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Human Resource Management

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

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 organisation.

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 organisation. 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 1% of universities reach worldwide.
Programme

You will have ample opportunities 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)
Programme options
Master Internship (specialization)

Opportunity to gain work experience by doing an internship in the second semester of your study.

You will be rewarded 15 ECTS on top of your programme. Your thesis will be postponed to the third semester.

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is unaccommodated
Entry requirements

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
All Universities of applied sciences

Via a pre-master with a maximum of 60 EC

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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

Admission requirements

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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 .

Registration procedure

Students with a Dutch diploma can apply directly to Studielink. More information on the  steps to apply .

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202201 September 2022
15 October 202201 February 2023
EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
15 October 202201 February 2023
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
15 October 202201 February 2023

Admission requirements

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certified competences

A GMAT/GRE test is required from all candidates who obtained their bachelor's degree from a university in a non-EU/EEA country. For specific scores and exemptions, please see https://www.rug.nl/feb/gmat-gre.

  • Both GMAT and GRE are now being offered by mba.com and ETS as an online option to take from home worldwide. Please check their websites for more information.
language test

IELTS Academic overall score 6.5 (Speaking 6, Writing 6.5); TOEFL internet-based overall score 90 (Speaking 20, Writing 24); Cambridge B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (overall score 176, Speaking 169, Writing 176).

  • ETS is offering the TOEFL tests as an online option to take from home worldwide. Please check their website for more 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, 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.

other admission requirements

Not meeting the pre-education requirements for direct entry? Please read more about our  pre-Master programmes .

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 202201 September 2022
15 October 202201 February 2023
EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
15 October 202201 February 2023
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
15 October 202201 February 2023
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2021-2022€ 1084full-time
non-EU/EEA2021-2022€ 14816full-time

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After your studies

Job prospects

After completing this programme you can work as a human resource manager in any type of organisation. 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.

As a graduate, your degree will be highly valued in the labour market. The Faculty of Economics and Business is internationally accredited and belongs to the 1% of business schools around the world accredited by both EQUIS and AACSB.

FEB Career Services
When you become a student at the faculty, we want to support you in developing your career and strengthen your employability skills. You can count on a dedicated on-campus Career Services team offering you a wide range of courses, workshops, events and career-related support during your studies. Everything you need to enter the labour market.

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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Take the opportunity to do a Master internship

For my second master, I decided to study at the Faculty of Economics and Business. In the programme, there is a higher emphasis on group work than in my previous study. The faculty cares a lot about their students and offers several different activities and opportunities where students can meet and get to know each other outside the classrooms and program-overlapping. I also took the opportunity to do a Master internship as part of my studies. I worked at a small consultancy firm in Berlin. My advice to students is to consider doing an internship in a field that you may not know much about as this experience can also help you find out what you do not want to do.

Groningen is a wonderful student city. I felt welcomed right away because the city is full of people that are very similar to myself: not only in regard to age but also in regard of moving abroad, being open to learning new things and to other cultures, and to be independent. (Darleen Lueken | MSc HRM)


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I really enjoyed the mix between theory and practice

Since I started my Bachelor, I was always wondering how organizations manage to grow, keep their employees happy and motivated, attract the best talents and ensure that the employees are happy at their workplace. This made me choose HRM for my Master degree. I chose Groningen in particular as the mix of courses from the HRM programme would provide me with a good 'educational baggage' to kickstart my career in the HR field in The Netherlands.

I really enjoyed the mix between theory and practice from which I learned how to tackle HR topics from different angles. Working in group projects taught me a lot about team-work and how it is to collaborate with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. The coursework involved reading from several research papers under a short timeframe. It was a different style of study than I was used to during my HBO- bachelor. Learning how to manage my own workload was important: I created a schedule for myself of all the individual/group work I had to complete for a course and kept to it till the exam period. Also, the teachers will show you only the peak of the iceberg when it comes to knowledge and they will be there to guide you – but to discover all the knowledge, you will have to go over all the recommended literature and learn how to summarize the truly essential information.

During my thesis, I decided to research “how can co-workers influence individuals not to leave the company?”. The statistical side of my master thesis showed me how an analytical mindset and analyzing data impacts the HRM field. (Dominic Botez | MSc Human Resource Management)

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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.