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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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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 skills required for communication and public relations have been drastically redefined by changes in social and digital media. Professionals in the field are required to coordinate increasingly complex public relations campaigns now that the consumer and brand are so interconnected. This program will provide students with the know-how to stay ahead of current trends and to apply the latest technologies and communication strategies.

Course structure

The MBA in Communication & Public Relations program (90 ECTS) lasts one year, divided into three terms. Each term students complete five courses, including industrial visits and guest speaker sessions. In order to graduate, students must complete a management research methods module and a dissertation subject in addition to the other courses.

Term 1 (18 CH | 23 ECTS)

Management Skills (3 | 4)
Organisational Behaviour (3 | 4)
Managerial Accounting (3 | 4)
Marketing (3 | 4)
Quantitative Business Methods (3 | 4)
Negotiation (seminar) (1 | 1)
Business Law (seminar) (1 | 1)
Personal & Professional Development (1 | 1)

Term 2 (21 CH | 27 ECTS)

Finance (3 | 4)
Human Resources Management (3 | 4)
Global Economics (3 | 4)
Strategic Management (3 | 4)
Management Information Systems (3 | 4)
Business Strategy Simulation (3 | 4)
Job Career Planning (seminar) (1 | 1)
Communication Skills (seminar) (1 | 1)
Personal & Professional Development (1 | 1)

Term 3 (15 CH | 20 ECTS)

Public Speaking & Public Communication (3 | 4)
Public Relations (3 | 4)
Organisational Communication (3 | 4)
Mass Media Strategy, Planning & Media Law (3 | 4)
Practical Applications in Public Relations (3 | 4)

Graduation Requirements:

EU Research & Dissertation Seminars*
EU Dissertation (14 | 20)

*EU research & dissertation seminars will be taken over two terms

Learning Outcomes

This program provides students with an academic and professional education that prepares them for positions in public relations, advertising, marketing, communications, management, research and negotiation. Students will also:

1. Explore the marketing plan as a component of the business plan.

2. Present oral and written reports based on experience.

3. Discover how mutually beneficial relationships are made in business.

4. Support decision making with cost-volume-profit relationships and incremental analysis.

Faculty

EU’s high-caliber faculty is made up of full-time academics with doctoral degrees, as well as part-time instructors who are also current members of the international business community. Our faculty members have current or previous experience as entrepreneurs, consultants and business leaders. This merge of the academic and professional worlds supports a unique and exceptional quality of learning, reinforcing EU's pragmatic approach to education.

Careers

Students completing this major pursue careers in:

Campaign coordinators
Media consultants
Development officers
Communications managers

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The skills required for communication and public relations have been drastically redefined by changes in social and digital media. Read more
The skills required for communication and public relations have been drastically redefined by changes in social and digital media. Professionals in the field are required to coordinate increasingly complex public relations campaigns now that the consumer and brand are so interconnected. This program will provide students with the know-how to stay ahead of current trends and to apply the latest technologies and communication strategies.

Course structure

The MBA in Communication & Public Relations program (90 ECTS) lasts one year, divided into three terms. Each term students complete five courses, including industrial visits and guest speaker sessions. In order to graduate, students must complete a management research methods module and a dissertation subject in addition to the other courses.

Term 1 (18 CH | 23 ECTS)

Management Skills (3 | 4)
Organisational Behaviour (3 | 4)
Managerial Accounting (3 | 4)
Marketing (3 | 4)
Quantitative Business Methods (3 | 4)
Negotiation (seminar) (1 | 1)
Business Law (seminar) (1 | 1)
Personal & Professional Development (1 | 1)

Term 2 (21 CH | 27 ECTS)

Finance (3 | 4)
Human Resources Management (3 | 4)
Global Economics (3 | 4)
Strategic Management (3 | 4)
Management Information Systems (3 | 4)
Business Strategy Simulation (3 | 4)
Job Career Planning (seminar) (1 | 1)
Communication Skills (seminar) (1 | 1)
Personal & Professional Development (1 | 1)

Term 3 (15 CH | 20 ECTS)

Public Speaking & Public Communication (3 | 4)
Public Relations (3 | 4)
Organisational Communication (3 | 4)
Mass Media Strategy, Planning & Media Law (3 | 4)
Practical Applications in Public Relations (3 | 4)

Graduation Requirements:

EU Research & Dissertation Seminars*
EU Dissertation (14 | 20)

*EU research & dissertation seminars will be taken over two terms

Learning Outcomes

This program provides students with an academic and professional education that prepares them for positions in public relations, advertising, marketing, communications, management, research and negotiation. Students will also:

1. Explore the marketing plan as a component of the business plan.

2. Present oral and written reports based on experience.

3. Discover how mutually beneficial relationships are made in business.

4. Support decision making with cost-volume-profit relationships and incremental analysis.

Faculty

EU’s high-caliber faculty is made up of full-time academics with doctoral degrees, as well as part-time instructors who are also current members of the international business community. Our faculty members have current or previous experience as entrepreneurs, consultants and business leaders. This merge of the academic and professional worlds supports a unique and exceptional quality of learning, reinforcing EU's pragmatic approach to education.

Careers

Students completing this major pursue careers in:

Campaign coordinators
Media consultants
Development officers
Communications managers

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The skills required for communication and public relations have been drastically redefined by changes in social and digital media. Read more
The skills required for communication and public relations have been drastically redefined by changes in social and digital media. Professionals in the field are required to coordinate increasingly complex public relations campaigns now that the consumer and brand are so interconnected. This program will provide students with the know-how to stay ahead of current trends and to apply the latest technologies and communication strategies.

Course structure

The MBA in Communication & Public Relations program (90 ECTS) lasts one year, divided into three terms. Each term students complete five courses, including industrial visits and guest speaker sessions. In order to graduate, students must complete a management research methods module and a dissertation subject in addition to the other courses.

Term 1 (18 CH | 23 ECTS)

Management Skills (3 | 4)
Organisational Behaviour (3 | 4)
Managerial Accounting (3 | 4)
Marketing (3 | 4)
Quantitative Business Methods (3 | 4)
Negotiation (seminar) (1 | 1)
Business Law (seminar) (1 | 1)
Personal & Professional Development (1 | 1)

Term 2 (21 CH | 27 ECTS)

Finance (3 | 4)
Human Resources Management (3 | 4)
Global Economics (3 | 4)
Strategic Management (3 | 4)
Management Information Systems (3 | 4)
Business Strategy Simulation (3 | 4)
Job Career Planning (seminar) (1 | 1)
Communication Skills (seminar) (1 | 1)
Personal & Professional Development (1 | 1)

Term 3 (15 CH | 20 ECTS)

Public Speaking & Public Communication (3 | 4)
Public Relations (3 | 4)
Organisational Communication (3 | 4)
Mass Media Strategy, Planning & Media Law (3 | 4)
Practical Applications in Public Relations (3 | 4)

Graduation Requirements:

EU Research & Dissertation Seminars*
EU Dissertation (14 | 20)

*EU research & dissertation seminars will be taken over two terms

Learning Outcomes

This program provides students with an academic and professional education that prepares them for positions in public relations, advertising, marketing, communications, management, research and negotiation. Students will also:

1. Explore the marketing plan as a component of the business plan.

2. Present oral and written reports based on experience.

3. Discover how mutually beneficial relationships are made in business.

4. Support decision making with cost-volume-profit relationships and incremental analysis.

Faculty

EU’s high-caliber faculty is made up of full-time academics with doctoral degrees, as well as part-time instructors who are also current members of the international business community. Our faculty members have current or previous experience as entrepreneurs, consultants and business leaders. This merge of the academic and professional worlds supports a unique and exceptional quality of learning, reinforcing EU's pragmatic approach to education.

Careers

Students completing this major pursue careers in:

Campaign coordinators
Media consultants
Development officers
Communications managers

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This exciting programme will give you a thorough grasp of current theory and practice relating to the management of human resources and employment relations. Read more

About the course

This exciting programme will give you a thorough grasp of current theory and practice relating to the management of human resources and employment relations.

Whilst the UK is the primary focus for the study of employment relations issues, students will also consider the human resource management challenges of organisations operating across national boundaries. The course is designed both for fresh graduates and HR practitioners alike or anyone planning to undertake research in this area.

