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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

MSc International Human Resource Management

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMSc International Human Resource Management Programme codePTS1SBESBE42
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

The MSc in International Human Resource Management brings together the latest ideas in Human Resource Management (HRM) and practical understanding of the global context in which organisations operate, allowing you to explore a wide body of knowledge relevant to the theory and practice of International Human Resource Management (IHRM). This programme has been designed to enable you to achieve a high level practical understanding of contemporary developments in HR practices across the world. HR specialist knowledge is partnered with a strong understanding of the social, political and ethical context of business in a globalised world. This programme aims to prepare you for a successful career with a HRM specialism explicitly in a global context, and to develop a broad range of relevant HR and people management skills to practice in the global environment.

The programme has been designed to equip you with knowledge and understanding of HRM as a fundamental function of international business and management. There is focus on critical understanding of the practices, policies and theory within the IHRM discipline, encouraging you to explore what relevant HRM issues and challenges mean for different groups of individuals and organisations at an international level. Core modules draw upon the unique expertise that the Business School has in a range of areas related to HRM issues in an international context, including global talent management, resourcing, organisational behaviour, international business and strategic management. You also have the opportunity to tailor your programme and customise your learning experience through a series of elective choices. The programme culminates in a simulated consultancy project on real practical business/IHRM problems. This capstone course combines the latest theory and research with application of the practical skills and knowledge you have gained throughout the year to authentic international HR challenges. The University of Exeter provides an ideal setting for you to understand cross-cultural issues that will uniquely equip you to compete in today’s global marketplace.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To enable students to develop a range of relevant and practical HR and people management skills to prepare them for employment in international organisations.
2. To equip students with knowledge and understanding of HRM as a fundamental function of international business and management.
3. To develop student’s critical understanding of the practices, policies and theory within the IHRM discipline to analyse, conceptualise and evaluate what HRM issues and challenges mean for different groups of individuals and organisations at an international level.
4. To enable students to be evidence-based problem solvers that analyse relevant data, opinions and contexts when informing strategic decisions in international contexts.
5. To provide insights into real-world IHRM challenges through practice-oriented learning that encourages students to build the knowledge, skills and confidence to effectively manage the demands of global business and society.
6. To enable students to work inclusively and effectively in cross-cultural environments through learning opportunities that reflect and are enriched by diverse cultural backgrounds and fields of study.
7. To develop relevant professional and academic knowledge and competence, and transferable skills to prepare students for employment.

4. Programme Structure

The MSc International Human Resource Management is a twelve-month programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). 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 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

The consultancy project is undertaken between June and September.

Interim Awards

A Postgraduate Diploma is awarded when a student gains at least 120 credits, including at least 90 at Level 7 on a

designated programme.

A Postgraduate Certificate is awarded when a student gains at least 60 credits including at least 45 at Level 7 on a

designated programme.

5. Programme Modules

This programme is available for study 12 months full-time over three terms. The taught components of the programme are delivered in the first two terms, leaving the third term and most of the summer to research, write and submit your consultancy project.

During the programme you will study modules (including the consultancy project) totalling 180 credits. Please note that all options are available timetable permitting and may change.

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

Stage 1


Compulsory Modules

180 credits. 105 credits of compulsory modules with 75 credits of optional modules.

