Study human resource management in Groningen and learn how to keep your employees motivated, optimize team performance and how HRM policies work.
In the MSc Human Resource Management (HRM) you will learn to define, analyze, and evaluate issues related to the management of work and employment of people in organizations. Also, you will gain academic knowledge and skills to consider and explore how HRM policies and practices can be developed and applied. You learn 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.
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)
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)