Human Resource Management and Organizational Psychology

The master's programme in Human Resource Management and Organizational Psychology prepares graduates for careers related to the management and development of human resources in a demanding knowledge-based work environment.

Overview

Nemandi í mannauðsstjórnun og vinnusálfræði stendur upp við vegg í HR

Credits

90 ECTS

Language

The language of instruction is English.

Length of study

14 months over three terms: autumn, spring and summer terms.

MSc or qualification at master level 

Students can choose between a programme structure leading to an MSc degree and a programme structure for a qualification at master level (Master of Human Resource Management and Organizational Psychology, MHRM). Both require 90 ECTS credits.

MSc degree

60 ECTS of course work plus a 30 ECTS masters thesis. 

Qualification at master level (MHRM) 

90 ECTS credits in courses. Students have the opportunity to finish an internship of up to 15 ECTS.

Tuition fees

Please follow the link below to see tuition fees at RU, per semester.

Dean´s selection grant

The recipient of the Dean´s Selection Grant pays undergraduate fees instead of graduate fees.

  • An application for a full-time graduate programme is also an application for the Dean´s Selection Grant for the first semester.

Information for current students

Careers

A valuable skillset

Graduates have gained a versatile skillset regarding human resource management, from point of recruitment and onwards. The degree programme prepares individuals for positions in management and employee development in a challenging professional environment.

Graduates go on to have jobs as specialists in human resources departments, in training and development, recruitment counselling, change management or within different kinds of business development.

Graduates work, for example, in management, consultancy, human resource issues, educational issues, business development, or change management.

Academic staff 

Researchers and guest lecturers

The main areas of research within RU´s School of Business are innovation and entrepreneurship, finance and economics, corporate governance, marketing and human resource management. 

RU School of Business is committed to excellence in research and academic staff collaborates with researchers in other fields such as Computer Science and Psychology, within RU and internationally. Students also benefit from the School's extensive network of international professors and guest lecturers from the business community.  

Internship

A great opportunity 

By completing an internship a student's knowledge, skills and abilities are enhanced. This is usually done through hands-on projects, and so, graduates are better prepared for their future careers. Students are assigned a supervisor within a company or institution and a full-time faculty member as a supervisor during the period of the internship. 

Credits

Students can complete 7,5 ECTS, 15 ECTS, or 30 ECTS, depending on the length of the internship. Internships of 30 ECTS are only available for students that complete their internship abroad. Generally, internships are unpaid. 

Students can choose between three options:

Option 1: Students apply for internship positions arranged by RU School of Business with Icelandic companies.  

Option 2: Students arrange an internship with companies themselves and get the internship approved by RU  School of Business. 

Option 3: Students find international internships themselves, and get it approved by RU School of Business. 

Examples of companies and institutions where students have completed their internships 

Icelandair Group • Icelandair London • Icelandair Frankfurt • Össur • KPMG• Deloitte • PwC • E&Y • Landspítalinn • Síminn • Orkuveita Reykjavíkur • NOVA • Vodafone • Vífilfell • Ölgerðin • Virðing • Sameinaði lífeyrissjóðurinn • Pipar TBWA • WOW • Icelandair • Landsvirkjun • Advania • Alvogen • Landsbankinn • Mannvit • Nýherji • Reiknistofa bankanna • Eik fasteignafélag • Grant Thornton • Glamour • BDO • Sjóvá • Canadian Embassy • Viðskiptaráð • FESTI • Samtök Iðnaðarins.

Internships abroad

Students can apply for an Erasmus grant to complete an internship in Europe for 2-12 months. Students who have previously been in the Erasmus exchange program can apply for funding for an internship.

The amount of the grant depends on the destination, but is in the range of 450 to 550 € a month. Students also receive a travel grant, in the range 275- € 1,100 depending on the destination.

To find an internship, a number of websites can be referenced:

RU students completing an internship abroad have generally received Erasmus grants. However, if the demand increases, students can apply for the Nordplus grant. For further information, visit the International Office at RU.

Facilities

Reykjavik University Campus

Set in one of the most beautiful areas of Reykjavik right next to Iceland's only geothermal beach, the campus offers students modern first-rate facilities. The building has well equipped classrooms and students have 24-hour access to the building.

