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Overview. In. Industrial Relations. or. Industrial Relations & HRM. or. Industrial Relations & Employment Law. or. European Industrial Relations & HRM. Read more

Overview

In:

Industrial Relations

or

Industrial Relations & HRM

or

Industrial Relations & Employment Law

or

European Industrial Relations & HRM

Keele Management School has been delivering high quality part-time distance-learning programmes for over 20 years. We continue to offer lifelong learning opportunities to trade unionists, managers, and anyone else involved, or interested, in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management (HRM).

Staff are active teachers and researchers within their specialist fields and are experienced adult educators. Most of our students have a practical knowledge of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management.

Part-time programmes take 18 months for the PgD, and a further 6 months for the MA. Direct enrolment on to the MA normally requires a second class honours degree. However, applicants with professional qualifications or equivalent experience may also be accepted, subject to interview.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/industrialrelations/

Programme Aims

Our part-time programmes are suitable for those in full-time employment and are flexible enough to allow completion by students from anywhere in the UK.

Our programmes explore key issues such as:

- Theoretical approaches to the employment relationship

- Collective bargaining and trade union organisation

- Performance and reward management systems

- HRM and approaches to labour management

Programme Content

The Masters programmes are delivered through a taught part consisting of eight 15 credit modules (totaling 120 credits) and one 60 credit dissertation. Students who successfully complete only the taught modules will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma. The part-time programmes start in September each year and are designed to be taken over eighteen months (Postgraduate Diploma) or two years (MA).

The programmes are designed to be both practicable and accessible to those in full-time employment who want to build on their own experience to gain an academic qualification. Our part-time Masters programmes are therefore available by distance learning with residential study periods at Keele, and extensive learning support. They are flexible enough to allow completion by students anywhere in the UK, Ireland, or Europe, and from any occupation.

- Dissertation

The dissertation is 15,000-20,000 words. Where applicable, students are encouraged to undertake research connected with their current or previous industrial relations or HRM experience. Students are required to produce a written research proposal, material is supplied on research methods, and all students are allocated a supervisor.

Teaching & Assessment

- Teaching delivery:

The Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) programme is delivered through six study periods at Keele over both years of study supported by distance learning study packs, electronic resources and a dedicated personal tutor for the core part of the course. Each student does eight assignments.

Students who register for the MA (or progress from the PgD to the MA) attend two further residentials in year 2 and write a dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words. Where applicable, students are encouraged to undertake research connected with their current or previous industrial relations or HRM experience. Material is supplied on research methods, and all students are allocated a supervisor.

Study periods are held at Keele in September, January, April and June of each academic year.

- Assessment:

Each module on the taught part of the programme is assessed through an essay, with a pass mark of 50%. For those taking the Masters there is a research methods essay and a dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines, we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate course.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/



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Overview. In. Industrial Relations. or. Industrial Relations & HRM. or. Industrial Relations & Employment Law. or. European Industrial Relations & HRM. Read more

Overview

In:

Industrial Relations

or

Industrial Relations & HRM

or

Industrial Relations & Employment Law

or

European Industrial Relations & HRM

Keele Management School has been delivering high quality part-time distance-learning programmes for over 20 years. We continue to offer lifelong learning opportunities to trade unionists, managers, and anyone else involved, or interested, in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management (HRM).

Staff are active teachers and researchers within their specialist fields and are experienced adult educators. Most of our students have a practical knowledge of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management.

Part-time programmes take 18 months for the PgD, and a further 6 months for the MA. Direct enrolment on to the MA normally requires a second class honours degree. However, applicants with professional qualifications or equivalent experience may also be accepted, subject to interview.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/industrialrelationsandemploymentlaw/

Programme Aims

Our part-time programmes are suitable for those in full-time employment and are flexible enough to allow completion by students from anywhere in the UK.

Our programmes explore key issues such as:

- Theoretical approaches to the employment relationship

- Collective bargaining and trade union organisation

- Performance and reward management systems

- HRM and approaches to labour management

Programme Content

The Masters programmes are delivered through a taught part consisting of eight 15 credit modules (totaling 120 credits) and one 60 credit dissertation. Students who successfully complete only the taught modules will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma. The part-time programmes start in September each year and are designed to be taken over eighteen months (Postgraduate Diploma) or two years (MA).

The programmes are designed to be both practicable and accessible to those in full-time employment who want to build on their own experience to gain an academic qualification. Our part-time Masters programmes are therefore available by distance learning with study periods at Keele, and extensive learning support. They are flexible enough to allow completion by students anywhere in the UK, Ireland, or Europe, and from any occupation.

