Human Resource Management

Master of Science (MSc) in Human Resource Management

Understand the interactions of people with an MSc in Human Resource Management from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, for more effective, creative and community-oriented employees.

For organisations to have a competitive edge and to encourage more creative input by employees, the MSc in Human Resource Management from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University includes the latest concepts in an internationally-oriented programme, taught by respected international faculty.

This master examines what makes people more efficient, effective, creative and community-oriented and integrates empirical research, theory and practice into HRM strategy.

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University is ranked as a top tier player by the Financial Times European Masters in Management list. It has the widest selection of one-year MSc programmes in the Netherlands and is located in a city with a truly international flavour.

Why study a Master in Human Resource Management in Rotterdam?

We offer:

  • a knowledge-intensive, flexible and innovative master programme;
  • latest Human Resource Management (HRM) research insights and concepts taught by a top-class international teaching faculty;
  • opportunity to put theory and practice into an organisational strategy;
  • exposure to and practical experience in the real business world through internships;
  • interactive classes in an international student group.

Career opportunities

As the strategic impact of the HRM function within businesses grows, so too does the need for HR professionals. Master graduates start their careers equipped with this highly sought-after expertise. Potential roles include management/HRM consultant, business analyst and management development professionals. With seniority, graduates may move out of HRM into general management.

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Education objectives

You will

  • learn to solve business-related people problems within organisations;
  • learn to understand the psychological, sociological and economic factors that influence people;
  • develop strategic HRM policies;
  • develop in-depth understanding of advanced HRM practices e.g. training, reward systems and management development;

and gain an MSc in Human Resource Management.


  • Managing People in Organisations
  • Current Issues in HRM
  • Strategic & International HRM
  • Building Healthy Organisations for Optimal Human Performance
  • Research Challenges in HRM and OB
  • Management of Diversity and Inclusion
  • High Performance Leadership
  • Organisation Development and Change Management
  • Managerial and Group Decision Making
  • Development and Training
  • Cross-cultural Management 

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Mode of education

In addition to lectures, you will work in small groups on business cases and assignments. Many of the exercises are carried out in teams. Skills training, presentations, visiting lecturers and practitioners are all part of the curriculum. In order to graduate you will be trained in analytical and research skills and must write an individual thesis on a topic of your choice.

Target audience

This full-time master in Human Resource Management is designed for recent graduates in business, economics, HRM or psychology with an interest in the people within organisations. The programme is for graduates with an ambition to acquire an in-depth understanding of current Human Resource Management practices, through empirical research, theory and practice.

Admission criteria

  • Undergraduate degree from a research university with specified course content
  • GMAT ≥600
  • GPA equivalent to ≥7 out of 10 in the Dutch education system
  • English language requirement (TOEFL / IELTS)

For exact admission requirements please visit RSM’s admission pages.

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You should apply directly to Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) through its online application system (OLAF). Please visit RSM’s admission pages for comprehensive instructions on how to proceed.

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