The overall aim of this course is to promote and develop skills and research in the field of employment law.
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
The Law School at Ulster University has joined forces with Legal Island and the Labour Relations Agency to create what we think will be the best employment law course in the UK.
The course includes 24 employment law and compliance lectures from the cream of Northern Ireland’s employment law expert practitioners and on-site visits and role play exercises with LRA staff and the President of Industrial Tribunals and the Fair Employment Tribunal.
Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand.
The importance of the employment relationship between employers, employees, unions and other statutory bodies and agencies is such that a thorough knowledge of both the context and the substantive law is necessary for those involved in this area in any capacity. The module attempts to provide the basis for this knowledge and to put students in the position where they may not only have an understanding of the law both conceptually and substantively, but also be in a position to use that knowledge in the solution of problems.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Methods of ADR are increasingly being used within the legal system and advocated as a means of removing cases from overburdened courts. In appropriate cases they can provide an alternative to legal adjudication and can be used as a means of achieving satisfactory solutions to disputes. The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the processes of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and its relationship to law. The course will cover processes such as arbitration, mediation and conciliation and will provide students with a foundational knowledge of ADR which can then be developed in their professional practice. The module will comprise both theoretical and skills based elements. Students will consider the rationale and ethics of ADR before being introduced to some of the practical skills used in these processes. The study and practice of ADR will be undertaken in the context of a range of legal subject areas, including commercial law, family law and employment law.
This module aims through a combination of lectures and practical exercises to enable trainees to further develop their own professional practice in relation to employment and social security matters. The module aims to develop a student's ability to apply and further develop the knowledge and practical skills gained in prior and concurrent modules. The module will encourage discussion of rationales and consequences of each available course of action in any given scenario, and students will be encouraged to critique solutions to any issues identified as arising from their choice(s). It is anticipated that students will examine the impact of the rules and procedures involved and their tactical application in practice with a view to developing their own individual work practice.
Year 2 :
Employment Compliance and Development
Whether you are a lawyer, human resources professional, personnel or industrial relations officer, this module will develop a range of skills, which will enable all students to remain fully abreast of the latest legislative and case law developments in employment compliance. It will ensure that all students acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of how employment compliance issues operates in practice. Students will be provided with assistance enabling them to respond to complex practical, legal and ethical problems. Students will be encouraged to critically analyse the law and important legal issues they face in practice.
Those who undertake this course are likely to use this qualification for career development and progression purposes within their own organisations.
The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates.
Major shifts in laws governing the workplace and labour force in Australia mean that understanding the regulatory framework pertaining to employment and labour relations practices is more important than ever. Employment and labour relations law is ideal for legal practitioners, the public sector, corporate management and human resources/personnel services, trade unions and employer groups. This specialisation caters for legal practitioners as well as non-lawyers with experience and interest in the legal regulation of employment and labour relations. In-depth analysis of recent developments in this complex and evolving area ensures the program remains at the forefront of legal knowledge in this field. The subject Principles of Employment Law is designed to be of particular assistance to students without previous (or recent) legal study in the area.
Graduates of the Master of Employment and Labour Relations Law will:
Intensive subjects are ideal for busy professionals and provide an excellent opportunity to immerse in the subject content.
Subjects are typically taught over five days, either from Monday – Friday or Wednesday – Tuesday, excluding the weekend. This format enables students from interstate or overseas to fly to Melbourne to attend class.
Semester-length subjects are generally taught for two hours in the evening each week during the semester.
Comprehensive reading materials are provided approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of an intensive class. It is expected that students undertake substantial reading before classes begin. Teachers and students are likely to be in contact with each other electronically from the time reading materials are released to the time assessment is due.
Explore contemporary issues in workplace management & employment relations in a global context
Join us to gain a thorough understanding of all aspects of human resource management and employment relations. Discover the value of HRM and employment relations in a wider global context, whilst gaining new perspectives from your fellow students. One of only two UK business schools that participate in the MEST (Master Européen en Sciences du Travail) network, you will meet and study with fellow European students in your second term.
Gain a CIPD qualification
Our course includes full Chartered Institute for Personnel & Development (CIPD) accreditation, gaining you a Level 7 (Advanced Certificate) CIPD qualification while you study.
Explore the future of work and employment on a national and international scale. From the rights and interests of employees and employers, to the relationship between people management and organisational competitiveness, consider key themes across the HR and employment relations sector.
Six compulsory modules are complemented by three optional modules on this one-year programme. A final dissertation, based on original research in the field of human resource management and employment relations, will complete the MSc qualification.
You will be assessed by a mix of exams, essays, presentations and group work.
Your 10,000 word dissertation can be about anything within the broad scope of issues covered on the course. Most dissertations are based on field research that offer you the opportunity to practise and develop the skills acquired through the taught modules.
This Postgraduate Certificate is designed to enhance the employability of graduates from a wide range of disciplines through the development of skills in enterprise and entrepreneurship. You will develop your understanding of management, as well as analysis techniques, via the use of structured in-depth case studies. This guided learning provides the basis for undertaking a bespoke project based around either a new business venture or solving an existing management problem in an organisation that you are familiar with. Whether you are seeking employment opportunities at graduate level or looking to start your own business, this programme will enable you to demonstrate and evidence your ability to look at complex management issues and provide innovative and effective solutions.
The programme identifies the key essential qualities of leadership and management, enabling you to place the subject skills from your degree into a business or employment context.
