MSc Human Resource Development (International Development)

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Science (MSc)
Duration
12 months (full-time); 24 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

Please note that due to the high volume of applications received this year, this programme has now closed to postgraduate taught applications for 2019 entry. Applications for 2020 will open in October 2019.

Course options

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

Course overview

  • Develop the knowledge and skills to enable you to appreciate how education supports skills development.
  • Gain an understanding of human resource development strategies and development tools, and build organisational and community capabilities.
  • Understand the role of international organisations such as the World Bank and the United Nations (UN) in supporting education and development initiatives.

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 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £11,500
    International students (per annum): £20,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £5,750
    International students (per annum): £10,000

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

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 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.

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.

In addition, the Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a first-class Bachelors degree and are progressing to a postgraduate taught masters course.

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
SEED PGT Admissions Team
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 0969
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 should meet the following language requirements:

  • IELTS 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 writing score of 59 and no other subsection below 51
  • 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 - OR - Grade C if taken before January 2015

We will consider applicants who do not meet these scores but you may be required to attend a pre-sessional English language course at the University of Manchester, or to demonstrate an improvement in your language scores prior to the start of your course.

All Overseas applicants are required to submit a satisfactory IELTS certificate (or equivalent) at the time of application for this programme.

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

Please note that due to the high volume of applications received this year, this programme has now closed to postgraduate taught applications for 2019 entry. Applications for 2020 will open in October 2019.

Advice to applicants

 Please submit the following documents with your completed application form:

  • All Overseas applicants are required to submit a satisfactory satisfactory IELTS certificate (or equivalent) at the time of application for this programme. A minimum IELTS overall score of 6.5, with 6.5 in writing and no less than 6.0 in any other component (or equivalent) is required at the time of 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, one of which should be familiar with your academic work, signed, dated and stamped by the referee and on official headed paper;
  • 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.

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.

If we can offer you a place and you decide to accept the offer, you will be required to show to us the original documents which demonstrate your academic qualifications and your English language ability when you arrive in Manchester.

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.

Applications for the MSc Human Resource Development (International Development) are very competitive. Due to the high demand for the programme we may not be able to offer places to all applicants who have the entry qualifications that we require. If you meet our entry requirements but we are unable to make you an offer you may be placed on a waiting list. Candidates on a waiting list will receive an offer only if places become available.

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 Development (International Development) will enable you to critically understand the role of human resource development (HRD) in supporting economic and social advancement, through the improvement of public services and the education of individuals, organisations and communities.

It aims to develop your 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 wellbeing and maintaining sustainable livelihoods.

You will gain greater professional understanding of HRD strategies and development tools to support skill and knowledge acquisition, and build organisation and community capabilities.

Our focus on developing human knowledge and skills will enable you to appreciate how education supports skills development. You will also acquire knowledge of the role of international organizations (through governments and MNCs) such as the World Bank and the United Nations (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 organisations like the World Bank.

The course is ideal 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.

Aims

You will gain:
  • knowledge and understanding of the linkage between international development and HRD practices and policies;
  • knowledge of globalisation and cross-cultural actors affecting the application of HRD and education theories and methods in developing, transitional and newly industrialised countries;
  • knowledge of education and HRD interventions and their role in building leadership skills and capacity;
  • knowledge of how approaches to national human resource development (NHRD) affect organisation and societal performance in developing and transitional economies;
  • knowledge of how new approaches to HRD strategies including private sector management and development, social capital, knowledge management, gender planning affect the context for competence and performance enhancement in organisations and societies;
  • understanding of how to analyse and design HRD strategies at societal and organisational level;
  • Understanding of your own learning and leadership skills and how they may be improved.

Special features

  • We're the largest development-focused teaching and research institute in Europe, and have been at the forefront of development studies for more than 60 years.
  • We're ranked 6th in the UK and 10th in the world for development studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019).
  • We're dedicated to addressing global poverty and inequality.
  • 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're home to a multicultural community of 450 students from 30 countries.
  • We have numerous scholarship opportunities for outstanding applicants.
  • Our alumni are recognised for their contribution to global development across the globe.
  • The combined field experience of our staff covers 60 countries.
  • We've trained almost 10,000 individuals from more than 170 countries.
  • Many of our master's include fieldwork, giving you the opportunity to observe development interventions in situ and to reflect on how theoretical explorations of development are operationalised in the real world. Recent destinations include Uganda, South Africa and Cyprus. Find out more at Fieldwork .

Teaching and learning

Please note that field visits may be scheduled at any point during the course, including during University vacations. You are expected to be available to attend.

Part-time students complete the course over 24 months. There are no evening or weekend course units available; you should, therefore, discuss course requirements with the Programme Director and seek approval from your employer. Timetabling information is usually available from late August. You can discuss course unit choices during induction week with the Programme Director.

Coursework and assessment

The taught elements of the course, carrying 120 credits overall, are 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 ratingMandatory/optional
Human Resource Development: Key Concepts MGDI60151 15 Mandatory
Human Resource Development & Leadership MGDI60162 15 Mandatory
Organisation Development MGDI70461 15 Mandatory
HRD and Research in an International Context MGDI73040 15 Mandatory
International Perspectives on Equity and Diversity in Education EDUC70322 15 Optional
Education Leadership EDUC70331 15 Optional
Leading Educational Change and Development EDUC70352 15 Optional
Educating for Sustainability EDUC71212 15 Optional
Industrial Competitiveness and Global Transformation MGDI60002 15 Optional
International Management MGDI60101 15 Optional
Work and Employment in the Global Economy MGDI60131 15 Optional
E-Government MGDI60311 15 Optional
eBusiness: Organisation and Strategy MGDI60352 15 Optional
The Politics and Governance of Development MGDI60391 15 Optional
Civil Society & Public Action MGDI60521 15 Optional
Gender & Development MGDI70802 15 Optional
Information Technologies and Human Resources MGDI70831 15 Optional
Organisational Change Strategies MGDI70882 15 Optional
Learning, Training and Development MGDI71441 15 Optional
Development Practice: International Contexts and Worlds of Action MGDI71981 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 20 course units

Additional fee information

Scholarships and bursaries

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

This course is unique as it demonstrates understanding of institutional human resource development (HRD) practices within the context of globalisation, social change and economic development. Graduates therefore acquire relevant development, HRD, leadership and education knowledge for directing culture and social change.

The Global Development Institute (GDI) will equip you with the skills for specialist positions in development-related NGOs and public and private organisations. Potential careers include:

  • international development;
  • non-governmental organisations;
  • central and local government;
  • project implementation;
  • consultancy;
  • charity;
  • urban and regional development policy;
  • human resources;
  • education;
  • information and communication technologies;
  • project management;
  • research.

Top employers of our GDI graduates include:

  • African Union;
  • Oxfam;
  • IDB;
  • Care;
  • Mercy Corps;
  • The British Council;
  • the World Bank;
  • the Department for International Development.

For more information, see  Careers and employability