- Dissertation

The dissertation is 15,000-20,000 words. Where applicable, students are encouraged to undertake research connected with their current or previous industrial relations or HRM experience. Students are required to produce a written research proposal, material is supplied on research methods, and all students are allocated a supervisor.

Teaching & Assessment

- Teaching delivery:

The Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) programme is delivered through six study periods at Keele over both years of study supported by distance learning study packs, electronic resources and a dedicated personal tutor for the core part of the course. Each student does eight essay assignments.

Students who register for the MA (or progress from the PgD to the MA) attend two further study periods at Keele in year 2 and write a dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words. Where applicable, students are encouraged to undertake research connected with their current or previous industrial relations or HRM experience. Material is supplied on research methods, and all students are allocated a supervisor.

Study periods are held at Keele in September, January, April and June of each academic year.

- Assessment:

Each module on the taught part of the programme is assessed through an essay, with a pass mark of 50%. For those taking the Masters course there is a research methods essay and a dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines, we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate course.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/



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Overview. In. Industrial Relations. or. Industrial Relations & HRM. or. Industrial Relations & Employment Law. or. European Industrial Relations & HRM. Read more

Overview

In:

Industrial Relations

or

Industrial Relations & HRM

or

Industrial Relations & Employment Law

or

European Industrial Relations & HRM

Keele Management School has been delivering high quality part-time distance-learning courses for over 20 years. We continue to offer lifelong learning opportunities to trade unionists, managers, and anyone else involved, or interested, in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management (HRM).

Staff are active teachers and researchers within their specialist fields and are experienced adult educators. Most of our students have a practical knowledge of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management.

Part-time courses take 18 months for the PgD, and a further 6 months for the MA. Direct enrolment on to the MA normally requires a second class honours degree. However, applicants with professional qualifications or equivalent experience may also be accepted, subject to interview.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/industrialrelationsandhrm/

Programme Aims

Our part-time programmes are suitable for those in full-time employment and are flexible enough to allow completion by students from anywhere in the UK.

Our programmes explore key issues such as:

- Theoretical approaches to the employment relationship

- Collective bargaining and trade union organisation

- Performance and reward management systems

- HRM and approaches to labour management

Programme Content

The Masters programmes are delivered through a taught part consisting of eight 15 credit modules (totalling 120 credits) and one 60 credit dissertation. Students who successfully complete only the taught modules will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma. The part-time programmes start in September each year and are designed to be taken over eighteen months (Postgraduate Diploma) or two years (MA).

The programmes are designed to be both practicable and accessible to those in full-time employment who want to build on their own experience to gain an academic qualification. Our part-time Masters programmes are therefore available by distance learning with study periods at Keele, and extensive learning support. They are flexible enough to allow completion by students anywhere in the UK, Ireland, or Europe, and from any occupation.

- Dissertation

The dissertation is 15,000-20,000 words. Where applicable, students are encouraged to undertake research connected with their current or previous industrial relations or HRM experience. Students are required to produce a written research proposal, material is supplied on research methods, and all students are allocated a supervisor.

Teaching & Assessment

- Teaching delivery:

The Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) is delivered through six study periods at Keele over both years of study supported by distance learning study packs, electronic resources and a dedicated personal tutor for the core part of the course. Each student completes eight essay assignments.

Students who register for the MA (or progress from the PgD to the MA) attend two further study periods at Keele in year 2 and write a dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words. Where applicable, students are encouraged to undertake research connected with their current or previous industrial relations or HRM experience. Material is supplied on research methods, and all students are allocated a supervisor.

Study periods at Keele are held in September, January, April and June of each academic year.

- Assessment:

Each module on the taught part of the programme is assessed through an essay, with a pass mark of 50%. For those taking the Masters there is a research methods essay and a dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines, we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/



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Overview. In. Industrial Relations. or. Industrial Relations & HRM. or. Industrial Relations & Employment Law. or. European Industrial Relations & HRM. Read more

Overview

In:

Industrial Relations

or

Industrial Relations & HRM

or

Industrial Relations & Employment Law

or

European Industrial Relations & HRM

Keele Management School has been delivering high quality part-time distance-learning programmes for over 20 years. We continue to offer lifelong learning opportunities to trade unionists, managers, and anyone else involved, or interested, in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management (HRM).

Staff are active teachers and researchers within their specialist fields and are experienced adult educators. Most of our students have a practical knowledge of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management.

