Master’s Programme in Industrial and Employment Relations

Turin School of Development

Program Description

Master’s Programme in Industrial and Employment Relations

Turin School of Development


General objective

Participants will be exposed to international and comparative industrial and employment relations systems with a view to better understanding the implications for the industrial relations systems of today.

Specific objectives

At the end of the Master’s Programme, 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.


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 from field offices and technical cooperation projects;
  • graduate students and researchers.

Participants' requirements for the Master’s Programme

  • 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’s Programme will be divided into three phases:

  • Phase 1: Distance-learning from October 2016 to January 2017 (15 weeks)
  • Phase 2: Residential face-to-face phase at the ITCILO campus in Turin from January to April 2017 (12 weeks)
  • Phase 3: Preparation of Master’s thesis from April to September 2017 (21 weeks)

Phase 1 includes assignments, self-study and exercises with the assistance of a tutor. Participants will have access to an online platform through which they will learn on an individual basis. They will receive support from tutors with expertise in the subject matter; participate in a forum; use the documentation centre, and network with other participants.

This preparatory phase will enable 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 - the residential phase in Turin - will focus on the following topics:

  • International labour standards and industrial relations
  • Legal sources and institutional framework of industrial and employment relations in Europe
  • Workers’ and employers’ organizations: structure and role
  • Social dialogue and tripartism
  • Collective bargaining machinery; administration and implementation of collective agreements
  • Settlement of labour disputes: conciliation, mediation, arbitration and labour courts
  • Information and consultation at the enterprise level
  • Labour administration and labour inspection
  • Industrial relations systems, competitiveness and public policy
  • Globalization and industrial and employment relations
  • Recent trends in human resources management policies
  • Workplace relations

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.

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 tutors and/or professors. The outline of the thesis to be presented in Turin by April 2016 and completed before September 2016.

Study visits

Study visits to selected local enterprises will be organized during the face-to-face phase in Turin to provide an opportunity to participants to be exposed to different practices of industrial and employment relations.


Participants will receive documentation to expand their knowledge of the topics. A bibliography and links section will be incorporated into the virtual platform for the distance-learning phase.


The faculty will be selected for its professional experience and subject knowledge. It will consist of academic resource persons and practitioners:

  • Professors from the University of Turin and other renowned universities;
  • ILO and ITCILO experts;
  • Specialist tutors who will support and interact with the participants throughout the programme.


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 fulfill all of the following conditions:

  • the administrative requirements and documents required by the University of Turin;
  • attendance of training sessions during the residential phase (only participants with at least 95% 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: 8,000 Euros payable by the participant or his/her sponsoring organization. This covers tuition, use of training facilities and support services, routine medical care and medical insurance.

Applications for the Master’s Programme

Candidates interested in participating in the Master’s Programme should complete and submit the online application form available on this link:

Eligibility criteria

The selection of participants for the Master’s Programme, as well as the award of partial scholarships, will be made by a Selection Committee consisting of ITCILO 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: 21 August 2015

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Online & Campus Combined
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Oct. 2017
Full time
8,000 EUR
Start date Oct. 2017
Italy Turin
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End date Oct. 2, 2017
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Price 8,000 EUR