MSc Human Resource Management (International Development) / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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Course description

Aida Erkihun Bayiss

"It has been an asset having a degree from the prestigious University of Manchester, ranking 27th in the world, and GDI being one of the ten best developmental schools in the UK.

"My GDI qualification coupled with my previous work experience has allowed me to explore promising opportunities and to stand out.¿

Aida Erkihun Bayiss / MSc International Development

MSc Human Resource Management (International Development) is a practical yet critical introduction to the philosophy, values, policies and practices of human resource management in the context of low- or middle-income countries.

It is an ideal choice if you are involved in human resources at an organisation in the Global South.

You may, for example, be a personnel practitioner such as a personnel manager/officer, human resource officer or planner, or alternatively a line manager concerned broadly with the management of people in an organisation.

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 (SDGs) in 2021 ( THE Impact Rankings 2021 ). Most of the course units - core and optional - are closely associated with SDGs.  
  • 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  African Cities Research ConsortiumEffective States and Inclusive Development  and  FutureDAMS  research centres. 
  • Students are part of our vibrant research community, including our  public lecture series  which brings world experts, former heads of state, and leading development thinkers, to discuss current issues in development.

Teaching and learning

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, is continuously assessed by a variety of methods (e.g., 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 Management: Concepts and Contexts MGDI70191 15 Mandatory
Human Resource Practice 2 MGDI70432 15 Mandatory
Human Resource Practice 1 MGDI70661 15 Mandatory
Research Methods in Human Resource Management MGDI75430 15 Mandatory
Introducing Information Systems in Organisations MGDI60012 15 Optional
Public Sector Reform and Management MGDI60081 15 Optional
International Management MGDI60101 15 Optional
Human Resource Development & Leadership MGDI60162 15 Optional
Organisational Behaviour MGDI70072 15 Optional
Organizational Psychology, Management and Change MGDI70081 15 Optional
Managing Quality in Development MGDI70472 15 Optional
Human Resource Planning and Development MGDI70692 15 Optional
Gender & Development MGDI70802 15 Optional
Organisational Change Strategies MGDI70882 15 Optional
Planning and Managing Development MGDI70992 15 Optional
Learning, Training and Development MGDI71441 15 Optional
Development Practice: International Contexts and Worlds of Action MGDI71981 15 Optional
Characteristics and Skills of Development Practice MGDI71992 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 18 course units

What our students say

I chose to study at The University of Manchester because of the postgraduate programmes offered and GDI's reputation for impactful research, and International Development was perfectly aligned with my career aspirations.  

It has been an incredible journey to tap into the lecturer's wealth of expertise. I was able to relate most of the courses to real work experience beyond developing a theoretical background.  

What I enjoyed the most was the diversity of the people and that I was able to meet and share experiences with different people from all over the world. 

It has been an asset having a degree from the prestigious University of Manchester, ranking 27th in the world, and GDI being one of the ten best developmental schools in the UK. My GDI qualification coupled with my previous work experience has allowed me to explore promising opportunities and to stand out.

Aida Erkihun Bayissa, MSc International Development

Disability support

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