Part-time programmes take 18 months for the PgD, and a further 6 months for the MA. Direct enrolment on to the MA normally requires a second class honours degree. However, applicants with professional qualifications or equivalent experience may also be accepted, subject to interview.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/europeanindustrialrelationsandhrm/

Programme Aims

Our part-time programmes are suitable for those in full-time employment and are flexible enough to allow completion by students from anywhere in the UK.

Our programmes explore key issues such as:

- Theoretical approaches to the employment relationship

- Collective bargaining and trade union organisation

- Performance and reward management systems

- HRM and approaches to labour management

Programme Content

The Masters programmes are delivered through a taught part consisting of eight 15 credit modules (totaling 120 credits) and one 60 credit dissertation. Students who successfully complete only the taught modules will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma. The part-time programmes start in September each year and are designed to be taken over eighteen months (Postgraduate Diploma) or two years (MA).

The programmes are designed to be both practicable and accessible to those in full-time employment who want to build on their own experience to gain an academic qualification. Our part-time Masters programmes are therefore available by distance learning with study periods at Keele and extensive learning support. They are flexible enough to allow completion by students anywhere in the UK, Ireland, or Europe, and from any occupation.

- Dissertation

The dissertation is 15,000-20,000 words. Where applicable, students are encouraged to undertake research connected with their current or previous industrial relations or HRM experience. Students are required to produce a written research proposal, material is supplied on research methods. All students are allocated a supervisor.

Teaching & Assessment

- Teaching delivery:

The Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) programme is delivered through six study periods at Keele over both years of study supported by distance learning study packs, electronic resources and a dedicated personal tutor for the core part of the course. Each student does eight essay assignments.

Study periods are held at Keele in September, January, April and June of each academic year.

- Assessment:

Each module on the taught part of the course is assessed through an essay, with a pass mark of 50%. For those taking the Masters programme there is a research methods essay and a dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines, we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate course.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/



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Ideal for those with a practical knowledge of Industrial Relations or HRM, these programmes take you through key issues and give you the skills to advance your career. Read more
Ideal for those with a practical knowledge of Industrial Relations or HRM, these programmes take you through key issues and give you the skills to advance your career.

There are four different part-time streams. These are:

Industrial Relations
Industrial Relations and Employment Law
Industrial Relations and HRM
European Industrial Relations and HRM

All are designed to prepare you for working in organisations in a senior role related to staff and employment, whether in personnel or in trade union functions.

The majority of graduates will progress directly into related employment within HR and personnel posts, education or research.

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With more and more people working for international corporations or global international supply chains, the study of international human resources and industrial relations is becoming ever more important. Read more

With more and more people working for international corporations or global international supply chains, the study of international human resources and industrial relations is becoming ever more important. The increasing globalisation of the economy and pan-national employment legislation also means the ability to compare processes and practices across continents is a sought-after skill.

  • Gain understanding of the differences between the employment practices and industrial relations systems of varying countries and multinationals
  • Learn how variations in practice and systems are influenced by social and economic factors
  • Study the influence of economic integration on changing systems of employment and industrial relations

CIPD Course recognition

This course is approved to the new equivalent advanced level postgraduate standard and you can enhance your studies by taking additional CIPD components that prepare you for CIPD membership. If you decide to do so, you can attend a series of skills workshops, hear from guest speakers, and complete a range of activities enabling you to develop practical HR skills.

You will join CIPD as a student member and on passing all of the modules of the Masters degree (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.

Please note: There is a £450 administrative fee payable to Alliance Manchester Business School on arrival if you choose to register with the CIPD, plus you join the CIPD for two years - the year of your course, and the year of graduation. Visit the CIPD website  for further information.

If you are interested in domestic human resource management you might like to consider ourMSc Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations .

Teaching and learning

Assessment across the course units varies on the modules chose. It includes a combination of examinations, individual essay, course work, assignment and group project and presentation assessment. A dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words is undertaken during 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.  Please note that certain modules have to be taken to achieve CIPD recognition

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

  • Work-life balance: perspectives of female teachers from the UK and India
  • Demographic change in Germany and Japan and the implications for the labour market
  • A comparative study of gender discrimination at work in the UK and China
  • The impact of support practices on expatriate adjustment in a Russian multinational corporation
  • Coping mechanisms of Nigerian women balancing motherhood and managerial roles

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

It will be particularly helpful for those intending to pursue careers within multinational companies based in the UK or elsewhere and broaden the international understanding of HR professionals who wish to work in a global context .

