Master in Human Resource Studies

Tilburg University

Program Description

Master in Human Resource Studies

Tilburg University

Master in Human Resource Studies

Many organizations nowadays subscribe to the notion that people are their main assets. Huge amounts of time, money, and effort are spent on people management and employee development in order to improve individual and, ultimately, organizational performance. The Master's in Human Resource Studies provides you with a critical understanding of the importance of people for the performance of organizations. It is a unique multidisciplinary degree program at a high academic level for those wishing to study the broad field of people, work, and organizations.

Extended Master HRS

If you are an excellent student and want an additional challenge to distinguish yourself from your fellow students, we can offer you the Extended HRS Master’s program (EMHRS). The EMHRS is an extension and deepening of the regular graduate program. It provides you with relevant experiences and learning opportunities to enhance your professional and academic skills and knowledge. Within this Extended Master, we offer three different tracks:

  • International Comparative HR
  • Professional Traineeship
  • HR Analytics

Career perspectives

When you have graduated in Human Resource Studies at Tilburg University, you will have excellent career opportunities. The HRS Master prepares you for HR positions with an emphasis on analytical, strategic, and leadership qualities. Graduates are equipped to analyze and advise on HR, work, and organizational issues, such as understanding the underpinnings 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.

Five reasons to choose Human Resource Studies

  • Multidisciplinary approach
  • Anchored in practice
  • International orientation
  • Focus on academic and personal skills
  • Interactive and engaging teaching methods

Curriculum Content

The program consists of 60 credits (ECTS), equivalent to 1,680 hours of study, spread over two semesters. The first semester starts at the end of August, with most deadlines and exams in December and January. The second semester runs from January to June and is reserved entirely for writing your Master's Thesis.


  • Human Resource Metrics and Valuation
  • Individual Research Proposal HRS
  • Personal Skills
  • Seminar Human Resource Studies
  • Organizational Change
  • Master's Thesis Human Resource Studies
  • Choice of electives
    • Choose a course of 6 ECTS of the cluster KEUZE
    • Choose a course of 3 ECTS of cluster KEUZE 2
      • Learning and Development (KEUZE)
      • Performance Management (KEUZE)
      • Compensation and Benefits (KEUZE 2)
      • International Human Resource Management (KEUZE 2)
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 12, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
Aug. 2018
1 year
Full time
July 1, 2017
April 1 for non-EEA students, July 1 for EEA-students
Start date Aug. 2017
Netherlands Tilburg
Application deadline July 1, 2017
April 1 for non-EEA students, July 1 for EEA-students
End date July 24, 2018
Duration 1 year
Price Free
2006 EEA, 14500 non-EEA
Start date Aug. 2018
Netherlands Tilburg
Application deadline July 1, 2018
1st of April for non-EEA citizens / 1st of July for EEA citizens.
End date July 24, 2019
Duration 1 year
Price Free
2006 EEA, 14500 non-EEA