Participants are required to take a total of ten courses (i.e. 30 units) for the MHRM programme. In addition to the eight core courses, participant selects two elective courses.


Core Courses

Human Resources Planning and Staffing
The major purpose of this course is to provide students with a) an appreciation of the major theoretical perspectives relating to strategic human resources management, b) an understanding of HRM strategies and environmental factors affecting these strategies, and c) issues and activities associated with the effective and socially responsible staffing of organisations.
Training and Development
This course covers a full spectrum of training management and administration. It aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the research, theory and techniques of training and development within an organisation.
Performance Management
This course provides an overview of the philosophy and principles of performance management and the design of effective performance management systems. Specifically, it examines major concepts, techniques, and practices in designing and implementing performance appraisal and other key performance management practices.
Compensation and Benefits
This course takes a pragmatic look at one of the most controversial and critical issues facing all kinds of organisation, that is, how to compensate employees. It focuses on the design and administering of a compensation system that rewards employees fairly while motivating outstanding performance.
Employment Relations and Practices
This course introduces various concepts on employment practices, industrial relations as well as work-family interface and the dynamic relationships among the different actors constituting the employment relations scene. In addition, it covers employment and related legislation that is commonly used by HR professionals in an everyday situation. A practical and contemporary approach is taken, exposing the students to the full gambit of employee-management relations in the workplace.
Ethics in Human Resources Management

This course aims to enhance students’ understanding and awareness of ethical issues in the area of HRM. It examines various ethics concepts and moral decision frameworks, as well as their applications on HR practices and employment issues. Special emphasis is placed on creating and maintaining an ethical work environment.

Human Resources Research Methods and Analytics
This course introduces the fundamental concepts of research design and the collection and analysis of data in the context of Human Resources Management.  Students acquire the necessary technical knowledge and skills to conduct valid research and data analytics. In addition, they acquire the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate research conducted by others. The course demonstrates how rigorous research can provide a basis for effective managerial decision making.
Degree Project
The Degree Project provides students with an opportunity to apply their HRM and research methods skills and knowledge in an investigation of a problem or issue of practical significance. Specifically, the Project will develop students’ skills in problem identification, consolidate their understanding of HRM issues and research methods, and deepen their understanding of the role of HRM in contributing to organisational effectiveness.

Students will work in teams on a client-based project or an applied research topic. The client-bases project involves the identification of an HRM-related organisational problem, a thorough investigation of the problem with appropriate data collection and analysis, and the development of well-founded, justified and implementable recommendations to the organisation’s management. This is essentially a “consulting”- type assignment, which must take place in a real organisation, either students’ own or another.

An applied research topic involves a multi-organisation or industry-wide investigation (rather than focusing on one organisation) of an HRM- related issue and a thorough investigation of the issue with appropriate data collection and analysis and development of implications for practices. Such projects should also identify in principle who would be the client for such a report.

Elective Courses (select 2 courses)

Human Resources Management in the PRC
This course focuses on the human resources issues and problems encountered by international companies in Mainland China today. It introduces to the students current and practical issues regarding employment and HRM in Mainland China. This course prepares participants to make decisions on various HR policies and practices such as recruitment of local employees and management of expatriates, performance and rewards, management development and localisation, and the complexities of PRC labour law. In addition, we will cover HR and Human Capital Management strategies to be more value creating and adding to the delivery of HRM.
International and Comparative HRM
This course aims to enhance students understanding of the role of HRM in global organisations. It examines major HR concepts, techniques, and practices in developing and managing a global workforce. Special emphasis is placed on examining the key convergence and divergence of HRM practices in a global context.
Employee Engagement and Well-being
The major purpose of this course is to enhance students understanding of the importance of building an engaged workforce and a healthy workplace. It covers major concepts, techniques, and practices in a) developing and executing an engagement campaign, b) promoting workplace wellness, and c) delivering services associated with building a healthy and productive workforce.
Human Resources Analytics
Human Resource Analytics is a process to discover patterns in data and turn data into insights and actionable recommendations by making use of statistical techniques, computer programming skills and human resource (HR) domain knowledge.

HR is changing to be more data-driven. HR managers and practitioners are required to make evidence-based decisions by identifying and quantifying key people drivers to explain HR issues, predict trends and inform decision-making. Human resource analytics is an essential skill for making better strategic HR decisions.

This course aims to develop students’ knowledge, skills, and ability to diagnose, analyse, evaluate, predict, and make decisions using various HR and organisation data and metrics. Students will learn various methods and techniques to collect data, hypothesise models and conduct analysis using statistical software to evaluate HR issues, make predictions and give evidence-based recommendations. Future development on human resource analytics will also be discussed.

Academic Writing and Analytical Techniques Workshop

All new participants of MHRM Programme are required to attend an 8-hour Academic Writing Workshop and an 2-hour Analytical Techniques Workshop in August before the commencement of formal classes.

Professional Development Activities (PDA)

Starting from 2019 September intake, all new full-time students are required to participate in at least 6 PDA within their 1-year of study, in which 3 should be activities offered by the Career Services Unit. New Part-time students are required to participate in at least 4 PDA within their 2-year of study. The programme office typically will arrange 4 to 5 seminars or workshop per year. Students are also encouraged to participate in relevant learning activities organised by other BUSD units, or the CIPD.