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MSc Human Resources and Organisations

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Programme overview

The MSc Human Resources and Organisations is a challenging one-year programme designed to prepare students for outstanding careers in people management and human resources. Grounded in LSE’s critical and analytical approach to learning, the programme provides a unique bridge between theory and practice. Not only will you develop critical thinking skills as an adaptive, innovative and strategic manager, but you will also gain a clear understanding of the issues which organisations face today in managing individuals and workforces.

You will also have the opportunity to acquire valuable experience and industry contacts with a real-world independent consulting project with an external client, through our Links Scheme. The Scheme enables students to apply their learning in practice during the programme, and past projects have worked with diverse clients such as HSBC, Accenture and Revlon.

All students will gain core knowledge in the general foundations of HR management and strategy. Building on this foundation, students will then develop their learning into three distinct streams, offering the opportunity to specialise according to your specific career goals and interests:

Human Resource Management (HRM) stream

Application code: N6U8

This stream is designed to further develop your knowledge and skills in general HR management, in particular focusing on competencies needed to satisfy the educational requirements of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's (CIPD) professional levels of membership. CIPD certification is an indispensable qualification for HR managers in the UK, and is also well-regarded in the HR field across the globe. Core courses in this stream provide a solid understanding of HRM in the global context as well as a foundation in management disciplines (e.g., accounting) that are relevant to HR management. Graduates from this stream will be qualified for HR-related careers, including general HR management and HR consulting.

International Employment Relations (IER) stream

Application code: N6U7

This stream is designed to develop your specialist knowledge in the dynamic relations between employing organisations, national and international institutions, and large-scale labour forces. You will develop expertise in analysing and managing high-level employment relations, and in driving engagement with diverse issues raised by policy-makers, employers, and workforces, alongside representative bodies ranging from trade unions, employer associations and public agencies through to civil society groups. Core courses are underpinned with a global, cross-cultural focus, comparing practice and learning from a variety of political and economic contexts across the world, to shape your knowledge as a globally-adaptable and culturally intelligent manager. Graduates from this stream will be qualified for careers in a variety of areas including HR and general consulting, global HR policy, employment relations, and labour and international organisations such as the ILO. This stream also provides a strong theoretical foundation for further study at PhD level.

Organisational Behaviour (OB) stream

Application code: N6U9

This stream is designed to develop your specialist knowledge in behaviour and change in organisations. You will develop expertise in analysing and managing organisational change and employee behaviour at the macro (i.e., group) and micro (i.e., individual) levels. Core courses take a multi-disciplinary approach and are grounded in theories, concepts, and empirical research from psychology, sociology, and management studies. Graduates from this stream will be qualified for careers in a variety of people-management areas, including HR and general consulting, organisational psychology, employee engagement, and learning and development. This stream also provides a strong theoretical foundation for further study at PhD level.

Important information about applying for the HRO programme:

You must apply for your chosen stream using the correct application code (see above). Before making your application, it is vital that you take the time to research and choose the stream suitable for you. 

Successful applicants will receive an offer for a specific stream. Switching to a different stream may not be possible as it depends on availability and fit with the other cohort. Therefore, please ensure you choose your stream carefully.

Applicants should also be aware that the additional fee for the HRM stream cannot be refunded if students switch to a different stream after the programme starts. 

Curriculum

We are ranked #2 in the world for social science and management, and the HRO programme is founded in LSE’s tradition for academic excellence. The curriculum is designed around a compulsory core course taken by students in all three streams in the degree, Management of Human Resources: Strategies and Policy, which gives a fundamental general foundation in HR management. Each stream then has additional specialised core courses according to the specific topic.

You can also customise your programme according to your own interests and career goals with a choice of optional elective courses from leading academic departments across at LSE in managerial economics, accounting, finance, and other management topics. 

Students across all three streams will complete the programme with a 10,000 word dissertation project during the summer, which will enable you to specialise with in-depth knowledge in your specific area of interest.

Human Resource Management (HRM) stream courses

MSc Human Resources & Organisations (Human Resource Management stream) programme structure

  • MG480 Management of Human Resources: Strategies and Policy (0.5 unit) will introduce students to a range of theoretical perspectives which underpin the ways in which organizations manage the employment relationship through the deployment of HRM strategy and policy. From a practice perspective, it reviews challenges involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of both overall HRM strategy and specific practice areas.
  • MG4A9 Foundations of Business and Management for HR (0.5 unit) will be provide students with an overview of the development of management disciplines (other than HRM) and will develop an understanding of the disciplinary anchors in sociology, psychology and economics. Each field will cover origins and disciplinary boundaries, triggers for growth, core concepts and the current state of play and debate.
  • MG478 Globalisation and Human Resource Management (0.5 unit) focuses on the strategic challenges global corporations face in managing human resources across national and organisational boundaries, and the ways in which diverse stakeholders influence these strategies.
  • MG4C2 Organisational Behaviour (0.5 unit) will help students understand attitudes and behaviour in an organisational context. This will be done by reviewing psychological theories as they apply to organisations; demonstrating the contribution of a psychological perspective to understanding human behaviour at work; and critically evaluating the empirical evidence.
  • MG493 Dissertation: Research and Practice (1.0 unit) 10,000-word dissertation, which may be part of a Links Scheme business project. 
  • Optional elective courses to total value 1.0 unit. See below for the full list of available elective courses.

International Employment Relations (IER) stream courses

MSc Human Resources & Organisations (International Employment Relations stream) programme structure

  • MG480 Management of Human Resources: Strategies and Policy (0.5 unit) will introduce students to a range of theoretical perspectives which underpin the ways in which organizations manage the employment relationship through the deployment of HRM strategy and policy. From a practice perspective, it reviews challenges involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of both overall HRM strategy and specific practice areas.
  • MG4D2 International Employment Relations (0.5 unit) introduces students to different employment relations systems in North America, Europe, and Asia, examining the causes of these national differences and their consequences for employees and firms.
  • MG478 Globalisation and Human Resource Management (0.5 unit) focuses on the strategic challenges global corporations face in managing human resources across national and organisational boundaries, and the ways in which diverse stakeholders influence these strategies.
  • MG493 Dissertation: Research and Practice (1.0 unit) 10,000-word dissertation, which may be part of a Links Scheme business project. 
  • Optional elective courses to total value 1.5 units. See below for the full list of available elective courses.

Organisational Behaviour (OB) stream courses

MSc Human Resources & Organisations (Organisational Behaviour stream) programme structure

  • MG480 Management of Human Resources: Strategies and Policy (0.5 unit) will introduce students to a range of theoretical perspectives which underpin the ways in which organizations manage the employment relationship through the deployment of HRM strategy and policy. From a practice perspective, it reviews challenges involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of both overall HRM strategy and specific practice areas.
  • MG4C2 Organisational Behaviour (0.5 unit) will help students understand attitudes and behaviour in an organisational context. This will be done by reviewing psychological theories as they apply to organisations; demonstrating the contribution of a psychological perspective to understanding human behaviour at work; and critically evaluating the empirical evidence.
  • MG4B7 Organisational Change (0.5 unit) will provide students with different psychological theories to understand the process and consequences of organisational change and in doing so addresses the following issues: type of organisational change, creating readiness for organizational change and leading change, the change agent, strategies for change, resistance to change and evaluation of and institutionalization of organisational change.
  • MG475 Organisational Theory (0.5 unit) will introduce students to various topics including institutional theory and corporate culture, sensemaking, population ecology and social networks.
  • MG493 Dissertation: Research and Practice (1.0 unit) 10,000-word dissertation, which may be part of a Links Scheme business project. 
  • Optional elective courses to total value 1.0 unit. See below for the full list of available elective courses.

Optional elective courses

Students on all three streams will customise your programme according to your own interests with optional elective courses from the list below. See the course details above for the total unit value allocated to electives within your chosen stream.

View full list of optional elective courses >

All streams:

Human Resource Management, Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour 

Management

Law

Organisational Behaviour stream:

Human Resource Management, Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour 

Psychology

Human Resource Management stream:

Human Resource Management, Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour

International Employment Relations stream:

Human Resource Management, Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour

Management

The Social and Political Context

Students may also take a graduate-level course which is not on this list, subject to approval from the Programme Director. Please refer to the full list of all graduate level courses.

Part-time programme structure

HRO is a full-time 12 month programme, however we can admit a limited number of students to complete the Human Resource Management (HRM) stream part-time over 2 years.

Part-time students on the HRM stream will follow the standard regulations and classification scheme for a four unit Master's degree. These students are expected to take a minimum of 1 unit and a maximum of 3 units in each year with a recommendation that they take 2 units each year as follows:

Year 1

  • Michaelmas Term:   2 x half unit core courses (MG480 and MG4C2)
  • Lent Term:   1 x half unit core course (MG478) AND 1 x half unit optional course
  • Summer Term: None

Year 2

  • Michaelmas Term:   1 x half unit core course (MG4A9) and 1 full unit core course (MG493 dissertation)
  • Lent Term: 1 x half unit optional course
  • Summer Term: None

Please note that we are not able to make special allowances for students in regards to their timetables. Students will be required to manage their time to make sure they can attend the scheduled lectures and seminars.  

