Employment Relations and Human Resource Management (HRM) MSc

Entry requirements:
2:1 +
Full-time:
1 year
Part-time:
Not available
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
£12,850
International fees:
£19,500
Location:
Loughborough

Achievements

Accredited

by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD)

6th

for Business Studies

The Times and Sunday Times University League 2017

Top 1%

of business schools in the world to hold AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation

75%

of our Business and Management research is rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'

REF 2014

Overview

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 makes this programme different?

  • Accredited by the CIPD
  • Develop critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Taught by experts with practical and research experience
  • Scholarships available for the best candidates

Who should study this programme?

Our MSc Employment Relations and HRM programmeis ideal for graduates looking to study a CIPD-accredited MSc to prepare them for a career in develop a career in employment relations, labour relations or related fields.

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification with a substantial business, management or cognate social science component. Applications from those with a lower second class degree or from a different disciplinary background may be considered if the applicant has relevant work experience.

See our full list of International Qualification Equivalenciesfor all countries. Degrees must be obtained from a university or institution recognised by Loughborough University.

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

The School will accept lower IELTS scores if you undertake the University's pre-sessional English course.

TOEFL with an overall score of 92, and no sub-test score below 22 See full list of English language qualifications we accept, with full details on each.

What you'll study

Our Employment Relations and HRM programme is designed to give you an advanced understanding of the social science theory and evidence that underpins people management practice, allowing you to meet the knowledge requirements for chartered membership of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development.

Modules

This programme covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Semester 1

This module introduces the major aims and practices of people and HR management, and as such introduces many of the topics that will be explored in more depth elsewhere on the course. Topics covered include contemporary perspectives on leadership, flexibility, change management and ethics in people management.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 20% group coursework which includes a written report and presentation / 80% exam, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Through problem based learning, this module aims to develop a range of skills that are pivotal to effective management practice, including thinking and decision making skills, interpreting financial information, team-working and interpersonal skills associated with personal effectiveness.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% individual coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

This module provides insight and understanding into collective and individual approaches to the management of the employment relationship. It examines the role of legislation and regulation in the management of the employment relationship and considers the ethical issues involved.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 30% group coursework / 70% exam, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Optional modules (choose one)

In this module students develop an understanding of key theories of leadership, and the research evidence underpinning these theories. The module also develops an awareness of the key features of the performance management process, with a focus on the application of psychological principles to the measurement and evaluation of work performance.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

This module introduces theories and concepts that describe how the work setting activates and influences a number of important psychological processes. It examines the interactions between the wider environments within which organisations function and key issues within work psychology.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% group coursework in the form of a presentation, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Semester 2

This module aims to develop a strategic perspective on HRM practice, developing the students understanding of how ethical, market environment, technology and other environmental forces shape the practice of HRM.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 30% group coursework / 70% exam, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

To prepare students for a dissertation this module covers different research philosophies and theories of knowledge, how to think about and develop research questions, and key quantitative and qualitative methods.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

This module equips students with an understanding of the principles and operation of UK employment law, with a focus on the practical application of the law in an HR management context.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 20% group coursework / 80% exam, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Optional modules (choose one)

In this module students evaluate a variety of theoretical and practical approaches to understanding the forms that careers take, and the career choices that people make.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Students examine a range of individual-, group- and organisational-level theories of learning, development and knowledge management and consider how they can be applied in practice and how such interventions can be evaluated.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Summer period

Students plan and conduct a research project, guided by one of our expert supervisors, into an agreed topic relevant to employment relations and human resource management. This is an opportunity explore specific interests developed during the programme, or to work on the investigation and solution of a defined business issue.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

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

Seminars
Lectures
Tutorials
Independent study
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.

Fees and funding

UK/EU:
£12,850
International:
£19,500

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Our students and academics

Lenny Awadzi

Employment Relations and Human Resource Management

What I enjoyed the most is the fact that it was designed to offer a unique learning experience that is relevant to my chosen career aspirations.

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