Students will benefit from an entire module dedicated to the issues in employee relations which focuses on the key role played by employers, employees and their representatives in enhancing effective organisational working.

Key issues of employee communication and the impact of EU directives on work arrangement will also be considered. A number of leading edge elective modules are available on the programme including Global Diversity Management, International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance.

Aims

You will gain a critical theoretical and applied knowledge and understanding of human resource management and employment relations.

Graduates as prospective entrants to human resources management roles, as 'thinking performers', should be able to address business and professional situations knowledgeably, making contributions to improved organisational performance and delivery of sound personnel/human resources practice and services.

Course Content

The MSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Compulsory modules:

HRM in Context - Resourcing, Performance and Assessment
International and Comparative Human Resource Management
Issues in Employment Relations
Understanding Business and Management Research
Organisational Behaviour
Contemporary HRM: Policy, Development and Evaluation
Dissertation

Optional modules:

International Management
International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
Global Diversity Management
Strategic Management
Entrepreneurship

UK Industrial and Commercial Visits

Where possible, events and external visits are arranged with UK organisations to help demonstrate theory in practice.

Graduate School Workshops

In addition to the events and training sessions organised within the Business School, masters students have exclusive access to the workshops and skills training provided by Brunel University’s Graduate School.

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International Security, a specialization of the master International Relations, is aimed at issues of power politics and international order, peace and war, and strategy and diplomacy. Read more
International Security, a specialization of the master International Relations, is aimed at issues of power politics and international order, peace and war, and strategy and diplomacy. Its main focus is the phenomenon of, and theoretical reflection on, 'violence' in its broader context.

Traditionally, attention for warfare and political violence, i.e. military security, has dominated the study of International Security. They still form the central issues. But especially after the Cold War other concerns occupy the agenda, such as environmental security (about climate change or industrial hazards), societal security (about group identities) and economic security (about welfare and development). These different types of concerns have their own meaning when studying the causes of violent conflict, its prevention and management, and conflict resolution and reconciliation.

Methodologically, the study of International Security has profited from the so-called constructivist turn in International Relations. In addition to traditional analyses new approaches have emerged, most notably Critical Security Studies, the Copenhagen School, and the Risk Society approach.

Why in Groningen?

The Master's specialization International Security: (a) pays attention to the theoretical developments as well as the dimensions of the contemporary security agenda; (b) offers a research-led and policy-oriented curriculum taught by a committed staff; (c) includes a career-oriented internship that prepares graduates for the labour market; and (d) provides an excellent preparation for positions at a broad variety of security-oriented and conflict-management related institutions.

Job perspectives

The Master's specialization is broad in scope and gives students a solid foundation in international relations. There is consequently a wide range of employment opportunities for International Relations graduates. The most obvious profession is a policy advisor, but you could also become a researcher, lobbyist, diplomat, or PR officer. You can work in international business, non-profit or government organizations, in the media, and at a university or a private research institute.

Research International Security

The chairgroup International Security Studies (ISS) is part of the Department of IRIO. The six permanent staff members and over 10 PhD students all contribute to the Faculty's research theme Conflict Studies. This is done at various levels of abstraction, focusing on various issue-areas and on various political contexts.

At the theoretical level the chairgroup aims to contribute to a better understanding of conceptualizations of security in time and space. How have academic debates in security studies evolved and how do they relate to security policies? This implies a focus on securitization theory, regional security complex theory, strategic studies, critical security studies and peace research.
In terms of issue-areas the group presently studies developments in military & defence policies, terrorism, peace making, peace building &peace keeping - including security sector reform -, societal security in relation to social identities and state formation, and finally securitization in energy, food, and health policies.
In terms of political contexts, the group focuses on institutional and regional settings in which security policies are shaped and implemented. Developments in Intergovernmental Organizations are studied - notably, in the European Union, NATO and the United Nations Security Council, and also in Non-Governmental Organizations in close cooperation with the research projects related to the Network on Humanitarian Action. The chairgroup has regional expertise about security politics in Europe (including Turkey), the Middle East, parts of Sub-Sahara Africa, and China.

The chairgroup brings much of its research interests together in the specialization International Security of the MA degree program IRIO.

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