Industrial Relations (Graduate Certificate)
- Mode of study
- Part time
- Duration of Study
- Humanities and Social Sciences
- Claire Butters
- Subject Area
- Business and Management
The Centre for Industrial Relations is based in Keele Management School. We are a main provider of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management courses and research in the UK.
About the course
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.
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 and are drawn from a wide range of institutions such as ACAS, trade unions, public and private sector organisations, and other educational establishments.
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.
For further information, please view our Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management Leaflet 2017.
The course fee for 2017-18 is £1,090 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.
The course is open to anyone with industrial relations experience. All applicants are interviewed prior to admission to the course.
Introduction to Industrial Relations
- Approaches to the subject
- The main actors.
Work, Management and Employers
- Employers and the market for labour
- Work and the labour process
- The management of labour
- Trade union growth and decline
- Shop stewards and workplace union organisation
- Trade union government
Public Policy on Industrial Relations
- The role of the state
- Trade union confederation and political affiliation
- Labour law
- Collective bargaining in the private and public sectors
- Payment systems
- Industrial action
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.
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.
How to apply
To apply for the Certificate in Industrial Relations please download, complete and return an application form.