Master in Talent Development & Human Resources

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Master in Talent Development & Human Resources

The workplace needs to be re-invented to regain happiness, well-being, and success as a virtuous cycle. This requires a new leadership paradigm, which is why this cutting-edge program uses new HR and talent development skills and technologies to design people-strategies that are strategically aligned with business objectives.

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10 Months


Students must fulfill the following requirements to be able to request the issuance of the Official University Degree upon completion of the Master Program.

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Career-focused Human Resources Program

HST molds students into future-forward and versatile professionals, using methodologies that put innovation and employability at the forefront.

A journey from self, to team, to organization

Find your personal passion and purpose plan, define and shape high performance teams and apply practical and integrated talent management programs.

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HR tech with a purpose

Explore HR with innovative technologies and applications- new cloud platforms, wearables, and people analytics- that boost company activities and gather insights.


Unlock your High-Impact Career

This program has been designed integrating practical methodologies and the latest tools and tech, to help you lead game-changing programs and initiatives.


Learn from top academics and the real pioneers of the new digital economy

Our faculty is made up of a diverse group of academics and professionals who have revolutionized the world of HR and talent development to bring real-world expertise to the classroom.

Our Academic Director

ProfileWim Focquet

Professor, Master in Talent Development & Human Resources

Human Resources & CSR Director BELUX, DPD (Belgium) NV/SA
Founder and Managing Partner, Alma de Lobo, SL

Wim Focquet

Professor, Master in Talent Development & Human Resources

Human Resources & CSR Director BELUX, DPD (Belgium) NV/SA
Founder and Managing Partner, Alma de Lobo, SL

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Professional experience
Professor of Transformational Human Resources Management, Digital Workplace Dynamics and Talent Development & Management, Talent Analytics.

Wim Focquet is an experienced speaker, educator and consultant with a focus on talent management and coaching executives in a wide range of industries. He concentrates on helping organizations in growing their business by growing the people inside and improving the conversation with clients, employees and other stakeholders. He assists and coaches leaders to tap into their authentic self and encourages them to follow their dreams.

He is holding a master degree in Germanic Philology from Ghent University. He complemented this with a Maters degree in Management and Commercial Communications and an MBA in Marketing Management at Vlerick Management School.

Wim worked in both Sales & Marketing (until 1995 ) and HR related roles. In 2001 Wim founded his own management consultancy focusing on attracting the right people and developing their leadership skills. In 2011 he moved to Spain where he joined one of his corporate customers as Regional HR Director SEMEA, later Europe and Americas to become part of a task force aiming at optimizing the customer experience.

Currently, Wim acts as Academic Director HR and Talent Management at the IE Business School of Human Science and Technology in Madrid. His aim is to offer to a group of professionals deep knowledge of strategic HR, new organizational models, talent and first-rate analytics to turn the HR function in a key player to add competitive advantage in the new workplace crafted on the powers of positive human behaviour.

Next to this he delivers business (behavioral and sales) related coaching and training. He combines high tech solutions with a high touch consultancy approach to improve team effectiveness. He helps senior executives in dealing with complexity applying behavioral psychology, people analytics and positive leadership.

percent of students found a job within 3 months of graduating

Why study our Master in Talent Development & HR?

HR experts are quickly becoming key players in business strategy

HR directors now have spots in boardrooms and key decision-making circles because of the effect HR has on bottom lines.

Human Resources, a quickly evolving field

Between 2020 and 2025, new HR communities will emerge, specifically around labor innovation, generational intelligence, Big Data exploitation, and organizational and managerial transformation. (Orange and Mercer)

Make tangible impact

When employees are the right fit for their jobs, they’re 2.5 times more productive and have higher retention rates. (ValueBased)

HR Positions that didn't exist yesterday

Graduates can land new, exciting roles such as Chief Happiness Officer, Talent Acquisition Consultant, Talent Developing Expert, and Benefits Manager.

A day in the life of a Human Resources Program student

  • Morning

    We spoke with Cristina Calle Jorda to find out what her day-to-day is like in the Master in Talent Development & Human Resources. “As the future of HR is based on pillars of change and disruption, so will your day-to-day life as a TDHR student. No week is ever the same. Morning classes will usually start at 8:30 am, an early start that is noticeable on the faces of both professors and students. But that quickly changes as the practicality of the topics and debates sets the mood for engaging classes. You will live and breathe the future of HR, so much so that concepts such as VUCA, agility, cultures of engagement, and digital HR will be part of your everyday life.”

  • Midday

    “Normally, most team meetings will be scheduled around this time of the day. Teamwork is a huge part of the TDHR program. Although I’ve developed a love-hate relationship towards it, teamwork truly reflects the reality of companies today. So, be ready to participate with international individuals with diverse professional backgrounds in all sorts of projects. Most recently, we had the opportunity to complete a consulting case on team dynamics for H&M, the clothing-retail giant.”

  • Afternoon

    “Sometimes we have afternoon classes starting at 2 pm, but this depends on which day of the week it is. If not in class, you will probably find me working on individual or group assignments; the key is to not let the work pile up! I also try to attend interesting talks and seminars organized by IE Clubs. Most recently, at the IE Venture Lab for start-ups, I had the chance to meet entrepreneurs who created a personalized recruitment app, which uses relational math to find the perfect candidates for the right positions.”

  • Night

    “Depending on the day of the week, I might have meetings for the IE Consulting Club—I am helping to develop their recruitment and volunteer engagement processes. But if I don’t have any crazy deadlines to meet or work to finish, the TDHR class is a close-knit group, so we usually meet up for some beers and enjoy Madrid’s laid-back social life.”


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