Human Resource Management & Organisational Analysis




Part Time, Full Time

| Admissions status: Open
Human Resource Management & Organisational Analysis is for graduates and professionals seeking to develop advanced knowledge and skills in people management and/or work as human resource experts. The MSc presents a contemporary and international perspective on key developments in the management of human resources and the analysis of organisations for the 21st century.

  • Close links with major national and international London-based companies providing students with unrivalled research access and job opportunities in both the public and private sector.
  • Taught by one of the top groups of HRM/OB scholars in Europe with a strong commitment to excellence in both teaching and research.
  • A strong evidence-based approach to teaching drawing on the very latest research in HRM and OB and emphasising both theory and practice.

Student destinations
Programme graduates go on to more advanced study in the field of HRM and OA and/or to work as human resource experts in public and private sector organisations in the UK and abroad.
Programme leader/s
Professor Riccardo Peccei
The optional CIPD-accredited element of the programme provides the academic and related practical knowledge and skills that form the basis for membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Students seeking to obtain the CIPD professional qualification will be expected to undertake additional study including organisational visits and workshops designed to develop core skills and knowledge.
Awarding Institution
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
One year FT, two years PT (PT teaching scheduled during the day - Monday year one; Tuesday year two), September to September.
Waterloo Campus.
Year of entry 2015
Offered by
Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
Department of Management
Closing date
We are still accepting applications for this programme. Please apply as soon as possible to secure a place for 2014. International applications must be received before 31 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.
Approximately 70 FT and PT.
PT Home: £TBC
PT Overseas: £TBC
FT Home: £9,000 (2014) plus additional CIPD payment
FT Overseas: £19,500 (2014) plus additional CIPD payment
Contact information
Postgraduate Officer, Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions (CASA)
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 1977/7203/7230/1434/7204
fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200
Email Website

For graduates and professionals seeking to develop advanced knowledge and skills in people management and/or work as human resource experts. To present a contemporary and international perspective on key developments in the management of human resources and the analysis of organisations for the 21st century.

For students seeking to obtain CIPD professional accreditation as part of the MSc as well as for those students not seeking to obtain CIPD qualification, the programme comprises a number of taught compulsory modules as well as a dissertation. The modules include: The Management of Human Resources; The Business and Financial Context of Management; The Analysis and Management of Organisations; Research Methods; The New Workforce; Managing Diversity; High Performance and Employee Well-Being; The New Employment Relations.

Core programme content

  • The Management of Human Resources
  • The Business & Financial Context of Management
  • The Analysis of Management of Organisations
  • Research Methods in HRM & OA
  • The New Workforce
  • Managing Diversity
  • High Performance & Employee Wellbeing
  • The New Employment Relations
  • Dissertation
  • Organisational visits/workshops (only for students studying to obtain CIPD accreditation)

Written examinations for all main modules; dissertation; workshops; company link scheme, assessed by a management report.

More information on typical programme modules.
NB it cannot be guaranteed that all modules are offered in any particular academic year.

Module code: 7SSMM004
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 15
Semester:  Semester 1 (autumn) 
Assessment:  written examination/s 
Examination (100%)

The core aims of this course are:
  • To examine and evaluate major approaches to the analysis and management of organizations.
  • To show how social science theory and research contributes to the understanding and management of behaviour in organizations.
  • To present social science frameworks for analysing organizations.
  • To explore the central problems of organizations and how to diagnose them.

The content will include the problem of bureaucracy and change; frameworks for the analysis of organizations; Taylorism and the design of the technical system; Human Relations and the design of the social system; design of work and of the socio-technical system; organizations as political and cultural systems; total quality management; the design of post-bureaucratic, organic and virtual organizations.
Module code: 7SSMM007
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 15
Semester:  Semester 2 (spring) 
Assessment:  written examination/s 
Examination (100%)

The core aims of this course are:
  • To explore issues associated with employee motivation and rewards.
  • To understand the links between motivation, performance and employee well-being and related theoretical perspectives.
  • To explore the nature, role and impact of different reward systems.
  • To relate motivation and reward systems to wider organizational policy and practice.

