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MSc Management and Human Resources

About the MSc programme

The MSc Management and Human Resources programme is a challenging and highly distinctive 12 month programme of study that provides a rigorous, interdisciplinary social science foundation with a strong business and management orientation. The programme offers students a broad choice among specialised topics through the vast array of required courses and optional courses.

The programme 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. Additionally, as an option to fulfil the dissertation requirement, students can apply through a competitive selection process to carry out a “Links” business project for a LSE business partner.

The programme has a significant international focus, but does not place as much emphasis on comparative employment relations as the MSc International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management.

Programme details

Key features of the programme include:

  • Critical thinking skills about the core human resource management (HRM) disciplines and contemporary HRM strategy, policy and practice from multi-disciplinary frameworks.
  • Focus on organisational behaviour and theory, employment relations, labour markets, pay and reward, staffing, training and development.
  • Instruction from psychological, economics, sociological, ethical, cultural, and business/management foundations.
  • Delivering a comprehensive knowledge of HRM contemporary issues and practices from social science theoretical perspectives
  • Complemented by practical examples and experience, using case studies and other active learning techniques.
  • The programme is designed with employers in mind; the majority of our students have gone on to work in human resource management roles in both the public and private sector. 

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

  • Foundations of Business and Management for HR* provides 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.
  • Management of Human Resources: Strategies and Policy* introduces 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.
  • Organisational Behaviour* 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.
  • Dissertation (which may be part of a 'Links' business project).
  • Human Resource Policy and Practice (for students wishing to satisfy the educational requirements of the CIPD) introduces the key professional competencies necessary in human resource management and exposes them to practical human resource management systems and issues within their 'Link' companies.

Students choose one pathway from:

Pathway A

Globalisation and Human Resource Management|* examines the human resource management and employment relations 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.

Plus courses to the value of one full unit from a range of options

Pathway B

Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management|* combines a focus on contemporary issues of significance in HRM, along with faculty current research topics.
Reward Systems: Key Models and Practices|* provides an analysis of the types of reward systems commonly used in private and public sector organisations, drawing on economic, psychological and sociological principles, covering all-employee reward, senior executive reward, fixed pay, short-term incentives, long-term incentives, benefits and pensions.

Plus courses to the value of half a unit from a range of options

Pathway C

Students are expected to choose courses to the value one and a half units from a range of options

Pathways A and B are designed for students who wish to satisfy the CIPD’s educational requirements.  Students choosing Pathway C will not automatically satisfy CIPD accreditation requirements.

For further information on the programme content please see: lse.ac.uk/mhr|

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.

Graduate destinations

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

British Airways
Credit Suisse
London City Airport
Macquarie Bank
Michael Page
Rio Tinto
Schneider Electric



Application code: N6U4 (check availability|)

Start date: 2 October 2014

Duration: 12 months full-time

Intake/applications in 2012: 57/459

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in any discipline (see entry requirements|)

English requirement: Higher (see English requirements|)

GRE/GMAT requirement:

All applicants of non-UK institutions outside the EU must submit a GRE/GMAT score. It is strongly recommended that graduates of non-UK institutions within the EU submit a GRE/GMAT score.

Fee level: £20,178

Financial Support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support|)

Application deadline: None – rolling

Note: This programme gives access to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)