Employee Relations MA, PGDip, PGCert

Employee Relations MA, PGDip, PGCert

MA - part time: 36 months maximum
PGDip - part time: 24 months
PGCert - part time: 12 months


Our Employee Relations programme offers a unique educational opportunity for anyone concerned with the development of effective workplace relations. It prepares students to operate as effective practitioners who comply with the highest professional standards and continuously develop their professional capability.

Our Employee Relations programme seeks to draw together and share understanding and perspectives from union representatives, HR and line managers.

Innovative in its design, the course has been developed with some of the UK’s largest employers and unions. Through this unique collaboration, students will develop the understanding and skills needed to enhance their employability and contributions to the workplace.

Students will begin at the Certificate stage and can choose to progress to the Diploma, and then Masters stage. 

  • the Certificate stage aims to enhance and develop understanding of the practices and theory of employee relations. It considers effective approaches to workplace cooperation and constructive employment relationships
  • the Diploma seeks to further develop skills and knowledge of European and International employee relations
  • the Master of Arts stage allows students to apply learning to the workplace in a final year dissertation project

Our current students are all from large UK based organisations and trade unions.

Student – Royal Bank of Scotland

It has been useful to learn about different concepts of ER models and see how these translate into our own workplace.


The course is very flexible and is delivered via block learning in a combination of lectures, case studies, debates, action learning workshops, distance learning projects and guided self-study.

It is taught as a ‘blocked’ programme in 6 x 2 day sessions over the year.  The dates for the PGCert are as follows:

Induction - Thursday 29 September and Friday 30 September 2016
Block 1 - Monday 17 October and Tuesday 18 October 2016
Block 2 - Monday 14 November and Tuesday 15 November 2016
Block 3 - Monday 12 December and Tuesday 13 December 2016
Block 4 - Monday 30 January and Tuesday 31 January 2017
Block 5 - Monday 27 February and Tuesday 28 February 2017
Block 6 - Monday 24 April and Tuesday 25 April 2017

The dates for 2017/18 will follow a very similar pattern, as do the diploma and masters' stage.


Newcastle University Business School is accredited by the:

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)
Association of MBAs (AMBA)

Only 1% of business schools worldwide hold ‘triple accreditation’. This accolade is a huge endorsement that reflects the investment we make for our students through providing a high quality teaching environment, innovative programming and active engagement with industry.


Newcastle University Business School is one of the largest Schools in the University, with over 3,500 students representing over 93 nationalities. The School's location and modern design  creates a dynamic centre point for a valuable network of regional, national and international thought leaders, alumni and leading professions.

Our facilities provide:

  • a flexible and dedicated conference suite with panoramic views across the city
  • Wi-Fi enabled connectivity throughout the building, including three computer clusters housing approximately 120 PC
  • four large lecture theatres and 21 seminar rooms, providing comfortable teaching and group study space
  • a dedicated Hub and Base, providing a balanced mix of study space and relaxation areas
  • a contemporary café

View some of the Business School facilities.

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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2018 entry

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.

Fees & Funding

2019-2020 fees

If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

The fees displayed here are per year. 

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, although you are not expected to have a first degree or prior experience of studying at university.

Experience in a working role directly involved in the employment relationship is essential. Entry is through the Postgraduate Certificate only.  

PG Certificate

You need at least five years’ work experience, including at least one year of working in a supervisory, managerial or employee representative role.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

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English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

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If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.


If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.


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