MSc Human Resource Management & People Development


HR is the beating heart of business. Without a talented, inspired and fulfilled team, no organisation can thrive. In the wake of pandemic, mass resignations and a re-evaluation of societal values, human resource managers have the opportunity to change the way teams are built and developed. Employers are looking for professional who can re-invent work and structure and manage change.

Learn how to integrate economic, social and ecological dimensions into HR on an international scale. In the MSc in Human Resource Management and People Development, you will learn via advanced instruction and practical case studies from HR consultants, lawyers, trade unionists and more. You will also conduct simulations, a consulting mission and HR audit with several companies.

Audencia's expertise in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability adds an additional dimension to your degree:

  • The first higher education institution in France to sign the Global Compact
  • A Top 30 school globally in the Positive Impact Rating for Business Schools by the UN's PRME Global Forum
  • A pioneer of new performance measurement methods to account for economic, social and environmental outcomes
  • The first business school to open a dedicated to positive-impact managerial strategies and practices supporting sustainable development (Gaïa)

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Key Information

Degree Earned: Master of Science

Language: English

Duration: 24 months, full-time

Programme Start: September

Eligibility See Admissions Pathways for full eligibility requirements, programme options and tuition


The MSc in Human Resource Management & People Development courses and projects will allow you to develop skills covering the whole of the HR function value chain, from HR strategy to HRM practices whilst also introducing the use of modern tools and methods. The programme includes: the evaluation of HR policies, employment law, social relations, international HRM, using data and artificial intelligence, HR issues in the workplace (such as well-being, healthcare, equal opportunities or modern positioning).  You will also look at change management and the skills necessary for HR consulting: consultant positions, HR advisory methods and practices. Students will take part in conferences with guest professionals, participate in company visits and expand their HR network.

Here are some of examples of teaching modules in the MSc in Human Resource Management & People Development programme:

  • HR strategy
  • Hr practices
  • Consulting & management
  • Compensation & benefits
  • Social Relations
  • International HRM
  • HRM in the digital age
  • Diversity management and inclusion
  • HRM and the meaning of work
  • HRM & humanistic management
  • Sustainable HRM
  • Interpersonal communication and conflict management
  • Career management


The MSc in Human Resource Management & People Development combines theoretical and practical approaches covering all of the HRM associated aspects.

On completion of the course, you will be able to access wide range of professional careers:

  • HR professional specialised in talent management, recruitment, evaluation systems, career management, training and development, salaries, internal communications, etc.
  • HR Consultant: HR management information systems, talent acquisition, training consultant, organisational consultant, recruitment consultant, HR studies consultant, etc.
  • HR manager specialised in sustainability: CSR practices, business ethics, change management, equal opportunities, etc.
  • International/transcultural HR manager.
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Admissions & Finance

Join us in Nantes to internationalise your future career! Here is a breakdown of everything you will need to make it smoothly through the application process.

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Master in Managent and MSc programmes: 

  • Proficiency in English
  • 3-year degree in any field


See Admissions Pathways for full eligibility requirements.

You may begin your online application at any time; you can save it and make changes before submitting. Admissions are open until the programme is full; however, we strongly recommend applying by the early application deadline of 31 January for the September intake.


See Admissions Pathways for a full list of required documents, and detailed admissions process.

2-year MSc programme (all specialisations) 

  • €25,000

2-year Master in Management programme (including MSc specialisation)

  • €33,000


Study abroad option*

For study abroad and summer terms, additional tuition fees may be applied by partner institutions according to the number of credit hours taken. If additional tuition fees apply, these fees will be paid directly to the partner institutions.

*Available to Master in Management students only.

There are a range Audencia scholarships you may be eligible for, as well as an extensive number of external scholarships. 


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