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Explore contemporary issues in workplace management & employment relations in a global context.

Join us to gain a thorough understanding of all aspects of human resource management and employment relations. Discover the value of HRM and employment relations in a wider global context, tailor the course to your particular interests in these fields, and gain new perspectives from your fellow students. One of only two UK business schools that participate in the MEST (Master Européen en Sciences du Travail) network, you will meet and study with fellow European students in your second term.

Gain a CIPD qualification

Our course includes full Chartered Institute for Personnel & Development (CIPD) accreditation, gaining you a Level 7 (Advanced Certificate) CIPD qualification while you study.

Course Details

Explore the future of work and employment, from the rights and interests of employees and employers, to approaches and methods used by the contemporary HR manager. Consider key themes across the sector, discover practices areas from recruitment and selection to performance management and compensation, and put this knowledge into practice on our HRM Professional Practice module. 

Six compulsory modules are complemented by three optional modules on this one-year programme. A final dissertation, based on original research in the field of human resource management and employment relations, will complete the MSc qualification. 

There will be a number of optional modules available on this course, allowing you to tailor the course to your particular interests. You will also have the opportunity to access modules delivered by different groups within Warwick Business School, relating to broader issues surrounding management.


You will be assessed by a mix of exams, essays, presentations and group work.

Your dissertation

Your 10,000 word dissertation can be about anything within the broad scope of issues covered on the course. Most dissertations are based on field research that offer you the opportunity to practice and develop the skills acquired through the taught modules. Recent examples below:

  • Working in the gig-economy in China: HR/ER insights from the case of the platform-based hailing company Didi
  • Working under pressure in the UK A&E: the impact of burnout and social support on job satisfaction and organisational commitment among consultant physicians
  • Examining the Impact of Leader-Member Exchange on Work Engagement: Psychological Capital and Qualification of Civil Servants as Moderators

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