MSc Human Resources and Organisations

London School of Economics and Political Science

Program Description

MSc Human Resources and Organisations

London School of Economics and Political Science

MSc Human Resources and Organisations

with specialization in Organisational Behaviour or Human Resource Management (CIPD) or International Employment Relations & HRM.

Programme 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

Key facts

Degree: Postgraduate Master of Science

Study mode: Full-time

Duration: 12 months

Class size: 116 (over three specialisations)

Fees: £19,994. £20,994 for HRM (CIPD) track

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme and other scholarships.

Admissions requirements: Upper second class bachelor’s degree in any discipline.

Work experience: No work experience required. However, applicants with work experience are encouraged to apply.

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

Application code: N6U7

Application deadline: None, rolling admissions. However, early application is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.

Employment statistics: 80% of students in work/further study 6 months after graduating. Mean salary: £29,000.

Programme Director: Dr Virginia Doellgast

Programme content and structure

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:

  • Management of Human Resources: Strategies and Policy (0.5 unit) will introduce students to 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.
  • Dissertation: Research and Practice (1.0 unit).

Human Resource Management stream:

  • 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.
  • Globalisation and Human Resource Management (0.5 unit)
  • 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 and HRM stream:

  • 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.
  • 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Human Resource Management, Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour

  • Corporate Social Responsibility and International Labour Studies (0.5 unit)
  • Cross Cultural Management (0.5 unit)
  • Globalisation and Human Resource Management (0.5 unit)
  • Human Resource Management and Employment Regulation(0.5 unit)
  • International and Comparative Human Resource Management (0.5 unit)
  • International Employment Relations (0.5 unit)
  • Leadership in Organisations: Theory and Practice (0.5 unit)
  • Managing Diversity in Organisations (0.5 unit)
  • Negotiation Analysis (0.5 unit)
  • Organisational Behaviour (0.5 unit)
  • Organisational Change (0.5 unit)
  • Organisational Theory (0.5 unit)
  • Personnel Economics (0.5 unit)
  • Reward Systems: Key Models and Practices (0.5 unit)
  • Social Network Analysis and Strategies (0.5 unit)
  • The Dark Side of the Organisation (0.5 unit)

Law

  • Employment Law (0.5 unit)
  • Human Rights in the Workplace (0.5 unit)

Management

  • Business in the Global Environment (0.5 unit)
  • Leading Entrepreneurial Organisations in Global Markets (0.5 unit)
  • Social Network Analysis and Strategies (0.5 unit)
  • The Future of the Multinational Firm (0.5 unit)

Psychology

  • Knowledge Processes in Organisations (0.5 unit)
  • Organizational and Social Decision Making (0.5 unit)
  • Theory and Practice of Organisational Development (0.5 unit)

Methodology

  • Applied Regression Analysis (0.5 unit)
  • Multivariate Analysis and Measurement (0.5 unit)

The Social and Political Context

  • European Models of Capitalism (0.5 unit)
  • Interest Representation and Economic Policy-Making in Europe (0.5 unit)
  • Patterns of Economic Integration in Europe: Institutions and Politics of EMU (0.5 unit)
  • International Migration and Immigration Management (0.5 unit)
  • Feminist Economics and Policy: An Introduction (0.5 unit)
  • Sociology of Employment I: Social Relations at Work (0.5 unit)

Students may also take a graduate-level course which is not on this list, subject to approval from the Programme Director.



Last updated March 10, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2016
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12 months
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19,994 GBP
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Duration 12 months
Price 19,994 GBP
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