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MSc Human Resources and Organisations

with specialisation in Organisational Behaviour or Human Resource Management (CIPD) or International Employment Relations and HRMMHR-bannerProgramme overview 

The MSc Human Resources and Organisations is a challenging one year programme that provides a rigorous, interdisciplinary social science foundation with a strong business and management orientation. The programme offers students an international and comparative approach and provides broad choice among specialised topics through the vast array of required courses and optional electives.

The degree has three streams:

Human Resource Management stream (HRM): this stream has been designed to allow students to satisfy the educational requirements of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's (CIPD) professional levels of membership. Students participate in workshops to develop the skills and competencies that are essential for an HR professional career and CIPD accreditation.

International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management stream (IERHRM): this stream has been designed to give students the tools to develop and evaluate successful employment and human resource policies in a rapidly changing global economy. Upon graduation, students will be equipped with the knowledge necessary to tackle contemporary management and policy challenges in a range of organisational and international settings.

Organisational Behaviour stream (OB): this stream examines behaviour and change in organisations, primarily through the lenses of psychology and sociology. Students will engage in a multi-disciplinary, in-depth approach to understanding the fundamental issues of behaviour and change in organisations at the individual, group and organisational levels.

Key features:

  • Help students understand the social science basis and inter-disciplinary nature of Human Resources (HR) Management and how they might be applied in practice both in the UK and abroad
  • Encourage students to develop intellectual flexibility by placing a premium on developing minds and on bringing forward their analytical reasoning ability
  • Encourage students to study independently, to critically assess received wisdom, to scrutinise evidence and to handle ambiguity

In addition, each of the three streams offers specific key features:

Human Resource Management:

  • Give students practical experience of the competencies required by HR professionals and allow them to explore how the HR function operates in practice
  •  Familiarise students with the tools necessary to research HR issues within organisations and give them the opportunity to use those tools in a company-based project
  •  Ensure students reach the standards required for a professional qualification (Membership of the CIPD) that will facilitate a career in HRM and inspire them to become ”reflective practitioners”

International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management:

  • Analyse the main features of human resources, employment, and the labour market in a variety of countries and compare, contrast and evaluate them.
  • Provide students with analytical skills that will help them think about contemporary issues in employment relations and human resource management and contribute to policy debates.

Organisational Behaviour:

  • Provide students with the requisite knowledge about behaviour in organisations to facilitate a career in management and consultancy or the foundational knowledge in the discipline to pursue a PhD in Organisational Behaviour