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Why study this course?

When you successfully complete our postgraduate diploma in Global Human Resource Management, you’ll receive a CIPD Advanced Level 7 Associate Membership Certificate. This allows you to become an Associate member and progress this to Chartered membership or Chartered Fellowship, depending on your professional experience. You'll be able to put CMCIPD  or CFCIPD after your name, signalling to employers your ability to work in more demanding and strategic roles. This will be particularly appealing if you want to pursue senior human resources (HR) roles.

We're sixth in the country for producing the most CEOs and managing directors, according to a study by Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance.

On completion of the course, you’ll be well placed to take advantage of the many human resource management (HRM) career opportunities London has to offer.

This course is offered on a flexible basis to help you study around work or other responsibilities. It can be studied full-time or part-time.

We’ll introduce you to theories around HR strategy and practice, covering issues relating to employee engagement, talent management and employment law – not only for entrepreneurial start-ups but for large multinational companies too.

You’ll develop your analytical and critical thinking skills so you can put these theories into practice and solve real life HR issues in your workplace. The course will also improve your research skills so you can put together a scientific research report that examines HR issues facing your organisation, and offer valuable suggestions on how to tackle them.

The CIPD requirements largely affect the structure of the course. The CIPD’s skills requirements (Skills for Business Leadership) are delivered and assessed across all four of the core modules. You’ll also be able to choose two option modules, which allow you to develop specialist knowledge in your area of interest. See the Modular structure section for more information.

The teaching staff on this course are highly research-active in their chosen specialisms, so you’ll benefit from expert academic perspectives on important issues facing the HR profession today.

Guest speakers from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors as well as industry consultants and published authors will contribute to the development of your knowledge. You’ll be encouraged to attend CIPD London branch events to develop your HR expertise and network with other HR professionals.

Overall, our postgraduate diploma in Global Human Resource Management and other CIPD related courses have been commended by the CIPD for:

• an up-to-date and high quality curriculum
• excellent standards of teaching and learning
• strong commitment and support from lecturers
• effective use of action learning sets
• a strong ethos and beneficial formative feedback

Become a member of the CIPD

Upon graduating, you’ll receive a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development advanced Level 7 associate membership certificate and associate membership from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Sixth in the country for producing CEOs

We're sixth in the country for producing the most CEOs and managing directors, according to a study by Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance

Study in a way that suits you

This course can be studied full-time in 12 months or part-time (two evenings per week) over 18 months

Course modules

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2024/25 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules

Contextualising Management

This module currently runs:
spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

(core, 20 credits)

It is increasingly acknowledged that many organisations are functioning in what are turbulent and uncertain environments. Significantly, the CIPD in its position paper People Management Matters placed the role of changes in external markets and associated competitive pressures at the forefront of factors seen to be exerting an influence on organisations, managers and the management of people. Such an approach has also influenced recent academic treatment of people management and is increasingly reflected in government policy towards product and labour markets and in legislation affecting the management of people.
Perhaps as significant as the developing competitive context for organisations has been the growing importance of working and doing business beyond the UK after Brexit, and the implications of this for people management practice. This, along with domestic legislation will bring about significant changes to the role of the HR practitioner in many organisations.

Much of what is covered in this module is to take these and other broader contextual issues such as demographic and technological changes and attempt to analyse them in some depth and then explore their implications for organisations, specifically those of strategy and structure, and the management of staff. That is to examine and analyse the contexts in which organisations operate and then to examine how management responds to diverse contextual challenges and to continuous change when devising and implementing appropriate strategies for survival and growth.

Finally, the module engages with the whole area of corporate governance, including CSR but with particular focus on how organisations are owned and controlled and how this plays out in terms of the role and status accorded to people management. This connects with the importance of issues such as shareholder value, and how HR adds value to an organisation, which in turn leads into consideration of the need for HR to be financially aware and to be able to argue its case in accounting and financial terms.

Module Aims

This module has four specific aims. First, to bring together those factors that are relevant to any consideration of ‘management in context’, and specifically those areas within the external and internal environments that influence management decision-making. Second, to develop an integrative and systematic overview of these influences, both within the module and alongside the ‘Leading, Managing and Developing People’ module. Third, and in conjunction with the ‘Leading, Managing and Developing People’ module, to emphasise the dynamic and complex nature of the environments within which management operates, as well as the impact of changes on different organisational stakeholders. These effects in turn impact on the power balance and resources available to managers and determine the political context in which they have to operate. This point is reinforced in the fourth, and final aim: the role of management in fashioning the strategic direction of the organisation in the context of competing stakeholder interests.

