University of Bradford

MSc Employee Relations


University of Bradford

University of Bradford, Richmond Road

York, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

This degree programme, new for January 2013*, is split into three stages and can be studied as a PGCert., PGDip. or an MSc Certificate in Employee Relations This aims to enhance and develop participants understanding of the practices and theory of employee relations, and thereby support effective approaches to workplace cooperation and constructive employment relationships. It is aimed at those who have strong foundation knowledge of the practicalities of the workplace relationship. Participants should be in a position where they are seeking to have an impact on the success and development of the organizations in which they are members. Those most likely to benefit include anyone taking on a leadership role in unions and/or management and concerned with working effectively within this role, and is built around three complementary modules of study: Employee Relations: Principles & Practice – building a developed understanding of the role and contributions of employee relations for experienced participants Leading in the Workplace – developing skills and capabilities for influencing others in the workplace Work-Based Partnership Project – to draw learning together from modules 1 and 2 and apply learning to the participants’ workplaces to demonstrate actionable impact of learning on employment. Participants will attend six 2-day residential sessions over one year led by a combination of academic faculty and practitioner experts, with distance learning and guided independent study in-between. Diploma in Employee Relations This stage follows on after the certificate, and aims to develop skills and knowledge in the area of employee relations and the employment relationship and enhance participants’ own learning and organizational contributions now and in the future. It is aimed at experienced practitioners in leadership positions who wish to reflect on their role and contribution. Those most likely to benefit include anyone taking, or seeking to take a leading role in setting the direction and future for their organizations. It will be delivered through action learning, with a group of 6 to 12 participants meeting six times over the course of a year for a series of 2-day residential sessions, with each session focusing on a specific topic/theme. Participants will also complete a Personal Development Plan and undertake a programme of study in research methods in preparation for the Masters stage of study. Masters in Employee Relations This final stage aims to draw together learning from the certificate and diploma programmes, apply learning to the participants’ workplaces and to demonstrate actionable impact of learning on employment. Participants will complete an independent work-study project; an individual action research project applying learning from the programme to an issue in their own organization. Participants will not need to attend any further formal sessions in Bradford, supervisor support will be provided through meetings, phone and email interactions as required. *Subject to final University approval


We have the prestigious EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) which is the leading international system of quality assessment, improvement and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration run by the European Foundation for Management Development. All our Management MSc programmes are among the relatively small number of programmes to have received pre-experience master's in general management (PEMM) accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

International Student Requirements:

If we need evidence of your proficiency in English, you will be required to achieve a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS test (with no sub-text less than 5.5), or a score of 94 in the internet-based TOEFL (with minimum scores of Reading 18, Listening 17, Speaking 20, Writing 17), or 60 in the PTE-A (Pearson Test of English-Academic).

Facts & Figures

In State Tuition (per year): 10000 GBP

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