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

Master's programme | 120 credits
Autumn 2020
100% Day
1 Closed GU-66759 2 Closed GU-17596
1) Anyone can apply
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Programme

http://antje.olsen@gu.seThe 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 addresses those 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: Bachelor's degree of 180 credits is required in either of the three following areas: Human Resource Management and Labour Relations, Social Sciences or Business Administration. Please note that a BA 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. Proficiency in English is necessary given that all courses in the programme are exclusively held in English.

Selection: The admissions selection criteria is based upon three groups and a Letter of Intent/CV. More information about the selection groups and instructions for how to write the Letter of Intent/CV can be found on the programme s web site Upload the Letter of Intent/CV on or no later than 1 February (if you apply in the first admission round) or 2 May (if you apply in the second admission round).

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full programme cost: 170 000 SEK
First payment: 42 500 SEK

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

Study Guidance

Antje Olsen,, 031-786 1680 (Student Advisor)

Sandra Schriefer,, 031-786 5010 (Administrative Coordinator)


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

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