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MSc Human Resource Management & Employment Relations

Discover the value of HRM and employment relations in a wider global context, whilst gaining 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.

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.

Our course includes full CIPD accreditation, gaining you CIPD student membership. Each module will contain elements of the CIPD qualification requirements, and those who register will write a management report as a supplement to their dissertation, demonstrating awareness of financial and company policy implications of their research.

Compulsory Modules:

  • Work and Human Resources in Global Context
  • Leading and Managing People
  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Researching Human Resources Management and Employment Relations

Example optional Modules:

  • Strategic Human Resources Management
  • Comparative Employment Relations
  • Global & European Governance of Employment Relations
  • Employment Relations in Britain
  • Equality & Diversity

The full list of modules offered can be reviewed here.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.


You will be taught by leading experts within the field of human resource management and employment relations, as well as hearing from visiting industry guest lecturers – from managers in international firms, to HR consultants and labour disputes conciliators.


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

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 practise and develop the skills acquired through the taught modules. Recent examples below:

  • The real determinants of high turnover among IT workers: a case study of a Japanese IT company
  • ‘We aren’t going away’: British and Spanish unions’ responses to relocation and perceptions of solidarity in the automotive sector
  • Assessing the performance appraisal process through employee perceptions – the case study of state owned enterprise in China.

WBS CareersPlus service

We offer you a comprehensive pre-arrival, student, and alumni careers service. You will have access to one-to-one career guidance appointments, CV checks and tailored mock interviews.

General and Practitioner seminars

We run events throughout the year where we invite you to listen to senior practitioners in industrial relations and personnel management talk about their work and discuss contemporary issues. Recent guests include representatives from:

  • TUC
  • Hewitt Associates
  • Acas
  • Barclays Capital
  • Equity

Workshops & guidance

You will attend a half-day course-specific Career Essentials workshop covering CVs and application forms, looking for jobs, networking, interviews and assessment centres.

Additional workshops including networking, CVs and cover letters and assessment centres, are also provided throughout the year.

University careers service

You can access the careers services provided by the University's Student Careers and Skills team. The University's graduate job site, MyAdvantage lists thousands of graduate job placements and internship opportunities throughout the year, as well as a range of other useful online resources.

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Essential information


Full-time: 1 year

Entry requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English Language requirements

Band B

Department of study

Warwick Business School

Location of study

University of Warwick

Course fees

Full time:
Home/EU: £27,750 per year
Overseas: £27,750 per year

Find out more about fees and funding via both the WBS and University website.


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Application information


This information is applicable for 2018 entry.