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What will I learn?

Are you passionate about learning in the workplace? Do you see the benefits of personal development for both individuals and businesses? And would you like to know more about how knowledge creation can keep companies competitive? Then Learning and Development in Organisations might be the perfect programme for you. It combines elements from economics, business, human resource management and learning sciences. You'll have the competencies you need to work in human resources, more specifically Human Resource Development. Upon graduation, you'll have all the knowledge and skills for a career as Learning and Development professional.

In a competitive business environment, companies need to innovate in order to stay ahead. This means that knowledge is becoming a key business asset. It is also becoming increasingly difficult for organisations to find and retain qualified employees. As a result, the effective use and development of human capital is a strategic decision that companies can no longer ignore. The master’s programme Learning and Development in Organisations introduces you to the key concepts of learning and development in the workplace.

What will you learn?

Management of Learning will challenge you on a theoretical and practical level. Drawing on a range of disciplines, this programme will give you an understanding of how knowledge and skills can be effectively used and developed on an individual, group and organisational level. You will consider learning from a self-development as well as a business point of view, by analysing labour markets and the wider economy, skills shortages and organisational change.

After you’ve completed the programme, you'll be able to:

  • understand changing labour markets and their effects on organisations
  • analyse human resource development and management issues
  • think strategically and offer effective solutions to human resource problems
  • apply your theoretical and quantitative knowledge to real workplace issues
  • participate in discussions on a managerial level

Your future

A master’s degree in Learning and Development in Organisations is an excellent way to start your career. Upon graduation, you will have the analytical and practical skills you’ll need to develop and implement strategies for the use of human capital within an organisation. You will also be in a position to contribute to decision-making and policy discussions at a senior level. The programme will prepare you for a role in the human resources departments of large or multinational organisations. But it is equally suitable if you are thinking of going into consultancy or training.

Career prospects

Our graduates are highly sought after and have found a variety of positions, including:

  • Learning & development consultant at GALLUP
  • E-learning researcher at Maastricht University
  • Project manager, HR services at Nuon Vattenfall
  • HR officer at Deloitte
  • Consultant, HR Innovation Lab at Carl Zeiss AG
  • Learning consultant at CrossKnowledge

Which department am I in?

School of Business and Economics

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€13,800.00 (11,27,451) per year
Statutory fee for this programme is € 2,083
Start date

Expected September 2022


Maastricht University

Minderbroedersberg 4-6,



6211, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have eligible for admission if you have a bachelor's degree from a relevant academic field, for example, philosophy or sociology. English language requirements: IELTS (6.5); TOEFL Paper-based test (575); TOEFL Internet test (90); TOEIC listening and reading (720) and speaking and writing (310); Cambridge [Advanced (CAE) Grade C (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade A (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade B (scale 176-179)].

For international students

Students with a Maastricht University bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Economics, International Business, Econometrics and Operations Research or Fiscal Economics are directly admissible.

IELTS exam: minimum overall score of 6.5

TOEFL exam, paper-based: minimum overall score of 575

TOEFL exam, computer-based: minimum overall score of 233

TOEFL exam, internet-based: minimum overall score of 90


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