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MSc Human Resource Management (International Development)
A practical and critical introduction to human resource management in developing and transitional economies.

MSc Human Resource Management (International Development)

Year of entry: 2018

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Science
Duration
12 months (full-time); 27 months (part-time)
Entry requirements

Applications for the MSc Human Resource Management (International Development) are extremely competitive and, as places are limited, we give preference to those eligible applicants who best meet our selection criteria.

When considering your application we will look at a number of factors. We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and, in addition, we will look at your individual academic performance within your class, the curriculum of the course you have studied and where you have studied.

Please note if you meet our minimum entry requirements but due to the high demand for the programme we are unable to make you an offer immediately, you may be placed on a waiting list. Candidates on a waiting list will receive an offer only if places become available. 

Applicants should have a Bachelors degree with a minimum classification of Second Class Honours Upper Division (2:1) or its international equivalent. Admission of candidates who do not meet this criterion may be approved if satisfactory evidence of postgraduate study, research or professional experience can be provided. Work experience is preferable but not essential. Please contact the School's admissions office for further guidance.

Please submit the following documents with your application:

  • Copies of official degree certificates and transcripts of your previous study, showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. If these documents are in languages other than English please provide official translations.
  • Two written references, signed by the referee and on official headed paper.
  • A personal statement detailing why you wish to study the course, your experiences, what you can bring to the course and any other information that you see as relevant to your application
  • Your CV
  • Copies of English Language Certification, e.g. IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson test score report.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
Approximately 800 applications are received each year and 72 new students registered.
How to apply

Apply online

The deadline for applications is the 31st August 2018; later applications are considered at our discretion. Please note that we receive a very high number of applications so the course may be closed to new applications before the final deadline given.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc Y Y N N

Course overview

  • You want a practical and critical introduction to human resource management (HRM) in developing and transitional economies
  • You are interested in learning a range of skills associated with HRM in public, private and non-profit organisations
  • You would like to benefit from the world-leading resources and experience our staff can offer

Open days

For details of the next University Postgraduate open day, visit open days and visits

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £12,000
    International students (per annum): £21,500
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £6,000
    International students (per annum): £10,750

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Scholarships/sponsorships

The School of Environment, Education and Development is offering a number of scholarships for 2018 entry. For further information please click here .

The Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a 1st and are progressing to a postgraduate taught masters course for September 2018 entry (terms and conditions apply - please contact us for further information).

See also the University's postgraduate funding database for more funding opportunities.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Caoimhe McDermott
Telephone
+44 (0)161 2755000
Email
Website
http://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/
Academic department overview
See: The School .

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Applications for the MSc Human Resource Management (International Development) are extremely competitive and, as places are limited, we give preference to those eligible applicants who best meet our selection criteria.

When considering your application we will look at a number of factors. We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and, in addition, we will look at your individual academic performance within your class, the curriculum of the course you have studied and where you have studied.

Please note if you meet our minimum entry requirements but due to the high demand for the programme we are unable to make you an offer immediately, you may be placed on a waiting list. Candidates on a waiting list will receive an offer only if places become available. 

Applicants should have a Bachelors degree with a minimum classification of Second Class Honours Upper Division (2:1) or its international equivalent. Admission of candidates who do not meet this criterion may be approved if satisfactory evidence of postgraduate study, research or professional experience can be provided. Work experience is preferable but not essential. Please contact the School's admissions office for further guidance.

Please submit the following documents with your application:

  • Copies of official degree certificates and transcripts of your previous study, showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. If these documents are in languages other than English please provide official translations.
  • Two written references, signed by the referee and on official headed paper.
  • A personal statement detailing why you wish to study the course, your experiences, what you can bring to the course and any other information that you see as relevant to your application
  • Your CV
  • Copies of English Language Certification, e.g. IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson test score report.

English language

 Applicants whose first language is not English should meet the following language requirements:
  • IELTS test score of 6.5 or more overall, with a minimum writing score of 6.5 and no other subsection below 6.0
  • TOEFL internet-based test score of 90 or more overall, with a minimum writing score of 22 and no other subsection below 20
  • Pearson PTE overall score of 59 with a minimum score of 59 in the written section and 51 in all other subsections.  
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) overall score of 176 or above, with 176 in writing and no sub-section below 169 -OR- Grade C if taken before January 2015

We will consider applicants who do not meet these scores but you may be required to attend a pre-sessional English language course at the University of Manchester, or to demonstrate an improvement in your language scores prior to the start of your course.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply online

The deadline for applications is the 31st August 2018; later applications are considered at our discretion. Please note that we receive a very high number of applications so the course may be closed to new applications before the final deadline given.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

MSc Human Resource Management (International Development) is a practical yet critical introduction to the philosophy, values, policies and practices of human resource management (HRM) in the context of developing or transitional countries.

It is designed to:

  • enhance your understanding of contemporary developments in the HR field, and ability to critically appraise them in the light of your own professional roles/backgrounds
  • develop a sensitive appreciation of the importance of the contextual settings of HRM, especially as they relate to developing countries
  • develop a range of skills associated with HRM in public, private and non-profit organisations
  • develop independent learning capacity through completion of a relevant dissertation.

The course is an ideal choice if you're involved in HR at an organisation in a developing or transitional country. You may, for example, be a personnel practitioner such as a personnel manager/officer, human resource officer or planner, or alternatively a line manager concerned broadly with the management of people in an organisation. Regardless, you will benefit greatly from our world-leading resources and experience.

Informal enquiries, prior to applications, are welcomed. Please contact Dr Farhad Hossain ( farhad.hossain@manchester.ac.uk ).

Special features

Programme participants are actively encouraged to undertake dissertations which are focused on case study organisations in order to enable participants to help them to gain deeper understanding of HRM issues in workplace contexts.

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 Management: Concepts and Contexts MGDI70191 15 Mandatory
Human Resource Practice 2 MGDI70432 15 Mandatory
Human Resource Practice 1 MGDI70661 15 Mandatory
Research Methods in Human Resource Management MGDI75430 15 Mandatory
Introducing Information Systems in Organisations MGDI60012 15 Optional
Public Sector Reform and Management MGDI60081 15 Optional
International Management MGDI60101 15 Optional
Organisational Behaviour MGDI70072 15 Optional
Organizational Psychology, Management and Change MGDI70081 15 Optional
Managing Quality in Development MGDI70472 15 Optional
Gender & Development MGDI70802 15 Optional
Information Technologies and Human Resources MGDI70831 15 Optional
Planning and Managing Development MGDI70992 15 Optional
Learning, Training and Development MGDI71441 15 Optional
Development Practice: International Contexts and Worlds of Action MGDI71981 15 Optional
Characteristics and Skills of Development Practice MGDI71992 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 16 course units

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.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

This course attracts individuals involved in the HR aspects of organisations in developing and transitional countries. You may be a human resource practitioner such as a human resource manager/officer, man-power officer or human resource planner, or you may be a line manager concerned broadly with the management of people in organisations.