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MSc Human Resource Management (International Development) / Overview

Year of entry: 2016

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. 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. Please contact the School's admissions office for further guidance.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
Approximately 400 applications are received each year and 65 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

Course description

This programme 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 the ability to critically appraise them in the light of their 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 programme is designed for individuals involved in the HR aspects of organisations in developing and transitional countries. They may be personnel practitioners such as personnel managers/officers, human resource officers or planners, or they may be line managers concerned broadly with the management of people in organisations. Field visits to appropriate organisations in the UK or Europe are arranged, the costs of which are included in the programme fee. These enable you to study the implementation of HRM in a practical work setting.

Informal enquiries, prior to applications, are welcomed. Please contact: Dr Farhad Hossain (Programme Director) | Tel: +44 (0)161 275 2816 | Email: .  

Open days

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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.


The School of Environment, Education and Development is offering a number of scholarships for 2016 entry. For more information click here . See also the University's postgraduate funding database for more funding opportunities.

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
Scott Anderson
+44 (0)161 275 0692
Academic department overview
See: The School .

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