Student profiles

HRO student profiles

Deeksha, India

Kyle, USA

Neethi, India

 

The three streams of the MSc Human Resources and Organisations programme attract a diverse range of students each year, from a wide variety of employment backgrounds and international locations. The programme is designed around the diversity of its students, bringing together a variety of real-world experience and international perspectives to form a close-knit academic community.

The programme is well-suited to pre-career applicants, and no previous work experience is required. However applicants with some work experience are also welcome, bringing a variety of experience to the class.

Current class profile (2015-16)

34 nationalities:

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Career development with the MSc Human Resources & Organisations

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The HRO programme will develop your intellectual and practical skills as a talented and well-rounded manager of human resources within organisations, with the ability to thrive and innovate with challenges in today’s complex and fast-moving business world.

With a strong foundation of knowledge in general HR management, plus specialist knowledge from your chosen stream, and practical skills developed with case studies and practical projects, you will graduate with a unique and well-rounded portfolio of skills and knowledge to set you apart in the job market. Your practical and professional management skills will be developed and polished during the programme, including communication and presentation skills, team working, cultural intelligence gained from close collaboration with classmates from around the world, and an opportunity for client management experience from the Links Scheme project.

LSE Careers

LSE Careers will provide tailored individual support with your professional development and job search throughout the programme. They offer one-to-one Career Consultant sessions, access to employers with career fairs, seminars and workshops, a vast database of employment opportunities via the LSE Career Hub, and help with job hunting, CVs/resumes and interviews.

Graduate destinations

HRO graduates have taken roles across a wide variety of sectors, in companies across the globe. A common career path is to enter HR management consulting with graduates taking up roles with employers such as KPMG, Deloitte and PwC. Beyond this, opportunities are extremely broad, and HRO graduates have also gone on to excel in careers in a wide range of organisations, from Unilever to DKNY.

Recent graduates of the programmes have gained employment with a number of organisations, including:

Company Names

Every year, LSE Careers conducts a destinations survey of LSE graduates 6 months after they have graduated. From the 2013-14 survey of  graduates from the programmes which have been merged to create our MSc Management and Human Resources*:

  • 90% were in work/further study 6 months after graduation
  • Mean salary of £37,000

*as MSc Human Resources and Organisations is a new programme introduced in 2015-16, figures are indicative

Programme Director

Connson Locke

Dr Connson Locke

Assistant Professor of Management

 

Teaching team

Sarah Ashwin

Professor Sarah Ashwin

Professor of Comparative Employment Relations

 
Daniel Beunza

Dr Daniel Beunza

Assistant Professor of Management

 
Jonathan Booth

Dr Jonathan E. Booth

Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management

 
JCoyle-Shapiro

Professor Jacqueline Coyle-Shapiro

Professor of Organisational Behaviour

 
Eddy Donnelly

Dr Eddy Donnelly

Seear Fellow

 
Carola Frege

Professor Carola Frege 

Professor of International Employment Relations

 
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Dr Hayley German

LSE Fellow

 
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Dr Vanessa Iwowo

LSE Fellow

 
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Professor Sarosh Kuruvilla (visiting)

Professor of Comparative Industrial Relations, Collective Bargaining, Asian Studies and Public Affairs

 
Hyun-Jung Lee

Dr Hyun-Jung Lee

Assistant Professor of Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour

 
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David Marsden

Professor David Marsden

Professor of Industrial Relations

 
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Prof Sandy Pepper

Professor of Management Practice

 
Tara Reich

Dr Tara Reich

Assistant Professor of Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour

 
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Dr Emma Soane

Assistant Professor of Management

 
Chia-huei-Wu

Dr Chai-Heui Wu

Assistant Professor of Management 

 

 

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 bachelor's degree or equivalent in any discipline
  • No work experience required. However, applicants with work experience are encouraged to apply.
  • A GRE or GMAT score is not required but a strong result from either of these tests may benefit applicants
  • English language requirements
Important information about your application:

You must apply for your chosen stream using the correct application code (see overview page). Before making your application it is vital that you take the time to research and choose the stream suitable for you.

Successful applicants will receive an offer for a specific stream. Switching to a different stream may not be possible as it depends on availability and fit with the other cohort. Therefore, please ensure you choose your stream carefully.

Applicants should also be aware that the additional fee for the HRM stream cannot be refunded if students switch to a different stream when the programme starts.

Your application will be considered on its academic merits. An offer of a place may be conditional on attending additional courses and/or passing qualifying examinations at a suitable standard, in addition to your degree. You should note that there are always many more applications than places available at LSE and possession of the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee that you will be offered admission. It is therefore in your interests to apply as early as possible.

How to apply

Applications for entry in 2016 have now closed.

Fees and financial support

The programme tuition fee is £20,736, or £21,744 for the Human Resource Management (CIPD) stream to cover the cost of becoming accredited.

A range of financial support options are available for UK and international graduate students.

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