Watch Marina Surguladze explain how to make the most of the services offered by the Masters Careers Management Team>>

More details on our Careers Service.

Latest information on visa changes and opportunities in the UK for international students.

Accrediting organisations

This Masters is accredited to the new equivalent advanced level postgraduate standard. You will join CIPD as a student member and on completion of the Masters and CIPD components you will have achieved the underpinning knowledge towards a level of professional membership.

Once you have applied your knowledge in the workplace you will be in a position to apply to CIPD for a membership upgrade. Further details including costs are available from the postgraduate administration team and you can visit the CIPD website .

Students wishing to gain CIPD membership attend a series of skills workshops with guests invited from a wide range of companies, to enable them to develop practical HR skills.



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The course aims to produce well-rounded human resources practitioners with exemplary knowledge and relevant hands-on experience. Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the course is designed to -. Read more

The course aims to produce well-rounded human resources practitioners with exemplary knowledge and relevant hands-on experience.

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the course is designed to -

  • Develop a critical appreciation of the theoretical foundations and empirical practice of HRM and IR
  • Expose you to a wide variety of organisational practices by use of teaching materials based on high quality contemporary research conducted by lecturers and their own research for an independent individual dissertation
  • Enable you to develop practical skills in the subject area to equip you for a career in or further study of the HR/IR field and gives you a grounding in research methods which you can apply appropriately either in the business world or in academic research
  • Provide you with the opportunity to gain graduate membership of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) which is extremely advantageous in securing a career in HRM.

You have the opportunity to attend skills development workshops run by expert HR practitioners to acquire practical HR skills, to attend a live employment tribunal case, and to undertake a group project in an organisation to develop teamworking and practical HR and research skills.

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.
  • There is an additional charge for both the required skill training and the CIPD student membership - contact the Masters Admissions Office for details.

Further information about CIPD qualifications, visit the CIPD website .

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 .

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

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

Graduates from the programme have gone on to a wide variety of careers and further study, mostly, but not exclusively, in related fields. These include HR consultancy at PwC, HR roles at BP, Deloitte, Tesco, the NHS, Marks and Spencer, Fujitsu Services, Halliwell LLP, local government, Co-operative Insurance, employment law consultancy and lecturing/research.   

More details on our Careers Service.

Latest information on visa changes and opportunities in the UK for international students.

Accrediting organisations

The course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) to the new equivalent advanced level postgraduate standard.

You will join CIPD as a student member and on completion of the Masters and CIPD components you will have achieved the underpinning knowledge towards a level of professional membership. Once you have applied your knowledge in the workplace you will be in a position to apply to CIPD for a membership upgrade. Further details including costs are available from the postgraduate administration team and you can visit the  CIPD website  

Students wishing to gain CIPD membership attend a series of skills workshops with guests invited from a wide range of companies, to enable them to develop practical HR skills.



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Our Business and Management MPhil and PhD programmes aim to develop rigorous scholars who can advance both academic knowledge and business practice. Read more
Our Business and Management MPhil and PhD programmes aim to develop rigorous scholars who can advance both academic knowledge and business practice. The programmes are designed to equip you with the skills necessary to succeed in a knowledge-intensive environment and to open greater depth to your professional and personal life.

Our research is organised into 15 research centres and groups. Each of these involves externally funded research, international collaboration and the active involvement of doctoral students. A brief outline of some of the disciplines is outlined below.

Human resource management, work and employment

Members of the group have a wide range of research interests in the field of human resource management (HRM), organisational studies and management history. Currently, there are particular interests in the field of international political economy as well as in new patterns of work and organisation, public sector management, gender and industrial relations. Staff members engage in individual research and collaborate with others at universities across the UK and abroad.

Specific areas of research expertise include:
-Business elites and corporate governance in France and the UK
-Entrepreneurial philanthropy
-The International Labor Organisation (ILO) and the ‘decent work’ agenda
-The harmonisation of international aid
-Critical perspectives on international business, post socialist transition, migration and trans-nationalism
-Public service mergers and multi-agency working in the public sector
-New working patterns in mental health services
-Gender and work
-The application of Foucauldian and governmentality perspectives to HRM and management – especially to developments in public services in the UK
-Graduate careers
-Industrial relations and trade union renewal
-Human resource management and performance
-Employee voice and representation
-The micro political economy of work, particularly inter-organisational structures and social networks
-Aging societies, older workers and the world of work
-Embodied and aesthetic labour

