In Utrecht, Strategic Human Resource Management is a broad programme focusing on Human Resource Management issues that are important to an organisation’s strategic policy.

The programme’s other distinctive features include:

  • strategic HRM issues with a public dimension
  • current cases, and the development of competences for application in everyday practice
  • small-scale teaching

The Master’s programme in Strategic Human Resource Management is offered within the Public Administration and Organisation Science programme. It involves a distinctive combination of public administration and organisational science. Understanding public management and organisational science is an integral part of the programme. There is a special focus on the public dimension of HR policy, because it is important to all organisations, not just those operating in the public sector.

Current cases, and the development of competences for application in everyday practice

Your programme is practice-oriented. You will work on current cases, and doing research will familiarise you with the realities of everyday practice. The programme is based on a didactic concept of task-focused and competence-focused teaching. By completing specific tasks, you acquire the requisite competences for your future in professional practice.

Small-scale teaching

The small scale of this programme is unusual. It is reflected by a high level of personal involvement and interactivity. Groups consist of no more than 20 students, who receive intensive supervision.

International perspective

This Master’s programme takes an international perspective and focuses on interculturalisation. We explore the way in which the social and administrative environment influences the Human Resource strategy implemented by (public) organisations . This involves an international approach, focusing on the effects of institutional and cultural differences between countries, and on the level of cultural differences within organisations, including international organisations. The programme, which is embedded in international research into strategic HRM, has a distinctive emphasis on the public sector. The literature features an international comparative perspective. Sessions are held to spotlight cultural differences, the management of cultural differences, and international HRM.

Company visits

In the context of this Master’s programme, we arrange company visits to organisations such as Rabobank and KLM. These visits include on-site lectures.

What we look for in a student

The Public Administration and Organisation Science Master’s programmes are based on the principle that you will already have acquired a considerable amount of expertise. Our aim is to activate and supplement that expertise. Accordingly, an inquisitive, engaged attitude to study is important here.

Utrecht University sets high standards for its Master’s programmes. You can count on small-scale and challenging educational programmes, effective supervision, and inspiring experts who would want nothing more than to share their expertise with you. Utrecht University also expects you to be involved, dedicated, and determined to do your very best. In fact, everything revolves around mutual commitment.

International top position

The Shanghai Ranking lists Utrecht University as the number 1 university in the Netherlands, and 51th in the world ranking. According to the Times Higher Education Ranking, the university is ranked 68th. The Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council ranks Utrecht University 35th in the world, in the Taiwan ranking system.

Excellent facilities

As a student, you will make use of the faculty’s excellent study facilities. These include the modern university library (which has an extensive collection) in the city centre. You will have access to academic publications from the Netherlands and elsewhere, either in the library itself or remotely, from your desk at home. There is also a wide choice of databases, containing academic articles and the like. You will also have access to the most modern facilities in the field of information and communication technology.