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

Course content

MSc Human Resource Management and Development (International Development) offers a practical and critical introduction to the philosophy, values, policies and practices of HRM/D in an international context.

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.

The next intake for the distance learning course is January 2019.

Teaching and learning

Flexible Study:

Distance learning allows students to study flexibly, taking account of work, family or other personal commitments. After completing teaching period one, students can accelerate their study by spending a twelve-week semester in Manchester, studying alongside students on our Manchester-based Master's programmes. Students can also slow down, perhaps taking only one module rather than two in a particular teaching period, or taking a complete break of a teaching period during which no modules are studied. Different study plans are possible as long as students take the core module in teaching period one and complete the programme within four and a half years.

Coursework and assessment

Each module generally requires one assignment of 3,500 words. Assignments for all modules typically relate to organisational application of management and information systems ideas.

Participants must complete a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation (60 credits) on a topic of their choice approved by the Programme Director. Study fellows are encouraged to base their dissertations on topics of direct professional concern to themselves

Course unit details

Students follow a guided programme of eight course units and a dissertation. All students undertake the core course unit in teaching period one. After that, students are free to study flexibly, subject to the course units available at any time. However, students who follow the 'normal study' route take four course units in the first year and the remaining four course units in the second year. A dissertation is undertaken in the third year. Thus in 'normal study' students complete the full Master's programme in two and a half years: students who start in January 2018, for example, will normally complete by September 2020.

Students will have access to a wide selection of electronic materials within the main University library. They will also receive very detailed study packs for each course unit, sufficient to allow them to meet the requirements of module assessment. Students join an Internet tutorial group for each module, using email to discuss course unit topics with a tutor and fellow students.


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.

Disability support

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

Visit the Human Resource Management and Development (International Development) (Distance Learning) (MSc) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!




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