Marketing, operations and systems

Our research group activities broadly cover the areas of innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship, and policy. We have particular interests in the development and pursuit of entrepreneurial opportunities within and outside existing organisations and on the way in which emerging technology trends are interacting with new businesses, management and policy models. Specific areas of research expertise include:
-Corporate entrepreneurship
-E-Business, E-Government and E-Learning
-Entrepreneurial opportunities and new venture emergence
-Information systems and social informatics
-Innovation management and policy
-Knowledge management and organisational learning
-Technology and organisation

Operations

Specific areas of research expertise in this group include:
-Lean operations (both manufacturing and service sectors, particularly health)
-Manufacturing planning, scheduling including optimisation in stochastic environments
-Layout optimisation
-Group technology (applied to design and manufacturing processes)
-Computer aided production management systems
-Modelling, analysis and optimisation of manufacturing systems
-Manufacturing and business strategy

Strategy, organisations and society

This group uses social theory to explore strategic and organisational issues. Grounded in the critical/interpretative tradition, the group has a specific expertise in issues of power, discourse and change. Specific areas of research expertise include:
-Strategy and politics
-Business elites
-Corporate philanthropy
-Discourse analysis and the global financial crisis
-Changes in the media
-Organisational change
-Mega-projects
-Strategy and discourse analysis

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Our MSc or PGDip in Social Science Research Methods aims to provide advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences. Read more
Our MSc or PGDip in Social Science Research Methods aims to provide advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences.

You will be provided with a thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of how to construct effective research studies, of the variety of data collection methods available to the social scientist and of the principal methods of analysing social scientific data. You will also be introduced to the political and ethical frameworks within which social science research is conducted, and to some of the ways in which the results of social science research are disseminated.

The course pathways have ESRC recognition and they each provide the appropriate training basis for proceeding to a PhD. These programmes provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, the application of social research expertise for occupational career development, and the pursuit of substantive areas of interest at postgraduate level.

International Relations pathway:

The Postgraduate Diploma in Social Science Research Methods (International Relations) aims to provide advanced training in research methods. This programme will offer you an opportunity to develop analytical skills, an interdisciplinary knowledge base, and a practical understanding of research in International Relations.

This programme will provide you with:

• A thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of how to construct effective research studies.
• Information on the variety of data collection methods available to the social scientist.
• The principal methods of analysing social scientific data.

You will also be introduced to the political and ethical frameworks within which social science research is conducted, and to some of the ways in which the results of social science research are disseminated.

In order to have meaningful contact with research being conducted by staff in the School, you will be linked to a research group. The Politics and International Relations pathways are closely associated with the operation of the School’s research units and centres. The International Relations pathway is closely associated with the research activities of the International Studies Research Unit (ISRU) which encompasses a wide range of areas.

Distinctive features

You will be supervised by academic staff with considerable expertise in their chosen fields. These staff members are actively involved in disseminating research via publications in academic and practitioner journals, books and presentations to conferences. Many staff members are involved in editing or reviewing for scholarly management journals.

Structure

• PGDip

The PGDip can be completed in one year with full-time study and in two years by part-time study.

You will be required to complete six 20-credit modules - five core research modules and one specialist pathway module.

In all modules you will have the opportunity to engage with literature and research relevant to your pathway.

For a list of modules for the FULL-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/social-science-research-methods-international-relations-pgdip

For a list of the modules for the PART-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/social-science-research-methods-international-relations-pgdip-part-time

• MSc

The MSc can be completed in one year with full-time study and in three years by part-time study.

The requirements are the same as the PGDip PLUS you will prepare a dissertation of a maximum 20,000 words following successful completion of the taught component, The 60-credit dissertation component requires independent study. You will choose your dissertation topic in agreement with your supervisor.

For a list of modules for the FULL-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/social-science-research-methods-international-relations-msc

For a list of the modules for the PART-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/social-science-research-methods-international-relations-msc-part-time

Teaching

Your programme will be made up of scheduled learning activities (including lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical sessions) and guided independent study.

You will be expected to actively engage in all the educational activities on your programme of study, to prepare for and attend all scheduled teaching activities, and continue your development as an independent and self-directed learner.

Career Prospects

This programme provides knowledge and expertise suitable for careers in research and development, business, market studies, public agencies at international, national and local levels, education, teaching and other public services work, and voluntary organisations.

It also provides appropriate training for proceeding to a PhD.