The course content will include content and process theories of motivation; measuring motivation, performance and well-being; pay and financial rewards; motivation and performance through job design, leadership, employee involvement and commitment, goal setting and appraisal; designing, monitoring and managing effective reward systems.
Module code: 7SSMM006
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 15
Semester:  Semester 2 (spring) 
Assessment:  written examination/s 
Exam (100%)

The core aims of this course are:
  • To introduce the distinctive human resource challenges of managing a diverse and increasingly multi-cultural workforce.
  • To identify the nature of the contemporary workforce with special reference to London as an international centre, public and private sectors and international organizations.
  • To analyse the concept of diversity at work and the implications and opportunities it offers to organizations.
  • To develop competence in the analysis of issues relating to the human resource management of different types of workforce with a special focus on selection, training and development and the management of diversity and equal opportunity.

The course content will include analysis of the changing nature of organizations and of contemporary workforces; issues in and dimensions of workforce diversity; understanding the challenges of diversity at work including the legislative challenges; selection, training and equal opportunity policy and practice in the context of diversity; special issues with respect to gender, age and race.
Module code: 7SSMM002
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 15
Semester:  Semester 1 (autumn) 
Assessment:  written examination/s 
Examination (100%)

The core aims of this course are:
  • To introduce students to the methods of data collection used in the study and conduct of human resource management and organizational analysis.
  • To develop a capacity to understand the methodological aspects of the literature in human resource management and organizational analysis.
  • To develop a familiarity with data sources, data collection, data analysis and presentation of data.
  • To develop a capacity critically to assess empirical evidence used to support decisions about the management of people and organizations.
The course content will cover approaches to data collection; criteria for choice of methods of data collection; interviews; observation; questionnaires; data analysis; descriptive, bivariate and multivariate statistics.
Module code: 7SSMM003
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 15
Semester:  Semester 1 (autumn) 
Assessment:  written examination/s 
Examination (100%)

The core aims of this course are:
  • To introduce the relevant aspects of the business, financial, economic and political context within which human resource and organizational issues need to be addressed.
  • To help students appreciate the importance of this context.
  • To develop a basic awareness of financial management and control systems.
  • To develop some understanding of business strategy.

The course content will cover organization strategy and structure; the business and marketing context; the globalisation of business; the role of the state and regulation; demographic trends; basic financial and accounting concepts together with an understanding of financial reports and reading of accounts; the relevance of accounting; transaction cost analysis; financial control systems; measures of performance in the private and public sectors; human asset accounting; strategy; finance and its links to human resource management.
Module code: 7SSMM001
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 15
Semester:  Semester 1 (autumn) 
Assessment:  written examination/s 
Examination (100%)

The core aims of this course are:

  • To introduce and outline core areas of human resource management.
  • To present human resource management as a decision-making process.
  • To explore the role of the personnel function and the relationship between personnel specialists and line management in personnel decision-making.
  • To introduce core models of human resource management.

The course content will cover decision criteria; selection; training; job design; rewards; appraisal; development; communication and employee involvement; career management; equal opportunities; absence; labour turnover; work force reductions; work-life balance; employment relations; setting up and managing a personnel department; and the strategic role of human resource management.
Module code: 7SSMM008
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 15
Semester:  Semester 2 (spring) 
Assessment:  written examination/s 
Examination (100%)

The core aims of this course are:
  • To introduce students to contemporary issues in employment relations.
  • To understand trends and challenges in employment relations both in unionised and non-union settings.
  • To explore employment relations processes and outcomes in both the private and public sectors.
  • To consider key challenges in the management of employment relations at local, national and international levels.
The content will include analysis of key trends in employment relations; the concept of the 'new employment relations'; the role of trade unions, management and the state in employment relations; collective bargaining, joint consultation and employee representation; works councils, partnership and the European legislative context; employment relations in non-union organizations; dealing with individual and collective conflict at work; dealing with labour turnover, absence and poor performance; the management of 'good' employment relations.
Module code: 7SSMM005
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 15
Semester:  Semester 2 (spring) 
Assessment:  written examination/s 
Examination (100%)

The core aims of this course are:
  • To explore debates about the changing nature of work.
  • To examine the implications of the changing nature of work for the management of people.
  • To analyse current prescriptions for the management of the contemporary workforce.
  • To show how people management can contribute to innovation at work.

The content will include the changing pattern of workforce composition; changes in the form of work; issues of work-life balance; dual career families; emotional and service labour and the changing nature of the psychological contract. Achieving flexibility, commitment and quality at work; selecting training and developing the 'new' worker; managing diversity and careers; concepts of boundaryless careers and career self-management; evaluation of the concept of the 'new' worker and the implications for the management of traditional workers.

General entry advice

A good 2:1 undergraduate degree in the social sciences. You may be considered with a degree in another discipline, particularly if you have relevant work experience.

Enhanced criminal conviction check
Occupational Health clearance required?

