Human Resource Management & Corporate Strategy
(M.Sc., 13 months FT/24 months PT)


Course Objectives

The primary objective of the MSc in Human Resource Management & Corporate Strategy is to nurture aspiring human resource managers and create effective strategic decision makers. Graduates of this CIM MSc will be able to challenge and inform HR policies and practices and also managerial strategic decision making and will be able to do so across different global contexts.

Main Objectives
  • Increase understanding of aspects of human resource management and critically evaluate the role HRM can play in achieving a competitive advantage in a dynamic, global environment
  • Develop strategic skills and thinking in order to become an organisational change agent, while at the same time learn to effectively manage day-to-day operational needs
  • Learn to manage and retain talent across borders, continents and cultures
  • Gain a deep insight into organisational business priorities and appreciate how HRM can contribute to broader corporate strategic objectives

Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire the technical skills required in human resource management
  • Identify the importance of motivation in terms of knowledge and practice as well as maintain talented employees by reducing turnover
  • Increase your ability to use data and apply analytical strategic skills in solving HRM problems and in making competitive strategic decision making
  • Develop an ability to organise people and exercise leadership in culturally diverse environments
  • Learn to exercise ethical judgement and design corporate strategic decision making
  • Acquire the strategic knowledge for managing effectively an organisation’s human resources in a competitive manner

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.

Full-Time: 13 months
Part-Time: 24 months


Classes commence in October and January.
The academic year for a October start runs from October 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 February of the following year.

Subjects Taught

The programme consists of six subjects, four of which are compulsory and two optional:


1. Strategic Management
2. Managing Human Resources
3. Human Capital & Organisations
4. Research Methods


HRM (Choose 1 out of 3):
5. Strategic Human Resource Management
6. International Human Resource Management
7. Employment Law & Industrial Relations

Corporate Strategy (Choose 1 out of 3):
8. Corporate Governance
9. Entrepreneurship
10. Strategy & International Business


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:
2 Assignments - 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 85 Euros, 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.

2. 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 

3. 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.

4. Human Capital & Organisations

  • 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

OPTIONAL:5. 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 HRM;
  • Develop an understanding of best practice in HRM;
  • Develop an understanding of 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 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

  • How HRM contributes to organizational performance in three different ways: through sound functional basics; through effective realignment when the external environment changes; and by building an organizational context so that the organization can cope with the dualistic forces that it confronts
  • Global integration and the means of achieving it
  • Local responsiveness and how adjusting to local conditions interplays with global integration
  • Methods of internationalizing – alliances, mergers and acquisitions
  • Diversity management, performance management, talent development and succession
  • Ethical issues in international human resource management

7. Employment Law & Industrial Relations

  • 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

8. Corporate Governance

  • Compare and analyse the corporate governance issues involved in business and the workplace.
  • Compare and analyse the role of stakeholders and corporate managers’ moral obligations in business decision making.
  • Apply regulatory requirements to develop appropriate board and committee functions and structures.
  • Apply corporate governance best practice principles and recommendations to achieve appropriate business practice.
  • Analyse and explain economic, social and environmental sustainability issues relating to business practice.

9. Entrepreneurship

  • Apply theoretical knowledge to identify and evaluate challenges for entrepreneurial growth  
  • Analyse driving forces for entrepreneurial growth
  • Analyse the constituents of governmental intervention for the benefit of entrepreneurial growth
  • Understand the criteria for success of a new business or new initiatives within existing organisations
  • Develop skills to launch and support new business venture
  • Prepare a new business plan 

10. Strategy & International Business

  • Analyse the role and impact of international business on national economic development.
  • Explain how the economic, political/legal, and financial environments affect international business operations.
  • Discuss how cultural and behavioural differences influence countries business practices, and how these differences can be addressed using appropriate strategies.
  • Discuss international trade theory and how government and business decisions influence international trade.
  • Assess the effects of current regional trade agreements and economic integration on developing countries.
  • Discuss how environmental differences support or complicate marketing, export and import strategies.


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