The programme is taught during one academic year and is structured in two main parts: the taught element starts in late September and covers two 10-week semesters, finishing during April. Each taught element is examined. A dissertation is completed between May and September.
Students are expected to hold an upper second class honours degree, and to have demonstrated their commitment to HRM and industrial relations through their business experience.
The modules taken during the first two semesters include: HRM, industrial relations and employment law, employment policy and practice, selection and assessment in organisations, and research methodology. Dissertations are often undertaken with local employers.
The programme helps students understand the theories that underpin HRM and industrial relations with the aim of improving the competitiveness of organisations. Recent graduates have been employed by organisations such as Price Waterhouse, IBM and Zeneca in positions such as personnel officer and consultant.