This programme is especially suitable for students wishing to gain an in-depth understanding of the field of employment relations as preparation for a career in Employment Relations, Labour Relations or related fields.

In addition to providing students with a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of Employment Relations it is anticipated that on completion of the programme students will also meet the knowledge requirements for chartered membership of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body for HR, Employment Relations and related professions in the UK.

Taught by academics with a strong track record in both Employment Relations related research and practical experience of Employment Relations and HRM, the programme focuses on developing critical thinking and analytical skills alongside of the more practical skills required for a career in Employment Relations and HR.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Teaching on the Employment Relations programme is provided by our world-renowned specialist staff using a number of methods including lectures, practical workshops, seminars, group work, individual tutorials and feedback sessions. Modules are assessed by a range of methods including both exams and coursework assessments that are designed to develop strong practical and academic skills.

Semester 1

Compulsory modules

  • HRM: Theory and Practice
  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership
  • Employment Relations
Optional modules (choose one)
  • Leadership and Performance Management
  • Employee Engagement, Motivation and Voice
  • Work Design, Organisational Change and Development

Semester 2

Compulsory modules

  • Strategic HRM
  • Research Methods for HRM
  • Employment Law
Optional modules (choose one)
  • Psychological Assessment in Organisations
  • Learning, Development and Knowledge Management
  • Career Development


  • Employment Relations Dissertation

Entry criteria

Minimum upper second class honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification with a substantial business, management or cognate social science component from a UK university or equivalent overseas qualification recognised by Loughborough University. Applications from those with a lower second class degree or from a different disciplinary background may be considered if the applicant has relevant work experience.

English language requirement for international students

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component

The School will accept lower IELTS scores if you undertake the University's pre-sessional English course.

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Last updated December 11, 2018
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