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International HRM: Working Across Cultures

This module currently runs:
spring semester - Wednesday morning

(core, 20 credits)

This module begins by exploring and explains national differences in the way we work and manage people at work, as well as some of the key differences in national institutions. The topic is investigated in both international and intra-national contexts, and draws on perspectives from social anthropology, social psychology, organisational behaviour and management theory. The module moves on to consider the implications for, and related practice at Global HRM levels.

It provides you with a rigorous framework of knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms of people management in an international context. The module aligns with a number of the core knowledge membership standards and core behavioural membership standards set out in the Professional Map of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD). However, the module content will be valuable whatever your chosen career specialism.

Module Aims

a) you will have the necessary competencies to lead, manage and develop culturally diverse teams effectively.

b) you will be culturally and socially aware, equipped to develop ethical, inclusive and sustainable strategies for leadership and management.

c) you will be able to deliver best practice people management in the context of Global HR function or to organisations working in an international context.

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Leading, Managing and Developing People

This module currently runs:
autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

(core, 20 credits)

This module provides you with a rigorous framework of knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms of people management. The module aligns with a number of the core knowledge membership standards and core behavioural membership standards set out in the Professional Map of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD). However, the module content will be valuable whatever your chosen career specialism.

The module will familiarise you with major contemporary research evidence on leadership and management, identifying effective approaches to Human Resource Management and Human Resource Development practice. Research focusing on the links between people management practices and positive organisational outcomes will be covered, including contemporary and emerging developments in practice.

The module encourages and enables you to develop a strong sense of awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses as a leader, manager and colleague.

During the module, you will build a portfolio of valuable skills required for effectiveness in leadership and in people management. These include leading dynamic teams, decision-making skills, interpersonal skills and others associated with developing personal effectiveness and credibility at work.

Finally, the module includes some key post-graduate level study-skills, which will help you to engage fully with your academic studies and apply your academic learning to your professional practice. The study-skills will help you build the bridge between theory and practice, facilitating your continuing professional development.

Module Aims

a) you will have the necessary competencies to lead, manage and develop yourself and others effectively.

b) you will be organisationally and socially aware, equipped to develop ethical, inclusive and sustainable strategies for leadership and management.

c) you will be able to deliver best practice people management whilst enhancing your impact and value either to the HR function or to the wider organisation.

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Resourcing and Developing Talent

This module currently runs:
autumn semester - Tuesday morning

(core, 20 credits)

The module aims to provide the student with a good grounding in key aspects of recruiting, retaining, developing effective performers, as well as where necessary, managing people out of the organisation.

The module focuses not just on practical aspects of these professional areas but their strategic importance within local, national and global contexts. Topics such as diversity, employee engagement, ethics, employee development and social responsibility will be viewed from a resourcing perspective.

Module Aims

The module will look at the current and changing nature of workforce mobilisation, resourcing and retention of people. The module will look at how effective organisations can build a strategic approach to attracting, retaining, developing and shedding staff, taking into account the evolving nature of employment markets and changing demographics. Students will achieve this through reflecting on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint.

Globalisation, changing demographics, and migration have led to greater diversity including ethnic diversity, gender diversity, older workers and disabled people in the workforce. In this context, the module also aims to explore two major theoretical perspectives, the Business Case for Diversity and Intersectionality. Each of these theories informs HRM professionals in their resourcing and talent management policies and practices. Most particularly, the module investigates the partnership between HR professionals and line managers, which enables organisations to achieve inclusivity in resourcing practice, both in domestic and international settings.

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Data Analysis for Global Business

This module currently runs:
spring semester - Tuesday evening

(option, 20 credits)

This module offers students a critical understanding of data and different techniques employed for data analysis in relation to the global business.

To provide students with practical skills necessary to undertake data analysis for global business, the aims of the module are:

  • to introduce methods for data handling
  • to discuss mathematical and statistical foundations for data presentation and analysis
  • to develop thorough analysis and synthesis of theory and practice in relation to the subject areas
  • to foster a critical awareness and deep interest in global business issues
  • to master steps in formulating an econometric model
  • to provide an opportunity to students for critical self-reflection, studying and data analysis skills and knowledge.

The module uses Bloomberg for teaching delivery and enables students to join the elite group of Bloomberg users around the world. The module also enables the development of expertise in the use of packages such as SPSS, EViews and NVivo to analyse data.

Note: If there are not sufficient student numbers to make a module viable, the School reserves the right to cancel such a module. If the School cancels a module it will use its reasonable endeavours to provide a suitable alternative.

