Human Resource Management & Corporate Strategy
(M.Sc., 14 months FT/24 months PT)


Course Objectives
The primary objective of the MSc in Human Resource Management & Corporate Strategy (thereafter MSc in HRM & CS) is to provide the knowledge and technical skills needed for the effective management of human resources in connection to strategic decision making in an organisational setting. Knowledge and competences lie in the minds of people of an organisation, thus creating and maintaining sustainable competitive advantage has to connect recruiting developing and managing people for effective implementation of strategy. Through an in-depth understanding of the latest human resource theories and best practices, students will be able to challenge and inform managerial strategic decision making and extend their knowledge across different global contexts in modern knowledge economies

Main Objectives
  • Develop students’ intellectual and practical skills at Master level, including the ability to acquire and manage information, communicate clearly in various media, analyse complex management and other related issues.
  • Enable students to think critically and work with alternative national and international perspectives to produce effective strategies, decisions and actions whilst achieving a competitive advantage in a dynamic, global environment. 
  • Enable students to acquire and demonstrate expertise in areas such as global institutional governance, compliance and corporate social responsibility as well as business ethics and sustainability in the global, digital economy and thereby to extend their range of tools and their employability prospects.
  • Promote a student-centered approach to the learning experience and capture students’ individual strengths in developing skills and competencies that enable them to design, analyse, lead, manage and execute strategic HRM projects with integrity, creativity and innovation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Be well equipped to bring expertise to both specialist HR and more general management roles in both private and public sector organisations.
  • Acquire skills in tailoring modification of a range of theories, concepts, and policies relevant to the fast developing contexts of HR and Strategic Management activities.
  • Engage students in independent research which contribute to creative solutions at a strategic level to meet the changing needs of organisations in modern knowledge economies.
  • Develop students into independent learners who are able to reflect upon their past learning experiences and to plan their future development needs and how these will be met.

Why the CIM M.Sc.?

This MSc programme will accelerate your managerial and leadership development process. Gaining an MSc from The Cyprus Institute of Marketing will make you a great deal more competitive in the market place, as your knowledge of management skills and operating techniques will be significantly improved. Management in both the private and public sectors requires the highest level of relevant executive training, as well as vision, analytical skills and the ability to implement far-reaching decisions. Our MSc programme will make you look beyond narrow boundaries and horizons, preparing you for higher-level career planning. The specific focus of the programme is on enabling managers to operate at a strategic level and manage their organisations effectively in the complex and uncertain business environment of today. Our close links with the industry and the commercial and public sectors ensure access to real case studies and maximise the employment prospects of our graduates.


The CIM MBA offered both in Nicosia & Limassol, is accredited by the Cyprus Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and thus recognised by KYSATS. It enjoys worldwide recognition and offers the possibility to its holders to secure a high ranking position across the industry or continue for PhD studies in Europe and the US. Moreover it enables Cypriot students to apply for a government subsidy of up to 3420 Euro.


The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that the CIM Master in Human Resource Management & Corporate Strategy fully aligns with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. Throughout the world, 474 programs in 359 educational institutions have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guides and templates. The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The guidelines -- created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010, 2013, and 2017-- are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates.


Full-Time: 14 months
Part-Time: 24 months


Classes commence in September and January.
The academic year for a September start runs from September to May, when the final exams take place. From June onwards, students work on their thesis, which must be submitted in November. The academic year for a January start runs from January to August, with final exams conducted in September. The thesis in this case must be submitted by March of the following year.


Subjects Taught:

The programme consists of six subjects, five of which are compulsory and one is optional:

Compulsory Subjects

  1. Strategic Management
  2. Managing Human Resources
  3. Organisational Behaviour
  4. Research Methods
  5. Strategic Human Resource Management

Optional Subjects (Choose 1)

       6. International Human Resource Management 
       7. Employment Law 
       8. Ethics & Corporate Social Responsibility


Students sit for examinations once a year, every May for September intake and every September for January intake.

The weighing of results is as follows:
Two Assignments worth 40% 
Final Exams - 60%

Students must pass all subjects undertaken. The pass mark is 50%.

Entry requirements

The usual minimum requirements are:
- A Recognised Bachelor
- IELTS 6.5 or equivalent


A key requirement of the M.Sc. is a Dissertation of 10,000 words, which must be submitted by November or, in case the thesis is found wanting further revision by the Institute’s markers, by December. The Dissertation must be of satisfactory standard and must contain original research work. Students may be required to present and defend their work to an examining panel. The 10,000-word thesis is a major part of the M.Sc. and a student not submitting an up-to-standard Dissertation will not be awarded the degree. The Dissertation must be on a pre-agreed topic (agreed with the student’s tutor) and should have a research bias. Students are expected to begin work on their theses once exams are over in June. They must submit their work by the end of November of the same year. The students are allocated a tutor, who assists them in the early stages of research in January. The Institute encourages students to undertake studies that are of a current concern to a real organisation, preferably their own if employed.

