Degree: MSc Human Resource Management
Format: Full-time
Credits: 60
Duration: 12 months
Start: September 2021

  • 31% international students in programme
  • 87% of graduates employed within 3 months after graduation
  • Examples of your future job title: Human resource analyst; reward analyst; human resource manager

MSc Human Resource Management

Global trends such as increasing digitisation, changing forms of organisation, and an ageing workforce bring challenges and opportunities for people management. This programme combines theory and practice to enable students to develop evidence-based solutions for real business problems. You can learn to think critically to make better people-related decisions in order to create positive change for individuals and organisations.

Data is an important part of the manager’s, consultant’s or HR practitioner’s toolkit so we’ve included a new core course in people analytics that focuses on making data-driven decisions, and we pay particular attention to how HR mega-trends and big societal questions affect aspects of people management.

You can specialise to some extent by choosing electives that suit your career goals; for example, you could focus on talent acquisition and advisory skills paired with a practical internship if you want to work as an HR professional. Or if you’re aiming for management consultancy, choose organisational development and change management, high performance leadership or negotiation. If your interest is in the challenges of international organisations, choose managing diversity and cross-cultural management. Any combination of these specialist areas will prepare you for a future career in management or leadership.


RSM is a top business school located in Rotterdam; the city is highly international and a gateway to Europe. Students work in small group environments; you’ll get to know your professors well in such a highly interactive – and highly international – classroom. All of your courses draw on research evidence; you learn it directly from the international researchers who are developing new knowledge.

Here’s where you will start creating your professional network. You’ll meet RSM’s alumni network throughout the programme; when you visit companies, and during guest lectures and at events. RSM’s partnerships with businesses mean you use your new practical skills to interact with business when you present your evidence-based recommendations to a company in the live case study, or during an internship.

Is it right for me?

This programme is for those who can see themselves advising organisational decision-making as HR practitioners or consultants, or creating positive change in management or leadership roles. The changing nature of organisations makes these roles critical to business success, and increasing professionalism of HR is reflected in increasing salaries for HR managers. This programme develops practical skills while drawing on research evidence, so it’s a ‘hands-on’ experience with a focus on making evidence-based decisions. It is taught in a way that appeals to people who are comfortable using data, as well as to those who are not. 


Ekata Das (MSc HRM class of 2020):

If you are a people-oriented person who loves to solve moral dilemmas and complex organisational issues about people and stakeholders, take this programme. I enjoy the small-scale classrooms and the space to ask questions and voice our opinions. Real life cases stimulate my thinking about applying theory into practice; I think that’s essential for entering the labour market.