Environmentally conscious

The campus is one of Iceland's most automated buildings designed to provide an environment optimal for working using the lowest amount of energy.

Automated blinds and windows

In the main areas of the building the blinds and windows are controlled by a weather station positioned on top of the University roof. The weather station collects information about wind direction and outside temperature adjusting windows accordingly, and blinds are automated to ensure direct sunlight does not disturb students working.

A breath of fresh air

The University building is constantly ventilated with natural fresh air using the NAVENT system. Fresh air is drawn into the building and then pumped into the rooms. Special CO2 monitors ensure the correct levels of oxygen in the rooms. Heaters ensure that the air pumped into the rooms maintains the correct air temperature. In the summer time the air pumps drag warm air from the building and pump fresh and cooler air in its place.

Intelligent lighting system

Every light in the University has its own IP address and is controlled by the automated system. Light sensors ensure lighting is only on when rooms are in use. Large windows let in natural daylight which creates a more pleasant working environment.

Beautiful surroundings

Our campus is in a unique position of being set in one of the most popular outdoor areas of Reykjavik. The University of Reykjavik is located right next to Iceland's only geothermal beach, Nauthólsvík. Students can enjoy swimming in the geothermally heated sea, or relax in the hot tub on the beach. There are numerous paths for hiking and cycling in the neighbouring forest.

Services

IT facilities

Our IT Services provide a range of computer facilities to help you study. IT suites are located across campus – many with 24-hour access. IT facilities also include:

  • Wireless network 
  • Extensive printing facilities 
  • Adapted PCs for students with disabilities or additional learning needs 

Student study areas

Students have 24-hour access, during term time, to group rooms and private study desks. There is a especially dedicated study area for Graduate students.

Sports Facilities

In the basement of the university, World Class runs a gym which offers discounts to students.

Food

There are three shops and cafés in the building that sell food and beverages to students.

  • Te og kaffi (“Tea and coffee”) sells a selection of coffee drinks, light snacks and bakery products. 
  • Malið serves hot food everyday, plus snacks and refreshments. 
  • The University shop (Haskolabudin) sells groceries, household items and snacks.

Admissions

Application deadline

The application deadline is April 30th. Applicants from outside the EU/EEA must submit an application prior to 1st of February.

Admissions requirements

  • Bachelor's degree (at least 180 ECTS credits).

  • Students with a bachelor's degree that includes less than 30 ECTS credits in business administration are required to take an intensive preparatory course in business administration organized by RUSB before the start of the study program, and to take the course Fundamentals in Accounting and Finance (7.5 ECTS credits) in the first semester of the study program

  • Generally we require a first-class grade  (GPA 7.25 or above) according to Icelandic grading scale in an undergraduate programme.
  • Further education and professional experience benefit applicants in the evaluation process.
  • Excellent English language skills.

Applications and accompanying documents

All applicants must submit an electronic application and attach the required accompanying documents. The following documents need to accompany applications (they should be supplied in English):

  • Curriculum vitae with a photograph
  • Official university transcripts of records and diplomas
  • Personal statement (Why are you applying to the programme and what is your aim in pursuing the programme? [up to 300 words in English])
  • Contact information for one to two individuals who can assess the ability of the applicant to pursue the programme. A letter of recommendation may be required.

  • For students whose first language is not English proof of English proficiency must be provided, based on, e.g., TOEFL or IELTS.

  •  Accompanying documents need to submitted by the application deadline. Applicants are only summoned for an interview if they have submitted all required accompanying documents on time.

Tuition fees and evaluation of previous studies

Information about tuition fees: Tuition fees.

Evaluation of previous studies: If students have completed university-level courses, they can apply for those previous studies to be evaluated for transfer of credit. Rules and form for evaluation of previous studies Rules and form for evaluation of previous studies.

Structure

MSc or qualification at master level 

Students can choose between a programme structure that leads to an MSc degree and a programme structure for a qualification at master level (Master of Human Resource Management and Organizational Psychology, MHRM). Both require 90 ECTS credits.