Module BEMM472 is closed to MSc International HRM students only

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEMM388 People Management 15No
BEMM042 Resourcing and Talent Management 15No
BEMM059 International Human Resource Management 15No
BEMM389 Business Analytics and Research Skills 15No
BEMM068 Managing Competitive Strategy 15No
BEMM472 International HRM in Practice 30No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEMM045 Employment Relations 15No
BEMM148 Marketing Strategy 15No
BEMM116 Principles of International Business 15No
BEMM178 Innovation Management 15No
BEMM071 Leadership and Global Challenges 15No
BEMM394 Entrepreneurship: New Venture Creation 15No
BEMM129 Digital Business Models 15No
BEMM118 Strategic Innovation Management 15No
BEMM114 Managing Operations 15No
BEMM044 Human Resource Development (HRD) 15No
BEMM787 HR Strategy, Context and Performance 30No
BEMM267 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Work 15No
BEMM268 Issues in Occupational Psychology 15No
BEMM269 Managing Employee Individual Differences, Personality and Performance 15No
BEMM270 Social Networks and Organizations 15No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. understand, explain and critically evaluate the context, theory and practice of International HRM.
2. demonstrate that you have gained the relevant skills and knowledge to operate at a senior level in HRM within the global business environment.
3. synthesise and apply appropriate knowledge and frameworks relevant to address complex issues in international HRM.

Learning and teaching methods include lectures, guest lectures, practitioner-led sessions, tutorials, in-class activities, case studies, workshops, simulations, presentations, additional out-of-class activities using resources delivered via the ELE and private study/research.

BEMM470 Comparative HRM in Context: Examines HRM policies and practices and the way they vary across national and regional boundaries. Focuses on the context in which HR policy and practice is developed internationally and within major economies. Enables students to identify, compare and analyse HRM practices within the major contexts in which international organisations operate.  

BEMM472 International HRM in Practice: With reference to the latest theory and research, this module combines the application of student’s practical HR abilities with their understanding of best practice approaches to a range of business/International HRM problems.

BEMM389 Business Analytics and Research Skills: This  module teaches students to design, source and analyse data to make fully informed decisions about the strategic management of an organisation or business. 

BEMM059 International Human Resource Management: This module considers the context, theory and practice of international human resource management (IHRM) – with a particular focus on HRM issues in an international context as well as working abroad.

BEMM388 People Management: Provides students with an understanding of behavioural theories in the context of global organisations and multi-stakeholder perspectives.

BEMM068 Managing Competitive Strategy: Students work with a number of case studies in this module to help them gain an international perspective on strategy.

BEMM042 Resourcing and Talent Management: Students develop the skills and knowledge required to manage staffing and talent management activities on behalf of an employer.

1–3: Formative assessment through in-class group activities, quizzes, self-tests and reflective exercises, student-led discussions including contribution to online forums. Summative assessment through assignments, examinations and simulation exercises.  

BEMM470 Comparative HRM in Context: Group presentation, individual learning log, individual case report.

BEMM472 International HRM in Practice: Group presentation, individual report.

BEMM389 Business Analytics and Research Skills: Practical (take-home) coursework exercise, individual report.

BEMM059 International Human Resource Management: Case study and Written Assignment

BEMM388: People Management: Individually assessed, written group project.

BEMM068 Managing Competitive Strategy: Group report on case study, examination.

BEMM042 Resourcing and Talent Management: Essay, group poster and pitch, group film

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

4. analyse contemporary issues, opinions and data in the field of IHRM and use this to develop and justify original arguments and approaches to practice.
5. develop the knowledge and expertise to practice HRM in a dynamic, globalised, multi-national workplace.
6. assess practical case experiences from the international business arena with critical, reflective and ethically minded business orientation.

Learning and teaching methods include lectures, guest lectures, practitioner-led sessions, tutorials, in-class activities, case studies, workshops, simulations, presentations, additional out-of-class activities using resources delivered via the ELE and private study/research.

BEMM470 Comparative HRM in Context: A heavy emphasis is place on the context in which HR policy and practice is developed internationally and how this is evolving over time. Experts on a range of practice-based topics provide students with insights into the ways HRM takes place across a range of international contexts. Enables students to identify, compare and analyse HRM practices within the major contexts in which international organisations operate. 

BEMM472 International HRM in Practice: Students will act as consultants addressing simulated company briefs, based on examples from actual international organisations of their real life human resource challenges. Students will apply IHRM theory to complex, real-life scenarios in a problem-based learning approach.

