Key Facts

Course Title: Graduate Certificate in Industrial Relations
Course type: Graduate Certificate
Mode of Study:Part Time
Contact Details:Claire Butters
Website: Go to School homepage
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Subject Area: Business and Management


The Certificate programme takes a detailed look at the three main sets of institutions in industrial relations:

  • The unions
  • The employers and
  • The state.

The course is open to UK and EU applicants.

For further information, please view our Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management Leaflet 2017

The course fee for 2017-18 is £1090 per year.

Aims of the Course

The certificate course:

  • Builds towards a detailed analysis of industrial relations using students’ existing knowledge and experience;
  • Situates current developments in industrial relations within their historical context and includes a wide range of examples from the private and public sectors of industry, different occupations and trade unions; and
  • Allows students to choose options to pursue specialist interests.

Entry Requirements

The course is open to anyone with industrial relations experience. All applicants are interviewed prior to admission to the course.

Course Content

Part 1

Introduction to Industrial Relations

  • Approaches to the subject
  • The main actors.
Part 2

Work, Management and Employers

  • Employers and the market for labour
  • Work and the labour process
  • The management of labour
Part 3

Trade Unions

  • Trade union growth and decline
  • Shop stewards and workplace union organisation
  • Trade union government
Part 4

Public Policy on Industrial Relations

  • The role of the state
  • Trade union confederation and political affiliation
  • Labour law
Part 5

Collective Bargaining

  • Collective bargaining in the private and public sectors
  • Payment systems
  • Industrial action
Part 6

Option (subject to change)

  • Health and safety at work
  • Inequality at work or
  • Dispute resolution

Teaching and Assessment

The course is delivered through three residentials at Keele (in September, January and April) supported by distance learning study packs, electronic resources and a dedicated personal tutor. Each student does five essay assignments, which become progressively longer as the course proceeds. Particular attention is given to the development of study skills and writing techniques.

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.

To apply for the Certificate in Industrial Relations please download, complete and return an application form.

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Certificate in Industrial Relations 2015