Explore contemporary issues in workplace management & employment relations in a global context

Join us to gain a thorough understanding of all aspects of human resource management and employment relations. Discover the value of HRM and employment relations in a wider global context, tailor the course to your particular interests in these fields, and gain new perspectives from your fellow students.

One of only two UK business schools that participate in the MEST (Master Européen en Sciences du Travail) network, you will meet and study with fellow European students in your second term.

Gain a CIPD qualification
Our course includes full Chartered Institute for Personnel & Development (CIPD) accreditation, offering you the opportunity to gain a Level 7 (Advanced Certificate) CIPD qualification while you study.

Course Details

Explore the future of work and employment, from the rights and interests of employees and employers, to approaches and methods used by the contemporary HR manager. Consider key themes across the sector, discover practice areas from recruitment and selection to performance management and compensation, and put this knowledge into practice on our HRM Professional Practice module.

Six compulsory modules are complemented by three optional modules on this one-year programme. A final dissertation, based on original research in the field of human resource management and employment relations, will complete the MSc qualification.

There will be a number of optional modules available on this course, allowing you to tailor the course to your particular interests. You will also have the opportunity to access modules delivered by different groups within Warwick Business School, relating to broader issues surrounding management.

Taught by the best
You will be taught by leading experts within the field of human resource management and employment relations, as well as hearing from visiting industry guest lecturers – from managers in international firms to HR consultants and labour disputes conciliators.

You will be assessed by a mix of exams, essays, presentations and group work.

Your dissertation
Your 10,000-word dissertation can be about anything within the broad scope of issues covered on the course. Most dissertations are based on field research that offer you the opportunity to practise and develop the skills acquired through the taught modules. Recent examples below:

  • Working in the gig-economy in China: HR/ER insights from the case of the platform-based hailing company Didi
  • Pay dispersion and turnover intentions of employees in China: The moderated mediation effects of pay level satisfaction
  • The effects of the job demands-resources model on work-life balance of Chinese IT professionals
  • Assessing the relationships among compensation and recognition, organization commitment and intention to stay: a quantitative case study of a Chinese domestic new energy company
  • Working under pressure in the UK A&E: the impact of burnout and social support on job satisfaction and organisational commitment among consultant physicians
  • Examining the Impact of Leader-Member Exchange on Work Engagement: Psychological Capital and Qualification of Civil Servants as Moderators

Entry Requirements

Academic qualifications
You must have, or be expecting to obtain, upper second class honours at Undergraduate level. We accept students from a wide range of disciplines.

We do not require a GMAT or GRE score but a well-balanced score (700+) may strengthen your application.

English not your first language?
If English is not your first language, you must meet a minimum overall standard in a recognised test of English, examples are shown below. You must show a good balance across all sections of the test and it must have been taken within two years of starting the course. We will require your certificates as evidence.

Educated in the English language?
If you are a non-native speaker of English but have been educated entirely in English for your degree, and completed this within the last two years, this may satisfy the University of your language skills. For further information, please see the University’s page for English language requirements.

Pre-sessional English
We do not offer a pre-sessional English class as an alternative to achieving these scores. Any pre-sessional course should be viewed as a way of settling into living and studying in the UK and not as a way of boosting your score.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated January 28, 2019
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12 months
28,500 GBP
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