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MSc Human Resource Development (International Development)
Learn strategies to build human and organisation capabilities.

MSc Human Resource Development (International Development) / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course description

MSc Human Resource Development (International Development) enables you to critically understand the role of human resource development (HRD) in supporting economic and social advancement, through the improvement of public services and the education of individuals, organisations and communities.

The course aims to develop your critical appreciation of globalisation processes, policy initiatives and development management plans to support skills development, competitiveness and human capabilities, including development issues associated with eradicating gender inequalities, fostering human wellbeing and maintaining sustainable livelihoods.

You gain greater professional understanding of HRD strategies and development tools to support skill and knowledge acquisition, and build organization and community capabilities. Our focus on developing human knowledge and skills will enable you to appreciate how education supports skills development. You will also acquire knowledge of the role of international organizations (through governments and MNCs) such as the World Bank and the UN in supporting education and development initiatives.

There is a strong emphasis on acquiring cross-cultural leadership knowledge, relevant for many social change and development projects in the public sector, or in the private sector, MNCs, NGOs or international organisations like the World Bank.

The course is ideal for individuals of any professional background in international organisations, public administration, transnational organisations and private sector companies who are involved in the HRD, leadership and capacity planning aspects of organisations in developing and transitional countries.

Informal enquiries prior to applications are welcomed. Please contact Dr Kelechi Ekuma, Programme Director ( kelechi.ekuma@manchester.ac.uk ).

Aims

You will gain:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the linkage between international development and HRD practices and policies.
  • Knowledge of globalisation and cross-cultural actors affecting the application of HRD and education theories and methods in developing, transitional and newly industrialised countries.
  • Knowledge of education and HRD interventions and their role in building leadership skills and capacity.
  • Knowledge of how approaches to national human resource development (NHRD) affect organisation and societal performance in developing and transitional economies.
  • Knowledge of how new approaches to HRD strategies including private sector management and development, social capital, knowledge management, gender planning affect the context for competence and performance enhancement in organisations and societies.
  • Understanding of how to analyse and design HRD strategies at societal and organisational level.
  • Understanding of your own learning and leadership skills and how they may be improved.

Special features

The course usually includes a field visit to a UK or overseas destination, enabling you to visit public sector organisations, companies and agencies to learn about HRD systems and practices. The cost of the visit is included in the course fee.

Teaching and learning

Part-time Study

Part-time students complete the full-time programme over 27 months.  There are no evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme, therefore if you are considering taking a programme on a part-time basis, you should discuss the requirements with the Programme Director and seek approval from your employer to have the relevant time off.  Timetabling information is normally available from late August from the Programme Administrator and you will have the opportunity to discuss course unit choices during induction week with the Programme Director.

Coursework and assessment

The taught elements of the programme, carrying 120 credits overall is continuously assessed by a variety of methods (project based reports, essays), involving largely individual submissions, but also elements of group work.

Participants must also complete a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice approved by the Programme Directors.  Students are encouraged to base their dissertations on topics of direct professional concern to themselves.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Human Resource Development: Key Concepts MGDI60151 15 Mandatory
Human Resource Development & Leadership MGDI60162 15 Mandatory
Organisation Development MGDI70461 15 Mandatory
Gender & Development MGDI70802 15 Mandatory
HRD and Research in an International Context MGDI73040 15 Mandatory
International Perspectives on Equity and Diversity in Education EDUC70322 15 Optional
Education Leadership EDUC70331 15 Optional
Leading Educational Change and Development EDUC70352 15 Optional
Educating for Sustainability EDUC71212 15 Optional
Industrial Competitiveness and Global Transformation MGDI60002 15 Optional
International Management MGDI60101 15 Optional
Work and Employment in the Global Economy MGDI60131 15 Optional
E-Government MGDI60311 15 Optional
eBusiness: Organisation and Strategy MGDI60352 15 Optional
The Politics and Governance of Development MGDI60391 15 Optional
Civil Society & Public Action MGDI60521 15 Optional
Organisational Change Strategies MGDI70882 15 Optional
Learning, Training and Development MGDI71441 15 Optional
Development Practice: International Contexts and Worlds of Action MGDI71981 15 Optional
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Additional fee information

Facilities

The Arthur Lewis Building provides excellent resources including analytical laboratories, studio facilities, workshops, seminar rooms, an on-site cafe and dedicated computer clusters including GIS facilities.

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