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Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour track

This track is based in the Employment Relations and Human Resource Management Faculty Group and Organisational Behaviour Faculty Group within the Department. 

The track programme director is Professor David Marsden.

The PhD programme in EROB encompasses studies in employment relations (including human resource management) and organisational behavior (drawing on the concepts and methods of psychology and sociology in conducting research on behavior and management within complex organisations). 

In the first year, students take optional and compulsory courses in both methodological and substantive subjects. This is followed by an upgrade, and then dissertation research.

The training of the students is based on courses and one-to-one supervision by a faculty member, and it includes empirical research techniques that are relevant to the dissertation methodology and general academic skills. 

Track structure

Year one

Training: Compulsory examined courses

  • Research Paper (1.0 unit)

Combination of Methodology courses to the total value of 1.5 units:

Students may take alternative methods courses if these are more suitable to their research project, or their prior background, as agreed with their supervisor and programme director (view the full list). However, it is intended that students should graduate with knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Combination of Employment Relations, Organisational Behaviour and Management courses to the total value of 1.5 units:

Students may also take appropriate MSc level courses in the School as agreed with their supervisor and Programme Director (full list).

Compulsory examined course

Year two

Training: Compulsory non-examined course

Year Three

Training: Compulsory non examined course

Year Four

Training: Compulsory non-examined course