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Human Resource Management

How do you keep your employees motivated? How do you optimize team performance? And how do you strategically align human resources with the goals of the organization?

**Best MSc Human Resource Management in the Netherlands - Higher Education Guide Masters 2018 **

The Master of Science in Human Resource Management (HRM) aims to graduate students who are able to define, analyze, and evaluate problems and issues related to the management of work and employment of people in organizations. In the MScHRM you will gain academic knowledge and skills to consider and explore how HRM policies and practices can be developed and applied to ensure the availability, employability, commitment and vitality of employees needed to accomplish organisational goals. You will learn to do this by taking an evidence-based, scientific approach. This will prepare you for a professional HR career in any type of organization.

In the one-year Master's degree program in HRM you follow courses that cover both a strategic and a behavioural perspective of HR. You will learn to match the supply and demand of labour, both at a macro and micro-level, and to anticipate internal and external changes that affect the management of work and people in an organization. You will learn about factors that play a role this process (such as law, pay, leadership, and teams) and will also have the possibility to expand this with other topics (for example, technological development, internationalization of business, or business ethics). You complete the programme by performing research and writing a thesis.


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Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Human Resource Management
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
60645
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Economics and Business
Why study this programme in Groningen?

Our master is an integral, specialised HRM programme with a research-driven, behaviour-oriented approach. You learn to base HRM on scientific evidence and apply theory to practice of HRM. We address HRM issues from both a strategic and a behavioural perspective, with specific attention to leadership, team processes, labour law and personnel instruments. We offer a broad menu of electives.

Further, the programme is managed by high quality staff and has been internationally accredited by the AACSB and EQUIS, ensuring a high quality education, which only 1% of universities reach worldwide.

Programme

You will have ample opportunity to compose the programme according to your own preferences. Compulsory courses are Strategic Human Resource Management, Personnel Instruments, and Research & Professional Skills for HRM. Five courses (Leadership, Work Design & Team Processes, Dutch Labour Law, International Labour Law and Personnel Economics) form an elective group from which you choose at least three. Next to this, a wide range of electives is available.

The focus of the courses is on understanding and applying theories and principles that research has shown to advance the management of human resources in organisations. You practice adopting this research-based approach when you conduct your own research project.

The MSc Human Resource Management starts twice a year: in September and February.

CoursesCourse Catalog >
Electives MSc HRM (10 EC, optional)
HRM & International Labour Law (5 EC, optional)
HRM & Nederlands arbeidsrecht (5 EC, optional)
Leadership (5 EC, optional)
Master's Thesis (20 EC)
Personnel Economics (5 EC, optional)
Personnel Instruments (5 EC)
Research and Professional Skills for HRM (5 EC)
Strategic HRM (5 EC)
Work Design and Team Processes (5 EC, optional)

Curriculum

Check for in-depth info on all courses: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/rug/vak/showpos?opleiding=2033

Programme options
Master Internship (specialization)

Opportunity for an internship between February and June. You will be rewarded 15 ECTS on top of your programme. Your thesis will be postponed to the first semester of your next study year.

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is unaccommodated
Entry Requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

To be eligible for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research university in one of the following - or closely related - fields: Business Administration, Economics and Business Economics, International Business.

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you have obtained.

For more information, see: http://www.rug.nl/feb/education/admission-application/nl-route/1

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: http://www.rug.nl/education/international-students/application-procedure/support/admissions-office

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Business EconomicsAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Business AdministrationAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Economics and Business EconomicsAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
International BusinessAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Technologie ManagementAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
certified competences

GMAT/GRE; for specific scores (and exemptions), see http://www.rug.nl/feb/education/admission-application/intl-route/1

grade list

A certified grade list(s) is considered in the evaluation.

language test

TOEFL internet based (IBT): 90, IELTS Academic: 6.5; for specific scores, see: http://www.rug.nl/feb/education/admission-application/intl-route/1

previous education

To be eligible for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research university in one of the following - or closely related - fields: Business Administration, Economics and Business Economics, International Business, Technology Management.

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you have obtained.

For more information, see: http://www.rug.nl/feb/education/admission-application/intl-route/1

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: http://www.rug.nl/education/international-students/application-procedure/support/admissions-office

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)C1
C2 Proficiency (voormalig CPE)C2
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS writing6.5
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based90

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 June 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 June 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
Tuition Fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
non-EU/EEA2018-2019€ 14350full-time
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14600full-time
After your studies

Job prospects

After completing this programme you can work as a human resource manager in any type of organization. Positions in personnel management, training coordination, recruitment and selection or working conditions management will suit you. It is possible to pursue an academic career as well. Because all our programs are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard which only one percent of universities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

FEB Career Services
To support you in developing your career and strengthen your employability skills, our FEB Career Services empowers you to achieve lifelong success through various career services during your studies. Check: FEB Career Services.

Below are some examples of functions that our alumni have . Also, you can read a more detailed story about the experiences of our alumni here.

Job examples

Research

Linking education to research and career preparation

Our education is strongly research-based. Right from the start of your degree programme attention is paid to academic research, since an analytical and critical mind and problem-solving capabilities are important qualities in any career our students aspire.

At the same time, a clear link with professional practice is made. In every course, through assignments, guest lectures, or other activities, students apply what they learn to the professional practice of HR. As such, students are engaged in preprofessional development.

