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Program and courses Human Resource Studies

Become fully equipped to analyze and advise on HR, work, and organizational issues with a focus on well-being and performance.

Program structure

This one-year Master's program consists of 60 credits (ECTS):

  • 3 core courses (24 ECTS)
  • 2-3 out of 10 elective courses (12 ECTS)
  • Master’s thesis (24 ECTS)

The program is divided into four units and has two intake moments. You can start either at the end of August (first intake moment) or at the end of January (second intake moment). 

    Program content

    Core courses
    Elective courses
    Master's thesis

    Programs are subject to change, so we advise our students to check their exact program in the education catalog at the official start of the academic year.

    Extend your master

    You can also apply for an Extended Master. An Extended Master adds an extra semester (6 months) to your regular master’s program during which you get the chance to gain relevant work or research experience and enhance your
    professional skills or academic knowledge. You might spend this extra semester studying abroad at one of our partner universities to gain some international experience.

    Human Resource Studies Master’s students can choose one of the following
    options for their Extended Master:

    1. Extended Master: Exchange Program
    2. Extended Master: Professional traineeship
    3. Extended Master: Research Traineeship
    Admission and application Extended Master

    Short overview of Human Resource Studies

    • Tilburg University has been a specialist university in Human Resource Studies since 1986.
    • Understand the foundations and framework of HR decisions and their consequences for work, well-being, and performance, or how to implement new HR policies in the context of a changing environment.
    • The international orientation and practice-oriented approach gives you a head start in the labor market.
    • With the Extended HRS Master, you can add a research internship, a traineeship, or an exchange semester to your learning experience.

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