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MSc Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations


Course Description

People are at the heart of any organisation, so the ability to manage and develop employees, ensure their welfare and understand changing employment legislation is essential to business survival.

The course produces well-rounded human resources practitioners with exemplary knowledge. As well as developing a crucial appreciation of the theoretical foundations and empirical practice of human resource management and industrial relations, in the UK and international settings, you develop an understanding of strategic changes in HRM.

You gain strategic insight and boost your CV through workshops given by HR practitioners and attending a live employment tribunal case. The course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which gives you a competitive edge in the job market. There is a charge for the CIPD stream: contact the Masters Admissions Office for details.

Visit http://www.mbs.ac.uk/masters/courses for more details.

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: http://www.cipd.co.uk/qualifications

Career opportunities
Recent recruiters include: Air Astana, Amazon, Balfour Beatty, Ernst & Young, Lloyds TSB, Mckinsey and Company, MPA Consulting, Morrisons, Nestlé, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Reed Global, Shoppers Stop Ltd, Sony, TATA Consultancy Services, Tesco plc.

Course structure (All taught units are 15 credits)

Semester 1
–– Human Resource Management: Strategy and Practice
–– Industrial Relations
––Multinationals and Comparative Employment Systems
–– Research Methods for Organisations

Elective unit:
–– Comparative Industrial Relations

Semester 2
–– Employment Law
–– Employment Policy and Practice
–– Human Resource Management: Context and Organisation

Elective units:
–– Human Resource Management in Asia
–– International Human Resource Management
–– International Labour Law and Regulation

Note: a maximum of eight units can be taken so you choose only one elective unit. There may be minor changes to the allocation of units to each semester.

Summer period
Dissertation (60 credits)
–– Apply what you have learned in the taught part of the course
–– Normally consists of a literature review followed by a piece of work based on qualitative or quantitative research.

Examples of recent dissertation topics:
–– 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
–– Career expectations of white collar managers
–– The management of seasonal workers during the tourist season in Greece
–– Employee involvement and participation in the retail sector
–– The integration of workers with criminal records into the labour market

Open Days

Masters information sessions

We are hosting a series of informal information sessions for undergraduates who are thinking about pursuing a Master’s course at Alliance Manchester Business School.

Our Masters courses aren't just for business graduates - from business analytics to operations, and marketing to finance, we have 17 courses to choose from. Join us to meet a careers advisor, admissions staff and current students and discover how our courses can boost your career prospects.

Also, a number of graduates have the opportunity to progress directly onto the Full-time MBA programme as a Young Potential Leader - could you be one of them?

Choose from the following dates:
Wednesday 15 February 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 15 March 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 26 April 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 10 May 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm

All events are held in the Atrium, Alliance MBS East building (on the corner of Oxford Road and Booth Street East) - number 26 on the campus map.

For further information and to register your interest in attending, please see the Alliance MBS website: http://www.mbs.ac.uk/masters/meet-us.aspx

Visit the MSc Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:1, any discipline. TOEFL/IELTS may be required for non-UK students. Apply now! You can submit your application before you graduate.

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