MSc degree

60 ECTS of course work plus a 30 ECTS masters thesis. 

Qualification at master level (MM) 

90 ECTS credits in courses. Students have the opportunity to finish an internship of up to 15 ECTS.

Term structure 

Full-time study includes 30 ECTS credits per term.

  • Fall term: August-December.
  • Spring term: January-May.
  • Summer term: June-September.

Maximum study period 

The program structure is based on full-time study. Students also have the opportunity to study part-time. The maximum study period is six terms (two years).

Course catalogue

Information about the courses listed below can be found online in the  RU Course Catalogue.

Programme structure

Autumn

MSc and MHRM       

V-715-ORPS Organizational Psychology (7.5 ECTS)

V-730-STRT Staffing: From Recruitment to Termination (7.5 ECTS)

V-731-LALA Labor Law (3.75 ECTS)

V-830-PEMA Performance Management (3.75 ECTS)

Elective / V-737-FAFI Fundamentals in Accounting and Finance* (7.5 ECTS)

*For student with a bachelor degree that includes less than 30 ECTS credits in business 

Spring

MSc   

V-745-STRA Strategic HRM and Metrics (7.5 ECTS)

V-733-ILEC International and Labour Economics (7.5 ECTS)

V-840-TRDE Training and Development (3.75 ECTS)

V-714-BETH Business Ethics (3.75 ECTS)

V-746-REME Business Research Methodology (7.5 ECTS)

V-898-REPR Research Proposal (0 ECTS)

MHRM

V-745-STRA Strategic HRM and Metrics (7.5 ECTS)

V-733-ILEC International and Labour Economics (7.5 ECTS)

V-840-TRDE Training and Development (3.75 ECTS)

V-714-BETH Business Ethics (3.75 ECTS)

Elective/Internship (7.5 ECTS)

Summer

MSc   

V-898-THES Thesis (30 ECTS)

MHRM

Elective/Internship (7.5 ECTS)

Elective/Internship (7.5 ECTS)

Elective (7.5 ECTS)

Elective (7.5 ECTS)


Students enrolled in autumn 2017 and earlier

MSc structure for students who enrolled in autumn 2017 or 2016

1st year

Autumn

Spring

2nd year

Autumn

  • Exchange program,  internship or electives (30 ECTS)

Spring

Program structure for students who enrolled in autumn 2015 or earlier

Autumn
Spring
Autumn
Spring
  • Introduction to HRM and OB (3,75 ECTS)
  • Labor law (3,75 ECTS)
  • Staffing: from recruiment to termination (7,5 ECTS)
  • Change management and leadership (7,5 ECTS)
  • International and labour economics (7,5 ECTS)
  • Performance management, motivation and incentives (7,5 ECTS)
  • Training and development (7,5 ECTS)
  • Business research methodology (7,5 ECTS)
  • Strategic HRM and metrics (7,5 ECTS)
  • Exchange program, internship or electives (30 ECTS)
  • Research proposal
  • MSc Thesis (30 ECTS)

MHRM structure for students who enrolled in autumn 2017 or 2016

1st year

Autumn

Spring

2nd year

Autumn

  • Exchange program, internship or electives (30 ECTS)

Program structure for students who enrolled in autumn 2015 or earlier

Fall 
 Spring 
Fall 
  • Introduction to HRM and OB (3,75 ECTS)
  • Labor law (3,75 ECTS)
  • Staffing: from recruiment to termination (7,5 ECTS)
  • Change management and leadership (7,5 ECTS) 
  • International and labour economics (7,5 ECTS)
  • Performance management, motivation and incentives (7,5 ECTS)
  • Training and development (7,5 ECTS)
  • Elective (7,5 ECTS)
  • Strategic HRM and metrics (7,5 ECTS)
  • Exchange program, internship or electives (30 ECTS)

Contact us

Got any questions?

We welcome enquiries via e-mail or phone.

Johanna-Vernhardsdottir

Jóhanna Vernharðsdóttir

Programme Administrator

johannav@ru.is
(+354) 599 6302
Stefan-Wendt_sh

Stefan Wendt

Programme Director


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