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Employee Engagement

This module currently runs:
autumn semester - Monday afternoon

(option, 20 credits)

Crucial to the delivery of superior organisational performance is the extent to which the employees of an organisation feel involved, committed and engaged. This module explores the different dimensions of employee engagement. It examines and explores what is meant by ‘engagement’ and why some organisations are better than others at creating authentic engagement among their employees. The module examines what organisations can do, with the aid of its human resource (HR) professionals, to create high levels of workforce engagement.
The module will equip learners with a comprehensive academic understanding of the concept of ‘employee engagement’ and how it is measured. Students will also have the chance to apply their knowledge on a practitioner orientated assessment.
The module explores the research-based and philosophical connections between employee engagement and other related beliefs, values, leadership models and management practice. The module will also focus on the multi-dimensional relationships between employment relations, reward, equality and engagement.
This module provides learners with knowledge and understanding of the rationale for the emergence of employee engagement as a key priority for organisations with high-performance working (HPW) aspirations. Students will develop the ability to assess and interpret ‘evidence’ on the topic cautiously, reining in expectations as to the benefits of engagement. Employee engagement, if properly understood, carefully implemented and objectively measured, is a powerful tool for delivering positive and ‘bottom-line’ outcomes. However the module will also critically analyse some of the extensive grey literature on the topic which lack sufficient empirical detail and may reflect vested interest in reporting/inflating progress and success.
Learners will explore techniques needed to measure engagement, take remedial action or embed engagement-enhancing cultural practices. Students will learn to identify, prioritise and evaluate actions to promote high levels of engagement. The module requires critical reflection on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.

Module Aims

1) To enable students to understand and analyse contemporary employee engagement theory and practice.
2) To demonstrate how engagement theory, models and diagnostic frameworks can be used to facilitate a better understanding of engagement and its application.
3) To develop awareness of the factors which impact upon employee engagement strategies and policies.
4) To equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to develop and implement strategic employee engagement interventions and action plans in an organisational setting.

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Employment Law and Practice

This module currently runs:
spring semester - Wednesday evening
autumn semester - Wednesday evening

(option, 20 credits)

This module will enable students to critically analyse contemporary employment law issues, keep abreast of legal developments and appreciate the practical implications of employment law disputes.

Assessment: The module is assessed by 100% coursework. It consists of two pieces of written coursework weighted 75% and 25%.

This module aims to provide learners with an understanding of this complex area of law and of the importance of law and legal developments in the employment field. It will enable learners to keep abreast of legal developments and to critically analyse the law and evaluate the implications for employment practice.

The assessment strategy is designed to assess legal knowledge and enhance learners’ understanding of the practical implications, thereby enabling students to appreciate appropriate responses and issues relating to presenting and settling employment law cases.

The module covers the CIPD module Employment Law.

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International Business Strategy with Simulation

This module currently runs:
autumn semester - Wednesday morning
autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
autumn semester - Thursday morning
autumn semester - Thursday afternoon
autumn semester - Friday morning
autumn semester - Friday afternoon

(option, 20 credits)

Business strategy addresses the choices firms make as they set their mission and goals, make decisions in relation to positioning and which markets to enter, and develop their business models. They do this in the context of the external environment, addressing changes in technology, government intervention, competitor actions, customers and markets.

This module aims to:

  • Provide a context for current strategic and social issues raised by technology change
  • Enable students to develop an understanding of business purpose, strategy and strategy development and to understand how this applies in global organisational contexts for both small and large businesses.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills to analyse the current and future business environment through the recognition of changes and trends, and the construction of scenarios
  • Introduce the importance of resources and capabilities and develop students’ abilities to critically evaluate their importance as sources of sustainable competitive advantage but also as potential sources of disadvantage when disruptive innovation occurs
  • Develop critical awareness of the importance of stakeholders including governments, societies, suppliers and employees, and the need for corporate governance, ethical decision making and corporate responsibility.
  • Develop an understanding of managerial decision making with limited information and industry uncertainty through participation in a business simulation.

A key element of the module is participation in the business simulation in which students will compete against each other in terms within a simulated global marketplace.

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International Project Management Practice

This module currently runs:
autumn semester - Monday afternoon
spring semester - Tuesday morning
spring semester - Tuesday afternoon
spring semester - Wednesday afternoon
spring semester - Wednesday afternoon
spring semester - Thursday morning
spring semester - Thursday afternoon

(option, 20 credits)

Project management practice in the US and Europe is set out in a number of methods and bodies of knowledge (BOK) including the:

  • US Project Management Institute’s PMBOK
  • UK Association of Project Managers APMBOK
  • best practice guides published by the UK Government that have built on the PRINCE method and now include Programme Management, Risk Management and Agile,
  • Dynamic System Development Method (DSDM) Project Management developed by the Agile Business Consortium.

This module deals with the core activities of project management as set out in the APM BOK version 7, making comparisons with the PMBOK and PRINCE. The focus is primarily on managing a highly predictive project where the output is clearly defined and understood, for example a building construction project. Consideration is also given to projects where the solution emerges in an iterative or evolutionary way and so Agile methods are also introduced.

