Taught course

Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

The University of Manchester · Alliance Manchester Business School

Entry requirements

We normally look for a First or Upper Second class honours (2:1) degree from a UK university or the overseas equivalent in any discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

People are at the heart of any organisation, so the ability to manage and develop employees, ensure their welfare and understand changing employment legislation is essential to business survival.

The course produces well-rounded human resources practitioners with exemplary knowledge. As well as developing a crucial appreciation of the theoretical foundations and empirical practice of human resource management and industrial relations, in the UK and international settings, you develop an understanding of strategic changes in HRM.

You gain strategic insight and boost your CV through workshops given by HR practitioners and attending a live employment tribunal case. The course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which gives you a competitive edge in the job market. There is a charge for the CIPD stream: contact the Masters Admissions Office for details.

Visit www.mbs.ac.uk/masters/courses for more details.

CIPD Course recognition

This Masters is approved to the new equivalent advanced level postgraduate standard. You will join CIPD as a student member and on completion of the Masters and CIPD components you will have achieved the underpinning knowledge towards a level of professional membership. Once you have applied your knowledge in the workplace you will be in a position to apply to CIPD for a membership upgrade.

On passing all the modules of the Masters degree (including the dissertation) and the CIPD-recognised stream and activities of the course you will automatically achieve Associate Membership. Once you have work experience you can apply for Chartered membership.

Further details including costs are available from the postgraduate administration team and you can visit the CIPD website: www.cipd.co.uk/qualifications

Career opportunities

Recent recruiters include: Air Astana, Amazon, Balfour Beatty, Ernst & Young, Lloyds TSB, McKinsey and Company, MPA Consulting, Morrisons, Nestlé, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sony, Tesco plc, Xerox Ltd

Course structure (All taught units are 15 credits)

Semester 1:

Core Units:

  • Human Resource Management: Strategy and Practice
  • Industrial Relations
  • Multinationals and Comparative Employment Systems
  • Research Methods for Organisations

Elective unit:

  • Comparative Industrial Relations

Semester 2:

Core units:

  • Employment Law
  • Employment Policy and Practice
  • Human Resource Management: Context and Organisations

Elective units:

  • International Human Resource Management
  • International Labour Law and Regulation

Note: a maximum of eight units can be taken so you choose only one elective unit. There may be minor changes to the allocation of units to each semester.

To gain CIPD membership you attend a series of skills workshops with guests invited from a wide range of companies, enabling you to develop practical HR skills.

Summer research period

Research dissertation [60 credits]:

The dissertation gives you the opportunity to apply what you have learned in the taught part of the course. It normally consists of a literature review followed by a piece of empirical work, involving either qualitative or quantitative research.

Examples of recent dissertation topics include:

  • Employment security in domestic privately owned enterprises in South China
  • Workers’ attitudes towards the implementation of performance-related pay in Chinese domestic enterprises
  • Disability discrimination
  • Organisational boundaries and temporary agency staff
  • Public private partnerships in local authorities
  • Career expectations of white collar managers
  • Employee involvement and participation in the retail sector
  • Employers’ policies and HIV positive employees

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 100 internet-based. English language test results submitted must be less than two years old. See the website for more information.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Alliance MBS Scholarships are also available - contact the Admissions Office for details and visit the MBS website for further details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Masters Admissions
+ 44 (0)161 306 1339