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Overview. Our high quality and distinctive programme is designed for those wishing to pursue in-depth academic study in the field of human resource management and associated disciplines, with a view to working, researching or teaching in the subject area. Read more

Overview

Our high quality and distinctive programme is designed for those wishing to pursue in-depth academic study in the field of human resource management and associated disciplines, with a view to working, researching or teaching in the subject area. Keele Management School is a main provider of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations programmes and research in the UK. Students on this programme come from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines and from all around the world. The teaching team is active in research and publication, focusing on international and national employment and equalities aspects of public policy, spanning both private and public sectors and typically featuring high levels of engagement with employers, trade unions and government bodies.

This programme provides a thorough understanding of the employment relationship and an excellent grounding in the theory and practice of human resource and labour management. It locates these through historically informed treatment of the subject area, examining key institutions, problems and issues in contemporary human resource management and employment relations. The main focus is on the UK but this is set within a broader comparative perspective, enabling an assessment of contrasting systems of employment relations and an evaluation of a range of crucial issues on a European and global scale.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/humanresourcemanagement/

Programme Aims

The programme aims to:

• Provide you with an academically rigorous education in human resource management, employment relations and associated disciplines

• Develop your analytical skills

• Develop a critical approach to human resource management literature, issues and practice

• Prepare you for further study or career progression

Programme Modules

Indicative modules offered for 2018 entry include

• Foundations of Human Resource Management

• Employee Resourcing and Development

• Workshops in Human Resource Management

• Employee Relations and Reward

• Strategic Human Resource Management

• Professional Skills and Practice in HRM

• Research Methods

• Research Dissertation or Applied Company Research Project

Teaching & Assessment

The taught modules are assessed by a variety of methods including portfolio, essays, poster presentation and examination.

On completion of the taught modules students will have a choice of either undertaking a research dissertation or an applied company research project to complete their course.

Students taking the postgraduate diploma follow the taught modules only.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines, we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate course.

Graduate Attributes

The Graduate Attributes Statement is designed to raise awareness of the attributes that will be developed whilst you are a student at Keele University. It explains each of the attributes in detail, tips on how to achieve them and how they relate to your chosen programme of study. These can be found at https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/humanresourcemanagement/

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/



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IN BRIEF. Study at our state-of-the-art MediaCityUK campus, adjacent to the BBC and ITV, in the heart of the region’s growing media hub. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Study at our state-of-the-art MediaCityUK campus, adjacent to the BBC and ITV, in the heart of the region’s growing media hub
  • Learn from lecturers with strong, relevant professional backgrounds and undertake placements in the industry
  • Develop the latest digital skills and knowledge that are highly sought-after in today’s global digital workplace
  • Based at MediaCityUK
  • Overseas study available
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

This course offers a hands-on practical approach to this exciting discipline, underpinned by a strong academic foundation.You will gain a solid grounding in the theory and practice of Public Relations and Digital Communications, preparing you for a career in this constantly changing and evolving industry.

A key element of the course will focus on content creation – an emerging area within Public Relations and Digital Communication. You will benefit from a multimedia approach, learning how to use different techniques – including social media, video and content management – to optimise the effectiveness of communicating in a digital age.

As well as exploring the history of PR and how its relationship with journalism has developed and evolved over the years, you will examine the ethical issues surrounding PR and the ways PR can contribute to the management and protection of an organisation or individual’s reputation.

You will learn from lecturers with strong, relevant professional backgrounds and have the chance to undertake placements in the industry.

This programme offers you the opportunity to focus on digital communications strategies as well as more traditional public relations practice.

COURSE STRUCTURE

This 12 month postgraduate course aims to produce highly-skilled graduates who are able to operate professionally in today’s PR and digital communication-related industries.

You will develop cutting-edge knowledge and understanding of the role and influence of PR and digital communication within contemporary society, and the demands on and opportunities for PR and digital communication professionals.

This course will involve developing a professional level of practical skills and understanding in the devising and implementation of PR campaign strategies To develop systematic and advanced research techniques for the evaluation and analysis of critical texts and aspects of current research and scholarship at the forefront of the field of Public Relations and digital communications.

In the first trimester, you will study Public Relations & Journalism and Content Creation modules, which will provide a solid basis on which to develop your skills.

The modules you will study in the second trimester are Understanding PR Campaigns, which looks at case studies and strategies, and Professional PR Practice, which incorporates an industry work placement.

In the third trimester, you will work on a Major Project or a Dissertation.

