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Course content

MSc Human Resource Management (International Development) 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 ability to critically appraise them in the light of your 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 course is an ideal choice if you're involved in HR at an organisation in a developing or transitional country. 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. Regardless, you will benefit greatly from our world-leading resources and experience.

Informal enquiries, prior to applications, are welcomed. Please contact Dr Farhad Hossain ( ).

Special features

Programme participants are actively encouraged to undertake dissertations which are focused on case study organisations in order to enable participants to help them to gain deeper understanding of HRM issues in workplace contexts.

Teaching and learning

  • Part-time Study

Part-time students complete the full-time programme over 27 months.  There are NO evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme, therefore if you are considering taking a programme on a part-time basis, you should discuss the requirements with the Programme Director and seek approval from your employer to have the relevant time off. Timetabling information is normally available from late August from the Programme Administrator and you will have the opportunity to discuss course unit choices during induction week with the Programme Director.

Coursework and assessment

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

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


The Arthur Lewis Building provides excellent resources including analytical laboratories, studio facilities, workshops, seminar rooms, an on-site cafe and dedicated computer clusters including GIS facilities.

Disability support

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

Career opportunities

This course attracts individuals involved in the HR aspects of organisations in developing and transitional countries. You may be a human resource practitioner such as a human resource manager/officer, man-power officer or human resource planner, or you may be a line manager concerned broadly with the management of people in organisations.

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




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