dissertation, you will work on a virtual consultancy project, providing innovative HRM solutions which address current challenges from real organisations.

As part of a global cohort you will grow your network and knowledge by learning from a variety of cultures through collaborative work. To address the challenges of tomorrow you will be encouraged to explore ethical decision making, the effects of globalisation and enhance your technological and digital literacy to drive successful and socially responsible business decisions.

You will be equipped with the essential theoretical knowledge to understand cross-cultural issues, and the practical skills to navigate a range of diverse and complex international contexts. In addition to your compulsory moudles, you will choose 45 credits from a broad range of optional modules including marketing, entrepreneurship, digital business models, strategic innovation management and resourcing and talent management, giving you the flexibility to tailor your programme to your career aspirations.

The lecturers on the course are extremely supportive – they are always here to answer any questions or address concerns. They are also very accommodating to individual circumstances and always find time to meet with students.

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  • Grenoble Ecole de Management in France
  • Fudan University School of Economics in China

Programme structure

This programme is available for study 12 months full-time over three terms and is University-based throughout this time.

The taught components of the programme are delivered in the first two terms, leaving the third term and most of the summer to work on a virtual consultancy project. The programme in its entirety runs from September to September.

The programme is divided into units of study called modules which are assigned a number of 'credits'. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with one credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work. During the programme you will study modules totalling 180 credits.

Please note that programme structures may be subject to change.

  • Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School postgraduate module list

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching


The aim of lectures is to give you information on ideas that are central to the module and to help you in developing your understanding of complex ideas. Many of the teaching materials for lectures are made available to you electronically to accompany the notes you take during the lecture. Lectures are given by a range of staff members, including leading professors, who integrate their latest research findings into the teaching that you receive. Guest lecturers, including members of industry, also contribute to some modules.

Seminars and tutorials

Seminars and tutorials involve an in-depth exploration of the issues covered in lectures as well as giving you the opportunity to discuss various concepts and theories and receive feedback on your written assignments.


Modules are assessed through a mixture of group work, coursework, project work and examinations; the weighting of each of these components will vary according to the academic requirements of the module. Examinations are normally held at the end of the module, in January and May/June.


Upon graduation, you will have an enhanced commercial awareness and understanding of the impact of HR decisions on an organisations success from recruitment to retention and talent management strategies for different stages of a company’s growth in an ever changing, global future.

Graduates can look to work in a diverse range of roles including:

  • Human Resource Business Partner

Developing your skills and career prospects

The University of Exeter Business School provides a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. Visit our postgraduate Business School careers service web page for more information.

Further information

Entry requirements

A 2:2 degree or above (50%+) with honours or equivalent in any discipline from a recognised university. We do consider all applications where there is evidence of exceptional performance in modules relevant to the programme of study, significant relevant work experience or professional qualifications. 

Pre-Masters programme for international students

The Graduate Diploma in Management run by the INTO University of Exeter Centre is a pre-Masters programme designed to enhance your subject knowledge, study skills and English ability. Successful completion of the Diploma (subject to achieving the specific grades of entry) gives students from overseas the skills needed for acceptance onto this Masters programme.


Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirementsPearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

  • UK/EU: Β£13,600 full-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2020.Please note that this scholarship isn't offered for all our masters programmes.

Contact us

Phone +44 (0) 1392 726679

For questions about your offer, CAS/Visa, supporting documents or application process:

Phone +44 (0) 1392 723044 (overseas) or 0300 555 6060 (UK)

Tier 4 fast-track visa

If your programme is 13-months or less you can benefit from a fast-track visa application and six months in the UK after the end of your programme. Click here for full details


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