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Management of Human Resources and Labour Studies  

General information

Classification of Scholarly Field LM-62 Political science
Application and Admission Open with entry requirements examination. How to apply.
Course Duration 2 years - Degree syllabus
Course Attendance Mandatory
Course Location via Conservatorio 7 - Milano
Course Language English
Head of Studies Luca Solari
More information Course website 
Programme Description

Course Objectives and Structure

Develop a global reach in Human resource management and labour sciences through a interdisciplinary and European experience.

The Msc in Management of Human Resources and Labour Studies (MLS) is an inspiring and challenging two-year programme that complements a business and management orientation with a rigorous, interdisciplinary social science foundation within a distinctive comparative focus.

The distinctive nature of the program lies in the comparative approach, the strong orientation toward analytics, and the adoption of a learning by doing teaching approach which is enriched by laboratories, guest speakers, and events.

The program offers two curricula entirely taught in English that represent two interconnected aspects of the area of Management  of Human Resources and Labour Studies:

  1. The Human Resource Management and Employment Relations (HRMER) curriculum prepares students for a career in Human resource management at the global level, with a specific attention to a multidisciplinary set of competencies, which include different topics like labour law, labour economics, industrial relations, organizational behavior, as well as the different HR practices.
  2. The Comparative Social Policy and Employment Relations (CSPER)curriculum prepares students for a career in international organizations, Public Administration and comparative political economy as well as research in Labour policy.

The MLS program is partner in the European Master in Labour Studies network (EMLS/MEST), established among 12 leading European universities: ISCTE Lisboa (PT); London School of Economics (GB); Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (E); Università degli Studi di Firenze (I); Universität Bremen (D); Universität Trier (D); Université Catholique de Louvain (B); Université des Sciences Sociales de Toulouse (F); Universiteit van Amsterdam (NL); University Collegne Dublin (IE); Warwick University (GB).

Students in the network can access selected opportunities for exchange programs.

Double Degree: Universität Bremen
Beginning with the Winter Semester 2015/16 the Master Programme “Social Policy” of the University of Bremen and the Master Programme Laurea Magistrale “Management of Human Resources and Labour Studies” of the University of Milan will offer to 4 students per university and per year a double degree programme in English.


Entry Requirements

Eligible candidates must meet the following requirements:

a) Applicants who have obtained their bachelor’s degrees from Italian Universities are eligible for admission if they hold a “laurea” degree pertaining to any one of the “classi di laurea” (degree classes) listed below under the heading "Note 1".
Applicants who have completed their undergraduate studies at foreign universities are eligible for admission if they hold a bachelor’s degree in economics, political science, or other broadly related subjects (from history to industrial engineering, from management to mathematics, from philosophy to sociology, and so on), provided that their bachelor’s degree may be regarded as equivalent to one of the Italian “laurea” degrees listed below (Note 1)

b) All candidates holding a different bachelor’s degree must have earned at least 6 ECTS in economics and/ or mathematics/ statistics. The ECTS credit value of foreign applicants’ undergraduate studies will be assessed by the MLS admissions committee. Applicants holding an Italian bachelor’s degree must have earned the required credits within the set of admissible “settori scientifico-disciplinari” (disciplinary scientific sectors) listed below under the heading "Note 2".

Applicants who have completed their undergraduate studies at foreign universities should exhibit a comparable academic record or competence in logic, statistics and mathematics.

c) Non-native speakers of English must be able to demonstrate their knowledge of English either by showing they have at least one year of university studies at institutions where the language of instruction is English, or by providing evidence of possessing a IELTS score of at least 5.5 or an equivalent to level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference.

d) All candidates shall complete an online test to ascertain their knowledge. The test is composed of multiple choice questions. Candidates can prepare on the following textbooks:
1. Labour Economics George Borjas, Labor economics, McGraw Hill 2012
2. Labour Law A. S. Bronstein (2009), International and comparative labour law: current challenges, Palgrave Macmillan
3. Sociology of Work R. Swedberg (2003), Principles of Economic Sociology, Princeton UP
C. Trigilia (2002), Economic sociology: State, Market and Society in Modern Capitalism, Wiley.
4. Social and Work Policies Francis G. Castles, Stephan Leibfried, Jane Lewis, Herbert Obinger, and Christopher Pierson (Eds.) (2010), The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State, Oxford University Press, in particular parts V (Policies) and VII (Worlds of Welfare) A. Hemerijck (2012), Changing Welfare States, Oxford University Press.

e) When entering their application, applicants shall upload:
A. a letter where they explain their motivation for joining the programme, and
B. (at least) one recommendation letter, which describes past academic or professional accomplishments, identifies strengths and weaknesses, evaluates the candidate in terms of academic (or professional) performance, commitment, and teamwork.

f) Applicants might be required to take an online interview through Skype

Career Prospects

The programme is designed to prepare students for a range of careers in the fields of human resource management, management, human processes and relations consulting, labour policies, and international employment relations.

Upon graduation, students will be prepared for management and research positions requiring expertise in human resources, organisational behaviour, labour law, and labour and employment policy.

Study Plan


Common track
Data Analysis and Statistics
Comparative and European Labour Law
Advanced Labour Economics
Economic and Social Regulation of Labour
Human Resources Management

HRMER Curriculum
Organizational Behavior

CSPER Curriculum
Comparative Political Economy


Common track
Labour Market, Education and Training

HRMER Curriculum
Personnel Economics and HR Metrics
Organizational Development & Change
Hiring & Recruitment
International Business Management & Accounting

CSPER Curriculum
Social Innovation & the Welfare Mix
Advanced Labour Law
Comparative Employment Relations
Labour Markets & Globalization