Human Resources Management and Development (in English)

Short presentation of the programme:

The programme is designed in accordance with the International Standards for Human Resource Management of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD), UK, as well as the European and National Qualifications Framework. The programme is available in Bulgarian and English language.

Its thematic areas cover the strategic role of human resources and staffing; the new roles of the HR manager as coach, mentor and consultant; training and career development; labour relations and safety management; organisational development and change; knowledge management, human capital information and people creativity; innovation and entrepreneurship in an organisation. The programme comprises four terms, i.e. a preparatory module and three semesters. The preparatory module trains on policies and strategies for HR planning and management, the processes of staff recruitment, selection and retention, types of interviews, professional standards for human resource management, assessment and development centres, coaching, mentoring and consulting, best practices in HR management, provides knowledge and develops skills for insurance, training and staff career development. In the first semester, key aspects of HR employment, performance management, reward and compensation, health and safety, as well as pension systems are considered and discussed. The second semester is focused on HR in an international context in terms of globalisation and constant change, leadership in organisations, global and national culture, quality management, project management. The third semester draws attention to employer branding as a means of attracting and retaining talent, talent development conditions, creativity stimulus, innovation and entrepreneurship, the role of information technology and knowledge management. The programme pays special attention to the role of lifelong learning and builds up skills for continuing professional development through a Continuing Professional Development specialised placement. The programme offers a building-on semester for the applicants who hold the professional bachelor’s degree in the professional area of Administration and Management.

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Human Resources Management and Development (in English)

International mobility:

The program provides an opportunity for international student mobility European program "Lifelong Learning" sectoral "Erasmus" with universities in Italy, Germany, Finland, Portugal, Turkey and other European Universities.

Graduate Student Competencies:

Upon completion of their education, the graduate students in HRMD acquire and demonstrate competence in the following areas and activities:

" strategic planning of HRM; personnel development and securing resources; establishing and improving labor relations and employee relations; HR compensation and administration;

" integration of HRM with organizational business strategies and practices;

" designing, implementing and evaluating research studies in each of the five areas, related to HR management and practices;

" facilitation and implementation of monitoring practices regarding the application of law regulations in the field of HRM;

" coordination and management of basic processes in HRM on operational level in accordance with best practices, related to securing, analyzing and interpreting information about the development of HRM policies;

" developing procedures and practices regarding processes in HRM in compliance with the legal requirements;

" recruitment, selection, development and effective utilization of the staff potential in the organization; establishing and improving labor relations and employee interrelations; creation, maintenance and utilization of information systems, related to HRM;

" quality assurance and improvement of the quality of HRM activities, including risk management.


Completion of the Master program became a Master's thesis defense or the Exam after covering the required number of credits. Manner and conditions of completion are according to Standard for the completion of master degree at NBU.

Occupation and possible positions:

The process of education is orientated towards the real problems and needs of the Human Resource Management and therefore is a point of interest also for the employers. The acquired knowledge, skills and competencies will enable students to work as specialist, consultants, trainers and HR managers (companies and entrepreneurships, commodity and services production, public administration and organizations, i.e.

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