BEMM389 Business Analytics and Research Skills: The module will draw on recent scholarship in the areas of data and analytics published by researchers internationally and case studies based on a variety of national contexts. Students will learn how to model business problems and derive solutions through data analytics approaches.  

BEMM059 International Human Resource Management: This module critically considers the emergence of IHRM as a discipline and its practices within a global context. Emphasis is placed on debates associated with the utilisation of human resources in an international context, including cultural differences and diversity, expatriation.

BEMM388: People Management: The approach of this module is a practice-based approach to understanding the relationship between organisational behaviour and international business. This course highlights multistakeholder perspectives and sustainable organisational practice.

BEMM068 Managing Competitive Strategy Students work with a number of case studies in this module to help them gain an international perspective on strategy.

BEMM042 Resourcing and Talent Management: Students develop the skills and knowledge required to manage staffing and talent management activities on behalf of an employer, in the UK or globally. Students analyse and critically evaluate contemporary debates and developments in HRM.

4-6: Formative assessment through in-class group activities, quizzes, self-tests and reflective exercises, student-led discussions including contribution to online forums. Summative assessment through assignments, examinations and simulation exercises. 

 

BEMM470 Comparative HRM in Context: Group presentation, individual learning log, individual case report.

BEMM472 International HRM in Practice: Group presentation, individual report.

BEMM389 Business Analytics and Research Skills: Practical (take-home) coursework exercise, individual report.

BEMM059 International Human Resource Management: Case study and Written Assignment

BEMM388: People Management: Individually assessed, written group project.

BEMM068 Managing Competitive Strategy: Group report on case study, examination.

BEMM042 Resourcing and Talent Management: Essay, group poster and pitch, group film

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

7. CONFIDENT COMMUNICATOR: Able to adapt and adjust both written and verbal communication styles, to meet the needs of diverse audiences.
8. INNOVATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVER: Able to confidently explore challenges from different perspectives, to creatively offer practical and timely solutions.
9. PROACTIVE COLLABORATOR: Able to actively build strong working relationships with others to have positive outcomes.
10. DIGITALLY FLUENT: Able to embrace a variety of digital technologies to critically source, process and communicate information.
11. RESILIENT SELF-ADVOCATE: Able to develop self-awareness through a commitment to learning from experiences and taking responsibility for personal growth.
12. CRITICAL THINKER: Able to proactively analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources to draw independent and well-founded conclusions.
13. GLOBALLY ENGAGED: Able to recognise diverse individual and cultural perspectives, in order to communicate on interconnected world issues and sustainable decisions.

7. Confident communicator

BEMM042 Resourcing and Talent Management: Assessing verbal and written communication skills through a group presentation and an individual report. Students develop and argue an original case and justify their views.

BEM389 Business Analytics and Research Skills: Communicate analytic data and their meaning to different audiences.

BEMM388 People Management: develop written skills using an essay and individual portfolio

BEMM472 IHRM in Practice: Develop group working skills through a group consultancy project, including a group presentation and consultancy proposal

BEMM059 IHRM: develop written skills through critical essay and poster presentation

8. Innovative problem solver
BEMM042 Resourcing and Talent Management: Asks students to analyse issues and give advice about resourcing and talent management

BEMM068 Managing Competitive Strategy: evaluate a range of strategic options to justify recommendations using a case study simulation

BEMM388 People Management: Apply theories to real life situations

BEMM472 IHRM in Practice: Analyse and make recommendations to solve IHRM issues through live case study simulation

9. Proactive collaborator
BEMM472 International HRM in Practice: Students address a range of business/International HRM problems as a small team of consultants. Students will apply a collaborative mind-set alongside problem solving ability.

BEMM068 Managing Competitive Strategy: assess students through a group report on a case study, and looks at using collaborative tools to develop strategy.

BEMM042 Resourcing and Talent Management asks
students to work together to produce an ‘elevator pitch’ making a case.

BEMM388 People Management: Group portfolio assessment assess effective group working.

