Human Resource Management and Organizational Psychology

The Master's programme in human resource management and organizational psychology is designed to prepare students for work involving the management and development of human resources in a demanding knowledge-based work environment. Graduates work, for example, in management, consultancy, human resource issues, educational issues, business development, or change management. 

Overview

The programme aims to deepen students' understanding of management and organisational psychology. An emphasis is placed on strengthening analytical skills, communication skills, and ability to develop human resources and organisations in a demanding environment. The aim of the studies is to train and motivate students to use analytical and critical thinking. The MSc programme furthermore trains students in using independent and scientific work methods. Through elective courses, there are possibilities for integration with other fields within RU, such as law and information technology. The content of the programme is based on international academic requirements and criteria and is developed in effective consultation with progressive Icelandic companies. 

Teaching methods

Each course in the programme is designed to foster a dynamic interaction among students and professors in order to promote a healthy and rich learning environment. This environment not only helps students develop a knowledge base and set of professional skills, it provides a firm foundation for advanced academic study (in PhD programmes in Iceland or abroad) or for entering the global marketplace.

Scholarships

Dean´s Selection Grant for RU School of Business graduate students.

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.
  • Students with the highest grade in a graduate programme each semester are applicable. In order to receive the award students must complete 30 ECTS units per semester and follow the programme structure.
More information about the grant can be found here.

Structure

MSc degree

2 years full time, 120 ECTS

Language of instruction: English

Students have the option of pursuing an internship, embarking upon exchange studies at an international partner university or selecting courses that increase the interdisciplinary nature of the programme. Students complete their studies with a 30 ECTS thesis.

Students who have completed a BSc in business administration have the option of applying for admission to the 90 ECTS MSc programme, but in that case, students do not have the opportunity to participate in a student exchange or internship abroad.

MHRM degree

1.5 years full time, 90 ECTS 
Language of instruction: English

Students graduate with an MHRM degree, a Master-level qualification.

What is the difference between MSc and MHRM?

MSc structure

Each semester demands a total of 30 ECTS. To complete the MSc degree, students must submit a Master's thesis (30 ECTS). The programme is well suited for students who place an emphasis on strengthening their academic knowledge in the field, as well as on getting an opportunity to specialise further in completing their Master's thesis.

The programme is a mix of core courses and elective courses. By taking elective courses, students get an opportunity to broaden their area of knowledge and to integrate their studies with other fields within RU such as law and information technology. The programme offers some flexibility and can be completed over a longer period.

This is a full-time programme. Students who intend to work alongside their studies are advised to enroll part-time.

Programme structure

 Fall
Spring 
FallSpring

Program structure for students who started in fall 2015 or earlier.

Fall
Spring
Fall
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

The MHRM degree is a so-called qualification at the Master's level. In such a programme, students do not write a thesis. The studies are therefore well suited for students who place an emphasis on practical studies, though the academic basis of courses is strong.

The programme is a mix of core courses and elective courses. By taking elective courses, students get an opportunity to broaden their area of knowledge and to integrate their studies with other fields within RU such as law and information technology. The programme offers some flexibility and can be completed over a longer period.

Programme structure

 Fall
Spring 
Fall
  • Exchange program,  internship or electives (30 ECTS)

Program structure for students who started in fall 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)

Academic staff

Internship

The objective of master's program internship is to enhance students' knowledge, skills and abilities related to their core field of study. The internship should grant students that opportunity through hands on projects and by that prepare them for entering the labour market. Students will get to know the operation, culture and people of the firm/institution they conduct the internship at. Students will be assigned a supervisor within the firm/institution and a full time faculty member as a supervisor during the period of the internship. Internships are generally unpaid.

Students can choose between three options:

Option 1: Students apply for internship positions that the School of Business arranges with Icelandic companies. 

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

Option 3: Finding internship abroad themselves, and get it approved by the School of Business.

Upon meeting an internship's contract requirements, students can receive either 7,5 ECTS units, 15 ECTS units (which may be conducted with the same firm) or 30 ECTS units, depending on the length of the internship. Internships of 30 ECTS is only available for students that take internship abroad.

List of firms and institutions to the School of Business has had internship contracts with a field of internship

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.

Funding opportunities for internships abroad

Students can apply for an Erasmus grant to go on 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.

Follow the instruction on the webpage Erasmus+in Iceland .

In order to find an internship there are a number of websites that can be referenced:

Students from RU doing internship abroad have so far always been able to receive an Erasmus grant. However, if the popularity increases, students can apply for Nordplus grant. For further information, visit the International Office at RU.

Facilities

RUCampus

Our University building offers an optimal study environment. Support services, study areas, coffee shop and gym.

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.

Student Union

The University of Reykjavik Student's Union is the focus of many student activities on campus.

Sports Facilities

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

University Book shop
In the main building you can find the book store, Boksala Studenta, which stocks all the books you will need for your studies.

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. 

Reykjavik University Campus

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

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.

Beach-and-uni

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,  Nautholsvik. Students can enjoy swimming in the geothermally heated sea, or relax in the hot tub on the beach. 
  • Right next to the campus is the most environmentally friendly restaurant in Reykjavik, Nauthóll, which has been awarded the Nordic Environmental "Svan Certificate,"  and was the first restaurant in Reykjavik to receive this certification. 
  • Students can enjoy the many foot and bicycle paths in the neighbouring forest. 
  • Students can visit the nearby Perlan situated on top of the city's geothermal storage tanks.

Admissions

Admissions requirements

  • BSc degree in business administration, economics or related subjects,
  • BSc or BA degree in other fields provided that upon starting the programme, the applicant has successfully passed undergraduate courses in the areas of accounting and managerial accounting or will take such courses at RU in place of elective courses during the Master's studies.
  • 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])
  • Please provide contact information for one indvidual who can assess the ability of the applicant to pursue the programme. A letter of recommendation may be required.
  •  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.

Application deadline and tuition fees

The application deadline for the fall semester is 30 April.

(Note that the application deadline for students outside the EU/EEA is 1 February)

Application fee: Non-EEA/EU applicants must pay an application fee of 100 EUR and send the receipt of payment along with the required documents.

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.

Contact us

Fríða Rúnarsdóttir

Fríða Rúnarsdóttir

Programme Administrator

fridar@ru.is 

(+354) 599 6302
Stefan-Wendt_sh

Stefan Wendt

Programme Director


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