To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.

Your application will be assessed by academic staff in the department; we aim to process all applications within four to six weeks, but during February, March and holiday periods, applications may take longer to process.

A personal statement is required.

Most students are self-funded, a few are sponsored by employers.

Student profiles

Human Resource Management & Organisational Analysis MSc
After completing my undergraduate degree and gaining experience in HR roles, I wanted to further my academic and professional development. The MSc programme at King's is unique; both full time and part time students can opt to take an additional CIPD-accredited professional stream. This more practical element, which includes a three month management project, focuses on the development of management skills in weekly workshops, providing an excellent complement and opportunity to apply knowledge from the more theoretical side of the MSc.
As a full time student I've found the faculty and staff to be second to none. They are equally dedicated to supporting and developing students as they are energised in their lectures and research. King's new Centre for HRM and Organisational Research and HRM Learning Board are building links with industry leaders, illustrating the proactivity of the department and its position at the forefront of research, reflected in topical and up-to-date issues within the programme.
This programme opens numerous development and career opportunities including HR, consultancy or management. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it, I've enjoyed my time at King's and have learnt just as much from my fellow students whose diverse mixture of professional and cultural backgrounds bring multiple perspectives and previous experiences.
Human Resource Management & Organisational Analysis MSc

After gaining some experiences in different sectors in business in Jordan, I came to the conclusion that, the HR is the right field for me that will advance my career path in future, then I have decide to pursue my Master’s degree in Human Resource Management to gain more in-depth knowledge and skills in order for me to go to the next level with my future career.

As a result, King’s College London was my first choice to pursue my Master degree, one of the reasons why I chose King’s was because of their outstanding reputation worldwide being one of the Russell leading group institutions in UK. The quality of teaching and academic expertise is very high.

The faculty staff members are very friendly and helpful with their advices. In addition, the university has added value to my communication skills as I’ve had the opportunity to interact with multicultural students on the course, they have helped in gaining a vast in-depth knowledge and practical experience by inviting leading firms in the UK to share with us how they implement HR functions in their companies. These opportunities are what make an academic experience of studying at King’s very attractive.

The Faculty of Management in which my masters was placed, is based at the Waterloo Campus located right in the middle of London between National Film Theatre & London south Bank. This faculty has its own library service where you will find everything you need related to your studies, and staff members are available to assist and help with any inquiries you might have. Furthermore, the student life in London is extremely attractive with so many activities, discounts, cultural events and endless entertainment activates.

During my course, I have managed to get useful tips & advices from the career services and have attended several career fairs hosted by King’s College. As result of these services, I have succeeded in getting an internship with a leading firm in London to work with them for several months in public relations.

After I graduate from King’s my plan is to get professional experience in Human Resources with the top leading companies and to gain extra professional qualifications in HR such as “CIPD”, which will help me in my long term future plans in setting up my own business firm in the consultancy industry.

Human Resource Management & Organisational Analysis MSc
Offering the exact programme I aspired to study, King’s College was one of my first choices. From the numerous acceptance offers I received, I chose King’s and now more than ever I am sure that I have made the right choice. With its central location in London, it is within easy access to the libraries, tourist attractions, museums, and several affordable accommodation areas in its vicinity.

When I am researching human resource related theories I usually find myself quoting my worldly renowned and well-published professors. What has significantly made my experience a positive one is the personal relationship and easy access to these professors. Even with their busy schedules they always make the effort to give you enough time to discuss issues, ask questions or seek career advice.

Aside from my studies I attend several social events such as the fashion show organised by King’s, all of which are really enjoyable and a lot of fun. There is always something going on; a conference, a career fair, an entertainment event or a concert, which makes it a very lively place to be.

The advantages of living in London are numerous. There are cultural and entertainment centres wherever you go and whenever you need a break from studying you can easily find some entertainment. Living in London can be expensive for students, but we do benefit from many discounts in shops and theatres and reduced travel costs.
Human Resource Management & Organisational Analysis MSc

The ambience, the classrooms, the library facilities and the cooperative attitude of the faculty members made the whole experience at King’s worthwhile. The MSc programme itself was very well organised and covered all aspects of human resource management in depth. The interactive tutorials helped me in analysing issues and conflicts at work from many different angles and taught me how to think out of the box.


One very unique aspect of this programme was its multicultural student body, which made discussions during tutorials particularly interesting; they gave me an opportunity to learn from others. This past year has been amazing and I owe it all to King’s and our department’s amazing faculty members.