Postgraduate taught 

International Human Resource Management & Development MSc

Human Resource Development MGT5343

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course aims to help students develop a holistic understanding of the fundamentals of Human Resource Development through developing their ability to master the skills and knowledge necessary for training and developing people in and for the workplace. Key factors relating to, the way people learn at and through work and the factors which facilitate or impede these will be analysed and critically debated. Different approaches to workplace training, development, coaching and mentoring will be presented and examined. The course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to design, implement and evaluate learning interventions and strategies within a wide variety of workplace contexts. The use of data analytics to identify learning needs and evaluate L&D provision will also be explored.


This course has been scheduled to run across 16 x 2 hour lectures and 4 x 2 hour tutorials in the first four teaching weeks of semester 2

Excluded Courses



The course will be assessed by one 3,000 word assignment (ILOS 1-4) and one 1.5 hour exam (all ILOs).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The course aims to:


1. Develop students' knowledge and understanding of key issues relating to the nature of learning, knowledge, skills, training and workplace development.

2. Familiarise students with methods and tools common to learning needs analysis, and the development and evaluation of learning strategies and interventions.

3. Help students appreciate the individual and organisational importance of continued professional development and to understand the enablers and barriers to such learning.

4. Allow students to understand the specific needs and importance of developing managers and professionals with an international role.

5. Foster an understanding of the importance of coaching and mentoring in the work place and how to enact and develop this.

6. Encourage students' to develop the above within organisations ethically, professionally and in line with organisational needs and strategy.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


1. Identify and critically analyse a wide number of different issues, theories and debates relating to the study of knowledge, learning skills, training and HRD in contemporary societies.

2. Compare and contrast different perspectives on and approaches to professional and leadership development in international contexts

3. Identify and evaluate learning needs and design, cost and deliver a learning intervention or strategy in line with organisational strategy, considering the importance of networking and collaborative relationship building.

4. Select and critically use methods and tools common to the analysis, and evaluation of learning interventions appropriate to context.

5. Explain and critically appraise the role of coaching and mentoring in the workplace.

6.   Reflect on, continually improve and develop their own professional and ethical learning and practice in relation to their own employability and career aspirations.

7.  Critically evaluate the role of data analytics as a learning and development tool in people management and appreciate how to use such data to gain insights into complex issues and to develop robust business cases for interventions.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.