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Master's Programme in Strategic Human Resource Management and Labour Relations

Master’s programme
S2HRM
2 years
120 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
-
Application code
GU-1A75B
Tuition
Full education cost: 174 000 SEK
First payment: 43 500 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

More information about tuition fees

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Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
-
Application code
GU-6A75A
Tuition
Full education cost: 174 000 SEK
First payment: 43 500 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

More information about tuition fees

Application closed

Summary

The Master’s Programme in Strategic Human Resource Management and Labour Relations is offered to international and Swedish students and provides knowledge about working life and especially work within Strategic Human Resource Management (HRM). The Master’s Programme has an international approach, addresses both international and Swedish students and is offered jointly by the Department of Business Administration and the Department of Sociology and Work Science.

About

Current research

The Master´s Programme connects with current research in the field and relates to topics such as social change, globalisation, the establishment of employment and company staffing, new forms of employment, recruitment and the reorganisation of HR functions, to mention a few. Students also receive crucial training in scientific work, both through courses in scientific method and theory that prepare them for their own independent study project i.e. the Master´s thesis.
The research- and teaching team is interdisciplinary and involve researchers from a number of fields, such as Business Administration, Sociology and Work Science.

Pedagogical ideas and methods

This Master´s Programme departs from the pedagogical approach of student-centered learning, which means that the programme promotes learning activities that enable students to gain new knowledge through active participation.
In addition to more traditional lectures and seminars, learning activities include compulsory group work where the results of the group's work are presented both in writing and orally. Group work requires collegiality, active participation and assuming responsibility as well as producing independent academic texts.

Learning outcomes

The goal of this Master is to develop the students' ability to translate goals into strategies and activities, and provide the latest research, practice and methods in HRM.

Degree

Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Strategic Human Resource Management and Labour Relations.

Key features of the Programme include:

  • Close links with current research within the Department of Sociology and Work Science
  • Comprehensive courses in both qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Possibility to study abroad or take a work placement
  • Extensive individual supervision during the completion of a 30 credits Master's Thesis

Study Plan

Semester 1
Strategic Human Resource Management (15 credits)
Research Theories and Methods (15 credits)

Semester 2
Human Resource Management in a Societal Perspective (15 credits)
Conflict and Collaboration in Organisations (7,5 credits) + People Analytics (7,5 credits) or
Human Resource and Management Work Placement (15 credits)

Semester 3
Sustainable Leadership (15 credits) or Human Resource and Management Work Placement (15 credits)
Challenges in Human Resource Management (15 credits)

Semester 4
Master Thesis in Strategic Human Resource Management and Labour Relations (30 credits)

Study Plan (from autumn 2021)

Semester 1
Human Resource Management in a Societal Perspective (15 credits)
Strategic Human Resource Management (15 credits)
Semester 2
Research Theories and Methods (15 credits)
Conflict and Collaboration in Organisations (7,5 credits) + People Analytics (7,5 credits) or
Human Resource and Management Work Placement (15 credits)
Semester 3
Sustainable Leadership (15 credits) or Human Resource and Management Work Placement (15 credits)
Challenges in Human Resource Management (15 credits)
Semester 4
Master Thesis in Strategic Human Resource Management and Labour Relations (30 credits)

Programme structure and content

In this programme you will learn more about the strategic human resources e.g. with references to the strategic human resource role, organisational change and related processes and leadership. This programme highlights that HRM and HR activities are related to and dependent on major social trends, such as employment patterns, internationalisation, cultural differences, stratification patterns and labour market polices. This programme will provide you with the analytical skills required to work within strategic human resource management and with a central understanding of how social trends affect the organisation, HR work and and labour relations.

The Master’s Programme in Strategic Human Resource Management and Labour Relations is offered to international and Swedish students and provides knowledge about working life and especially work within Strategic Human Resource Management (HRM). The Master’s Programme has an international approach, addresses both international and Swedish students and is offered jointly by the Department of Business Administration and the Department of Sociology and Work Science.

Who should apply?

The programme addresses those who are interested in human resource work at a strategic level in both private companies and public administration and also you who are interested in applying for doctoral studies in Sociology or Work Science.

Prerequisites and selection

Requirements

To be admitted to the programme a Bachelor's degree in HRM and Labour Relations or equivalent is required, corresponding to at least 180 higher education credits. Equivalent degrees include Bachelor's degree in Social Science or Business Administration. Proficiency in English. English 6/ English course B from Swedish Upper Secondary School, with a minimum of passed mark. Alternatively, the required IELTS or TOEFL score for current application period (see www.universityadmissions.se) The admission requirements listed above apply for admission to the programme. Requirements for other prerequisites regarding the programme's courses are documented in respective course syllabus.

Special instructions for application

To apply for the program, you need to fill out and submit the document Letter of intent / CV. The document is found on our application instructions page:

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Selection

The admission selection criteria is based on three groups and a Letter of Intent/CV. Upload the 
Letter of Intent/CV on www.universityadmissions.se or www.antagning.se no later than 1 February (if you apply in the first admission round) or 2 May (if you apply in the second admission round).  

After graduation

The programme prepares you to work with e.g. staffing strategies, strategies for the work environment and competence development which indicates that you will work closely to the managerial group. The programme also deals with e.g. organisational change processes and leadership.

The programme is designed for those who are interested in human resource work at a strategic level in both private companies and public administration and for those who are interested in applying for doctoral studies in Sociology or Work Science.

Facilities

Teaching takes place in the premises of the Faculty of Social Sciences in the Haga district in central Gothenburg. Lectures and seminars within "Campus Haga" are held in the buildings Dragonen and Sappören (Sprängkullsgatan) as well as Husaren (Husargatan).

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Exchange opportunities

- Exchange Ruhr University, Bochum in Germany, Innsbruck University in Austria and Institut de Gestion Sociale (IGS) in France.

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Internship

The programme offers an internship as an elective course, either during the last part of the second semester or the beginning of the third semester. An internship makes you prepared and attractive to the HRM market and lets you try out the knowledge that you have gained throughout the programme. The internship gives you new perspectives and an in-depth understanding of the concepts that have been discussed during your studies.