Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, M.Sc.

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  • 12 months
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  • English (take IELTS)
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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 aims to produce well-rounded human resources practitioners with exemplary knowledge and relevant hands-on experience.


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 aims to produce well-rounded human resources practitioners with exemplary knowledge and relevant hands-on experience.

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the course is designed to -

  • Develop a critical appreciation of the theoretical foundations and empirical practice of HRM and IR
  • Expose you to a wide variety of organisational practices by use of teaching materials based on high quality contemporary research conducted by lecturers and their own research for an independent individual dissertation
  • Enable you to develop practical skills in the subject area to equip you for a career in or further study of the HR/IR field and gives you a grounding in research methods which you can apply appropriately either in the business world or in academic research
  • Provide you with the opportunity to gain graduate membership of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) which is extremely advantageous in securing a career in HRM.

You have the opportunity to attend skills development workshops run by expert HR practitioners to acquire practical HR skills, to attend a live employment tribunal case, and to undertake a group project in an organisation to develop teamworking and practical HR and research skills.

Successful completion of the course entitles you to Graduate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Close links are maintained with local branches of the CIPD via guest speakers. You gain real-life experience and boost your CV through workshops by leading HR practitioners and attending a live employment tribunal case. The CIPD awards an annual course prize for the best performance on the course.


This Masters is accredited 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. Further details including costs are available from the postgraduate administration team and you can visit the CIPD website.

Students wishing to gain CIPD membership attend a series of skills workshops with guests invited from a wide range of companies, to enable them to develop practical HR skills.

Programme Structure

Special features

BP Award for the Best Application of Personal Development

As part of the strategic alliance between BP and The University of Manchester, BP will award a prize of £500 to a top-performing student at Manchester Business School.

The award is open to MBS students studying MSc Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations courses and working towards Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) membership. To gain membership, students carry out a range of additional work beyond that required by the MSc course, and submit their portfolio by the end of October in the year they complete the course. The winner will receive the prize for the 'Best application of personal development as demonstrated through the CIPD portfolio'. The prize will be presented by Michael Widera from BP at the graduation reception in December.

Module details

The course consists of both compulsory and optional taught units. Compulsory course units include: Human Resource Management: Strategy and Practice; Multinational and Comparative Employment Systems; Employment Policy and Practice; Research Methods for Organisations; Industrial Relations; Employment Law; and Human Resource Management: Context and Organisations. Optional course units include: Comparative Industrial Relations; International Labour Law and Regulation; and International Human Resource Management.

Masters Information Sessions

We are holding a series of Masters Information Sessions due to take place in 2014.

Wednesday 5th Febuary: 12.30-2.00pm

Wednesday 12th March: 12.30-2:00pm

Wednesday 2nd April: 12.30-2.00pm

Wednesday 30th April: 12.30-2:00pm

We are holding these sessionns in the Alumni Club room, MBS West (ground gloor). It's your chance to come along to apeak to staff and current students about the courses we offer.

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B): 193

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Full entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview:

We normally look for a UK bachelor degree with upper second class honours, or the overseas equivalent in any discipline.

When assessing your academic record we take into account your grade average, position in class, references, and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification. We particularly welcome applicants from institutions of high ranking and repute.

English language:

Students whose first language is not English will be required to take an English language test. See here for more details.

If you are required to take an English language test, you should submit the results at the same time as your application.

Student Visa

Students from United States of America need a visa in order to study in the United Kingdom.
Read more about visa information and requirements for this country.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 17000 International
  • GBP 10500 EU/EEA


We are currently reviewing the masters scholarships available for home, EU and international students for the September 2014 intake. Information will be published here when the awards are announced.

In 2013 we awarded a number of scholarships to home and international students to the value of £5,000 each. The successful students were able to demonstrate the following:

  • Excellent academic performance.
  • Graduated with a minimum high 2.1 or 1st UK undergraduate degree or overseas equivalent.
  • Previously studied at a university with a strong academic reputation and ranking.
  • Potential to contribute and enrich all aspects of the Masters programme and the diverse academic and cultural profile of the Master class.

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