STRATEGIC HR MANAGEMENT IN EUROPE

After I completed my bachelor’s degree at the FH bfi Vienna and spent several years working in HR and Temporary Placement Services, I decide to continue my studies with the master’s programme “Strategic HR Management in Europe”.

What convinced me was that the programme has an international approach, that English is the medium of instruction, and that the programme can boast both national and international teachers who work in the field. It is also great that I can combine the programme with my full-time job.

Daniela Labus, MA, Alumna

 

Qualification awarded
Master degree programme (4 semesters, 120 ECTS credits): Master of Arts in Business; abbreviated: MA

Level of qualification
Master degree programme: second cycle, ISCED 5A, EQF level 7

Specific admission requirements
A precondition for admission to a master degree programme at a university or a university of applied science is the successful completion of an Austrian bachelor degree programme or a comparable post-secondary degree acknowledged to be its equivalent. Applicants for the Master’s programme must have a degree in social sciences, business administration or law studies. Furthermore, applicants have to demonstrate knowledge at university level in Business Administration and Management (16 ECTS) and Law (8 ECTS). Prospective students should have a very good command of English (approximately competence level C1), as English is the language of instruction. Generally admission to universities of applied sciences is based on a selective admissions process. The admission process for the degree programme Strategic HR Management in Europe consists of a written application, an interview and a multiple-choice test.Prospective students should bring a solid understanding of general management from their original degree programme. They should possess profound skills in communication, teamwork, conflict management, project management and IT. Furthermore, practical experience, particularly as part of professional work during the career-parallel degree programme (Career-parallel programmes are designed for working students and take their specific situation into account. The semester takes 20 weeks and classes are held on three evenings per week and on Saturdays.), is expressly desired.

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning (formal, non-formal and informal)
Students who have acquired certain competences through prior learning can apply for the recognition of these. If the competences were acquired within the framework of a formal learning process (university or equivalent, or other recognized training /education institutions), the programme director decides on the basis of the provided documents (transcripts, course descriptions, etc.), if the credits for the prior learning can be transferred. If competences were acquired in a non-formal or informal context, students can request a competence ascertainment test. If the student passes this test, the competences acquired through prior learning will be credited. Applications for recognition of prior learning have to be submitted within 14 days of the beginning of the semester in which the course is situated. Students must substantiate a request for recognition of prior learning with original documents or officially authenticated copies. Within the curriculum there are no compulsory modules for students from different access groups.

Recognition of study abroad periods
Before the study abroad period every prospective mobile student draws up a learning agreement which has to be approved by the UAS bfi Vienna and the host institution. In case of changes in the study programme the learning agreement may be amended. All changes have to be approved by both the UAS bfi Vienna and the host institution. After the mobility period students hand in their transcripts of records to the mobility coordinator, who will facilitate the recognition based on the signed learning agreements and the approved changes. The credits obtained at the host institution in accordance with the learning agreement are automatically transferred into the transcript of records of the UAS bfi Vienna with their original titles and a reference to the host institution, where the study abroad credits were obtained.

Qualification requirements and regulations
Applicants for the Master’s programme Strategic HR Management in Europe must have a degree in social sciences, business administration or law. Furthermore, applicants have to demonstrate knowledge at university level in Business Administration and Management (16 ECTS) and Law (8 ECTS). 1 ECTS point is equivalent to approximately a 25-hour workload. Prospective students should have a very good command of English (approximately competence level C1), as English is the language of instruction. Students should bring a solid understanding of general management from their original degree programme. They should possess profound skills in communication, teamwork, conflict management, project management and IT. Furthermore, practical experience, particularly as part of professional work during the career-parallel degree programme, is expressly desired.

Profile of the programme
The master degree programme Strategic HR Management in Europe is a 4-semester programme to be studied in a career-parallel form. It is taught fully in English. The study programme has two thematic focuses. On the one hand, the study programme concentrates on HR management in Europe – both in a European country comparison and in a global comparison between Europe and other regions (e.g. the U.S.). On the other hand, special focus is given to strategic HR management which is increasingly becoming more important for application into practice. The study programme includes 12 modules, one of them has its focus on Europe and European HR management (M1), two are explicitly strategically oriented (M2 and M3), two are interdisciplinary, interculturally and internationally oriented (M6 and M8), three deal with the main challenges for international HR management in the next 5 or 10 years (M4, M5 and M7), two modules address the human aspects of HR management (M10 and M11) and one module (M12) supports the students in researching and writing the master thesis. This master programme has been developed with partners from three EU Member States: University College Ghent in Belgium, Faculty of Applied Business and Social Studies Maribor (DOBA) in Slovenia and Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin (HTW Berlin) in Germany.

