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The award
MSc

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
EUR 14350

All study options

About Human Resource Management at University of Groningen

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?

The Master of Science in Human Resource Management (HRM) aims tograduate students who are able to define, analyze, and evaluateproblems and issues related to the management of work andemployment of people in organizations. In the MScHRM you will gainacademic knowledge and skills to consider and explore how HRMpolicies and practices can be developed and applied to ensure theavailability, employability, commitment and vitality of employeesneeded to accomplish organisational goals. You will learn to dothis by taking an evidence-based, scientific approach. This willprepare you for a professional HR career in any type oforganization.

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

Check a presentationabout the programme

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?

The Master of Science in Human Resource Management (HRM) aims tograduate students who are able to define, analyze, and evaluateproblems and issues related to the management of work andemployment of people in organizations. In the MScHRM you will gainacademic knowledge and skills to consider and explore how HRMpolicies and practices can be developed and applied to ensure theavailability, employability, commitment and vitality of employeesneeded to accomplish organisational goals. You will learn to dothis by taking an evidence-based, scientific approach. This willprepare you for a professional HR career in any type oforganization.

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


Check a presentationabout the programme

After your studies

Job prospects

After completing this program you can work as a human resourcemanager in any type of organization. Positions in personnelmanagement, training coordination, recruitment and selection orworking conditions management will suit you. It is possible topursue an academic career as well. Because all our programs areEQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard which only one percent ofuniversities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

FEB Careers Company:

To support you in developing your career and strengthen your employability skills, our FEB Careers Company empowers you to achieve lifelong success through various career services during your studies.Check: http://www.rug.nl/feb/career-services/

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

After completing this program you can work as a human resourcemanager in any type of organization. Positions in personnelmanagement, training coordination, recruitment and selection orworking conditions management will suit you. It is possible topursue an academic career as well. Because all our programs areEQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard which only one percent ofuniversities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

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

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

Job examples

  • Talent Acquisition Consultant at Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Project Manager HRM at Holland Trading Group
  • Learning & Talent Advisor at Booking.com
  • HR Manager at Friesland Campina
  • HR Analyst at Transcom
  • IT recruitment consultant at Alliance for Recruitment
  • HR account advisor at Randstad Groep Nederland
  • Manager Talent Management & Digitization HR at Otto Group
  • Senior Career Consultant at TIAS School for Business & Society
  • High school teacher in economics at Farel College
  • HPO Implementation Manager at KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines)
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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
    Course startsFebruary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

Notes about fees for this course

EU/EEA

€ 2060 per year

non-EU/EEA

€ 14350 per year

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

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/(...)ication/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/(...)ication/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: BusinessAdministration, Economics and Business Economics, InternationalBusiness, 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/(...)ication/intl-route/1

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: http://www.rug.nl/(...)rt/admissions-office

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: BusinessAdministration, Economics and Business Economics, InternationalBusiness.

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/(...)plication/nl-route/1

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: http://www.rug.nl/(...)rt/admissions-office

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS writing5.5
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL paper based575
TOEFL internet based90

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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