Students will develop the ability to create, manage and close projects effectively, and to make use of project management software. The module will introduce relevant theories and research in relation to projects as temporary social organisations, the categorisation of project types, the nature and management of risk, and the importance of stakeholder communication and management.

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Managing Employment Relations in Contemporary Organisations

This module currently runs:
spring semester - Monday afternoon

(option, 20 credits)

The module builds upon the “Contextualising Management” and the “Leading, Managing and Developing People” modules, adding a more in-depth and integrated appreciation of Employment Relations to the field of human resource management. It examines both individual and collective aspects of this relationship and explores in depth the various ways in which relationships are managed in both unionised and non-union settings. In this it reflects the thinking within the CIPD, that 'the cornerstone of all human resource activity is the employment relationship’.

The module explores the choices available to organisations in managing the Employment Relationship, what influences these choices and how the choices are experienced by those working in organisations. It examines the effects that employment relations practice has within these organisations. The module considers shifting priorities in managing employment relations and the diversity of employment relations and practices found in organisations, by making extensive use of case studies and case scenarios. In doing so, it adopts a critical orientation and encourages participants to reflect upon practices. Participants will also be prompted to consider the motivation for evolving practice in employment relations, and evaluate some such changes to practice.

Module Aims

1) To enable students to understand and analyse contemporary employment relations theory and practice.
2) To develop awareness of the importance of the contexts of organisations (both internal and external) and the factors which impact upon employment relations strategies and policies.

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Social Psychology

(option, 20 credits)

This module provides students with systematic understanding of theory and research relating to social cognition, social identity, and social behaviour.

Sustainability in Global Companies

This module currently runs:
autumn semester - Monday morning
autumn semester - Monday afternoon
autumn semester - Tuesday morning
autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon

(option, 20 credits)

This module will address the critical issue of how current thinking on sustainability will impact on businesses and organisations and how they respond.

The need to create more sustainable organisations and businesses is fundamental to current and future organisational development strategies, and it is necessary for students to understand the growing influence of the sustainability agenda on industry. This influence takes on many forms, from government policies and international agreements to the measuring of impacts of organisational practices on the ecology and communities. It is clear that in the future, organisations, businesses, communities and individuals will be expected to understand and take responsibility for their economic, environmental and social impacts. This module will examine the current and future challenges, it will equip students with knowledge to deal with the challenge of creating sustainable forms of business that operate within ecological and socio-economic limits.

It will explore the sustainability context, and how business practices will need to evolve to reflect the realities of operating within a globalised trading system that is striving to apply sustainability principles. This is an important area of increasing scrutiny for airlines and airports. Particular focus will be given to the importance of Sustainability reporting and reporting standards.

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Course details

You will be required to have:

a bachelor’s degree (2.2) in any subject or a three-year diploma in business that includes good grades in HR subjects; OR
a subject aligned level 5 professional qualification such as those from CIPD along with significant HR experience at a senior level, for which a interview would be needed on the basis of non-standard entry.
For non-native speakers of English, you'll need a minimum IELTS score of 6 (or equivalent) with a minimum score of 5.5 in all components.

In order to obtain the CIPD’s Advanced Level Diploma, you’ll need to apply for membership of the CIPD as soon as you join the course.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa (previously Tier 4) you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. This course requires you to meet our standard requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Assessment is both formative and summative, so you’ll have the opportunity to receive feedback on your work without it counting towards your final grade. Our assessments are designed so that they're appealing and challenging no matter your background. This means they're relevant if you want to start a career in HR or are already working in HR roles and want to advance your career.

Assessment methods are varied and include assignments written in report and essay format, comparative analyses, case studies, a skills development portfolio and learning log, presentations and group work.

You will also need to submit a 7,500-word Management Research Report.

There will be two exams. The exams take place only in the first semester and are required by the CIPD across all approved programmes.

You will need to join the CIPD when you begin your course. Upon successful completion of the course, you’ll gain Associate Membership of the CIPD.

Depending on your professional experience, you’ll also be able to apply for professional upgrading to achieve Chartered Membership or Fellowship. Our dedicated CIPD professional adviser will be available to guide you on your application to upgrade to Chartered status.

Upgrading to Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship of the CIPD enables you to use the designatory letters CMCIPD or CFCIPD, further enhancing your employability.

Completing the Global Human Resource Management PG Dip will give you a significant career advantage. On the strength of their Management Research Reports, our graduates have gained full-time posts from their placements in financial services, leisure and tourism and major international charities.

Many have also gained significant promotions for instance in the health sector, while alumni in higher education have significantly developed their careers and entered roles such as Head of HR.

In the private sector, students have moved from general administrative and PA positions to heading strategic HR project team initiatives. Others have moved up into international HR management positions for global companies.

How to apply

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If you require a Student visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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