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MSc Human Resource Management and Development (International Development) by Distance Learning

Year of entry: 2021

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Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Science (MSc)
Duration
33 Months (part-time)
Entry requirements

You should have a good bachelor's degree (minimum Upper Second (2:1) or international equivalent).

Full entry requirements

How to apply

The next start date for this course is January 2022.

Apply online

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc N N N Y
PGDip N N N Y

Course overview

  • Understand the importance of the contextual settings of human resource development and management, especially as they relate to developing countries.
  • Study via distance learning without leaving home or interrupting your career.
  • Develop a range of skills associated with human resource development and management in public, private and non-profit organisations.
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Open days

The University holds regular open days, where you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about our facilities and courses.

On this day, you will find out more about the School of Environment, Education and Development and our resources, and meet academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions you have.

For more information, see  Open days

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2021, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
    UK students (per annum): £833 per 15 credits £3,334 dissertation
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £1,292 per 15 credits £5,167 dissertation

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

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

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

We offer a number of postgraduate taught scholarships and merit awards to outstanding applicants and international students.

For more information, see Fees and funding or search the University's postgraduate funding database .

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
School of Environment, Education and Development +44 (0) 161 543 4028
Email
Website
http://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/
School/Faculty
See: The School .

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

You should have a good bachelor's degree (minimum Upper Second (2:1) or international equivalent).

English language

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the following language requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic) test score of 6.5 or more overall, with a minimum writing score of 6.5 and no other subsection below 6.0
  • TOEFL internet-based test score of 90 or more overall, with a minimum writing score of 22 and no other subsection below 20
  • Pearson Test of English score of 59 or more overall, with a minimum score of 59 in writing and no other subsection below 59
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) overall score of 176 or above, with 176 in writing and no sub-section below 169

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see Accepted entry qualifications from your country

Professional entry qualification

If you do not meet our academic entry qualification criterion, your admission may still be approved if satisfactory evidence of postgraduate study, research or professional experience can be provided.

Application and selection

How to apply

The next start date for this course is January 2022.

Apply online

Advice to applicants

Please submit the following documents with your completed application form:
  • 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 academic references on official institution letterhead, signed, dated, stamped and containing the official university email address of your referees. Alternatively, your referees can send us the reference letters directly from their official university email address. If you have had a substantial period away from any formal learning, professional references may be considered. Professional references should be written on official company letterhead, signed, dated, stamped and containing the professional email address of your referees. Alternatively, your referees can send us the reference letters directly from their professional email address.
  • a personal statement (maximum 500 words) 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, eg IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson test score report.
Ensure that you enclose all the necessary documents, as the delay caused in having to seek any missing documents from you might adversely prejudice your application.

How your application is considered

Once your application has been received, our admissions team will contact you. We may ask you to submit additional information, if necessary.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. 

In your new application, you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

MSc Human Resource Management and Development (International Development) offers a practical and critical introduction to the philosophy, values, policies and practices of human resource management and development in an international context.

It is an ideal choice if you are involved in HR at an organisation in a developing or transitional country.

The course makes available core elements and insights of the Global Development Institute's (GDI) existing taught master's courses in Human Resource Management and Human Resource Development , enabling participants to obtain a master's degree by distance learning over up to five years without leaving home or interrupting their careers.

Applicants who do not fulfil all the entry requirements for the master's degree may be registered as Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate students.

Such students whose performance has met the standard required at master's level at the end of the fourth course unit proceed to the remaining course units and dissertation.

Students whose performance has met only the standard required at Diploma level proceed to the remaining course units. On satisfactory completion of all the course units, they are awarded the Postgraduate Diploma.

Special features

  • We're Europe's largest dedicated development research and teaching institute and have been at the forefront of development studies for over 60 years .
  • We're ranked 7th in the UK and 11th in the world for development studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021).
  • Our research was ranked first in the UK for impact and second in the UK for quality in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
  • We are proud to tackle global inequalities and rank first in the UK for our impact on the Sustainable Development Goals ( THE Impact Rankings 2020 ).
  • We bring cutting-edge insights from our research into all our postgraduate teaching. Our courses bring different development perspectives and voices to Manchester, from activists from the Global South to the leaders of multinational companies.
  • We are home to the internationally-recognised Effective States and Inclusive Development and FutureDAMS research centres.
  • Students are part of our vibrant research community this includes our public lecture series which brings world experts, former heads of state, and leading development thinkers, to discuss current issues in development.
  • We have numerous scholarship opportunities for outstanding applicants.

Teaching and learning

The distance learning course starts annually every January.

Participants study on the distance learning degree without leaving home or interrupting their careers.  A typical study route would involve completion of four compulsory course units in the first year of study, and completion of the remaining four course units in the second year. 

