Human Resource Management and Labour Law

Language of instruction: German

If you are interested in the legal and technical subtleties of Human Resource Management, in the development of the potential of teams, in the design of working environments and finally in the enthusiasm of people, you are in the right place in the Master's programme Human Resource Management and Labour Law. In this programme you will study modules in recruitment, personnel development, change management, compensation and performance, individual and collective labour law, HR-information management, teamwork and HR-communication skills such as behaviour in recruitment interviews or annual interviews. From the third semester onwards, you can opt for a specialisation in international labour law or life-long learning and international labour markets as part of personnel development. As a special feature, we offer you the opportunity to learn a Central or Eastern European language during your studies and thus add a unique skill to your CV. You can also take the opportunity to improve your business English.

Our graduates recognize personnel diamonds in the rough and gain the skills needed for teams to unfold their potential. Ultimately they make a contribution to a better society through providing a framework in which employees can contribute the very best to their working environment.

Silvia Ettl-HuberProgramme Director

If you want to study with us, ideally you are already working in an HR-department or have already had an opportunity to do so. However, you may also be working in an adjacent area (e.g. internal communications, marketing or project management) and fancy a change to Human Resource (HR). Both paths lead to us and are important in the admission process - the experience you have already gained as well as the career prospects that your studies with us will open up for you. All in all, the programme is composed in such a way that it teaches HR-skills (e.g. personnel development, recruitment, labour law), trains personal behavioural and communication skills and improves (English) or teaches new language skills (Central or Eastern European language).

The studies are part-time, and we don't want to hide the fact that we demand a lot from our students. As a university of applied sciences with over 70% of its students working part-time, we know the specific needs of studying alongside the job. We respond by announcing the attendance dates in good time, which are usually fixed at the time of your application. On the other hand, we try to keep attendance times as short as possible. 50% of your studies are completed online using additional teaching inputs, guest lectures, group meetings or case studies in the virtual classroom. We also work on module parts of non-time-bound online teaching. Nevertheless, you should keep the after-work hours free for online teaching for the two years of your studies. In general, the time structure of your studies is designed in such a way that you do not have to take up any vacation or time compensation days for the attendance or online phases. Nevertheless, you should give this study project the place it deserves in your life.

 Is this the right course for you? Then apply by 31 May!

Degree programme

Master’s programme - 4 semesters

Academic degree

Master of Arts in Business - MA

Programme structure

part-time (on site in Eisenstadt: Friday from 14:00, Saturday all day long - 12x per semester;  additional online lessons on weekdays from 18h)

Available study places

approx. 45

Place of study

7000 Eisenstadt, Campus 1

Language of instruction


Programme features

You may be wondering what's special about us.

Well, first of all it is the composition of the study programme that touches HR- skills, the legal fields of HR, the HR-communication skills, the personality-building inputs and the language acquisition. This leads to a study that is constantly inspiring. On the one hand through self-knowledge, on the other hand through professional heureka-experiences.

Secondly, our time structure and our high online share are unique. The possibility of working or studying alongside one's studies promotes the constant transfer of theory and practice. From "practice" to "best practice"!

Thirdly, the teachers make this programme special. You are taught by a mixture of practitioners and university professors. In the recruitment module you will work with Agnes Koller from Best Recruiters or the long-time Trenkwalder board member Heinz Herczeg, as well as with Vienna University of Economics professor Wolfgang Elsik. You will learn about Compensation and Performance with Karl Lang (Senior HR Director at Siemens. and author of 'Personalmanagement 4.0). In the legal subjects you meet experienced HR- and labout law experts such as attorney Clemens Egermann, Diana Niksova, Thomas Dullinger or attorney Wolfgang Kinner. There will be sessions at the labour court to see labour law in practice. In the communication subjects you will meet Sabine Steidl (formerly International Director of Human Resource and Organisation Development at SOS Kinderdorf International), coaching expert Doris Perg or the speech trainer and soprano Brigitte Pinter. Through guest lectures, we repeatedly incorporate current topics into the programme: most recently we hosted gamification and virtual reality experts Hannes Amon or the experienced CEO and change manager Andreas Schwarzenberger on his view of the role of HR for CEOs. We offer our students discounts for professional events in cooperation with the HR Inside Summit.

The fourth characteristic is the focus on the international connectivity of our students. On the one hand, this is achieved by the possibility of learning a Central or Eastern European language such as Russian, Polish, Croatian or Czech. On the other hand, through the opportunity to deepen your HR business English. International input will also be provided by the Forum Europe Eisenstadt and the CEE Business Breakfast with guests from Germany and other countries. We round off our international experience in the fourth semester with an excursion to the country of the Central or Eastern European language of your choice and explore Moscow, St. Petersburg, Zagreb, Prague or Krakow together.

Our fifth special feature and at the same time our greatest treasure are our students. A student of the current year once said: "In bachelor's studies you had to be afraid if you were in a group with people who were perhaps not so motivated to get involved. I have not yet experienced unmotivated students in my Master's programme. On the contrary, the cooperation with each new colleague is enriching The students of the Master's programme in Human Resource Management and Labour Law  are usually ambitious and at the same time team-oriented, socially oriented and yet economically thinking, business partners and at the same time people of the heart. True to the motto of our business department: We unite business and fairness!

The Fachhochschule Masters Programme in Human Resource Management and Labour Law is open to persons who have completed at least three years of study at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution and have earned at least 180 ECTS points.

Applicants must also provide proof of a minimum of 20 ECTS credits in the field of economics and/or law.

This basic competence must have been acquired at university level, but not necessarily from a completed course programme.

The admission requirements must be attained by the end of October at the latest after the start of studies. If this is not possible (e.g. Bachelor's examination not passed), the student has to withdraw from the programme.

Details (in German)

Approximately 45 applicants per year are admitted to the Master's Degree Programme in Human Resource Management and Labour Law at Universities of Applied Sciences.

Registration deadline: 31 May

Applications received within a specified deadline for the Master's programme in Human Resource Management and Labour Law will be considered in the admission procedure for the coming academic year. The registration takes place via the online registration.

Decision on admission

After the admission interview, applicants are assessed, ranked and informed about their admission. Applicants without a fixed commitment are included in a waiting list and move up in the event of absences of accepted applicants. Applications that are submitted late can only be considered if there are free slots.

Security deposit

After a binding allocation of a study place, the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland will charge a deposit of € 350,- to secure a study place. This is actively repaid to students at the end of the first semester. If an applicant does not meet the admission requirements prior to the start of studies (e.g. failed Bachelor's examination, etc.), the deposit will also be returned. In all other cases the deposit is forfeited.

Occupational fields

Graduates usually work in national and international companies, personnel consultancies, public organisations and interest groups in these fields:

Head of Personnel Management
Human Resource Management Departments, Labour and Social Law Experts

Personnel consulting
Personnel development and organisation
Team leadership