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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management

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  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year

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  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    29 March 2019

Our MSc Employment Relations and Human Resource Management programme is accredited by the Chartered Membership of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) and is ideal for those interested in developing a career in employment relations, labour relations or related fields.

Our MSc Employment Relations and HRM programme offers you the opportunity to explore a range of aspects relating to Human Resources and Employment Relations. You will gain an insight and understanding into the management of the employment relationship including the relevant employment regulations that organisations work within.

A wide selection of optional modules enable you to tailor your degree to match your career aspirations. You will also have the opportunity to undertake an individual research project on an agreed topic, guided by one of our expert research supervisors.

Subject to appropriate option choices and professional membership, graduates will meet the knowledge requirements for Chartered Membership of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body for Human Resources, Employment Relations and related professions in the UK.

Our MSc Employment Relations and Human Resource Management programme is taught by academics with a strong track record in both employment relations related research and practical experience of employment relations and human resource management (HRM).

You will develop critical thinking and analytical skills alongside the more practical skills required for a career in employment relations and HR. These practical skills include making presentations, role-play practice in handling challenging situations, and problem solving skills through case study analysis.

Our links to the CIPD reinforce the professional skills and behaviours that you develop throughout the course, as well as providing the opportunity for networking with business leaders and HR professionals.

We pride ourselves on the international perspective which is a theme throughout the programme, as is the emphasis on ethical best practice which one would expect from aspiring professionals. Loughborough School of Business and Economics is a signatory to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), and these values are reflected throughout the programme.

On successful completion of this programme, you should be able to:

  • Critically analyse and evaluate complex topics
  • Formulate arguments from an extensive range of theory and evidence
  • Demonstrate effective personal organisation, including time management, independent study, self-direction, decision making, and written and oral communication
  • Use effective team working skills including leadership, team building and project management
  • Apply logical thinking and problem solving in unstructured situations.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to reflect critically on own practice and update skills and knowledge through CPD

What you'll study

Semester 1:

  • HRM Theory and Practice (15 credits)
  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership (15 credits)
  • Employment Relations (15 credits)

Semester 2:

  • Strategic HRM (15 credits)
  • Research Methods for HRM (15 credits)
  • Employment Law (15 credits)


  • Employment Relations Dissertation (60 credits)

How you'll be assessed

The main assessment methods used are timed ‘closed book’ examinations, individual coursework assignments, and group coursework assignments including presentations. As part of our ongoing updating process assessment methods may change.

How you'll study

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Group work
  • Workshops

Your personal and professional development

Our School of Business and Economics is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Most large organisations in both the public and private sectors employ employment relations specialists and this programme aims to prepare our students for professional roles in the global Human Resource community. The grounding in employment relations and UK employment law, in addition to a grounding in more general HRM, that the programme provides also means graduates will be well equipped to bring expertise to both specialist employment relations and more general HR and management roles in both private and public sector organisations.

Students are encouraged to become student members of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and are then able to attend local branch meetings as well as national events, both of which offer excellent opportunities for networking.

Loughborough University’s Careers Network has a range of resources dedicated for post graduate business students, and can offer both UK and international students advice and guidance on steps to develop their future careers.

Your personal development

As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting you with your personal and professional development, all our Business and Economics postgraduate students have the opportunity to attend an impressive range of extra-curricular masterclasses and public lectures – all on campus and free of charge.

Visit the Employment Relations and HRM MSc page on the Loughborough University website for more details!





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