Human Resource Studies

SubjectBusiness , Management


Type of DegreeMSc

EU FeesEUR 2,314

Cost non-EUEUR 14,900

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Course description

Many organisations nowadays subscribe to the notion that people are their main assets. Huge amounts of time, money, and effort are spent on people management and employee development in order to improve individual and, ultimately, organisational performance. The Master's in Human Resource Studies provides you with a critical understanding of the importance of people for the performance of organisations.

It is a unique multidisciplinary degree program at a high academic level for those wishing to study the broad field of people, work, and organisations.

The Master's program in Human Resource Studies is an intensive one-year programme of 60 ECTS. In this year, students will discuss the latest research and its theoretical foundations, and learn how to apply this knowledge in actual organisational settings. To this end, we offer diverse teaching methods that challenge and inform on multiple levels, like interactive lectures, engaging seminars, personal skills workshops, and guest lectures by prominent HR practitioners. Furthermore, students get the opportunity, while they work on their Master’s thesis, to do empirical research and collect data in an organisational context.

Career Perspectives

When you have graduated in Human Resource Studies at Tilburg University, you will have excellent career opportunities. The HRS Master prepares you for HR positions with an emphasis on analytical, strategic, and leadership qualities. Graduates are equipped to analyse and advise on HR, work, and organizational issues, such as understanding the underpinnings of HR decisions and their consequences for work, well-being, and performance, or to implement new HR policies in the context of a changing environment.

Extended Master Human Resource Studies

If you are an excellent student and want an additional challenge to distinguish yourself from your fellow students, we can offer you the Extended Human Resource Studies Master’s program (EMHRS). The EMHRS is an extensionand deepeningof the regular graduate program. It provides you with relevant experiences and learning opportunities to enhance your professional and academic skills and knowledge.

Within this Extended Master, there are three different tracks:

International Comparative HR

This track takes a cross-cultural approach in order to provide you with an in-depth understanding of the employment relationship in different international settings. You will be given the opportunity to pursue a balanced programme of graduate courses (30 ECTS) at one of the host universities in addition to your regular Master’s courses. Tilburg work together with five partner institutions, namely the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), the Norwegian Business School, Oslo (Norway), Bocconi University, Milan (Italy), University of Innsbruck (Austria) and North West University, Potchefstroom (South Africa).

Professional Traineeship

A professional traineeship provides you with relevant work experience and enhances your professional skills and knowledge. In this one-semester traineeship, you will participate in a wide range of HR activities for and supervised by the partner organisation. Your primary task will be to take part in (the various stages of) a HR project. This may vary from projects on talent management, flexible workforce, and performance management, to strategic personnel planning.

HR Analytics

The HR Analytics track provides you with relevant research experience and advanced methodological skills for analyzing organizational data related to the theme of ‘work, employee wellbeing and performance’. In this traineeship, you will combine participating in an ongoing project on HR Analytics within the HRS department (50%) with doing your Master's thesis research (50%). These activities are supervised by a senior researcher of the department.

18-Month Programme

The Extended Master programme has a duration of eighteen months. The programme offers the course work of the regular HRS Master in the first semester.

  • In track 1, you will study one semester abroad (the second or third semester) and will work on your Master’s thesis during the other semester.
  • In track 2, the traineeship is in the second semester and the Master’s thesis in the third.
  • In track 3, you will do research and write your Master’s thesis in the second and third semesters.

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