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Master's specialisation | Joint programme optionalStrategic Human Resources Leadership

Do you want to analyse issues both involving people and organisation? And do you want to think about them at the strategic level within an organisation? Learn how to optimise organisational, team, individual performance and employee well-being.

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The current workforce is increasingly diverse and works under highly flexible terms. How can organisations use employees’ competencies fully while protecting their career sustainability? How can employees provide a meaningful contribution to both organisations and society? How can leaders make responsible decisions, while enhancing performance and protecting employees’ well-being? If you are intrigued by these questions then the Master’s specialisation in Strategic Human Resources Leadership is perfect for you! 

Why study this programme?

Admission requirements

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What will you learn

As a SHRL student, you will be offered a strategic and critical approach to the relationship between organisations and people (1. A Critical Approach to SHRL). The programme offers state-of-the-art insights in managing the diversity and inclusion of a heterogeneous and increasingly flexible workforce (2. Gender and Diversity in Organisations, 3. SHRL and the Flexible Workforce), and examines the ideal combination of HRM practices to optimise organisational, team and individual performance (4. HRM and Performance). In period three, there is room for two electives. SHRL offers an elective in International Human Resources Leadership, and a European HRL project in which students collaborate within international research teams (from different universities across Europe) to conduct an assignment for a European company. You will start to work on the Master’s Thesis in period three as well. It is possible to combine the thesis with an internship to experience the theory in action and the action in the theory.

Study programme

Future career opportunities

Our alumni are well qualified for job positions such as:

  • HR business partner;
  • HRM or HRD management consultant;
  • HR support employee;
  • Management trainee;
  • Strategic manager specialised in HR issues;
  • CEO;
  • Line manager;
  • Policy-maker;
  • Scientific researcher.

Career prospects


To indicate the type of research in this specialisation, a few examples:

  • What is the impact of flexible work practices on the work-life balance?
  • How do organisational actors engage with the institutionalised norms that affect the career development of part-time workers?
  • What are the effects of HR interventions?
  • What is the impact of improvements in technology on employees?

Questions about this programme?

Do you have a question about this programme? We're happy to help. Please contact us, ask a student or check out our information activities.


Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this Master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.