TEACHING

  • Delivery will include lectures and presentations, seminars and workshops, aimed at development of students’ understanding of the theory and practice of PR and digital communications.
  • Workshops and seminars will explore and develop students’ understanding of PR as an evolving industry. 
  • Visiting speakers from within the industry and related sectors.
  • Student-led independent research, independent study and project work, such as analysing and devising PR campaigns, will support programme aims and learning outcomes.
  • Group work will feature strongly during this programme, with students having the opportunity to work together on real projects as well as evaluating and analysing existing case studies.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Public Relations is one of the fastest growing professions in the UK, employing 62,000 people in 2015.

The importance of the digital economy, and the opportunities and challenges it presents, has been noted by a Lords Select Committee. Its report, entitled Make or Break: The UK’s Digital Future, emphasises the urgent need, at HE level, for industry input, so that graduates are learning job-relevant digital skills. This illustrates the employability value of a postgraduate programme in Public Relations and Digital Communications.

The programme would prepare graduates for work within PR and Digital Communication related industries and feeds into this skills gap in the PR and communications industries. However, it will also provide key transferable skills that are increasingly sought after in today’s job market.

Graduates may go on to secure jobs in the PR and digital communication sectors and also undertake roles in content creation – for example, copywriting, SEO and analytics

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

Students will be encouraged to take advantage of work placement opportunities which will also be available as part of the programme and there will also be a focus on working with industry partners. We have links with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) as well as a number of organisations (NHS, BBC, ITV, Salford Red Devils, Sale Sharks Rugby Union Club, Manchester United and Manchester City Football Clubs, plus independent PR and Comms agencies), which could be developed further to incorporate more PR, social media and digital communications roles.

FURTHER STUDY

Graduates can undertake a postgraduate degree by research at MPhil (two years full-time) or PhD level (three years full-time). This could occur in any field of communications, journalism and media. At Salford the Communication, Cultural & Media Studies Research Centre and the International Media Research Centre contain a range of internationally leading academics able to supervise research degrees in their broad field.

For more details, visit:

http://www.smmp.salford.ac.uk/international-media-centre

http://www.smmp.salford.ac.uk/page/communication-cultural-and-media-studies



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The human resource management field is diverse and complex, requiring both general and specialist skills for varying roles across multiple industry sectors. Read more
The human resource management field is diverse and complex, requiring both general and specialist skills for varying roles across multiple industry sectors. The Master of Human Resource Management focuses on all areas of contemporary HR practice, to advance your expertise and career.

Our innovative curriculum combines cutting-edge research and contemporary knowledge to give you highly-focused study in your specialist field. You will develop an expert understanding of the core principles, including change and talent management, industrial relations, HR planning, leadership, employee development, recruitment and consulting.

The course is suited to people who have completed a bachelor's degree and want to pursue further postgraduate studies in HR, as well as current HR professionals seeking to formalise their education in the field.

The flexible structure of the Master of Human Resource Management includes innovative teaching and learning practices that focus on developing your high-level management skills. You are able to study full or part time, and on or off campus.

Graduates have the skills to work across the field of HRM including talent management, people and culture, recruitment and selection, pay and benefits, HR planning, international HRM, employee development, employee relations, consulting and performance management. Graduates find work across the private and public sectors.

Visit the website http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/human-resource-management-b6006?domestic=true

Course Structure

The course is structured in two parts. Part A. Mastery knowledge and Part B. Application studies. All students complete Part A. Depending upon prior qualifications you may receive credit for part A or part B or a combination of the two.

PART A. Mastery knowledge
These units will develop your capacity as a critical and creative professional who is able to apply your knowledge of a specialisation to provide discipline-based solutions in human resource management.

PART B. Application studies
The focus of these studies is to develop a sound knowledge base and acquire a thorough understanding of the aspects of human resource management and apply them in business contexts.

For more information visit the faculty website - http://www.study.monash/media/links/faculty-websites/business-and-economics

About us

The Department of Management comprises the largest grouping of management researchers in Australia. Our main research strengths include organisational behaviour, leadership, human resource management, work and employment relations, ethics, operations and supply chain, and public management and governance.

Our research informs our teaching and makes a significant contribution to the body of management knowledge and has beneficial impacts on individuals, organisations and society.

In the latest Federal Government's 'Excellence in Research for Australia' (ERA 2012) assessment, we were rated 'above world standard', for our research in management. Researchers regularly publish in top ranked A and A* journals.

We are currently working on research projects supported by more than $2 million in external funding. In the last five years researchers have won significant funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery and Linkage Schemes, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and Australian Aid (AusAid) programs. These projects are focused on key issues both in Australia and overseas.

