Why This Programme?

A unique programme in a unique department

The Human Resource Management MSc offers a unique combination of material covering human resource and knowledge management, contextualised within a proper understanding of the social, political, economic and cultural forces that shape contemporary organising. Organisations never operate in a vacuum and managers need to be aware of the world around them, as well as their immediate organisational and professional context. To understand people in the workplace you need to understand their wider experiences; to understand organisational knowledge you need an appreciation of how wider trends in knowledge are influencing the workplace.

Lancaster University Management School is the most research-intensive business school in the UK according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which means that you are more likely to be taught by world leading academics than at any other university in the country. You will be taught by academics who will share their knowledge and research interests with you, giving you access to the most up to date knowledge in the field. Our professorial staff take a full and active part in the delivery of the programme, and all staff are active researchers who publish work of international quality. The research interests of staff are integral to the programme and provide a range of interesting and very topical themes for study and discussion. For example, at present we are researching: wellbeing in the workplace, conflict resolution strategies, the use of performance enhancing drugs at work, knowledge and change interventions in the NHS, organising workplace space, sustainable business, and ethical issues facing managers in the workplace. In all cases the research is based on studies of actual practices in many different types of organisation (commercial, public sector, third sector, international NGO), in a range of countries around the world.

Knowledge for Application

The programme blends academic material with practical insights and experiences, preparing you for work. The programme will give you a firm grounding in concepts and debates that you will be able to apply to your future work environment. Our learning approach fosters independence but is, at all times, supportive, and you will be encouraged to study themes that interest you and which will contribute to your career aspirations. For example, the dissertation will be a unique experience to study an issue of particular interest to you over an extended period of time, and many graduates report how this has impacted on their future employability.

The programme offers you an opportunity to learn about and stay abreast of developments in HR and Knowledge Management. For example, each year we visit the annual Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Conference and Exhibition in Manchester, which is your opportunity to see what concerns HR practitioners and make links with relevant organisations. Also, we hold seminars and talks from practitioners and alumni who will share their experiences with you and offer advice on how to make the best of your learning.

The Lancaster Environment

Students repeatedly report their happiness at Lancaster, finding the quiet campus location good for their studies and the small but vibrant city good for their social lives. The rural setting of the campus is both attractive and the ideal environment for thinking and learning, but is very close to the city of Lancaster and a short train ride from the excitement of Manchester. The programme is selective and our cohort sizes are small so that an effective learning community can be established. We also take great care of our students and do not underestimate the importance of social and sporting activities in making people feel at home. Our induction week will help you acclimatise and be the beginning of life-long friendships.