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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)


Course Description

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.

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:
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

In addition to the below, in the Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour streams, students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one unit, and in the International Employment Relations stream, courses to the value of one and a half units, from a range of options.

(* half unit)

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.
Developing Professional Research and Employability Skills (which may be part of a ‘Links’ business project).

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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

Visit the MSc Human Resources and Organisations (with specialisation in Organisational Behaviour or Human Resource Management (CIPD) or International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management) page on the London School of Economics and Political Science website for more details!

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Lesley Henry

1832.jpg Having studied commerce as an undergraduate, I feel that my programme of study at LSE is an appropriate fit with my overall career goals, and will equip me with the tools to effectively blend the disciplines of commerce and employment relations. The programme allows for considerable flexibility with respect to course selection, which I consider to be a real plus. This lets students tailor their degree, and choose those courses that relate to his or her specific area of interest.

My decision to choose a programme at LSE was informed by the high calibre of the academic staff, the school's international reputation for excellence and the opportunity to live in London. Further, LSE provides many opportunities to participate in clubs and teams both within the LSE community as well as those in the London area at large. LSE also facilitates frequent speakers, visits and discussions led by world leaders and academics. These are all truly wonderful opportunities.

One of the greatest features of studying at LSE is the internationally diverse study body. This is especially beneficial while studying International Employment Relations, learning with and from people from all over the world. This presents a unique learning opportunity. LSE has provided me with the opportunity to live abroad and to develop contacts and friendships with people from all over the world. This experience has taken my education from a national level within Canada, to an international level, and for that I am grateful.


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Entry Requirements

2:1 degree or overseas equivalent in any discipline; English standard level; Submitting a GRE/GMAT score is not required but a strong result from either of these tests may benefit applicants

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