Three academic groups manage our learning and teaching:

- Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
- Governance, Leadership and Organisation
- International Business, Operations and Strategy

Our teaching programs in Human Resource Management have been accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute after a rigorous process of validation.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/human-resource-management-b6006?domestic=true#making-the-application

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Our MSc Human Resource Management programme develops your ability to best utilise human resources to create added value for customers and to secure a competitive advantage for the organisation. Read more

Our MSc Human Resource Management programme develops your ability to best utilise human resources to create added value for customers and to secure a competitive advantage for the organisation.

The programme will encourage you to develop positive and critical attitudes towards leadership, change and enterprise. A strong emphasis is placed on developing an international perspective to ensure you obtain an education that has real relevance in today’s global economy.

The programme is built around a central core of modules providing a thorough grounding in HRM. Specialist modules then allow you to tailor your studies around your interests and career objectives.

Programme structure

In Semester 1, students are introduced to the foundations of people management and HRM practices, as well as the wider context of work in which these take place. In Semester 2, students are introduced to the more technical aspects of the regulation of work and people development. They have the option to specialise further in international aspects of HRM and leadership and leadership development, or opt for a broader grounding in the fundamentals of business in strategy and accounting. Indicative module offerings include:

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

International relevance

With the importance of globalisation, it is highly likely that, after graduation, you will spend at least part of your career in a multinational organisation. You will encounter management problems which are largely created by the cross-cultural nature of the modern organisation.

To prepare you for this environment, we have purposefully designed a programme which is international in terms of its content and focus. Our academics have considerable international experience.

Educational aims of the programme

The MSc in Human Resource Management develops students’ knowledge and skills in the evaluation, discussion and analysis of issues in the human resource management sector.

Students will learn how managers are best able to utilise human resources to create added value for customers and to secure a competitive advantage for their organisation.

Programme learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Students will gain knowledge of:

  • Human resource management strategies for firms and international organisations
  • Training and development strategies for individuals and firms, principals for accounting and finance; industrial relations and employment relations

Intellectual / cognitive skills

Students will:

  • Develop ability and skills to collect qualitative and quantitative data necessary to effectively manage people in organisations
  • Understanding the dynamic and interrelated nature of human resource management strategy and business strategies, and the impact on stakeholders

Professional practical skills

Students will develop positive and critical attitudes towards leadership, change and enterprise, so as to reflect the dynamism and vibrancy of the business and management environment.

Key / transferable skills

Students will gain the ability to critically evaluate theory and empirical evidence.

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Learn more about opportunities that might be available for this particular programme by using our student exchanges search tool.



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Summary. 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. Read more

Summary

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:

  • Develop an understanding of the core concepts of employment law and how they relate to practice.
  • Learn the skills and processes required to qualify them to practice in the employment law field as HR professionals/lawyers.
  • Develop the ability to reflect critically on and learn from their practice.
  • Understand and apply context-specific employment law research and theory to specific contexts and occupational sectors such as Human Resources and legal practice.
  • Develop advanced employment law practice skills appropriate to specific contexts and occupational sectors.
  • Examine critically the legal and contextual basis of employment law and practice.
  • Develop an understanding of regional, national and international models of practice in the employment law arena.
  • Give employment lawyers and Human Resource professionals the opportunity to interact with each other to develop insights into practice beyond their own agencies

About

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.

Modules

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. 

Year one:

Employment Law

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.

Tribunal Representation

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.

Career options

Those who undertake this course are likely to use this qualification for career development and progression purposes within their own organisations.



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Take your Honours degree or Postgraduate Diploma to the next level with a Master of Commerce (MCom). You'll take an in-depth look at an issue through completing a research thesis, gaining advanced knowledge of your subject area and thorough training in independent research. Read more

Take your Honours degree or Postgraduate Diploma to the next level with a Master of Commerce (MCom). You'll take an in-depth look at an issue through completing a research thesis, gaining advanced knowledge of your subject area and thorough training in independent research.

Once complete, you'll have the tools and capabilities you need for a career in business or public policy. You'll also be able to apply for PhD study in New Zealand or overseas.

This 120-point programme will take you 12 months to complete full time, or one and a half to two years part time. You must take at least 90 points of research. This means you'll complete a research thesis made up of a literature review, data collection and analysis, and your findings. A thesis is usually 30,000–40,000 words.

Available subjects

Workload

If you are studying full time, you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students will need to do around 20–24 hours of work a week so make sure you take this into account if you are working.

Further study

At the end of your Master's you can choose to continue your research and apply to do a PhD.



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