Master in
Human Resources Management

HR Management

Online Master’s Degree in human resources, retention of talent, recruitment and leadership

Introduction to the Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management

Nowadays, the Management of Human Resources faces many challenges. The management and administration of Human Resources can have many approaches. This postgraduate course aims to present all these possibilities and provide you with a global view so that you can respond to the needs and challenges in the market. One of the aspects we will focus on will be how developing talent and internalising changes can lead an organisation to grow.

The Human Resources Director needs to be able to lead a department that is interlinked with all the business operations of a company by designing strategies and policies of human resources management that are aligned with the strategic vision of the company. At the same time, HR Management needs to constantly adapt to the changes in its surrounding environment.

At OBS Business School we will show you the tools and provide you with the training you need to become a human resources manager who is qualified to detect talent within an organisation, recruit new members and, above all, apply the best policies for retaining said talent. You will also obtain the skillset required to assume the role of internal consultant within an organisation so that you can further develop the skills of those who will be making operational decisions. As a Human Resources Director you will not be alone, and we will show you several management tools so you can use them to hire the services of consultants specialising in aspects related to the management of Human Resources.

In the Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management in Spanish from OBS we develop the essential technical knowledge that you need as the Manager of a department, while you also acquire the necessary management skills that will allow you to successfully manage your human resources.


The programme will help you design HR management and administration lines of action that are focused on obtaining effective results from three perspectives: 

  • The role of a manager of a company’s human resources, leading processes for change and organisational development.
  • Human resources management within the structure of the organisation, getting the entire hierarchy involved with the company’s strategy.
  • The techniques and tools at our disposal, using multiple techniques for the management and development of Human Resources.


Career Prospects of the Master’s degree in HR:

  • HR Director
  • Teams and people management
  • Consultant in HR and talent development
  • Expert in recruitment and team leadership

Aims of the Master’s Degree

  • Knowing, understanding and analysing the strategic view of human resources with the support of evidence analysis.
  • Acquiring the knowledge required in order to implement the main Human Resources policies: Recruitment, Training, Remuneration.
  • Determining the new functions and the role of a Human Resources Director.
  • Developing the managerial skills and subsequent competencies required for leading the necessary changes within an Organisation.
  • Promoting the possibilities that technology offers through 2.0 Human Resources management.
  • Enabling a transition from group work to team work.
  • Knowing how to detect, develop and retain the talent of an organisation.
  • Designing an appropriate culture and organisational structure.
  • Knowing how to appropriately use the internal communication techniques required for maintaining internal cohesions and conveying strategic objectives correctly.
  • Knowing the ethical values of the department and putting the corresponding SCR mechanisms into practice.

Syllabus of the Master’s Degree in Human Resources

The programme unfolds over twelve months, and is comprised of a ten-module structure and a final project that is worked on throughout the year.

Strategic Management of Human Resources

This programme will help you to understand the importance of the design of a human resources strategy and its implementation within an organisation. Following an internal and external analysis of the company, you will be able to define the type of strategy and processes that should be followed when making decisions, where being able to deliver tangible results becomes extremely important. In this block you will learn to design, implement, measure and improve the key indicators that will give us a balanced scorecard of human capital.


Values and Organisational Culture

In this block you will learn the origins of values, the best way to define them and the keys for implementing them, which will result in a balanced culture. We will also focus on the mission and vision of the company from its content and credibility. To enable you to do all of this, you will learn the various ways of understanding an organisation and the benefits of having a well-defined culture.


The New Role of a HR Director

You will reflect on the role of a human resources director in companies of the future.  And you will learn how to move towards a vision of the management of human resources from perspectives that are as varied as they are complementary to one another, like that of a strategic partner, promoter of organisational transformations, discoverer and promoter of talent, facilitator of effective skills training, definer of value indicators that can be measured and analysed from a financial perspective.

Analysis of Competencies for Detecting and Retaining Talent. Performance and Career Plans

Management of competencies is a reality in most organisations. This is why at OBS you will learn to define the competences required for a position so that you can detect and attract talent. You will also learn how to carry out a company-wide competency-based analysis that will allow you to detect potential and better orient continuous training. The need to design career plans and carry out periodical appraisals is inherent to any competency-based system.


2.0 Recruitment and Human Resources

By analysing and writing job descriptions you will identify, understand, define and document the real scope and impact of positions within organisations. Through the assessment of positions, you will establish their relative value within an organisation and, based upon this information, you will be able to implement the most fitting Human Resources policies. The basic aims of the assessment of job positions mostly focus on professional categorisation and the determination of compensation scales.

