Full-Time & Part-Time study
Keele University is a main provider of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations courses and research in the UK, with over 250 full-time undergraduates and over 100 part-time and full-time postgraduates. Students come from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines, and from Europe, Africa, and the Far East, as well as the UK. We also have a number of full-time and part-time doctoral students. The School is active in research and publication, with an emphasis on contributions useful to practitioners. Research interests and publications include public sector pay and industrial relations, trade union organisation, and industrial relations in the
Course Structure and Content
In order to obtain a Masters degree, students must obtain 190 credits, of which 130 credits are from taught modules and 60 credits from the dissertation. Students who successfully complete only the taught modules will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma. All modules are compulsory, and are at level 4 (Masters level).
Taught modules (total 130 credits)
• Understanding and researching the employment relationship (10 credits)
• Foundations of the employment relationship (20 credits)
• Employers and the management of labour (20 credits)
• Managing employee relations (20 credits)
• Managing employee resources (20 credits)
• Pay determination (20 credits)
• Employee development and training (20 credits)
Dissertation (60 credits)
The dissertation is 15,000-20,000 words. Where applicable, students are encouraged to undertake research connected with current or previous HRM experience. Students are required to produce a written research proposal, material is supplied on research methods, and all students are allocated a supervisor.
Understanding and researching the employment relationship both introduces students to their programme of study and provides a
preparation for the dissertation. It is assessed on the basis of a 1,500 word essay, and must be passed in order to obtain the 10 credits and before proceeding to the dissertation. However, no formal marks are attributed to it. Students may be allowed more than one attempt at this module.
All other modules are each assessed by a 3,000 word essay, and the pass mark for each module is 50%. Students failing to reach the pass mark in any module may have their work remarked against level 3 learning outcomes (for which the pass mark is 40%). Students may pass the module at level 3. Provided all other modules are passed at level 4, students may pass one or two modules at level 3 and still obtain a Masters degree. A minimum of 90 taught credits at level 4 are required for a Masters degree or a Postgraduate Diploma.