Postgraduate (MSc & MA) Programmes in Human Resources
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• research methods in human resources
• international human resource management
• employment relations
• leading and influencing in organisations
• work organisation
• change management
• performance assessment
• organisational behaviour
• training and development
• human resource management.
Human resource master’s programmes fall into two categories: those that require prior work experience in the field (generally two or more years) and those that value, but do not require, such experience. Many programmes (in either category) require little more than some knowledge of statistics. Others require nothing other than a bachelor’s degree.
Many programmes also look for:
• prior coursework in human resources, organisational behaviour, or psychology
• undergraduate business degree.
The shift from personnel departments to human resource departments has involved a shift toward integrated management systems – combining work design, staffing, measurement, development, compensation, and control systems – tied to the organisation’s business plan and strategy. This has brought human resource professionals much closer to the business core of organisations, rather than being in a limited support role (such as setting out a firm’s sexual harassment policy). As a result, human resource professionals are increasingly valued for their business savvy as well as their knowledge and skill in particular HR functional specialities.
Typical job titles
• Management education officer
• Human resources analyst
• Labour relations manager
• Organisational change consultant
• Organisational development professional
• Employee relations associate
• Benefits analyst
• Personnel manager
• Human resources information analyst
• Compensation manager
• Training co-ordinator
Professional associations (UK and US)
Iain Henderson, Human Resource Management for MBA Students (Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development), provides a particularly easy-to-read overview of the field. Gluttons for punishment can consult Raymond A Noe et al’s lengthy text, Human Resource Management: Gaining a Competitive Advantage (McGraw-Hill/Irwin). The organisational element of the field is given good overview treatment in Stephen P Robbins and and Timothy A Judge’s Essentials of Organizational Behavior (Prentice Hall). A good alternative to Robbins and Judge, albeit more limited in scope, is Andrew J DuBrin’s Fundamentals of Organizational Behavior (South-Western College Publishing).
Closely related fields
Human resource management and general management overlap substantially. See the ‘Management’ discussion for further information.
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