About the MSc programme
The MSc International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management is a one year programme designed to give students the tools to develop and evaluate successful employment and human resource policies in a rapidly changing global economy. The programme's mixture of disciplinary rigour and international expertise prepares our graduates for work in international management, human resource management, labour unions, government, consultancy, and academic and policy research.
The curriculum is built around two courses. International Employment Relations and Globalisation and Human Resource Management. Students also write a dissertation and choose up to four half-unit options based on their interests and career goals. The core curriculum and wide range of available options on the MSc gives students the opportunity to apply insights from psychology, sociology, comparative politics, and law to analysing human resource policy and the employment relationship.
Leadership roles in international business and policy arenas increasingly require familiarity with distinctive labour laws, employment policies, and cultural contexts encountered in developed and emerging economies. The MSc in International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management degree provides students with the tools necessary to tackle contemporary management and policy challenges in a range of organisational and national settings.
The key features of the programme include:
Focus on comparative and international topics
Wide choice of options
The programme is designed around two compulsory courses. International Employment Relations and Globalisation and Human Resource Management. Students also write a 10,000 word dissertation and choose up to four half-unit options based on their interests and career goals.
The wide range of available options on the MSc allows students to explore different disciplinary approaches to analysing the employment relationship, including those of organisational behaviour, sociology, comparative politics, and law. Students can also take more specialised courses in corporate social responsibility, negotiation analysis, and reward systems, as well as comparative and international courses offered across LSE. The strong comparative focus of the degree prepares our students for leadership roles in international business and government, which increasingly require familiarity with the diverse institutions encountered in developed and emerging economies. The compulsory courses focus on examples from Europe, Asia and the United States; while options and dissertation work give students the opportunity to study other countries in more depth.
(* half unit)
International Employment Relations* provides an introduction to the comparative analysis of employment relations at national, firm and workplace level throughout the world. It will introduce the employment relationship, the key concepts surrounding it, and the theories required to understand it.
Globalisation and Human Resource Management* examines the human resource management (HRM) and employment relations (ER) strategies of global corporations, with the aim of understanding both the causes of different strategic choices and the consequences of these strategies for diverse stakeholders.
Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of two full units from options in human resource management and organisational behaviour, international and comparative management and the social legal and political context of employment relations and human resource management.
Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations.
The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.
For further information on the programme content please see lse.ac.uk/ier
Upon graduation, MSc International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management students will be prepared for management and research positions requiring expertise in human resources and employment policy.
Recent graduates of the programme have gained employment with a number of organisations, including: ALSU LLP, American Express, Asiana Airline, Barclays Retail and Business Banking, Bosch, Deutsch Telecom, Ernst & Young, Finland Government, GE Healthcare, Hill & Knowlton, International Finance Corporation, ITEM, Nokia, Pharma Service, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Right Management, Royal Dutch Shell, Samsung Electronics, Schumberger, Statoil, The Indian Hotels Company Limited and