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  • Objectives
    The MA programme in Human Resource Management provides a thorough understanding of the employment relationship and an excellent grounding in the theory and practice of HRM, labour management and industrial relations. It locates these in an historically informed treatment of the whole subject area. It examines key institutions, problems and issues in contemporary HRM and industrial relations including the rights and interests of employees as well as the formation and impact of public policy. The main focus is on the UK, but this is set within a broader comparative perspective, enabling an assessment of contrasting systems of industrial relations and an evaluation of a range of crucial issues on a European and global scale. Major course aims: • To provide academically rigorous education in Human Resource Management, industrial relations and associated disciplines • To develop the analytical skills of students • To develop a critical approach to HRM literature, issues and practice • To prepare students for further study or career progression
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants are normally required to hold at least a second class honours degree (2.1 or 2.2) or overseas equivalent. Students who have appropriate professional qualifications or relevant work experience may also be considered. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to show competency in English (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent).
  • Academic Title
    MA, Postgraduate Diploma Human Resource Management
  • Course description
    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
    European Union.

    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).

    Course Modules

    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.

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