Business - Human Resource Management Stream - Waterford

The MBS (Human Resource Management Stream) is customised for the modern business climate, which demands a dynamic and flexible approach to management and an increased emphasis on fostering a knowledge-based economy. In this setting the importance of employees, and consequently the human resource function, has never been greater. Employees are increasingly viewed as the critical determinant of an organisations success and thus the professional management of people takes centre stage. The MBS (Human Resource Management Stream) is designed to provide graduates with the opportunity to enhance their specialist subject knowledge in HR whilst gaining a deeper knowledge of key contemporary issues prevailing in the business environment. Candidates will experience innovative learning methods, undertake practical assignments and acquire key competencies and skills to help them advance their career. Emphasis is placed on developing skills of critical thinking, analysis, debate, dealing with high levels of ambiguity and the simultaneous treatment of inter dependent decisions in a more complex environment. Students achieve this through participation in class activities and through involvement in a series of events including those organised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

The School of Business at SETU Waterford is an accredited centre for the CIPD professional body and the MBS (Human Resource Management Stream) awards associate membership of the CIPD and with one year’s relevant experience Chartered member of CIPD (MCIPD) which is a global qualification.

Unique features
» Opportunity to work on a real-life HR consulting and contemporary international business projects.

» Exposure to the unique blend of theoretical and practical concepts in business formation and development as well as reflective practice.

» Opportunity to learn from business leaders through our Seminar Series which is designed to facilitate an in-depth understanding of contemporary aspects of business and the application to practice.

» Hands on experience in developing mediation and negotiating skills necessary for a career in HR.

» Opportunity to obtain the much valued CIPD accreditation upon completion of this programme which will add value to your CV.

» Engage in the evaluation of real live employee relations issues and contemporary employment law cases

» Modules are flexibly delivered at a time that suits students, for those taking the course full time, they can attend on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons/evenings and for the part-time cohort, they can attend on Thursday afternoon/evening.

Who is the Master of Business (Human Resource Management Stream) for?
If you have a degree in human resource management or a general business degree with a human resource management major/specialization and you would like to pursue a career in human resource management, then this programme has been designed with you in mind.

Subjects taught


Semester 1
Innovation Management and Design
Business Simulation 1
Seminar Series
Research Methods
Contemporary Issues in HR
Employee Relations Strategy

Semester 2
International Study Tour
Business Simulation 2
Leadership Development
Employment Law
Human Resource Consultancy
Strategic International HRM

Semester 3
Applied Business Project
Research Paper Series 1: Applied Research Methods Paper
Research Paper Series 2: International Business and Politics Paper
Research Paper Series 3: Governance and Ethics Paper

Note: In semester 3 students will complete a dissertation or applied business project of the 3 research papers.

Entry requirements

• A H1 or 2.1 overall award in a strong specialist business human resource management undergraduate degree or a general business undergraduate degree with a HRM major/specialism.

• Students from a non-business degree (example - BA in Hospitality Management) must have studied Human Resource Management/Personnel Management/People Management during their studies and have achieved a minimum grade of 60% in those subjects.

• In some instances graduates who have achieved a 2nd class honours grade 2 in the degrees listed above and who can demonstrate a high level of performance in the human resource management related subjects may be considered for interview and short listing.

• Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see SETU Waterford’s English Language Requirements for details.

If you wish to pursue our Master of Business - (Human Resource Management Stream) in a part time capacity please contact the programme director Dr. Paul Morrissey at who will discuss this in more detail with you.

Application dates



1 year full-time or part-time.

Modules are flexibly delivered at a time that suits students, for those taking the course full time, they can attend on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons/evenings and for the part-time cohort, they can attend on Thursday afternoon/evening.

Enrolment dates

NEXT INTAKE September 2024

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Career Opportunities
The central aim of the MBS in Human Resource Management is to foster and develop both the conceptual and practical skills needed to contribute, succeed and lead in the current dynamic and challenging business climate. Many MBS graduates progress to senior management in a variety of areas including industrial relations, employer agencies, consultancy and training and development.

In addition to the academic content, the course also includes elements designed to give practical employment experience, and develop professional skills. As part of the programme, students have access to WIT’s Careers Management Centre and they work closely careers advisers to support them with career development from initial self-assessment through the job search and beyond.

Students benefit from a customised Seminar Series which brings together invited keynote speakers from a diverse range of businesses and public policy organisations, so that students have the opportunity to learn from industry-leading practitioners. Previous MBS students have benefited from these close links with industry and many of our partner organisations have been happy to consider our students for first job positions alongside more experienced applicants.

The course also incorporates a number of professional development workshops (including a day-long team development event at induction, an international study tour and a ‘Dragons Den’ competition event) during the year to extend student communication and presentation skills, enhance self-awareness, teamwork and cultural sensitivity, and allow graduates to perform effectively in organisations upon graduation.

A graduate may also apply for further post graduate Level 10 studies, such as a PhD by Research at WIT or to other third level institutions, either nationally or internationally.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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