Loughborough University

Loughborough University

Employment Relations and Human Resource Management

This programme is 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. Core subjects include employment law, developing skills for business leadership, HRM theory and practice, employee engagement, motivation and voice, work design, organisational change and development, wellbeing and work, employment relations, strategic HRM, HRM research methods, and a dissertation.

Entry requirements

Minimum upper 2nd Class Honours degree in either business, management, or a cognate social science (sociology, psychology, economics), or a degree in another subject with a substantial business or social science component from a UK university or equivalent overseas qualification recognised by Loughborough University. Applications from those with a lower 2nd Class degree or from a different disciplinary background may be considered if the applicant has relevant work experience.

Course modules

Semester 1, compulsory modules; HRM: theory and practice; developing skills for business leadership; employment relations: theory and practice; optional modules (choose 1); leadership and performance management; employee engagement, motivation and voice; work design, organisational change and development; semester 2; compulsory modules; strategic HRM; research methods for HRM; employment law; optional modules (choose one); learning, development and knowledge management; career development; summer; employment relations dissertation.

Assessment methods

Employment relations dissertation.

Sponsorship information

The scholarship and bursary range is designed to include a wide range of students and consists of: alumni scholarships (for UK/EU and international students); outstanding academic achievement scholarships; sports scholarships; hardship bursaries and other funding options; international student specific scholarships, including: Loughborough University Graduate School Development Trust Africa; USA scholarships and loans; and Santander International postgraduate scholarships. Whilst some of scholarships are offered automatically based on the course application, some scholarships and bursaries do require a separate application and have limited availability and application deadlines.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Loughborough University Loughborough LE11 3TU East Midlands

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Postgraduate Admissions Team
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