Master's students at their graduation ceremony

Human Resource Studies

1 year English Starts end of August and end of January

Become a human resources expert specialized in the relationship between work, well-being, and performance. With a strong international focus, you learn to combine insights from social sciences and business studies in HR-policies which improve individual and, ultimately, organizational performance.

Education as of September 2022

All education takes place on campus again, now that the coronavirus measures have been scaled back. Of course, we will always maintain a safe environment for our students and staff. Therefore, a few basic measures still apply. For the latest updates on the corona situation, see our FAQs for prospective students.

of the students is (very) satisfied with the program

National Student Survey, 2019 | n=59

€ 2,600
gross monthly income one year after graduation

National Alumni Survey, 2019 | n=13

finds a job within 3 months after graduation

National Alumni Survey, 2019 | n=13

Program and courses

Become equipped to analyze and advise on HR, work, and organizational issues, such as understanding the foundation of HR decisions and their consequences for work, well-being, and performance; or to implement new HR policies in the context of a changing environment. 

  • The international orientation and practice-oriented approach give you a head start in the labor market. Human Resource Studies in Tilburg is the first scientific education program in the field of human resources in the Netherlands (since 1986).
  • Expand your research knowledge and practical skills. The Extended Master's Program gives you the opportunity to do a six-month research internship, a company traineeship, or an (international) exchange on top of your regular Master's program. The total duration of the Extended Master's Program is 1.5 years.

Typical courses are:

  • Seminar Human Resource Studies
  • HR Analytics
  • Organizational Change

More on the program and courses

  • Master student HRS Marloes Dolmans

    Marloes Dolmans

    Master's student

    "I am interested in people and their motivation to act in a certain way. The psychological perspective that is addressed in this program is very interesting. This program is valuable to me, because it combines different perspectives namely from the employee, employer and society together to gain knowledge about different HR issues."

  • Le Mai

    Le Mai Phuong

    Master's student

    "The program gives me insight into HR analysis, practices and its effect on the business. Also, my critical thinking and researching skill are enhanced through the multi-aspect approach of the course. In addition, the diversity of students gives me opportunities to learn from other people and improve my communication skills."

  • Master student HRS Eva Tholen

    Eva Tholen

    Trainee at the Province of Limburg

    "The knowledge I gained about how HR can contribute to organizational goals helps me in my work during the three projects in which I am involved. My knowledge and focus on the human aspect of the organization help me with advising and involving colleagues."

Career prospects

Prepare yourself for HR positions with an emphasis on analytical, strategic, and leadership qualities in the public and private sector, as well as for careers in research and consultancy.

  • Excellent opportunities for graduates who wish to pursue positions like all-round HR professional, HR specialist (in, for example talent management, HR analytics, Compensation & Benefits).
  • Graduates usually progress quickly in their careers to senior, strategic, and managerial HR roles.

Some of our graduates start or work at:

  • Philips
  • Accenture
  • ING Groep N.V. (Headquarters)

Alumni facts

  • Average number of months until first paid job: 1.54
  • 100% of our alumni finds a job within 6 months after graduation
  • Gross monthly income one year after graduation: €2,600
  • Would (definitely) recommend the study to friends, family or colleagues: 100%

Source: National Alumni Survey, 2019 | n = 13

More on your career prospects

Students on campus enjoying the good weather

Application and admission

This program starts:

  • End of August and end of January (Master’s program) 
  • End of August (Pre-Master’s program) 

Best preparatory programs:

Business Studies, Human Resource Studies, Organization Studies, Psychology, and Sociology.

Pre-Master’s program:

Half-year (30 ECTS) pre-Master’s program available if your previous program is relevant but does not meet the required entry level, for example a Bachelor's degree from a University of Applied Sciences.

Tuition fees and scholarships

International students find all information about tuition fees and scholarships here.

Interested in this Master's program?

Check your eligibility

More information on this Master's program

Download the brochure with information on program content, admission requirements, career prospects, housing and immigration matters, and student life in Tilburg. Throughout the year you can take part in various types of events: on-campus, abroad or online.

Interested in the MSc Human Resource Studies?

Check your eligibility and the deadlines for application