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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:

  1. They must have earned at least 9 ECTS credits or equivalent in sociology and/ or political sciences; at least 9 ECTS in economics and/ or mathematics/ statistics; and at least 9 ECTS in law.
  2. 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 possessing one of the following:
    • Cambridge CAE - Certificate in Advanced English: grade A or B;
    • Cambridge CPE - Certificate of Proficiency in English: grade A, or B, or C;
    • Cambridge IELTS: overall score of at least 6;
    • TOEFL paper-based, computer-based or internet-based: overall score of at least 550, 215 or 80, respectively.
  3. All candidates shall complete an online test to ascertain their knowledge. The test is composed by multiple choice questions.
  4. Applicants shall:
    • send a letter where they explain their motivation in joining the program, and
    • request (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.
  5. Applicants shall take an online interview through Skype

Admissions will be continuous during the Admission window (Feb 4th – Sep 10th). Final decisions will be communicated with the following calendar:

  • Max 10 candidates admitted within Apr 30th 
  •  Max 10 candidates admitted within May 31st
  • Max 20 candidates admitted within Jun 30th
  • Max 15 candidates admitted Sep 15th

Admitted candidates shall have one month to formally enroll. Failure to do so will result in the candidate being excluded and the next available candidate being notified of admission.

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