It will immerse you in business planning, identify strategic level employment competences and provides examples to assist with gaining employment or self-employment.
Using case studies, you will look at the complex issues facing organisations before identifying, analysing and providing a solution to a management challenge of your own choice.
The programme is delivered using a ‘day school’ model where there will be seven full days of sessions, with additional support provided via our virtual learning environment.
You will be assessed through a combination of business reports that provide analysis of real world case studies, as well as presentations and the development of a strategic business plan.
The programme draws on the experience of the Business School in a range of areas from accountancy to digital marketing to operations management. A different subject specialist will deliver each aspect of the course. In addition, you will be paired with a mentor who has a specialism that is relevant to the theme of your individual project.
Graduates of this Postgraduate Certificate will be well equipped to move onto many different careers. These might involve roles such as graduate management schemes, analyst roles, consultancy and any role where there is a significant requirement to quickly analyse and synthesize data to make recommendations for action.
Furthermore, as the project element of the programme is bespoke, it is also a perfect springboard to better develop your own ideas for self-employment to take forward to funders or investors. The short nature of the course also means that it is a natural route if you are considering further postgraduate or Masters level study in the future.
Our LLM Employment Law and Practice degree provides in-depth, current knowledge and skills in employment and labour law. The course is focused on equipping you with the necessary skills and knowledge to be effective, highly functioning employment law specialists. The course content is designed to give you an in-depth view of relevant employment law, within the UK perspective, and develop your core legal and professional skills. It is the only UK Employment Law LLM to give students an optional ADR stream. The Law School has been rated amongst the top providers of legal education in the UK by The Guardian University Tables.
The course is delivered fully online (except for one optional module, which requires attendance at an on campus workshop), and can be studied either full-time or on a part-time basis. Read the what you will study section below for further details and course structures.
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This cutting-edge course provides you with an in-depth, critical understanding of contemporary and historical debates in human resource management (HRM). It is designed for those who may want to pursue a career in HRM and includes essential skills for your professional development. It is also relevant to anyone concerned broadly with the management of people in organisations.
With an international focus, the course draws on the leading research of our teaching team and our Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change.
You’ll gain essential knowledge to become a HR professional, covering advanced HRM concepts and topics including employment law, employment relations, gender and equality, training and development, and global perspectives on employment relations. There is a strong emphasis on applying this knowledge in practical business environments, with opportunities to work with HR practitioners and companies on case studies, live projects and challenges.
Our MA Human Resource Management is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the only HR institution in the world to recognise HR professionals through chartered membership.
This course will allow you to satisfy the entry requirements for associate membership and chartered membership (if you have relevant work experience) of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) if you take certain modules and complete an additional chapter in your dissertation.
Across the two taught semesters you’ll study core modules introducing you to the principles and concepts of HRM in different contexts. You’ll think about the economic labour market, social and cultural contexts of HRM and different patterns of people management.
At the same time, you’ll build an understanding of research methodologies to prepare you for your dissertation – an independent research project on a topic of your choice that you’ll submit by the end of the year.
Beyond this, you’ll choose optional modules that allow you to focus on your interests and career intentions. You could gain specialist knowledge in topics such as employment relations, training and development, employment law, occupational psychology, diversity management and many others.
If you choose to study part-time, you’ll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.
The course also provides the opportunity to become an associate or chartered member of the CIPD.
You can choose to enhance your studies by taking an additional professional pathway, which enables you to gain CIPD membership alongside your degree. You’ll take specific elements as part of your studies, and also have the opportunity to attend our HRM in Practice skills development sessions.
Part of your regular timetable, these practical sessions are taught by professionals with first-hand experience of HRM in the workplace. You’ll gain insight into the challenges you’ll face as a practitioner, whilst learning the behaviours and skills needed to manage them. There’s also the opportunity to practise your skills in a supportive environment, working in small teams with support from an external HR practitioner.
If you choose to take this pathway, your optional modules must include Employment Relations and EITHER Training and Development OR Gender and Equality at Work in Comparative Perspectives. The third option is your choice. You will also write an additional dissertation chapter about the practical implementation of your findings.
You’ll study two compulsory modules and complete your dissertation.
You can choose three optional modules.
Our tutors are experts in their fields. Many are involved in high-profile national and global projects and their work is well-known among policy makers in the UK and overseas.
We use a range of teaching methods so you can benefit from their expertise such as group learning, lectures, seminars and tutorial among others. Independent study is also crucial, allowing you to develop your skills and prepare for taught sessions.
You’ll be assessed by various methods that allow you to build a broad base of skills, including reflective logs, exams, written assignments and essays, group and individual presentations and reports.
This course provides you with the academic knowledge and professional skills needed for a senior-level career in global Human Resource Management. You will develop strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and become a reflective HR professional. The course also offers opportunities if you want to progress to further research studies.
Recent graduates are now working for a range of organisations, including blue-chip multinationals such as Canon, Honeywell, Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems.
As part of the course you will have the opportunity to work closely with businesses through a range of live projects and challenges. Read more about opportunities to work with employers.
Our dedicated Professional Development Tutor provides bespoke academic and careers support, helping you develop the skills to successfully progress through your course as well as the employability skills you need for your career.
You can expect guidance on career choices, identifying and applying for jobs, coaching on interpersonal skills and contact with professionals working in HR.
Read more about our careers and professional development support