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Human Resource Management

How do you keep your employees motivated, optimize team performance, and strategically align human resources with your organizational goals?

**Best MSc Human Resource Management in the Netherland s - 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 issues related to the management of work and employment of people in organizations. In the MSc HRM, you will gain academic knowledge and skills to consider and explore how HRM policies and practices can be developed and applied. 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 MSc 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 (e.g. law, pay, leadership, and teams) and will have the possibility to expand this with other topics (e.g. stress & health, technological development, internationalization of business, or business ethics). You complete the programme by performing research and writing a thesis.

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, specialized HRM programme with a research-driven approach in which you learn to apply theory and scientific evidence to the practice of HRM. Both a strategic and a behavioural perspective of HRM is taken, with specific attention to leadership, team processes, and labour law. We offer a broad range of electives.

The programme has been internationally accredited by the AACSB and EQUIS, ensuring a high-quality education, which only one percent 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 organizations. 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)
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. For more information, please visit: https://www.rug.nl/feb/apply-msc.

other admission requirements

Not meeting the pre-education requirements for direct entry? Please read more about our pre-Master programmes: https://www.rug.nl/feb/premaster.

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, please see https://www.rug.nl/feb/gmat-gre.

language test

IELTS Academic overall score 6.5 (Speaking 6, Writing 6.5); TOEFL internet-based overall score 90 (Speaking 20, Writing 24); C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency (with minimum score 180); University of Groningen Language Centre Test (Speaking B2, Writing C1).

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. For more information, please visit: https://www.rug.nl/feb/apply-msc. If you have any questions concerning admission to this programme, please contact our Admissions Office: https://www.rug.nl/admissions.

Registration procedure

Students have to apply via Studielink and the Online Application System (OAS) of the University of Groningen. After you apply for the programme of your choice, the Admissions Office will evaluate your educational background and assess your eligibility. Your application will be assessed on an individual basis. More information on how to apply.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14650full-time
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 15000full-time

Practical information for:

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.

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 MSc HRM 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 researcher 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 Anne Wemmenhove

    HR advisor for Vanboeijen

    – Anne Wemmenhove
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    '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?

    1. Start networking as soon as possible! That’s the best way to find an interesting job.
    2. Don’t be afraid to try something, even if you’re not sure this is your dream job. You always learn a lot and find out what your qualities are. Especially at the beginning of your career, it’s not a problem to switch a few times.
    3. Manage your expectations. Don’t expect to become a HR advisor or consultant or manager overnight. Start as a recruiter, HR officer/assistant or some role like that and you will learn a lot that you’ll need in the rest of your career. You can climb up from there!


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						Testimonial of Lisa Teuber

    HR Assistant and Recruitment Specialist at EVBox

    – Lisa Teuber
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    '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.

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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

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/committees

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/
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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.