Dissertations are marked by an internal examiner and moderated by an external examiner. The pass mark is 50% and students’ performance will be indicated on their transcript. In case the Dissertation is not of an acceptable standard, students, paying an extra 200 Euro, may re-submit their work, which has to be in by latest December. If the Dissertation is again found to be unsatisfactory, then the student will fail their M.Sc.

 Programme Leaflet

Module Description


  1. Research Methods

  • The dissertation is the most important part of the MBA programme at CIM. It enables students to display their ability to integrate what they have learned into a piece of work showing that they can address a management problem/issue logically and competently.
  • Students will learn how to conduct research through identifying research problems, evaluating literature and data, proposal writing and analysing research methods.
  • This module will give students the research tools that will enable them to produce a project that draws on their analytical, research and presentation skills and the knowledge developed during their courses. Students will be expected to demonstrate synthesis of knowledge and skills developed throughout the entire programme.


  1. Managing Human Resources

  • Explain and demonstrate how firms can gain a competitive advantage through people and their management
  • Evaluate human relationships and human resource management policies
  • Analyze organizational structure and staffing to determine effectiveness and suitability in achieving strategic goals
  • Adopt psychological principles, motivation theory and group dynamics in designing jobs/roles and allocating resources that maximize individual and group performance and satisfaction 


  1. Strategic Management

  • Strategic Management is aimed to provide students with an understanding of the strategic aspects and decision making processes of the organization and the tools that top management employs.
  • The course aims to provide students with an understanding of the various organizational structures and management processes with emphasis on strategic decisions such as the resource allocations, mergers, & acquisitions, diversifications, business analysis, competitor analysis and planning.
  • The course discusses the role of top managers such as CEO, or General Managers as strategists and how these roles attempt to co-ordinate all businesses and functions in the organization to reach its objectives and longer term goals.


  1. Organisational Behaviour

  • Grasp the impact of managerial behaviour on organisational effectiveness
  • Critically evaluate different organisations and management processes and measure their effect on organisations as a whole
  • Reflect on the link between contemporary theory and practice regarding organisational behaviour and conduct thorough research and apply sound reasoning to produce balanced conclusions/opinions
  • Plan and implement tasks at a professional level, making decisions in complex and evolving contexts
  • Expertly apply models, theories and research to explain individual and group behaviour in the organisation
  • Professionally present information, thoughts and recommendations and communicate effectively in both oral and written form


  1. Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Develop an understanding of SHRM by examining the various models of SHRM outlined in the literature;
  • Understand how regulation and the environment have the potential to impact the practice of International HRM;
  • Develop an understanding of best practice in HRM;
  • Develop an understanding of International HRM systems and their implementation in a strategic sense through exploring the practice dimensions of staffing, reward, training and development; and performance management;
  • Apply a consultancy process to the development of an International HRM system (practices);
  • Draw on the experiences of practitioners to develop an understanding of the HRM profession, as well as the work carried out by HR practitioners; 


​6. International Human Resource Management

  • To put the practice of international HRM into a broader contextual framework, developing an understanding of national and regional differences in HRM and how they condition the context within which the employment relationship is managed.
  • To equip students with the necessary understanding of key policy areas to make an effective contribution as international HR practitioners.
  • To develop a critical evaluation of different approaches and models of managing international workforce, particularly international assignments; transnational labour regulation and employment relations including an understanding of the issues around international labour standards and ethical issues.
  • To provide grounding in concepts, frameworks, and models for understanding comparative approaches to human resources management and employment relations

6. Employment Law 

  • Assess the merits of the dispute
  • Identify the dispute resolution alternatives
  • Describe the salient characteristics and trends in labour law
  • Assess the industrial relations in the contemporary world
  • Develop and exchange knowledge of employment and industrial relations law and practice
  • Recognise the uses and implications of legal materials including the constitution, statutory law, statutory instruments, European legislation (directives and regulations), and codes of practice, case law and judicial precedents


7. Ethics & Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Critically analyse the drivers of enterprise and wealth creation from the perspective of their ethical implications.
  • Investigate changing approaches and attitudes to sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
  • Critically evaluate frameworks for the discussion of business ethical issues and the use of tools for managing business ethics.
  • Examine the impact of globalisation on enterprise
  • Evaluate diverse ethical models and theories (normative and descriptive).



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