Programme Feature

The HKBU Business School Department of Management, Marketing and Information Systems has been the leading provider serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing HR practices. The programme involves the following distinctive features.

  • Global Focus

    Acquire information in the global business environment with emphasis on professional contexts in HRM and international HRM standards.

  • International Faculty

    Lead by internationally renowned HRM experts, many of whom have written outstanding books, have offered consulting services and executive training programmes to multinational and local companies.

  • Action Learning Approach

    Learn in an interactive environment to solve real-life problems that involves taking action, developing practical and creative strategies to deal with pressing issues.

  • Learning Mode

    Comprise lectures, web-based learning, group discussions, presentations, field projects, coursework, library and internet research, guest speakers, and case studies. Each course will include students in all stages of their study journey, regardless of entry year.

  • Weekend Class

    Offer on a two-year part-time basis with classes on weekends. Classes are scheduled on both Saturdays and Sundays, from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. A typical course involves 5-day class contact (from 2021-22 academic year).


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Learning Goals

Upon completion of the MScSHRM Programme, students will be able to:

  • Apply the key principles of people management in problem solving situations.
  • Apply the fundamental concepts of industrial-organisational psychology in the analysis and evaluation of human behaviour in the workplace.
  • Design HRM strategies and interventions which can shape corporate direction, placing due emphasis on ethical behaviour and professionalism.
  • Perform as an internationally-oriented manager in cross-cultural business environments; act as a cultural bridge between local Asian managers and their counterparts elsewhere; relate and adapt concepts tested elsewhere to suit the circumstances of a rich diversity of work cultures and societies in Asia.
  • Apply leadership concepts to deliver change effectively and be able to conduct client-based consulting projects.
  • Enhance oral and written communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and decision making skills.

HKBU HRM Master degree is taught by renowned strategic HR experts


Study Mode 2 years part-time


Class Schedule Please click class schedule for the current academic year.


Assessment Methods The assessment methods for each course are determined by the course instructor. Assessment of a student’s academic performance may take various forms such as class work and participation, assignments, tests, presentations and other methods of academic assessment. A combination of assessment methods are normally used in one course. The course assessment methods will be shown in the course outline.


Graduation Each programme course carries 3 credits. In order to fulfill MScSHRM graduation requirements, students must earn 30 credits. Moreover, students must attain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.50 to graduate.



Core Courses (21 credits required)

Human Resources Management and Business (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide an overview of the fundamental principles of human resource management and business administration. It covers (1) all of the main functional areas of human resource management within the context of business strategy, globalisation, and social responsibilities, (2) the changing roles of human resource management, and (3) the fundamental concepts of strategic management and financial management. Best practices are highlighted.

Industrial-Organisational Psychology (3 credits)

This course aims to equip students with the theoretical underpinnings for understanding human behaviour in the context of work and the application of this knowledge to the design of: (1) strategies for the effective utilisation of an organisation’s human assets, and (2) a work environment that enhances the quality of work life. Special stress is placed on the changing nature of work within the Asia Pacific Region and how this issue presents an ever-increasing challenge to employers and employees alike.

Leadership and Innovation (3 credits)

This course focuses on the major leadership and organisational innovation theories. It will help students to critically evaluate conventional leadership and innovation theories from global and regional perspectives. It will also help students to understand specific leadership behaviour and practices, which contribute to innovation and change management in organisations, and facilitate students to acknowledge and address the technical and ethical challenges which arise in different countries.

Human Resources Research and Consultancy (3 credits)

This course introduces the fundamental concepts essential for designing applied research studies and using quantitative and qualitative data analytical techniques to address issues or problems in the context of strategic human resources management. Students are equipped with the technical knowledge and know-how to conduct practical research studies and consultancy projects. In addition, this course also aims at developing students with the essential competencies to serve as internal or external consultants.

Ethics, Culture and Governance (3 credits)

Ethics, culture and governance are three pillars of corporate sustainability. They are building blocks for improving employee trust, engagement, and commitment. This course aims to promote ethics management with emphasis on the role of HR in shaping organisational culture and reinforcing good corporate governance.

Analytics for Talent Management (3 credits)

This course aims to strengthen students’ diagnostic and analytical skills necessary to support a data-driven approach to talent management. Talent management involves attracting, identifying, developing, engaging, retaining, and deploying employees who drive organizational success. By learning how to formulate inquiries and apply statistical techniques to conduct diagnostic analyses and predictive analyses, students will be able to provide evidence-based recommendations for talent management issues and connect talent management initiatives to organizational effectiveness. Knowledge and skills in communicating quantitative evidence to support talent management initiatives and decisions will also be included in this course.

Consultancy Project (3 credits)

Students focus all previous studies into a concrete plan to create viable learning organisations, capable of the sustained innovation and adaptation necessary to complete successfully, not only within the Asian Pacific Region, but also in a global environment. Here, students need to utilise advanced concepts, methods, and tools of organisational development to serve on HR consulting project that advocates constant renewal of human capital and employee involvement of a client’s company. While other courses have provided the necessary background, this more substantial work helps the students to develop the holistic outlook necessary to implement HR concepts in pragmatic settings and to deal with current issues at the organisational level.

Students not only use all the knowledge gained from previous courses in a pragmatic manner, but they are also required to position these work within generally-accepted management concepts and theories. Thus, this major consulting project begins with an in-depth review of the literature and ends with pragmatic recommendations that must be fully accepted by the client company. Subsequently, the summary of the project should be “sold” to a panel of experts and high-level industry representatives in a competitive context.

Elective Courses* (9 credits required)

* The Department reserves the right not to offer any given elective course in any academic year.

Skills for Managing Human Resources (3 credits)

In this course, students focus on developing and applying managerial skills. For most students, this class is very different from any that they have taken before. Students develop an awareness of their own management skills levels and systematically working through a number of readings, cases, and exercises that lead them to become more effective. The class is highly interactive, and students work on an individual project to document skill improvement in their current jobs.

International Human Resources Management (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge, issues and skills for developing and maintaining international HRM systems, designing and managing expatriate assignments and managing cultural diversity. Special emphasis is placed on the linkage of IHRM practices and policies with an organisation’s global business strategy. This course covers key issues in international employee relations, comparative HRM practices, and multi-national corporate social responsibility as related to HRM.

Strategic Performance Management (3 credits)

(Offer from 2021 Intake)

This course aims to link employee performance to organization effectiveness by examining the role and importance of an effective performance management system (PMS) in facilitating organizations to achieve their strategic goals. Specifically, it examines major concepts, systems, and practices in designing and implementing a PMS and performance management practices. Through rethinking and reinventing PMS, organizations will be able to engage and mobilize employees in the organizational transformation process and achieve sustainable organization success.

Leadership Communication and Crisis Management (3 credits)

(Offer from 2021 Intake)

This course aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to exercise leadership in communication within organizations, and in times of crises, to exercise leadership in managing crisis teams and in crisis communication. As a change agent and liaison between organization and employees, HR professionals need to communicate regularly with organization members on HR-related issues, advocate organization’s talent management agenda and seek buy-in from employees. HR professionals are called to step up to manage crises and communicate effectively.

Human Resources Management in the PRC (Offered by Master of Human Resources Management) (3 credits)

This course focuses on the human resources issues and problems encountered by international companies in Mainland China. It introduces current and practical issues regarding employment and HRM in Mainland China.


Students are required to attend at least 4 sessions of the Executive Development Seminar Series (EDS) within their two years of study.