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What is a Human Resources degree?

A Human Resources (HR) degree provides students with an overview of HR principles and practices as well as business communication and technology training and how these are applied in business.

HR Bachelor’s degrees place a strong emphasis on organizational theory, behavioural science, legal issues in HR management, performance assessment and management, employee training and development, business ethics and reward management. Ethics and social responsibility are an integral part of any HR degree. As future HR professionals, students have to understand the significance of these in relation to individuals, organizations and the community. HR students learn about individual and group behaviour in business settings in order to be able to manage organizational behaviour, change, communication and performance effectively. Business communication knowledge and skills, which cover emails, memos, business letters, reports and other means of communication, developed throughout HR courses contribute towards the effective management of individuals and groups as well. HR courses also include training in core areas of the business field such as accounting, finance, information technology, marketing and other more general modules. Perhaps, one of the most important aspects of such a degree is the fact that it teaches students the significance of aligning HR management with overall business strategies and how to do that in practice.

If students go on to complete an MBA program, they will most likely explore the specifics of corporate management, ethical leadership, organisational behaviour and business strategy as well as dive deeper into HR concepts.

Overall, an HR degree develops students; understanding of how to enhance human capital in the organization by attracting, retaining and improving the skills and competencies of employees in order to aid the achievement of organizational objectives.

It is worth noting that students may be required to have a strong background in English, communications, speech and debate. Such requirements are set in order to ensure that students possess the required skills to be successful in the HR field. Individuals who wish to take an HR postgraduate course need to have attained a Bachelor’s degree which covers the core HR concepts.

Benefits of a Human Resources degree

HR is a broad field, which keeps HR students’ career options open. An HR degree prepares students to pursue a career in HR in different business settings. Moreover, there are numerous employment opportunities regardless of the degree level students have attained.

HR programs at different Higher Education Institutions are often accredited by professional bodies, such as CIPD, which means that students become certified professionals once they graduate with an HR degree without having to complete additional courses to acquire the needed qualifications.

Students may be glad to hear that HR courses could offer a lot of flexibility in acquiring these qualifications through online course opportunities. Online HR courses offer the same quality of education as on-campus courses. On top of that, they allow students to do the required work from the comfort of their home or any other location, which has Wi-Fi connection, at the most convenient time for them. In other words, students can fit their coursework into their personal schedule and still gain the required qualifications to become a certified HR professional.

Students may also find it appealing that an MBA or Master’s degree in HR often secures them high positions such as director of HR.

Human Resources Degree Structure

The duration of HR degrees varies depending on the country and level of the degree. In most cases, a Bachelor’s degree in HR takes four years to complete in the United States and three years in the United Kingdom. Some HR courses in the UK, however, offer students the opportunity to spend a year in the industry and gain professional experience, which extends the course to four years.

Master’s degrees in HR usually take between one or two years to complete.

PhD degrees in HR require students to dedicate a substantial amount of time to their studies. The completion of a PhD degree takes anywhere between 3 and 6 years depending on the mode of study (full-time or part-time) but could even exceed that time period in some countries, such as the US.

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    Overall satisfied, but still lots of room for improvement

    LSE is a really good university and it is really good when it comes to employability after graduating but I am not satisfied with how ‘businessy’ it feels. It would be much better as an experience if it put more effort into having a uni vibe and not an office/work vibe.

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    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2020
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    What I took back from LSE.

    LSE had always been my dream school but when I got accepted, I didn’t know what I was getting into. I must say, it held up to everything I had thought it would be. With it being located in the heart of the city, brilliant professors, the course was designed in such a way that it always challenged my intellect. I was taught how to think on my feet and I have taken back a lot more from the university than just memories and degree. Needless to say that you already feel intimidated that you’re walking the halls of a university which has produced such brilliant minds in the past, only once you study here, you know why. The professors are all highly respected and accomplished in their field of study and they know how to guide you through every step of the way. I realised how much value the course added only when I started working because subconsciously I was applying everything that I was taught at LSE. This is what makes it a great place to study and if I could I would go back in a heartbeat

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    Programme: Human Resource Management
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2017
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    A brilliant experience

    LSE is a fantastic place to be in. Academically, the knowledge and wealth of experience that world-class professors bring into lectures and seminars are truly outstanding. Specifically, this knowledge enabled me to form and shape my own understanding of the world, through in-depth critical analysis. The high level of diversity also significantly enhances the quality of discussions within classes, opening my mind to the nuances and contextual nature of various issues.

    I also feel that the Careers department at LSE put in a lot of effort to organize Careers fairs and networking sessions with various organizations, as well plenty of skills-enhancing sessions, such as mock assessment centre practice.

    I would definitely recommend LSE to everyone, as it is truly an academically-enriching experience.

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    Course content and style of teaching

    Overall, my experience has been extremely good. The course content and the style of teaching of certain professors has been impressive. Moreover, the range of varied electives from which we can choose allows us to tailor our programme to our specific interests.

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    Great location, professors and infrastructure!

    LSE has always been known for its brand and large number of brilliant leaders that they produce so I would be lying if I said I wasn’t excited when I got accepted. However, only once I joined did I realise why LSE has been able to give the world such brilliant minds. Apart from the great infrastructure, location and all-inclusive atmosphere, what is unique about the university is their drive towards making sure their students are prepared to apply their classroom learned concepts in the real world. Their teaching methods and immense support from the professors constantly emphasise in helping students think on their toes and help in applying these concepts so everyone is prepared to take on the challenges that their work-life might pose to them.

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    Teaching quality

    The teachers are really precise, they know their subjects, they know how to make it easy for everyone to understand. Overall, they are quite altruistic and flexible as they can adapt easily to the different cultures of the student.

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    INTERNATIONAL EXPOSURE

    YES, I WOULD RECOMMEND THE UNIVERSITY AS IT INCREASES ONES UNDERSTANDING ABOUT THE SUBJECT AREA ONE WANTS TO STUDY. FURTHER THE UNIVERSITY PROVIDES A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE IN TERMS OF STUDENT LIFE AS THE CLASS POPULATION IS LARGELY INTERNATIONAL

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    Take the Bad with the Good

    Pros – the student body includes people from everywhere, people are eager to make friends as they’re commonly far from home, most professors really care and are super knowledgeable, it has a great international reputation so there’s name recognition, a lot of classes are very engaging ____Cons – they’re somewhat disorganized when it comes to actually running the school and could put students at the center more often, some professors clearly just want to do research

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