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 2019 **
**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.
A very interesting field of expertise
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."
'The interactive way of teaching encourages students to think critically'
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 caree
"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!"
"The HRM Master's programme also gives students at the Faculty of Economics and Business many opportunities to develop professional business skills."
"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."
HR Assistant and Recruitment Specialist at EVBox
'I got equipped with the theoretic background of a lot of my actual tasks now. So, knowing the theory and factual research behind some practices enables you to also question some day-to-day practices considered as 'normal' in the office.'
Where do you work now? And what is your role there? What kind of activities does this entail?
I work for a fast-growing clean tech startup called EVBox in Amsterdam. EVBox is the global leading manufacturer of electric vehicle charging stations and charging management software. My role is HR Assistant & Recruitment Specialist and together with my colleague the Head of HR we are both responsible for the entire employee life cycle. This starts with all recruitment, selection and onboarding activities, but entails also personnel administration such as setting up employment agreements and all other HR-related documents, creating policies and procedures and monthly payroll processing. In the end, we are also responsible for the offboarding of employees.
In what ways did your studies at FEB help you to be successful in your current job?
I got equipped with the theoretic background of a lot of my actual tasks now. So, knowing the theory and factual research behind some practices enables you to also question some day-to-day practices considered as ‘normal’ in the office.
Please share two of your favourite memories about your time studying at the University of Groningen.
I remember my own graduation ceremony very well, my parents came from Germany and my supervisor was giving a very personal and honouring speech. This made me finally realize that I actually made it and are now ‘done with school’. Another favourite memory of mine is my first HR student party when I got to meet all these different faces for the very first time outside class. It was just so nice to see that everybody else was also anxious about the time ahead.
What three tips would you give to students currently preparing for the job market?
I personally did a couple of internships during my studies with very different companies in different areas of HR. This allowed me to practice what I actually like and where I am good at and also equipped me with a personal network that I am still in contact with today. Thus, my three tips would be 1) join a company for a couple of months and do an internship, 2) try out different industries and different areas of your study field and 3) start building a personal network and maintain it.
HR advisor for Vanboeijen
'I can look at the way we work and the procedures we develop with a research-based view. As a result, we have already added some instruments (for example an assessment) to the selection process and taken a critical look at the personality tests used. I am also able to discuss with my HRM manager the strategic HR planning for this year and help him improve it.
Where do you work now? And what is your role there?
I work for Vanboeijen in Assen and Meppel. This is a health care organization providing living and daycare for mentally disabled people. My role is HR advisor. In this role, I develop HR policy and procedures and advise middle management on how to deal with a broad range of issues regarding their personnel. For example, I advise about dealing with an underperforming employee or with a conflict between several team members.
How has your time at FEB helped you to be successful in your current job?
I can look at the way we work and the procedures we develop with a research-based view. As a result we have already added some instruments (for example an assessment) to the selection process and taken a critical look at the personality tests used. I am also able to discuss with my HRM manager the strategic HR planning for this year and help him improve it.
Please share two of your favourite memories about your time at the University of Groningen.
I love learning new things! I’d already worked for ten years before I started the Master’s programme, so it really felt like luxury. I love to learn, so I really liked studying again. I also made a few great new friends, with whom I am still in touch.
What three tips would you give to students currently preparing for the job market?