Based in the Department of Organisation, Work and Technology, the 12-month full-time MSc programme offers in-depth analyses of Human Resource Management, the centrality of knowledge to organising, and the role of change in contemporary organisations. You will learn about the importance of the human resource in organising, and the conditions for fostering the development of knowledge and the enabling of change, and you will hone the capabilities and skills necessary to manage people and knowledge effectively.
This is not a programme that will teach you simplistic ‘models’ or techniques, but one that will help you develop the sophisticated conceptual and analytical skills that employers are looking for. Such skills, in understanding people in an organisation context, are crucial attributes of effective professional managers today.
Senior scholars and high-quality learning experiences
The Management School is widely recognised as one of the top management schools in the UK and is a national and international leader in business and management research. The staff in the department of OWT research and publish at the very highest level, and you will be taught by distinguished academics who are acknowledged leaders in their field. For this reason the programme is recognised as one the finest specialist masters courses in the country.
Career development and study opportunities
The Management School offers excellent postgraduate career services, so that you can be sure that support is available to help you in your career ambitions. There are hundreds of events each year that can allow you to explore employment options and make connections with potential employers. Our alumni network can also be exploited for advice and contacts. There are also opportunities to study abroad and widen your experience. Finally, the programme is a recognised pathway to PhD study, and UK/EU applicants, with good honours degrees, can apply for Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentships for further work towards a PhD.
The academic year at Lancaster has four terms: the first (Michaelmas) and the second (Lent) contain the main lectures. The third and fourth (Summer terms) are devoted to independent study and are more focused on supervised work for the dissertation project.
The degree begins with a week of intensive activities designed to introduce you to the programme and make clear what will be expected of you. Induction will also allow you to find out more about the University and Management School and the facilities available, and a series of activities and social events, including two off-site visits to places of interest, will allow you to get to know your fellow students and the staff in the department.
Autumn Term (Michaelmas - October to December)
Human Resource Management I
Organisations in the 21st Century
The Production of Managerial Knowledge I: The Rise of Management Ideas and Concepts
Advanced Study Skills (OWT 512)
Spring Term (Lent - January to March)
Human Resource Management II: The Rise and Growth of HRM Ideas and Techniques
Knowledge and Global Organisations
The Management of Organisational Change
The Production of Managerial Knowledge II: Analysing Management in Practice
Summer Term (April to September)
The Production of Managerial Knowledge III: Quantitative Methods in Management Practices Today (intensive five-week module)
Law and Diversity in Employment(five-week lecture series)
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Book IELTS
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Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
Applicants for the MSc in Human Resource and Knowledge Management should have, or expect to hold, one of the following types of degrees:
Management and Business Studies (especially where students have already studied areas such as organisational behaviour or human resource management), Economics, Social Sciences (for example particularly those with a more qualitative approach such as Sociology, Psychology, Applied Social Science) Law, History, Philosophy, English, Languages Arts or other Humanities subjects.
Work experience is beneficial, but not compulsory. Yet, although work experience is not a compulsory admission criterion, it is always an important asset. We encourage all those who work in management and are interested in developing their careers to apply.
English language requirements
Studying at Masters level demands a high level of fluency in written and spoken language, and excellent comprehension. For this reason, non-native speakers of English are normally asked to demonstrate their English language competence by taking one of the internationally recognised tests below.
Our minimum language requirements for postgraduate study at LUMS are:
IELTS 7.0, with at least 6.0 in each element
Pearson Academic (PTE) 70, with at least 55 in each element
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) grade C
ToEFL iBT 100 (with minimum 22 in each skill)
Please note: IELTS and Pearson scores are valid for two years from the test date. Also, note that ToEFL tests are no longer recognised by the UK Visas and Immigration Office for entry to pre-sessional English language courses.
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