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Employment Relations and HRM MSc

  • Entry requirements: 2:1 (or above)
  • Year of entry: 2017
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Location: Loughborough
  • Part-time: Not available
  • School: Business and Economics

Programme information

This programme is especially suitable for students wishing to gain an in-depth understanding of the field of employment relations as preparation for a career in employment relations, labour relations or related fields.

In addition to providing students with a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of employment relations, it is anticipated that on completion of the programme students will also meet the knowledge requirements for chartered membership of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body for HR, employment relations and related professions in the UK.

Taught by academics with a strong track record in both employment relations related research and practical experience of employment relations and HRM, the programme focuses on developing critical thinking and analytical skills alongside the more practical skills required for a career in employment relations and HR.

Key facts:

  • Consistently rated as a Top-10 UK Business School in national league tables - 7th for Business Studies (The Times and Sunday Times University League 2016)
  • Among just 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)
  • Currently undergoing accreditation by Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • Scholarships available for the best candidates

Entry requirements

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 Equivalencies for all countries. Degrees must be obtained from a university or institution recognised by Loughborough University.

English Language requirements

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.


Core taught modules (HRM: Theory and Practice and Strategic HRM) are assessed predominantly through exams with a small course work element. Other modules are assessed through a combination of group and individual coursework.

Take a look at all our modules to see what assessments you can expect to undertake.

Future Career Prospects

Most large organisations in both the public and private sectors employ employment relations specialists. 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.

The information published here reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. The standard tuition fees for this course are:

Taught ProgrammesUK/EUInternational
PGT Band 2 £12,500 £18,500

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.


A number of scholarships and bursaries are available (dependent on eligibility):

Find out more about the support available for international students and UK/EU students undertaking a research degree or a taught programme.