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Master's Programme in Strategic Human Resource Management and Labour Relations

Master's programme | 120 credits
Autumn 2018
100% Day
1) Anyone can apply

About the Programme

The Master’s Programme in Strategic Human Resource Management and Labour Relations is offered to international and Swedish students and provides knowledge about working life and especially work within Strategic Human Resource Management (HRM). The Master’s Programme has an international approach, addresses both international and Swedish students and is offered jointly by the Department of Business Administration and the Department of Sociology and Work Science.


The programme provides skills for working with Strategic HRM and Labour Relations. It prepares you for working as a strategic partner in the organisation and within human resources. A strategic partner works as an expert in the formulation of specific HRM strategies, including the adjustment of business goals into human resource strategies. A strategic partner is also an expert in understanding how trends in society and working life impact upon organisations and human resource work. The programme prepares you to work with e.g. staffing strategies, strategies for the work environment, and competence development which indicates that you will work closely to the managerial group. The programme also deals with e.g. organisational change processes and leadership. The programme addresses you who are interested in human resource work at a strategic level in both private companies and public administration and also you who are interested in applying for doctoral studies in Sociology or Work Science.


The Master's Programme in Strategic Human Resource Management and Labour Relations is a two year programme (120 credits). All courses are taught in English. The first year in the Master's Programme starts with two courses in parallel; a course in Strategic Human Resource Management and a course in Research Theories and Methods. The third course is in HRM in a Societal Perspective. The first year ends with an elective course. The second year starts with another elective course, which is followed by a course in Challenges in HRM. The final course is a 30 credit Master's thesis. The elective courses are determined by the programme board.

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: A Bachelor's degree in HRM and Labour Relations or an equivalent is required, corresponding to at least 180 credits. Equivalent degrees include Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences or Business Administration. Note: A Bachelor's degree in Economics or Law does not give eligibility. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Selection: The selection is based upon three groups: Group 1) 20 % of the study places will go to applicants with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management and Labour Relations. Group 2) 80% of the study places will go to applicants with 60 credits in one of the following disciplines within the fields of Business Administration and Social Science: Human Resource Management and Labour Relations, Management, Organisation, Marketing, Social Work, Sociology, Pedagogy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration. Group 3) all other applicants who fulfil the entrance requirements. This selection group will be used only if study places are not filled by candidates from selection group one and two. Selection within the three groups will be made by number of credits (maximum 225 credits).

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full programme cost: 166 000 SEK
First payment: 41 500 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on: http://www.universityadmissions.se

Study Guidance

Malin Linde, malin.linde@socav.gu.se 031 - 786 1680 (Study and Career Counsellor) Ulrika Agby, ulrika.agby@socav.gu.se, 031-786 4795 (Administrative Coordinator)


Department of Sociology and Work Science
Box 720
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Skanstorget 18

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