Why this course?
The effective management of employees in the private and public sectors is key to the future success of the Omani economy.
Oman is experiencing rapid transformation in its workforce, driven by technological and generational change and necessitated by policies designed to increase the presence of Omanis at all levels in the workplace.
The purpose of the MSc in Managing Human Resources is to provide HR professionals and those seeking to work in this area with the tools to operate effectively within this fast-changing environment.
This course offer you an opportunity to study organisations and the management of work in depth.
In studying the management of people, you will engage with contemporary ideas and arguments about Human Resource Management and International Human Resource Management within organisations.
This will be further contextualised to the particular challenges facing HR professionals in Oman and the wider region.
What you’ll study
The programme will equip students to think critically about issues relating to the international context of the workforce in Oman and the wider region as well as encouraging them to think more practically about the skills required to manage in an international context.
The programme will also provide extensive support for personal development through the induction process, transferable skills workshops, team-building events, networking opportunities, visits to organisations with an international profile and guest speakers.
You will complete a 15,000-word dissertation based on a relevant human resources issue. In preparation for this, students will have already completed Research Methods for HR Professionals. Research for the dissertation will normally be conducted within the students own organisation.
This programme will be delivered at our International Centre in Oman based in the College of Banking and Finance.
Please note that the timetable for classes may be subject to change. Classes taken include:
The Reflective Practioner
This class aims to develop the managerial capabilities through developing student’s skills as reflective learners by enabling them to analyse their learning processes and ensuring that they appreciate core aspects of self-awareness and can effectively interact with others.
Collaborative learning – between students and between students and staff – is central to this class. It uses a mix of experiential elements and more traditional learning approaches, as is appropriate for the subject matter covered.
This class will help you understand people resourcing issues within organisations and related concepts in order that they become thinking practitioners in the field. Issues such as managing performance, managing equality and managing careers will be covered.
HRM in a Business Context
Managing People in Organisations
This class aims to explore the managerial and business context of HRM and the associated impact in shaping human resource strategy.
It critically reviews the major internal and external contextual factors influencing organisational strategy and examines the key choices facing HR managers in designing and delivery of HR practices.
The class recognises that HRM occurs in a variety of organisational, social and political contexts and evaluates the significance of these variations for the strategic organisation and management of people.
This class aims to facilitate students develop the knowledge about Organisational Behaviour/Human Resource Management that general managers need when working in current business/organisational situations.
In addition, the course will provide an understanding of modern organisations in terms of the management of people, the strategies and processes of Human Resource Management, and to provide the basis for a critical review of human resource systems and techniques.
Research Methods for HR Professionals
Designed to increase critical awareness of the ways in which research in social science practice relates to theories of research methods, this class is concerned with exploring the strengths and weaknesses of particular research designs and techniques relevant to human resource issues and developments. You'll be equipped with the ability to design and execute methodologically rigorous research projects.
Human Resource Development
This class provides you with a comprehensive view of the field of human resource development, learning and change for individuals and organisations.
The class considers theories and practice in the management of workplace learning and development. We encourage the development of a critical view of HRD theory and practice, to develop your capabilities as HR professionals in work and employment. HR professionals who are able to think critically about HRD are better problem-solvers and decision-makers, on the broader social implications of changes taking place in organisations and the challenges these changes pose to HRD.
Managing Human Resources in Multinationals
Managing Talent & Succession Planning
This class is primarily focused on human resource management within multinational companies providing a broad base to understand how companies address the challenges of managing globally.
The class focuses on key challenges in staffing the multinational enterprise considering aspects such as recruitment and selection, training and development, compensation and performance management. The firm-level analysis will complement the broader comparative frameworks which other modules are developing to allow for you to further your understanding of comparative HRM and issues surrounding the globalisation of business.
This class will provide students with access to a dynamic area of growing importance to both specialist HR Managers and those in operational and executive positions of responsibility.
Talent Management draws on a range of HR themes (recruitment, selection, training, development, rewards, leadership) and places these in a strategic context, with further relatedness to ethical and cultural concerns.
This module will also provide students with a practical, business-oriented understanding of talent and talent management while, at the same time, providing a platform for critical engagement with the challenges and issues associated with talent management.
Semesters 3 & 4
The MSc Dissertation is a substantial piece of academic work. It will undoubtedly be the most in-depth, academically rigorous and challenging piece of work of the programme.
As such it provides students with the opportunity to illustrate their understanding of HRM with greater breadth and depth.
The dissertation also provides the opportunity to demonstrate qualities of scholarship; such as the discriminating use of reading and engagement with prevailing academic debates; the generation of empirical data; and the presentation of well researched, coherent and well supported analysis.
Learning & teaching
Learning methods used over the course will include a mixture of:
- Face-to-face lecturing when introducing new concepts and theories –delivered by full-time Strathclyde faculty or Strathclyde-appointed adjunct faculty
- Tutorials to reinforce, apply and develop key concepts and communication skills – generally given by local tutors appointed in consultation with Strathclyde
- Workshops to develop key analysis and application skills – delivered by both Strathclyde and local tutors as well as visiting speakers/ specialists
Please provide details of how the course will be assessed e.g. written assignments, exams, practical team and individual projects. Assessment for each module will vary from module to module depending on the material and learning outcomes. This could be essays, reports, presentations and examinations.
First or second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in any discipline. In addition, all successful applicants will normally be required to have had a period of relevant experience in a human resources or general management position.
For students whose first language is not English, achievement of an IELTS score of 6.5 with no criteria below 5.5
Fees & funding
Please contact us for more information about fees for 2017/18.
How can I fund my course?
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