Program and courses Labour Law and Employment Relations

Combine International Labour Law with courses in the fields of Social Policy, Labour Market and HRM ensuring you a thorough understanding of the individual and collective labour law systems governing the different markets.

Program structure

This one-year program consists of 60 credits (ECTS):

  • Core courses (42 ECTS)
    • Minimum of 4 courses in law (24 ECTS)
    • Minimum of 12 ECTS courses in HRM/social sciences (12 ECTS)
    • Free choice from both sets of courses (12 ECTS)
  • Master's thesis (12 ECTS) 

Combine your thesis with an internship (3 ECTS) in an internationally operating company, focusing on a topic related to labour law and employment relations.

You can start either at the end of August or at the end of January.

Program content

Preparatory courses (if necessary)

Two preparatory courses are available to bridge - if necessary - any knowledge gaps related to your educational backgrounds. These courses take place in the first period of each semester.

  • Background in law or liberal arts:  the course Introduction to Research Methodologies in Social Sciences is available.
  • Background in social sciences: the course Introduction to law  is available.

The preparatory courses are strongly recommended unless you are able to show a proficiency in both law and social sciences. There is no examination or grading applicable for these preparatory courses. 

After you've been admitted, you will receive information about which course you need to follow.

Core courses

Choose at least 24 ECTS worth of Law courses from the following:

  • Comparative Labour Law (6 ECTS)
  • Transnational Labour Law (6 ECTS)
  • European Labour Law and Social Policy (6 ECTS)
  • International Labour Law and Globalization (6 ECTS)

Choose at least 12 ECTS worth of HRM/social sciences courses from the following:

  • Active Aging at work (3 ECTS)
  • Brussels/Geneva/Strasbourg Seminar (3 ECTS)
  • Compensation and Benefits (3 ECTS)
  • Comparative European Industrial Relations (6 ECTS)
  • Cultural Diversity Management (6 ECTS)
  • International Human Resource Management (3 ECTS)
  • Inclusive HRM (3 ECTS)
  • Social Policy and Social Risks (6 ECTS)
  • During the program it is possible to do an internship. If this internship meets the right requirements (it needs to include a research component and you will have to write a research report) you will be awarded 3 ECTS.
  • This internship could be anywhere in the world and provides you with fast track career opportunities.
Master’s thesis

The final part of your program consists of writing your master's thesis, which needs to incorporate an interdisciplinary component (12 ECTS).

You will find a detailed description of the courses and required literature in our course catalog.

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Please note: programs are subject to change. We advise you to look up the current program in OSIRIS Student at the start of the year.

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Short overview of Labour Law and Employment Relations

Combine the field of international labour law with courses in the fields of social policy, labour market, and human resources studies.

  • The program ensures that you get a thorough understanding of the individual and collective labour law systems governing the different markets.
  • Put theory into practice: an internship is part of the curriculum.
  • Unique combination of legal and human resources education in the market.
  • Strong community of (international) students and international research experts.

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