BEM389 Business Analytics and Research Skills: Asses group working through a consultancy scoping exercise.

10 Digitally fluent.
BEMM389 Business Analytics and Research Skills: Seeks to develop enhanced technology and digital literacy skills using data visualisation and infographics

BEMM388: People Management: Interactive tutorials are conducted online.

BEMM068 Managing Competitive Strategy: collaborative technology used to create a strategic document.

11 Resilient self-advocate

BEMM472 International HRM in Practice: Through a realistic case study simulation students develop their self-awareness and take part in personal development activities.

BEMM389 Business analytics and Research Skills: student enhance personal development through sharpening analytical skills in business.

12 – Critical thinker.
BEMM472 International HRM in Practice: Students address a range of business/International HRM problems to develop awareness of challenges and issues concerning HRM in international organisations.

BEMM389 Business Analytics and Research Skills: The module will offer an opportunity to acquire knowledge and develop analytical skills for a broad range of areas, e.g. strategy, planning and marketing.

BEMM059 International Human Resource Management teaches students to critically analyse HRM rhetoric, think analytically, and apply reason and justification within discussion.

BEMM388: People Management: This module challenges students to question basic assumptions associated with our understanding of organisational behaviour and explore new insights into OB in a theoretical and practical manner.

BEMM068 Managing Competitive Strategy: This module challenges students to investigate with criticality the components of strategic management analytical frameworks.

BEMM042 Resourcing and Talent Management: Asks
students to analyse and critically evaluate contemporary
debates and developments in a wide range of HRM issues. Engage critically with academic literature, and the ability to develop and argue an original case with sufficient justification of views.

13 – Globally engaged.

BEMM472 International HRM in Practice: Students address a range of business/International HRM problems to develop awareness of challenges and issues concerning HRM in international organisations.

BEMM389 Business Analytics and Research Skills: The module will draw on recent scholarship in the areas of data and analytics published by researchers internationally and case studies based on a variety of national contexts.

BEMM059 International Human Resource Management focusses on HRM issues in an international context as well as working abroad.

BEMM388: People Management: Provides students with an understanding of behavioural theories in the context of global organisations.

BEMM068 Managing Competitive Strategy Students work with a number of case studies in this module to help them gain an international perspective on strategy.

 

7.

BEMM472 International HRM in Practice: Group presentation, individual report.

BEMM389 Business Analytics and Research Skills: Practical (take-home) coursework exercise, individual report.

BEMM059 International Human Resource Management: Case study and Written Assignment.

BEMM388: People Management: Individually assessed, written group project.

BEMM068 Managing Competitive Strategy: Group report on case study, examination.

8.

BEMM472 International HRM in Practice: Group presentation, individual report.

BEMM389 Business Analytics and Research Skills: Practical (take-home) coursework exercise, individual report.

BEMM059 International Human Resource Management: Case study and Written Assignment

BEMM388: People Management: Individually assessed, written group project.

BEMM068 Managing Competitive Strategy: Group report on case study, examination.

BEMM042 Resourcing and Talent Management: Essay, group poster and pitch, group film

9. BEMM472 International HRM in Practice: Group presentation, individual report.

BEMM068 Managing Competitive Strategy: Group report on case study, examination.

BEMM042 Resourcing and Talent Management: Essay, group poster and pitch, group film

10. BEMM472 International HRM in Practice: Group presentation, individual report.

BEMM068 Managing Competitive Strategy: Group report on case study, examination.

11. BEMM389 Business Analytics and Research Skills: Practical (take-home) coursework exercise, individual report.

BEMM388: People Management: Individually assessed, written group project.

BEMM068 Managing Competitive Strategy: Group report on case study, examination.

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

10. Admissions Criteria

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy (ESE)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

MSc International Human Resource Management

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits

180

ECTS credits

90

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Masters] Business and Management

23. Dates

Origin Date

18/02/2020

Date of last revision

15/10/2020