Key learning outcomes
The graduates of the master programme Strategic HR Management in Europe are able to

  • analyse and plan HR in international enterprises from a strategic vantage point,
  • implement structures which can address the required staff in a market-adequate way,
  • initiate and manage change in HR successfully,
  • manage international and intercultural HR processes successfully,
  • analyse European and international labour market policies from a strategic perspective,
  • design concepts of strategic change,
  • run projects in European and international labour market policies successfully.

 

Occupational profiles of graduates with examples
The qualification and competence profile of the graduates includes scientific disciplines, methodical-analytical skills and interdisciplinary qualifications. The most important scientific disciplines of the study programme are strategic management, labour market economics, region-specific labour and social law in Europe, European HR management, strategic HR management and international comparative HR management. The most important methodical-analytical skills for graduates are international project and process management, consultancy skills in HR Management, intercultural competence, leadership capability and strategic competencies in IT-supported HR management and controlling. Interdisciplinary qualification means especially a profound knowledge of English with special focus on HR related terminology, intercultural communication and networking skills. Vocational fields of activities are HR departments in Europe, in private and public organizations in any field of business with an international perspective. Graduates of the Master´s degree programme may fill strategic management positions in HR, e.g. as HR business partner, head of HR teams, head of HR department or staff units, people developer and external HR adviser or internal HR consultant. Duties and responsibilities for graduates can be the implementation of HR strategies, objectives and standards, management of HR departments, teams and staff units, coordination of international HR issues, support of change projects and organizational concepts, talent management and succession management, performance and competency management, strategic recruiting, dealing with industrial relations, managing compensation and benefits and organizational development.

Access to further studies
Graduates of UAS master degree programmes are entitled to enrol in doctoral programmes at universities.

Course structure diagram with ECTS Credits
  Strategic HR Management in Europe MA (PDF, 69.77 KB)

Course descriptions in German
Course descriptions in English

Examination regulations, assessment and grading
In this Master´s degree programme examination will be done on module basis. The UAS has developed regulations for module examinations:

  • Every module, consisting of 2 or more courses, will be completed with a final module examination.
  • In addition to this obligatory module examination, partial exams can be offered after proposal by the lecturer and upon approval by the director of the programme.
  • For a module consisting of both a final module examination and partial exams, the total grade needs to be calculated by weighting the courses according to their ECTS credits. At least one third of the exam questions of the module examination shall be dealing with the interdependencies between the courses contents of this module.
  • A failed final module examination can be repeated twice, with the second resit having to be carried out as a board examination, consisting of at least three members (cf. ‘Accreditation Guidelines’ by the Fachhochschule Council). A failed partial exam cannot be repeated.
  • Exams can be provided in different forms, e.g. written tests, home works, oral exams, presentations.

 

Austrian Grading Scheme (PDF, 38.95 KB)

Graduation requirements
The examination at the end of a master degree programme consists of drafting of a master paper and a commission examination. All courses in the curriculum must be passed in order to sign up for the final oral master's examination.
Master's thesis: Subjects for the master's thesis are assigned at the end of the third semester, and the fourth semester is dedicated to writing it. The student is to illustrate the success of his professional training on an academic basis by independently addressing the subject. The master's thesis must be submitted in bound form and positively evaluated by the supervisor.
Final examination: The examination for the completion of the master's degree programme consists of the written master's thesis and a committee examination before an examination board in the department. This committee examination is comprised of a presentation and defence of the master's thesis, an oral examination, which goes into the cross-connections between the subject of the master's thesis and the relevant subjects of the study plan as well as an oral examination about other curriculum-relevant content.

Mode of study (full-time, part-time, e-learning…): The mode of study of this master´s programme is career-parallel. It is designed for working students and takes their specific situation into account. The semester takes 20 weeks and classes are held on three evenings per week and on Saturdays.

Programme director or equivalent: Alma Šehić, tel.: ++43-1-7201286-920