Master of Business Management (MBM) in Human Resource Management


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Program Description


This exciting Master of Business Management, specialized in Human Resource Management, challenges students to study at a high academic standard, combining case studies and research. However, the degree program also has a real practical approach in its design - through project weeks, professional inquiry and a module of professional based learning in which students complete a short work placement oftend linked directly to their final project.

The program offers a combination master of business administration subjects and broader modules in economics and management. Through modules looking at global economics and strategic management, globalization, society & culture students the program will enable students to further develop their deeper knowledge of business management and administration.

The specialization in Human Resource Management specifically looks at the relationship of human resource management from a strategic perspective, and in combination with the concept that leadership plays an important role.

The HRM specialization shows a clear link between organizational change, company development and the nurturing, management and embedding of international talent.

Course content

Semester 1

(Core Modules)

  • Marketing Management
  • Globalization, Society & Culture
  • Research Methods Introduction (Final Project)
  • The World Economy
  • Professional Inquiry

(Specialisation Modules)

  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • High-Performance Leadership

Semester 2

(Core Modules)

  • Research Methods (Final Project)
  • Micro Economics - Global Perspectives
  • Strategic Management
  • Project Module (3 Project Weeks, linked to Final Project)

(Specialisation Modules)

  • Organisation Development & Change Management
  • International Talent Management

Semester 3 (Work Placement & Graduation)

  • Professional Based Learning
  • Final Project

Course structure

The master program is delivered in a block format, with 2 modules being covered every 6 weeks. Core module classes are inter-disciplinary - you study shared modules with master students from different business management specializations. Due to the rolling entry (6 times a year) groups are dynamic, extremely international and diverse.

The modules are delivered intensively over consecutive days in the so-called 'block format', which means that each module has 6 days of teaching split into two blocks of 3 days. Teaching methods include group work, case studies, presentations, and live projects. The course is delivered through a variety of approaches including lectures, presentations, tutorials and case studies, with an emphasis on interactive learning. Each module is taught by two lecturers, often a full-time Wittenborg lecturer and a guest lecturer from a partner university. Modules include regular guest speakers from industry.

The industry

The enormous impact of new technology and digitalization combined with the ever-increasing need to develop, nurture and retain international talent means that business administration is reliant on well trained and knowledgeable managers with a strategic and global vision.

HR managers in companies across the globe are increasingly reliant on motivating employees through involvement and managing their talent in a way that keeps a workforce highly productive.

Career prospects

In recent years, the business community has come to recognize that success depends upon careful Human Resource Management (HRM), which is a strategic and comprehensive approach to the systematic management of people and the workplace culture and environment. Every manager is confronted with the challenge to keep staff members motivated, involved and productive, despite any changes that might be taking place.

Graduating from a highly international institute such as Wittenberg University, that places a high emphasis on a combination of academic research and company and professional exposure means that the career prospects of graduates from the Master of Business Management, specialized in Human Resource Management are multiple and global.

Often WUAS graduates aspire to continue their studies, with a DBA or a Ph.D. research degree, however, many students move directly into business, sometimes as a result of their work placement, and their final project which is often company-based.

Examples of companies where alumni work range from leading global companies in banking, consultancy, and insurance to more local specialized companies, NGO’s or government agencies in the Netherlands or elsewhere in Western Europe.

Entry Requirements

The admission requirements (criteria) for the Master Business Management programs (all specializations) are as follows:

  • a Bachelor degree or equivalent recognized qualification;
    • ​Applicants are requested to provide an academic reference from their previous education institute;
    • It is necessary to have obtained a Bachelor degree from the domains of business, management, economics or trade. In their bachelor's degree applicants must have completed an academic piece of work (final project or dissertation) that demonstrates a degree of academic writing and research experience.
  • no professional experience is required for these master's programs;

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL Equivalent. The TOEFL Code of Wittenborg is 4889.

Last updated Aug 2020

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Wittenborg is a “boutique university” with a primary focus on management as it relates to disciplines in society. Our personal attention to your education is very important. It is for this reason that we take quality seriously and are accredited by the Dutch Flemish Accreditation organisation (NVAO) and Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA). Read less
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