The MScHRM is linked to the research department of Organizational Behaviour. Members of this department perform research in the area of creativity and innovation, teams, diversity, leadership, ethics, compliance, and health. One example of our members is Prof. dr. Floor Rink. As a researchers on diversity she focuses on the way that people with different opinions or backgrounds function within organizations. In this video she explains how people with different opinions or backgrounds function within organizations, how to promote more career opportunities for minorities and whether new employees really bring more innovation. 

Please visit the website of the research institute Organizational Behaviour to learn more about the research conducted within the MSc programme.

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								Testimonial of Tim van Vilsteren

    A very interesting field of expertise

    – Tim van Vilsteren
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    My expectations of the HRM programme were absolutely justified. The human resources within organizations have proven to be even more important than I had expected. The ways of influencing them and balancing for example the demand and supply of human capital in combination with legislation is a complex but very interesting field of expertise.

    "I’ve always been interested in the human capital of organizations and the psychological and managerial difficulties and possibilities it involves. When I got the possibility to participate in the pre-master programme to get access to the HRM-master programme the choice therefore was not very hard to make. I had just completed my study Facility Management and was pretty sure that the HRM master could broaden my knowledge and expertise level and above all would be a very interesting and challenging experience.

    Two years later and very close to finishing the masters programme HRM, I can conclude that my expectations at the beginning were absolutely justified. The human resources within organizations have proven to be even more important than I had expected. The ways of influencing them and balancing for example the demand and supply of human capital in combination with legislation is a complex but very interesting field of expertise.

    The build-up of the programme challenges students to face those complex problems within organizations and to use existing literature to come up with the most effective solutions. I have experienced this as a very good way of approaching HRM-related problems. Students were actively involved in the different courses and lecturers were able to communicate their enthusiasm about the field.

    When writing the master thesis and using real time data from existing organizations, I had to use all my experiences from the previous semester to deal with HRM processes within organizations. I am sure that my future job will be within the HRM sector. Working at for example a large consultancy firm or at the HRM department of an international organization seems very challenging and different every day."

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								Testimonial of Katrin Eggers

    'The interactive way of teaching encourages students to think critically'

    – Katrin Eggers
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    The master's programme of Human Resource Management was very compelling to me since it conveys knowledge in an extensive range of topics related to the management of work and employees and thus prepares students well for their careers.

    "Studying International Business in Paderborn (Germany), I came to the University of Groningen as an exchange student. As I have always been interested in how human resources can be managed to increase organizational effectiveness and provide the firm with a competitive advantage, I had chosen Human Resource Management as my major and had completed various internships and projects in this field. The master's programme of Human Resource Management was very compelling to me since it conveys knowledge in an extensive range of topics related to the management of work and employees and thus prepares students well for their careers. What I particularly liked about the HRM programme is that study material is discussed in relatively small classes and that differentiated perspectives on HRM theories and research are consequently offered. The interactive way of teaching encourages students to think critically and the combination of lessons, presentations, group work, and projects encourages the application of theories and the development of in-depth knowledge and skills in the field of HRM. It is a challenge and quite some work, but it is doable and enriching. Professors and staff members of the Faculty are very supportive and always accessible. Also, the friendly and profound support in administrative question was a great help during the organization of my double master. When writing my master thesis I was impressed by the quick and reflective feedback I received, which helped to increase the quality of my thesis. And about the city of Groningen? I loved it! The city is beautiful with a laid back atmosphere and friendly people. As an exchange student I experienced a great student life, was impressed by the number of bikes in the city, and especially enjoyed the Queensday celebrations. The HRM Master in Groningen was a challenging and very enriching experience. If I could, I would definitely choose the programme, university, and city again!"

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								Testimonial of Frederieke de Bruin

    "The HRM Master's programme also gives students at the Faculty of Economics and Business many opportunities to develop professional business skills."

    – Frederieke de Bruin
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    "The HRM Master's programme at the University of Groningen offers a wide range of subjects and opportunities and is an inspiring programme for domestic and international students who are interested in becoming leading HRM professionals of the future.

    The Master's course units offer students an understanding of the strategic, managerial, economic, professional, international and legal aspects of Human Resource Management. As well as the compulsory course units, the Faculty offers students a range of electives and extracurricular courses in which you can gain more knowledge and experience of subjects related to HRM.

    I have chosen to take extracurricular courses in Healthcare Management. Once I have completed my Master's thesis on an HRM subject in the healthcare industry, I will be able to add the Healthcare Management Certificate to my MSc HRM degree certificate.

    The HRM Master's programme also gives students at the Faculty of Economics and Business many opportunities to develop professional business skills. I joined the Master's Community HRM committee '14-'15 as chair and gained experience as a team player and leader."

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Study associations

EBF

The Economics and Business Faculty association (EBF) is the faculty association for all students studying at the faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen.
The EBF is your partner during your time in Groningen by organising events that support you with your studies and help you prepare for your future career.
https://www.ebfgroningen.nl/

Master Community - HRM

Make the most of your master by getting to know your fellow students and prepare for your future career.
https://www.ebfgroningen.nl/mc-hrm/
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Study support

Studying means working independently and planning your studies yourself. But successful studying depends on many different factors, so it is understandable that you may need to consult an impartial expert to discuss your study progress and personal circumstances that influence your studies. The faculty's study advisors are available to help you. Obviously, everything discussed with the study advisor remains confidential.