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MSc Human Resources and Organisations

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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 stream (HRM) - 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) - 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 stream (OB) - 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 this 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. 

The MSc Human Resources and Organisations is a new MSc degree that combines the best features of three previous degree programmes: the MSc Management and Human Resources, MSc International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management, and MSc Organisational Behaviour. After noticing that these three programmes attracted students with similar interests and contained some overlapping content, the Department of Management decided to combine them into an innovative new degree containing three specialisms. The best elements of each of the three degrees are preserved in the three streams, and students will also attend foundational courses that straddle all three streams. This provides a unique combination of generalist and specialist learning in one degree.The programme is designed around compulsory core courses, along with a dissertation or business project.

In addition to the compulsory courses, students have the opportunity to customise their programme according to their own interests, and benefit from a truly interdisciplinary learning experience, by choosing two optional elective courses from a selection of the LSE’s of world-leading academic departments. 

Compulsory courses

Common to all streams:
Human Resource Management stream:

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

  • 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)
  • 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.
International Employment Relations stream:

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

  • 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.
Organisational Behaviour stream:

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

  • 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.

 

  • MG478 Organisational Theory (0.5 unit) will introduce students to various topics including institutional theory and corporate culture, sensemaking, population ecology and social networks.

 

Optional courses list

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.

Class profiles

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.

International diversity

Our students come from a wide range of locations around the world, with students of 34 different nationalities on the programme in 2015/16.

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Variety of experience and age

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.

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Student profiles

 

 

 

Alumni snapshot

Janeya Metha, India

MSc International Employment Relations & Human Resource Management class of 2011-12

Current occupation: Co-Founder and Pastry Chef for HolyBelly, Gourmet Catering Food Boutique

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The programme is designed to prepare students for a range of careers in the fields of human resource management, organisational behaviour, and international employment relations.

Upon graduation, students will be prepared for management and research positions requiring expertise in human resources, organisational behaviour, and employment policy. Our students have gone on to work in human resource management, international management, and consultancy positions in the private and public sectors, as well as for labour unions and in academic and policy roles.

Graduate destinations

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

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

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 * as MSc Human Resources and Organisations is a new programme, figures are indicative

LSE Careers Service

The LSE has a dedicated Careers Service which will work with you throughout your programme to help you fulfil your career goals:

  • One-to-one careers appointments with your programme’s dedicated Careers Consultant will provide you with individually tailored careers advice and support
  • Careers fairs, seminars and workshops    - you will have access to an extensive programme of careers fairs including Consultancy, Business and Management, Banking and Finance, NGOs and Public Sector employers, as well as employer led skills seminars and recruitment presentations throughout the year.
  • LSE Career Hub online job vacancy portaladvertising hundreds of vacancies each week, including full time graduate jobs, internships, volunteering opportunities and part time casual jobs.
  • Help with CVs/resumes and interviewswith one-to-one CV feedback sessions for advice on your own CV. When you have an interview coming up you can also book a half hour practice interview. A number of departmental careers workshops are available, covering topics including CVs and application forms, interviews, presentation skills and assessment centres.

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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

Submit an application to the LSE Graduate Admissions Office:

Apply-now

Applications are open from 19 October 2015 for entry to the programme in Autumn 2016.

We operate rolling admissions so we don’t have a closing date, and places are currently available on this programme. However, we offer places on a first-come, first-served basis, so   we encourage you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Our admissions process is managed centrally, so please visit the LSE Graduate Admissions Office for queries about the application process and requirements. 

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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