Study Programme

The Master’s programme in Strategic Human Resource Management starts in September and lasts one year.

In the first two periods, you will take two SHRM courses, Strategic Human Resource Management and HRM and Employees.

In addition, two academic and professional skills courses complete the first semester; the courses Intercultural Skills and Consultancy will be taught in English.

In period 3, you will take a course entitled The public dimension of SHRM. Part of this course has a methodological emphasis, with a view to designing a research proposal. In the other part of the course, we look at how social issues find their way onto the HRM agenda.

In periods 3 and 4, you will work on your Master’s project. This involves a combination of empirical research and literature study. You will choose a subject yourself, then write a thesis. You will be supported in this process by seminars on the philosophy of science, on methods & techniques of research, and on recent research in public management and strategic human resource management.

Two variants of the programme

The Master's programme Strategic Human Resource Management is offered in two variants: an international programme and the Dutch language programme Strategisch Human Resource Management.

The international programme is taught in English and is open for international students. The programme is characterized by:

  • preparation for working in international or multinational organisations, or in local organisations with an international workforce;
  • development of knowledge and skills that are relevant in an international context (such as managing diversity and managing expats);
  • focus on different institutional contexts in which the design and implementation of HRM takes place, from an international comparative perspective; and
  • being part of an international group of students and studying international cases.


  • Lectures
  • Working groups
  • Preparing assignments and presentations

There is a wide variety of assignments and instructional formats. These include presentations, case analysis, interviews with key figures, and internet research into various organisations’ websites. You can also join us on company visits, and meet professionals working in everyday practice. There are also guest lecturers to provide you with practical information. There is in-depth theoretical study, involving books and articles from international academic journals.


You will work in groups of no more than 20 students.


  • Written tests
  • Papers
  • Oral presentations
  • Theses and thesis presentation