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MSc Human Resources and Organisations

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

About the MSc programme

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.

You must apply for your chosen stream from the three outlined below. Before making your application it is vital that you take the time to research and choose the stream suitable for you. Please ensure that you select the correct code relating to your chosen stream when applying.

N6U8 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.

N6U7 International Employment Relations stream (IER): 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.

N6U9 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.

Programme details

Key features of the programme include:

  • 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:

  • analyse the main features of the employment relations systems 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 contribute to policy debates

Organisational Behaviour (OB):

  • 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

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

  • Management of Human Resources: Strategies and Policy* introduces a range of theoretical perspectives which underpin the ways in which organisations 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.
  • Dissertation: Research and Practice (which may be part of a ‘Links’ business project).

Human Resources Management stream:

  • Foundations of Business and Management for Human Resources* 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.
  • 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.
  • Organisational Behaviour* helps 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.

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one unit from a range of options.

Employment Relations stream:

  • 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 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.

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

Organisational Behaviour stream:

  • Organisational Behaviour* helps 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.
  • Organisational Change* provides 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 organisational change and leading change, the change agent, strategies for change, resistance to change and evaluation and institutionalisation of organisational change.
  • Organisational Theory* introduces a variety of topics including institutional theory and corporate culture, sense-making, population ecology and social networks.

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one unit from a range of options. 

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

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.

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Application code: N6U7 (IER), N6U8 (HRM), N6U9 (OB) (check availability)

Start date: 24 September 2015

Duration: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time

Intake/applications: new programme for 2015

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

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: Submitting a GRE/GMAT score is not required but a strong result from either of those tests may benefit applicants

Fee level: £19,944 (Organisational Behaviour, International Employment Relations and Human Resource specialisations), £20,952 (Human Resource Management specialisation)

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

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions