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

MSc Human Resource Development (International Development) / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
Master of Science
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.

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 500 applications are received each year and 50 new students registered.
How to apply

Apply online

Please note that due to the high volume of applications received this year, this programme has now closed postgraduate taught applications for 2017 entry to all international/non-EU students. Applications for 2018 will open in September 2017.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course overview

  • You are interested in learning strategies to build human and organisation capabilities that support organisation development and economic development
  • You want to learn about international development, globalisation and compare HR strategies that focus on building human skills and capabilities in the global political economy
  • You would like to develop your global leadership skills and understanding of the change management processes relevant to diverse professions in the international economy

Open days

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


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £10,500
    International students (per annum): £18,500
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £5,250
    International students (per annum): £9,250

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.


The School of Environment, Education and Development is offering a number of scholarships for 2017 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 2017 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
Monika Schönrock
+44 (0)161 275 6923
Academic department overview
See: The School .

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