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MSc International Human Resource Management

Master Programme

MSc International Human Resource Management

Part Time

This Masters programme on human resource management will equip you with professional knowledge in managing people across borders and prepare you for tackling challenges in an international context. 


With more people working for multinational corporations as well as global and local organisations operating in an international environment, the study of human resource practices across the world has grown to become a globalised discipline.


Designed for HR professionals, managers and those preparing for a career in HR, this programme provides a good understanding and the skills and working knowledge required to contribute to HRM within a globalised context. It also explores the impact of HRM practices on business functions and decisions, including the complexities of people management across different countries, legislative frameworks and cultures.   


You will learn core HRM skills such as managing performance, learning and development, recruitment and training, and managing change and conflict. The curriculum also blends with core business skills focusing on the needs of HR practice, including leadership, data and financial management, business ethics and sustainability.  


By the end of the programme, you will develop an analytical mind and essential knowledge to support your future work and excel as highly effective HR practitioner and managers in international corporations, who can strategically drive and inspire your organisations through people development. Graduates will be able to explore existing opportunities in human resource management, or foray into a HRM position, or focus on managerial roles managing people on the global stage.


Other online master's programmes are also available: 

Programme Excellence

  • Triple accreditation: The programme is delivered by the Management School of University of Liverpool, which is accredited by AACSB (US), EQUIS (Europe) and AMBA (UK)
  • Collaborative learning: Study in global cohorts and share experiences of varied cultures, organisations and industries, and evaluate different HRM practices in different contexts
  • Understanding and application of the training cycle including needs analysis, training design and methods, implementation and delivery of training, transfer of learning, and evaluation
  • Gain knowledge and skills in analytical and practical techniques required for effective change management
  • Global connection: After graduation, you will immediately join a global community of more than 258,000 alumni and establish life-long networks and access to a wide variety of career resources


Course Structure

This programme consists of the following modules. In order to achieve the full accreditation, you are required to complete 180 credits.

  • Strategic Human Resource Management (15 credits)
  • Becoming a Leader (15 credits)
  • Ethical and Sustainable Business Practice (15 credits)
  • Finance and Data Analysis for Managers (15 credits)
  • Strategic Learning, Training and Development (15 credits)
  • Managing Change and Conflict (15 credits)
  • People and Performance Management (15 credits)
  • Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)


Duration: 30 months^

Programme Start: 23 May 2023


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^The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability.

Learning and assessments

Teaching methods
You will take part in innovative online teaching methods and a range of interesting and thought-provoking exercises. Core information is developed by subject-leading experts in the field and closely aligned with both industry and academic best practice, underpinned by rigorous theoretical and practical topics, examples and cases. During the study journey, students will learn through interactive individual activities, case studies, group tasks and discussion boards; these will be primarily asynchronous, but opportunities for synchronous interaction will be provided. 


Assessment method
Assessment is by coursework only – no examinations required. Instead, a diverse range of assessments are used throughout the programme designed to mirror circumstances that students may experience within a professional context. This ensures a range of opportunities are given to students in showing evidence of their learning, understanding that people may perform better in certain assessments than others.

Virtual learning environment (VLE)

Virtual learning environment (VLE) is at the centre of your online study experience. It is the platform where you can find your study timetable, view interactive lecturecasts, exchange knowledge with others in discussion forums, access resources and e-library and submit your assignments. You can learn on demand, study at any time, on any device, from anywhere with an internet connection. There is a study skills hub to help you improve and maintain your academic skills, from planning your assignments, understanding academic integrity and referencing, to using the online library and improving your time management.

Entry Requirement

Entry Requirement

  • A minimum of a 2:1 class degree in any subject, equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree; or 
  • Professional work experience in a related field and/or other prior qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis


All applicants must provide evidence that they have an English language ability equivalent to an IELTS (academic) score of 6.5.

Fee and Funding


This fee^ is fully inclusive of all costs, including all teaching materials, core textbooks, assessments and resits.  


Full payment discount
If you choose to pay the full tuition fee upfront, you will receive an extra 5% discount.

Simple monthly payment plan provided to spread the cost over duration of study


10% discount for Kaplan HK Alumni

If you have completed a course in Kaplan Hong Kong campus, you are eligible to enjoy a 10% discount.


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^All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process.


As one of Europe’s leading provider of advanced programmes and part of its global vision to offer world-class higher education online, the University of Liverpool is the premium choice that brings to the forefront a wealth of flexible career-focused postgraduate programmes tailored for working professionals around the globe.

Solid and sustainable partnership
Offering online programmes since 2000, the University of Liverpool has forged a robust partnership with Kaplan Open Learning, an experienced provider in online higher education learning with a track record of success, to host postgraduate degree programmes. With this venture, the University and Kaplan are dedicated to offering the highest quality programmes and maintaining quality assurance through which students worldwide will benefit from the flexibility of online delivery.

A member of the Russell Group
Founded in 1881, the University of Liverpool is a member of the elite Russell Group of research-led universities in the UK and has been ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide. The broad range of online programmes on offer spans across professional disciplines from Management, Business, Computing, Psychology and Health, all with an international edge.

All-embracing support
Teaching is delivered through a state-of-the-art learning platform, allowing students full access to all resources, interactive study materials and a comprehensive eLibrary 24/7, from anywhere in the world. Students will also benefit from holistic academic support throughout the entire course from student advisers and subject tutors.

The original redbrick
All online degrees are awarded by the University of Liverpool with the same validity and credibility as an equivalent degree awarded to campus-students. Upon completion, online students will be invited to receive their degrees in a graduation ceremony at the University of Liverpool campus in the North West of England, and will join a global network of more than 219,000 alumni.