MSc Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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Course description

Human Resource Management Conference 2019

People are at the heart of any organisation, so the ability to manage and develop employees, ensure their wellbeing and understand changing employment legislation is essential to business survival.

  • Develop knowledge of the theoretical foundations and real-world practice of human resource management and industrial relations, both in the UK and internationally
  • Build understanding of strategic changes in HRM 
  • Gain strategic insight and boost your CV by attending workshops delivered by HR practitioners 
  • Work on a live employment tribunal case 
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) approval gives you a competitive edge in the job market.

CIPD Course recognition

The course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) to the new equivalent advanced level postgraduate standard. You can enhance your studies by taking additional CIPD components that prepare you for CIPD membership.

To qualify for membership you need to attend a series of skills workshops, with presentations by guest speakers, and complete a range of activities enabling you to develop practical HR skills.

You join CIPD as a student member and when you have passed all course units (including the dissertation) and the CIPD components, your CIPD membership will be automatically updated to Associate Member. Once you have applied your knowledge in the workplace, you can apply for Chartered membership.

Further information about CIPD qualifications >>

If you are particularly interested in international human resource management and /or comparative industrial relations you might like to consider our MSc International Human Resource Management and Comparative Industrial Relations  course.

Special features

Student Prizes

The Business School presents three prizes associated with the CIPD programme. One is for best Portfolio, one for best Management Research Report and one for overall best student. Further details of the prizes will be available during the programme.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment across the course units varies, and includes a combination of examinations, essays, course work, assignment, report and group presentations. A dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words is also undertaken in the final semester over the summer.

Course unit details

During the course you will be taking 180 credits in all. The eight taught modules during semester one and two total 120 credits and consists of both compulsory and optional taught units which can be viewed in the list below.  

Over the summer period, you will carry out your Research Dissertation, worth 60 credits.  Examples of recent dissertation project topics include:

  • Employment security in domestic privately owned enterprises in South China
  • The role of unions in gender equality
  • The fairness of reward management and implications for staff retention
  • Disability discrimination
  • Organisational boundaries and temporary agency staff
  • Work-life balance in China

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Workplace Research and Analysis Skills BMAN60261 15 Mandatory
Multinationals and Comparative Employment Systems BMAN70051 15 Mandatory
Employment Law BMAN70222 15 Mandatory
HRM: Strategy and Practice BMAN70231 15 Mandatory
HRM: Context and Organisation BMAN71242 15 Mandatory
Employment Practice and Equality BMAN72382 15 Mandatory
Industrial Relations BMAN72391 15 Mandatory
International Human Resource Management BMAN60992 15 Optional
Comparative Industrial Relations BMAN71911 15 Optional
International Labour Law and Regulation BMAN71922 15 Optional

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