Key Facts

Course Title: Industrial Relations
Course type: MA, Postgraduate Diploma
Mode of Study:Part Time
Contact Details:Claire Butters
Contact email:c.l.butters@keele.ac.uk
Website: Go to School homepage
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Subject Area: Business and Management

Overview

Industrial Relations

Keele Management School has been delivering high quality part-time distance-learning courses for over 20 years. We continue to offer lifelong learning opportunities to trade unionists, managers, and anyone else involved, or interested, in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management (HRM).

Staff are active teachers and researchers within their specialist fields and are experienced adult educators. Most of our students have a practical knowledge of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management.

We also offer related programmes in;

Part-time courses take 18 months for the PgD, and a further 6 months for the MA. Direct enrolment on to the MA normally requires a second class honours degree. However, applicants with professional qualifications or equivalent experience may also be accepted, subject to interview.

This course is only available to applicants from the UK or EU. 

Aims of the Course

Our part-time courses are suitable for those in full-time employment and are flexible enough to allow completion by students from anywhere in the UK.

Our courses explore key issues such as:

  • Theoretical approaches to the employment relationship
  • Collective bargaining and trade union organisation
  • Performance and reward management systems
  • Human Resource Management and approaches to labour management

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.

Course Content

The Masters courses are delivered through a taught part consisting of six 20 credit modules (totalling 120 credits) and a research part consisting of one 10 credit research module and one 60 credit dissertation. Students who successfully complete only the taught modules will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma. The part-time courses start in September each year and are designed to be taken over eighteen months (Postgraduate Diploma) or two years (MA).

The courses are designed to be both practicable and accessible to those in full-time employment who want to build on their own experience to gain an academic qualification. Our part-time Masters courses are therefore available by distance learning with residential study periods at Keele, and extensive learning support. They are flexible enough to allow completion by students anywhere in the UK, Ireland, or Europe, and from any occupation.

Course Modules
Taught Modules (120 credits)

All students take the following four core modules:

  • Employers and the Management of Labour
  • Trade Unionism
  • The State and Collective Bargaining
  • Academic and Professional Practice

Students can then select a specific pathway for their studies:

Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management

  • Employment Law
  • Discrimination and Inequality at Work
  • Pay and Pay Determination

Industrial Relations

  • Industrial Action
  • Comparative European Industrial Relations
  • Pay and Pay Determination

European Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

  • Industrial Action
  • Comparative European Industrial Relations
  • European Union Law and Social Policy

Industrial Relations and Employment Law

  • Employment Law
  • Discrimination and Inequality at Work
  • European Union Law and Social Policy
Research part (70 credits)

Researching the Employment Relationship

Dissertation

The dissertation is 15,000-20,000 words. Where applicable, students are encouraged to undertake research connected with their current or previous industrial relations or HRM experience. Students are required to produce a written research proposal, material is supplied on research methods, and all students are allocated a supervisor.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching delivery

The Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) course is delivered through six residentials at Keele over both years of study supported by distance learning study packs, electronic resources and a dedicated personal tutor for the core part of the course. Each student does six essay assignments. 

Students who register for the MA (or progress from the PgD to the MA) attend two further residentials in year 2 and write a dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words. Where applicable, students are encouraged to undertake research connected with their current or previous industrial relations or HRM experience. Material is supplied on research methods, and all students are allocated a supervisor.

Residentials are held in September, January, April and June of each academic year.

Assessment

Each module on the taught part of the course is assessed through a 3,000 word essay, with a pass mark of 50%. For those taking the Masters course there is a 1,500 word research methods essay and a  dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words.

Additional Costs

There may be additional costs for accommodation, subsistence and travel when attending residentials. Other costs might be for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines.

Richard Gallagher

Richard Gallagher

"I thoroughly enjoyed my experience studying industrial relations at Keele and would recommend the course to anyone who is interested in the subject."

MA Industrial Relations

Andy Taylor

Andy Taylor

"The Certificate in Industrial Relations gave me a manageable reintroduction into academic learning."

Certificate in Industrial Relations