Taught course

Human Resource Development (International Development)

The University of Manchester · School of Environment and Development

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good first degree (minimum 2:1 or equivalent), and 1 year's work experience in a relevant area. Typical degree subjects of applicants entering the programme include human resource management and development, education, development studies, economics, business, public administration and more generally humanities and social sciences.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSC in HRD enables participants to critically understand the role of human resource development in enhancing performance within their own institutions and societies. Emphasis is placed on how HRD can support economic and social advancement by improving public services, and in building capabilities within individuals, organisations and communities to effectively cope with change. The programme aims to develop students' critical appreciation of globalisation processes, policy initiatives and development management plans to support skills development and human capabilities, including development issues associated with human well being and managing inequality.

The objectives are that, by the end of the programme, participants will have:

knowledge and understanding of the linkage between international development and HRD practices and policies;
knowledge of globalisation and cross-cultural factors affecting the application of HRD theories and methods in developing, transitional and newly industrialised countries;
knowledge of how approaches to national human resource development affect organisation and societal performance in developing and transitional economies
knowledge of how new approaches to human resource development affect the context for competence and performance enhancement in organisations and societies;
an understanding of how to analyse and design HRD strategies at societal and organisational level
an understanding of their own learning and management skills and how they may be improved.
The programme is designed for individuals of any professional background in international organisations, public administration, transnational organisations and private sector companies who are involved in the HRD and capacity planning aspects of organisations in developing and transitional countries. These may include managers of HRD/training/learning, HRD and education planning in government administration; direct trainers, staff of training centres, consultants involved in change projects, consultants involved in community development; NGO managers and line managers concerned with the development of their staff.

Information for international students

For further information about entry requirements, including English Language requirements, please see the University website.

Fees and funding

British Council, DfiD, employer, aid organisations, UN organisations, World Bank, self. For funding information see www.sed.manchester.ac.uk/idpm/postgraduate/taught/funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
27 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment66
Dissertation34 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Recruitment and Admissions Office: School of Environment and Development (SED)
+44(0)161 275 3463