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Sustainable Human Resource Management

Heriot-Watt University

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Heriot-Watt University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    07-SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Our MSc Sustainable HRM Masters provides unique insights into this new area of Sustainable HRM. Sustainable HRM benefits employers and employees, as well as creating wider social benefits including lower unemployment, inclusion for marginalised people, reduced demand for out-of-work and in-work benefits while reducing healthcare burdens due to work-related illness and disability. We recognise the limitations of traditional HRM approaches coupled with rapidly changing trends in employment and offer an exciting selection of specialist courses to educate current and future HR practitioners in a more sustainable and socially responsible form of managing people.

There are eight taught courses (divided equally over two semesters) and a sustainable HRM dissertation in semester 3, in a topic of your choosing. If you chose to study Part-time, you will register for two courses per semester and progress to the dissertation at the end of the second year.

There are four mandatory courses in Semester one: Work, Culture and Organisation, The HR Practitioner, Digital Human Resource Management and the Legal Context of Work. These courses provide insights into the fundamentals of Human Resource Management and develop a deeper understanding of specialist areas within the HR profession.

In semester two you will take a further three mandatory courses, Research Philosophy and Practice, Sustainable HRM and Employment Trends. You will then customise your degree to match your specific interests or career pathway by selecting an optional course from a choice of three: The Psychology of Leadership, People Analytics, or Diversity in Business.

In Semester three the Sustainable HRM dissertation is the capstone course where you will be supported by our world-leading faculty to “deep-dive” into your chosen area of HRM. The dissertation enables you to investigate an HRM topic of your choice, where you will be able to demonstrate your mastery of the subject area by developing new insights from analysis of valuable primary research.

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University information

Heriot-Watt University

  • University League Table

    29th

  • Campus address

    Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City Of, EH14 4AS, Scotland

Highly regarded around the world with a strong focus on business, engineering, design and the physical and life sciences.
Culturally diverse, warm and welcoming, Heriot-Watt is one of Scotland's most international universities with a global footprint.
Global companies actively seek out Heriot-Watt graduates due to the nature of the university's research-informed education.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    27th out of 123 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 209
    164 75%

    14th

    15
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%

    40th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.98 80%

    59th

    24

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