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

Course content

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.

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 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £709 per 15 credits £2,834 dissertation 
  • International students (per annum): £1,208 per 15 credits £4,836 dissertation

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

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 .

Entry requirements

English language

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

  • IELTS Test score of 6.5 or more overall, with a minimum score of 6.5 in writing and a minimum score of 6.0 in the other subsections, or
  • TOEFL internet-based test score of 90 or more overall, with a minimum writing score of 22 and no other subsection below 20, or
  • Pearson Test of English score of 59 or more overall, with a minimum score of 59 in writing and a minimum score of 51 in the other subsections, or 
  • 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

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 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;
  • 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.

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

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

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.

Career opportunities

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.

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

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