We will look at the opportunities that Social Media provides for human resources departments. We will become familiar with the tools, language and possibilities that are changing the role of Human Resources from within the company. We will learn how recruitment and training programmes based on 2.0 technologies are developed.


Training Management

Currently, companies are aware of the fact that their success largely depends on having professionals who are highly trained and competitive within their sector, and who are able to quickly adjust to new situations within the market and offer an efficient response in the face of new demands. Taking this into account, training and its management through training plans becomes one of the main management tools used to guarantee that a company’s human resources won’t become obsolete.


Competency development workshop

This module has been designed to complement the content of the subject blocks with the training required in order to internalise the managerial role.

Training is understood from three points of view: it starts from technical assistance, provides you with individualised support as a participant and, lastly, asks you to reflect on those individual or group challenges that are required to achieve the set goals.

Throughout the workshop, the level of advancement in the development of resources and potential related to the management of human resources will be measured, and any improvement measures that are required will be put in place.


Compensation and Benefits. Emotional Salary

In this subject we will show you how employee compensation needs to be managed in this day and age. Compensation packages are becoming more and more diversified, and also include essential elements such as reconciliation, performance management and recognition, as well as development and career opportunities. 


Planning and Management of Projects from the HR Department

The HR department often needs to create projects and monitor their day-to-day management. Recent changes in the models of people management have led to management by objectives and projects. Even the structure of the organisation needs to be adjustable to group work through the establishment of work groups.

This subject will cover project management tools that also require the building of teams from groups.


Marketing and HR Communication

Understanding what a company’s stakeholders are like through traditional marketing tools allows the Human Resources director to prepare messages, effectively segment audiences and choose the most effective communication channels. Communicating strategic goals well will allow you to analyse them better and develop a culture unique to the company. 

This subject will allow you to develop an Internal Communication plan that is consistent with the strategy and unifies all stakeholders. 


Diversity, SCR and Coaching

Social Corporate Responsibility (SCR) has become integrated with the strategy of organisations, from a corporate as well as a business perspective. In its considerations, it includes all the diverse groups of interest. At the same time, SCR has become a strong catalyst of change and orientation towards organisational creativity. SCR has an impact on multiple areas within organisations, which is the why it often falls under Human Resources Management. 

This programme will provide you with an integrated view of SCR and its strategies and actions within organisations, from various implemented models. Among them, the most basic tool stands out: Management of Diversity. This tool also approaches coaching as a device for managing change, and is oriented towards understanding the Individual from a global perspective.


Workshop: Stress management and mindfulness.
This workshop is experiential and is aimed at raising awareness about the problems that generate stress and development. For this the students will make a personal reflection on the origin of the problem associated with stress at the same time we will perform a series of tests with various tools to achieve relaxation and the correct flow of emotions. All this personal work will review the application of mindfulness techniques to key issues for the company such as the development of capacities for creativity, innovation and change. The application of these techniques of mindfulness will serve to develop key skills for experts in human resources related to emotional intelligence. This workshop is taught during the same time and the first subject so that the student can practice and use the skills acquired throughout the academic year.
Workshop: Competence development 
This workshop is designed to complement the content of the thematic blocks with the necessary training to achieve the internalization of the managerial role. Being part of a program that teaches how to use these tools is also a distance to know how to apply this knowledge and techniques about third parties.
The training will be conceived from a threefold perspective: it will start with technical assistance, give personal support to the participant and, in the end, pose, in a reflexive way, the individual and group challenges that are necessary to achieve the set objectives.
Throughout the workshop the degree of progress in the development of resources and potential in the management of human resources will be measured and practicing the measures of improvement that are necessary.


Workshop: HRCI exam preparation 
This workshop is intended for those students who want to take the aPHR and PHRi exam of HRCI, institution in charge of certifying Human Resources professionals. It will review the subjects subject to evaluation of both exams, as well as give the student the guidelines for conducting the exam while doing exam examples to assess their knowledge.


Master’s Degree Final Project: Describing the Specific Reality of a Company

In your master’s degree final project, you will put into practice all the knowledge you have acquired over the course of the programme. You will use a method that involves the entire cross section of your learning in order to consolidate the skills you have acquired in a practical way as you describe the specific reality of a company. Your goal will be to find an organisation that will cooperate in the execution of the project, which you will adjust to their needs, you will also write an academic reflection on the project. This project will be guided by a supervisor and will be presented before a panel.


The Master in management of Human Resources of OBS Business School prepares the studient to obtain the certification aPHR® and PHRi® granted by the Institute of Certification of Human Resources (HRCI), trough the subjects that integrate the program. 

The red-and-purple HR design, HR CERTIFICATION INSTITUTE, aPHR, PHR, PHRca, GPHR, SPHR, PHRi, and SPHRi are trademarks or registered trademarks of Human Resource Certification Institute, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Used Under License.

The HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) does not endorse any particular preparation program or offering. We encourage prospective certification holders to use a variety of resources that reflect their learning styles and needs. Purchasing a certification product is NOT required and HRCI does not guarantee that an individual will pass based on the purchase of a certification preparation product.


Requirements of the Master’s Degree in HR

The main aim of our admissions process is to ensure that the candidates are ideal for the course. All the students must be able to take the maximum value out of this learning experience, through a context in which it is possible to develop lasting connections with fellow students, teachers and the alumni.

These are the stages of the admissions process:

1. Prerequisites for admission

2. Application

3. Personal interview

4. Cover letter

5. Admissions Committee Evaluations

6. Enrolment


Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management Certificate

The people who pass the programme evaluation and comply with the academic requirements, established by the University of Barcelona (UB), will receive a UB qualification.

In order to obtain a UB qualification, you need to have a University Degree (Engineer’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree for four years or Bachelor’s Degree for three years). If you do not have a University Degree, once you have passed the different evaluations you will receive an extension diploma from UB.

Programme Director Master in HHRR Management

  • Head of Sociology Studies in the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Barcelona (UB)
  • Consultant and researcher
  • PhD in Sociology
  • Master’s Degree in HR Management and Consulting for Organisations
  • Degree in Psychology


Rodolfo Álvarez

  • Organization and Talent Manger in Vegalsa-Eroski
  • PhD in Organization of Companies by the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
  • Executive Master in Human Resources by the Center of Studies Garrigues
  • Global Remuneration Professional (GRP) for WorldatWork
  • Graduated in Law, UCM. 

Alba Barbarà Molinero

  • Vice Dean of Academic Programs in OBS Business School
  • PhD in Economics and Business Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV)
  • Master in Strategic Management of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili University (URV)

Carlos Bezos

  • Director in Institute for the Experience of the Patient IEXP and Organization expert.
  • Daimler Group consultant
  • PhD in Anthropology from Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)
  • Degree in Journalism from Complutense University of Madrid (UCM)

Jordi Colobrans Delgado

  • Director of Livinglabing and I+D+i Consultant i
  • PhD in Sociology from the University of Barcelona (UB)
  • Master in Strategic Marketing, BA
  • Degree in Anthropology from the University of Barcelona (UB)

Fernando Fernández

  • Academic Member of the Arts Sciencies of Television
  • PhD in Communication Sciences, UCM
  • Master in Marketing Management, ESIC
  • Degree in Business Administration and Management, Escuela Superior Universitaria de Empresariales y Relaciones Públicas
  • University Diploma in Business Administration, Universidad de Barcelona (UB)

Lorenzo Muriel Redondo

  • PhD of Business Administration and Management at UPC
  • Director Master in Executive Coaching and Leadership, OBS Business School
  • Head of Organizations Area at Carl Rogers Institute
  • METS Partner (Metabolic Energy Training System)
  • Coach certified by ICF Master in NLP. Gestalt Institute
  • Degree in Law

Albert Pascual Vallés

  • Director of Personnel Administration Area of ​​the Shared Services Center of FLUIDRA.
  • Labor Auditor EAE
  • Bachelor of Labor Sciences. UB
  • Diploma of Social Graduate. Social School of Barcelona

Catalina Paya

  • Director of Inspiring Partners
  • Freelance consultant in Human Resources Management and Development
  • Expert in Assessment Centres and Executive Skills
  • Consultant in Management and Development of People in Catunga S.L
  • Postgraduate degree in Executive Development from IESE
  • Degree in Psychology from University of Panama

Roser Santamaria Bosch

  • Consultant and Coach in Entrepreneurial Processes at CitiLab
  • Expert in Social Innovation
  • Master’s Degree in HR from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)
  • Degree in Sociology from the University of Barcelona (UB)

Gemma Segura

  • Consultant, trainer and coach
  • Mindfulness Trainer
  • Member of the Executive Board of the Relational Institute Master in Marketing and Communication Management (UOC)
  • Master in Organizational Development and Change Management
  • Institute for Organizational Development GR (Israel)
  • Degree in Humanities (UOC).

Carles Adell Martínez

  • PMP® - PMI®
  • Scrum Master Certificate
  • Project Manager and Maintenance Operations. Bodegas Familia Torres.
  • Master in Maintenance Engineering.
  • Superior Technician in Automatic Systems and Program bles.
  • Superior Technician in Installations and Electrical Lines.
  • Dedication60 ECTS
  • InitiationFebruary 2019
  • Term10 months
  • Price6.500€
  • MethodologyOnline
  • LanguageSpanish