International Human Resource Management course overview
This degree in International Human Resources Management helps you develop your interpersonal skills and encourages your creative skills and open mindset so as to be able to place employees as a key factor for business success and sustainable change.
Learning through doing is the best approach and you’ll get straight down to business with practical assignments being set throughout the programme, starting in year 1.
In the first half of the first year, you explore the field of international human resources as you start your journey towards becoming a global human resource expert.
Exploring International HRM
The module Exploring International HRM focuses on understanding human behaviour in business from a theoretical and practical point of view. The module provides insights into how global organisations create optimal conditions for their staff in order to achieve the company’s strategic goals. You learn to apply concepts and theory from industrial and organisational psychology, human resources management and business ethics and law to practical cases, whilst also strengthening your professional and personal skills and development.
Innovation in a global HR environment
The Innovation in a global HR environment module focuses on global HR trends and developments such as how the work place is being greatly affected by changes in technology and the global economy, by increasing competition for human talent, and by employee mental well-being. You will learn what it takes to be an innovative and enterprising HR professional and how this can contribute to solving the HRM challenges of today’s companies.
In the second half of the first year, you focus more on business aspects but still from an International HRM perspective. You work on real cases and learn how the solutions you create can add value to the business and people working in organizations, including financially. You learn to understand and apply business models and how they relate to customers and employees within an organisation. As an HR professional you will ultimately design solutions for practical HR assignments that add value from the perspective of the employees and the business.
In the second year, you build on the knowledge, experience and skills gained in the first year. You explore current topics in HRM such as diversity, inclusion and belonging, global labour market trends and developments, and people analytics, including for instance the use of data within recruitment, talent management and the application of insights from neuropsychology.
In the second half year of year 2, you will gain your first practical and professional experience, spending 5 months as an HR intern in an international company, working alongside experienced HR staff. Ties remain close with the study programme as you continue to follow classes one day a week online. The classes focus mainly on your further professional development drawing on your experiences during your internship.
As an emerging international HR professional, it’s essential that you gain international experience by studying and living abroad. In the first half of your third year, you get to follow programmes at a university abroad or enrol for one of our Grand Tour minors at our partner locations in Bali, Thailand or South Africa. These minors can be people-related, such as Mindful Leadership, The Inspirational Coach and Leader, and the Art of Ethical Leadership, or may follow a more diverse path.
- Mindful Leadership (on Bali)
- The Business Consultant
- The Inspirational Coach and Leader
- Business Innovation and Marketing
- Change and Innovation (in South Africa)
The second half of year 3 will be back on-site in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, again and includes our major subject: Human Talent. This is the final preparation for your graduation phase in year 4. The Human Talent major brings company strategy and HR strategy together and enables you to explore in depth how HR creates added value within an organisation, and how an innovative and modern HR approach is key to the success of the organisation and staffs’ well-being.
Internship & Graduation
You start your fourth year with an internship in an international company, which smoothly transitions about halfway along into your graduation phase. The graduation phase includes writing your thesis in which you research and design an HR solution that is useful for the company. Lecturers and experienced researchers coach you through the process so that it truly is your master piece that proves you are now launching your careers as a capable HR professional.
Studying at NHL Stenden
Tomorrow’s world is defined by today’s people – and you play an important role in it.
We think it’s important that what we teach is in line with what happens in the field and so we collaborate closely with businesses. You’ll work with fellow students in small groups on assignments from companies. The focus is on your learning objectives and our lecturers guide you through the process so that you really develop the skills and knowledge you need to be able to later make a difference as a professional. NHL Stenden’s educational concept Design-Based Education (DBE) emphasizes co-creation with the field, working in small groups that bring together students, lecturers, researchers, professors and professionals in business.
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