Master’s Programme in Industrial and Employment Relations

Turin School of Development (International Training Centre of the ILO)

Program Description

Master’s Programme in Industrial and Employment Relations

Turin School of Development (International Training Centre of the ILO)


General objective

The Master in Industrial and Employment Relations (MIER) aims at developing specialized multidisciplinary knowledge in the field of industrial and employment relations from a comparative viewpoint. It will provide participants with a theoretical and practical understanding of industrial and employment relations systems in the world, by looking into recent changes and trends in the major economic geographical areas.

Furthermore, it will offer a range of learning situations in which participants can enhance their analytical and problem-solving skills.

Specific objectives

At the end of the Master, participants will be able to:

  • describe the industrial and employment relations systems with a comparative approach;
  • apply tools and methodologies for effective labour-management relations at different levels of the economy from enterprise to the national and international level;
  • advise government, employers’ and workers’ representatives on industrial and employment relations issues.
  • critically reflect upon theoretical approaches and analyse their application to achieve effective industrial and employment relations strategies.
  • apply multi-disciplinary knowledge to industrial relations-related decision making.ent relations issues.
  • represent employers or workers in industrial relations, including negotiation, interpretation, and administration of collective agreements.
  • assist employers or workers in conciliation/mediation procedures.


Participants' profile

  • government, workers’ and employers’ representatives;
  • practitioners in the field of industrial and employment relations from the public and private sectors;
  • human resources managers;
  • personnel in human resources departments dealing with industrial and employment relations;
  • labour administration and labour inspection officials;
  • staff from international organizations and United Nations agencies;
  • ILO staff including technical cooperation projects;
  • graduate students and researchers.

Entry requirements

  • a first university degree (BA) of minimum three years duration;*
  • working knowledge of spoken and written English;
  • ability to use computers and access to the internet.


The Master will be divided into three phases:

  • Phase 1: Distance-learning phase from 8 October 2018 to 18 January 2019 (15 weeks)
  • Phase 2: Residential phase at the ITCILO campus in Turin, Italy, from 21 January to 5 April 2019 (11 weeks)
  • Phase 3: Distance-learning phase from 6 April to 8 September 2019 (22 weeks)

Phase 1: participants will have access to an e-platform where they will be required to read some texts, carry out exercises and assignments with the support of a tutor and participate in a forum interacting with other participants. This preparatory phase enables participants with different levels and fields of knowledge to be introduced to the fundamentals and basic concepts relating to industrial and employment relations to reach an adequate and homogeneous level to take full advantage of the residential phase.

Phase 2: Professors, practitioners and other resource persons will use lectures, case-studies, case law judgments, excerpts of collective agreements and legislation, discussions, group-work and practical exercises to strike a balance between theory and practice and to stimulate interaction with the resource persons and among participants. The residential phase in Turin will focus on the following topics: industrial relations and employment relations: scope and definitions; ILO standard-setting system; international legal framework of industrial and employment relations; fundamental principles and rights at work; ILO policies and tools for the promotion of social rights; workers' and emplyers' organizations; social dialogue and tripartism; legal and institutional framework for tripartite social dialogue; social dialogue and employment policies, minimum wage, social protection, gender equality, migration; social dialogue and labour law reforms; collective bargaining, collective bargaining machinery, administration and implementation of collective agreements; gender equality and collective bargaining; the employment relationship; economic aspects of wage negotiation; key principles of economics for industrial relations; management of a corporate crisis; labour market analysis and institutions; negotiation theory and practice; labour dispute resolution systems; settlement of labour disputes: conciliation, mediation and labour courts; labour relations in the Public Service; information and consultation at the enterprise level; labour administration and labour inspection; industrial and employment relations systems in Europe; globalization, trade and social rights; global supply chains; responsible business practices; recent trends in human resources management policies; workplace relations, presentation skills.

Phase 3: participants will be required to carry out individual research in their home country for the preparation and submission of their thesis, assisted at a distance by a thesis supervisor. The outline of the thesis to be presented in Turin by March 2018 and completed before September 2018.

Study visits

A number of study visits to selected institutions and enterprises will be organized during the residential phase in Turin to provide an opportunity to participants to be exposed to different practices of industrial and employment relations. A one-day visit to the ILO Headquarters in Geneva will also be organized.


The faculty will be selected for its professional experience and subject knowledge. It will include professors from the University of Turin and other renowned universities; ILO and ITCILO experts; international experts and practitioners.


A first level Master’s Degree from the University of Turin (60 certified university credits) will be issued.

The degree will be awarded to the participants who fulfil all of the following conditions:

  • the administrative requirements and documents required by the University of Turin.
  • attendance at training sessions during the residential phase (only participants with at least 90% attendance will be entitled to apply for the degree).
  • submit the assignments within the set deadlines and quality requirements.
  • pass the prescribed examinations demonstrating the level of competence required by the Scientific Committee.


Tuition fees: 8,500 Euros - to be paid by the participant or his/her sponsoring organization - including tuition, use of training facilities and support services, routine medical care and medical insurance for travel to and stay in Turin.

Accommodation and breakfast at the ITC/ILO campus during the residential phase (11 weeks): 3,390 Euros.


Candidates interested in participating in the Master in Industrial and Employment Relations should complete and submit the online application form available at this link:

Eligibility criteria

The selection of participants as well as the award of partial scholarships will be made by a Selection Committee consisting of the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC/ILO) and the University of Turin representatives. The selection criteria will include academic and professional qualifications, experience, organization, country of origin, and gender balance.

Deadline for applications: 1 June 2018

Early applications are encouraged as first confirmations may be provided as early as February 2018.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 12, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2019
3 - 3 months
Full time
8,500 EUR
Tuition fees: 8,000 Euros. Bedroom and breakfast at ITCILO campus for 11 weeks: 3,350 Euros
Italy - Turin, Piedmont
Start date : Oct. 2019
Application deadline Request Info
End date Apr. 5, 2019
Oct. 2019
Italy - Turin, Piedmont
Application deadline Request Info
End date Apr. 5, 2019

Turin School of Development