Master of Science in Human Resource Management


The principal aim of the Module is to provide an overview of the fields of Human Resources (HR), and Industrial Relations (IR) by providing the underpinning knowledge and developing an understanding of core theoretical principles and models of Human Resource Management (HRM). Students will focus on the outcome of HR/IR strategies and policies at the individual, organisation and societal levels. The effective management of employees is a key concern for organisations due the recognition of the positive role that well-managed human resources can play in increasing organisational and individual outcomes. It is necessary for people working as HR/IR specialists, and for those who are managing teams of people, to understand multiple HRM perspectives and to develop evidence-based people management strategies appropriate to specific organisational contexts. This Module will cover content (what), the rationale (why), and implementation (how) of effective people management practices.

Course Description

Human resources management is vital to the financial health and productivity of all organizations. This important function provides the crucial link between management and employees in the public and private sector. In this course you will learn the fundamentals of human resources management. Begin by acquiring an in-depth understanding of the charter and mission of human resources in the industrial, service and public sectors. Then multiply your role and knowledge of the major elements of the personnel process including recruiting, interviewing, wage and labor issues, benefits, compensation, employment, regulations, documentation and termination, while gaining an insider's grasp of employee relations, work force diversity and human resources planning and research. Finally, you will address various theories regarding employee morale, organizational behavior and group dynamics. If you are interested in changing or advancing your career, this course will give you an overview of this growing field.

At the end of this chapter, you should be able to:
– Describe the fundamental purposes of human resource management (HRM)
– Explain the multidisciplinary nature of HRM
– Outline the major functions and roles of HRM
– Discuss the economic, political, legal, social,technological and organisational contexts in which HRM takes place
– Discuss the different approaches to HRM and their impacts on the employment relationship.
– Identify the twenty-first century challenges for the HRM profession.


The overall aim of this course is to provide students with a broad set of leadership skills that will help them bring out the best in their direct reports, peers, and bosses throughout your career and to increase one's competencies in building more effective relationships. Learning is primarily through feedback from other group members. This course is very involving and, at times, can be quite emotional. However, this course is not a substitute for therapy; we deal more with inter-personal issues than with intra-personal ones.