From 2022/23 entry, graduates of the IER stream can now achieve Associate CIPD membership upon successful completion of the programme.
This stream is designed to develop your analytical skills enabling you to shape and evaluate HR practice, employment relations and policy making in a global context. On completion of the stream students will achieve the behavioural and knowledge components for the Level 7, Advanced CIPD qualification and will achieve Associate CIPD membership. Dependent on previous work experience some students will be eligible to upgrade their membership to Chartered CIPD membership. Faculty on the programme support students in this process. CIPD certification and membership is an indispensable qualification for a range of managerial HR roles in the UK, and is also well-regarded in the HR field across the globe.
Core courses are underpinned by a multi-stakeholder approach to HR and employment relations challenges, including diverse issues raised by representative bodies ranging from trade unions, employer associations and public agencies through to civil society groups. Special emphasis is placed on comparing practice and learning from a variety of political and economic contexts across the world. Graduates from this stream will be qualified for careers in a variety of areas including HR, employment relations, government, labour organisations and international bodies such as the ILO. This stream also provides a strong theoretical foundation for further study at PhD level.
We are ranked #2 in the world for social science and management, and the HRO programme is founded in LSE’s tradition for academic excellence. The curriculum is designed around a compulsory core course taken by students in all three streams in the degree, Management of Human Resources: Strategies and Policy, which gives a fundamental general foundation in HR management. Each stream then has additional specialised core courses according to the specific topic.
You can also customise your programme according to your own interests and career goals with a choice of optional elective courses from leading academic departments across LSE in managerial economics, accounting, finance, and other management topics.
You will also complete the programme with a 10,000 word dissertation project during the summer, which will enable you to specialise with in-depth knowledge in your specific area of interest.
International Employment Relations (IER stream) compulsory core courses (3.0 units)
(* denotes a half unit)
Business Strategy, Management and Analytics*
Introduces students to 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.
International Employment Relations*
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.
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.
The Management of People in Global Companies*
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.
Provides students with the opportunity to conduct independent research in a topic of their choice.
Optional elective courses (1.0 units)
You will customise your programme according to your own interests with optional elective courses from the lists below, to the total value of 1.0 units.
(* denotes a half unit)
Two 0.5 unit courses from the following list:
Organisational Theory and Practice*
Strategic Reward: Key Models and Practices*
Decisions, Biases and Nudges*
Foundations of Business and Management for Human Resources*
The Dark Side of the Organisation*
Cross Cultural Management*
Leadership in Organisations: Theory and Practice*
Interest Representation and Economic Policy - Making in Europe*
European Models of Capitalism*
The Political Economy of European Monetary Integration*
The Political Economy of European Welfare States*
Labour Markets and the Political Economy of Employment in Europe*
International Migration and Immigration Management*
Human Rights in the Workplace*
Corporate Social Responsibility and International Labour Standards*
To find the most up-to-date list of optional courses please visit the relevant School Calendar page.
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