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MSc Human Resource Development (International Development) / Overview

Year of entry: 2016

Degree awarded
Master of Science
Duration
12 Months. (Full-Time); 27 Months (Part-Time)
Entry requirements

Applicants should have a Bachelors degree with a minimum classification of Second Class Honours, Upper Division (2:1) or its international equivalent. We will consider graduates of all disciplines. In certain instances we will also consider applicants with a degree result of 2:2 (or equivalent). This may be the case if an applicant has relevant professional experience (please see below) or if their undergraduate degree is in a subject relevant to HRD such as (but not restricted to) Human Resource Management/Development, Education, Social Science, Politics, International Relations or Political Science, Economics, Public Administration, Development Studies, Gender Studies, Sociology, Business, History, Geography, Engineering.

Professional experience considered in the above context should be of 6 months duration or more and can be in the following areas, although this list is not exhaustive: HR, Education, International Development or Administration/Public Sector.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
Approximately 300 applications are received each year and 50 new students registered.
How to apply

This course has now closed for applications for entry in 2016. Applications for entry in 2017 will open in September 2016.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
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Course description

The MSc in Human Resource Development (HRD (ID) International Development) enables you to critically understand the role of human resource development (HRD) in enhancing performance within your own institutions and societies. Emphasis is placed on how HRD can support economic and social advancement by improving public services, and in building capabilities within individuals, organisations and communities to effectively cope with social change. The programme aims to develop students' 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 well being and maintaining sustainable livelihoods.

The course aims to develop your professional understanding of HRD strategies and development tools to support skill and knowledge acquisition, and build organization and community capabilities.  A focus on developing human knowledge and skills enables you to appreciate how education supports skills development. Students 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 organizations like the World Bank The objectives are that, by the end of the programme, participants will have:

  • knowledge and understanding of the linkage between international development, education and HRD practices and policies;
  • knowledge of how approaches to national human resource development affect organisation and societal performance in developing and transitional economies;
  • knowledge and understanding of comparative education policy and governance frameworks, for capacity building, the political economy of skills formation and how national HRD training systems affect organization, industrial and societal development, including gender national planning;
  • knowledge of globalisation and cross-cultural factors affecting the application of HRD theories and methods in developing, transitional and newly industrialised countries;
  • an understanding of HRD and development policies in diverse geographic regions and how they enhance human capabilities and support poverty reduction, empowerment, help eradicate gender inequality and advance human well being especially within transitional and developing country contexts;
  • a critical understanding of cutting edge international HRD policies including talent management, knowledge management, private sector management and entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility (CSR), social justice and ethics, social capital, and strategies for managing inequality including gender and other differences;
  • knowledge of leadership for development (lead4dev) and different HRD strategies for the building of leadership skills in the workplace/society, especially those from disadvantaged/marginalized groups including the poor and women;
  • an understanding of how to analyse and design HRD strategies at societal and organisational level, including gender national planning and empowerment.

The programme is designed 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. These may include managers/leaders of HRD/training/learning, HRD and education in government administration; direct trainers, staff of training centres, staff involved in human development planning in governments; HRD and Leadership consultants involved in change projects, change consultants involved in community development; NGO managers and line managers concerned with the development of their staff.

Informal enquiries prior to applications are welcomed. Please contact the programme directors Dr Beverly Metcalfe ( beverly.metcalfe@manchester.ac.uk ) or Dr Kelechi Ekuma ( kelechi.ekuma@manchester.ac.uk ).

Open days

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2016, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £10,000
    International students (per annum): £17,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £5,000
    International students (per annum): £8,500

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 2016 entry. For further information please click here .

Students at the Global Development Institute (GDI) are often funded by their national governments or their employers, or are self-financing their studies. They also traditionally benefit from a number of additional funding options from the following sources:

  • UK Department for International Development/Foreign and Commonwealth Office (including DfID/ACU Shared Scholarship Schemes )
  • British Council
  • World Bank/International Development Agency
  • Bilateral aid agencies (SIDA, CIDA, GTZ, NORAD, FINNIDA, etc.)
  • United Nations (UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, FAO, etc.)
  • European Union
  • Church, educational and other trusts
  • Regional development banks

Contact details

Academic department
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Michael Ruppli
Telephone
+44(0)161 275 3463
Email
Website
http://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/
Academic department overview
See: The School .

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