HR qualification

MSc HR Development, The Institute of Policy and Management, University of

How long?

This is an intensive, full-time course that runs for 12 months. The final
three months of the course are dedicated to completing an extensive

Entry requirements

Applicants need a good first degree in a relevant discipline although postgraduate
study, research experience or professional experience may also be considered.
Applicants who do not meet the requirements for direct entry to the Masters may
be admitted to the Diploma/MSc programme.


Students take compulsory core units in HRD, focused on individual and
institutional learning, and HRD strategy and implementation. During the first
semester, an additional three modules are chosen from a range of subjects
including: adult education and development, economic planning and HR, gender
and educational issues in the developing world, non-governmental organisation
(NGO) management and strategy, public service reform and management, and
training and development. In the second semester, a further three modules are
chosen from a range including: educational development, HR planning, and
community development and personnel policies and practice. A 15,000-20,000
dissertation is also required; usually addressing performance and HRD issues in
a participant’s own country.

Career opportunities

This MSc programme is particularly focused on developing skills and concepts
for human resource development in developing and transitional countries.

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