A dissertation is undertaken in the first half of the third year. 

Using this route, participants complete the full master's course in two-and-a-half years. 

However, the programme is flexible and can accommodate faster or slower study and completion speeds in order to take account of work, family or other personal commitments.

For example, after completing teaching period one, students can accelerate their study by spending a twelve-week semester in Manchester, studying alongside students on our face-to-face master's courses.

Students can also slow down, perhaps taking only one course unit rather than two in a particular teaching period, or taking a complete break of a teaching period during which no course units are studied.

Different study plans are possible as long as students complete the course within four and a half years.

Study is undertaken via the University's e-learning system, which provides study materials, online resources, and interactive online tutorial discussions with the module tutor and other course participants.

You benefit from access to the University's library, with more than 25,000 electronic journals and 400,000 electronic books.

Coursework and assessment

The taught element of the course, carrying 120 credits overall, is continuously assessed by a variety of methods (eg project-based reports, essays), involving largely individual submissions, but also elements of group work.

You must also complete a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice approved by the Programme Directors. You are encouraged to base your dissertation on topics of direct professional concern.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit rating
Organisational Behaviour MGDI70040 15
Organisation Development and Change MGDI70050 15
Human Resource Practice MGDI70060 15
Research Methods Module MGDI71000 15
Core Issues in Human Resource Management MGDI71010 15
Human Resource Development MGDI71020 15
International Management MGDI71030 15
Learning, Training and Development MGDI71070 15

Scholarships and bursaries

There are many internal and external funding opportunities for postgraduate study.

We offer several postgraduate taught scholarships to outstanding applicants.

The Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a first-class bachelor's degree and are progressing to a postgraduate taught master's course.

Many of our students have gained British Chevening, British Council or Commonwealth scholarships, as well as country-specific awards.

For more information, see f ees and funding  or  search the University's postgraduate funding database .

What our students say

'The University of Manchester is one of the most respected universities in the world. Its pedigree and academic rigour are well known globally. There are also some high-profile Ugandan alumni of the University like Winnie Byanyima the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Geraldine Ssali Busuulwa, former Deputy Managing Director of the National Social Security Fund where I worked. Louis Kasekende former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Uganda amongst others. So I was convinced it was the right place for me to get my master's degree.

I chose a Master's in Human Resources Management and Development (International Development) because I was already practicing HR and the course would go a long way to build my competencies and skills and put me at a level to practice strategic HR and add the most value to my employers, clients and partners. Undoubtedly, I have experienced tremendous growth in my skills, networks and career.

The respect that a qualification from Manchester gives is global. It has been a door opener for me, allowing me to become a much sought after learning navigator and coach, not just in several African countries but also on other continents.'

Joseph Ajal, MSc Human Resource Management (International Development)

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service.

For more information, email  dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Teaching and research at the Global Development Institute covers a wide variety of topics and as a result our students can be found in a range of jobs and careers.

Our teaching aims to support students from all backgrounds to acquire valuable knowledge, skills and attributes to achieve their educational and professional goals. It includes regular contributions from researchers and practitioners with a view to equip our students to make a positive difference in their chosen sphere.

NGOs and third sector organisations

Our teaching and research aims are suited to work in non-government and civil society organisations where you take on a range of roles from policy advisors, project managers, HR and communications staff. Our alumni can be found at large international NGOs like Oxfam as well as in many smaller organisations.

Government and policy

Graduates can be found in national governments, multilateral organisations and policy influencing positions around the world, in organisations including DFID, the World Bank, African Union, United Nations and as civil servants around the world.

Private sector

Our focus on how businesses and the private sector can play a role in development enables you to gain employment in multinational organisations, private sector firms or to start your own organisations addressing some of the biggest global challenges.

Research and teaching

Our master's courses provide you with a strong theoretical foundation for further study. Alumni find employment in research and teaching positions at universities and research institutes around the world.

Top employers include:

  • African Union;
  • Oxfam;
  • Inter-American Development Bank;
  • Care;
  • Mercy Corps;
  • The British Council;
  • the World Bank;
  • the Department for International Development;
  • United Nations;
  • USAID.

Find out more about our alumni and some of our notable former students .

Careers support

The University has its own dedicated Careers Service that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate. At Manchester you will have access to a number of opportunities to help boost your employability .

Careers support for international students

The Careers Service provides specialist resources, advice and events to help with career planning and making the most of your time while studying in Manchester.

Global networks

The University of Manchester is proud to have the largest global alumni community of any campus-based university in the UK. After your course, you'll join our 10,000 strong alumni network . We'll keep you up-to-date with all the new insights and implications from our research.

International alumni groups are a great way to keep in touch with fellow Manchester graduates in your country. It is an opportunity to build professional and social networks.

You can view the alumni networks already operating across the globe, here .