Human Resource Management

This course uniquely allows students to study over three consecutive semesters within one calendar year to receive the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Human Resource Management. Successful completion leads to Chartered Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Students progressing directly to the MA in HRM will also receive Associate Membership of the Mediation Institute of Ireland (MII) if they complete the relevant modules and assessments required.

About this Course
This intensive course has been developed
in consultation with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The programme aims to develop an in-depth understanding of the core disciplines in the area of human resources (HR). It recognises that HR must operate in challenging and dynamic business environments that are constantly changing and seeks to enable students to deliver effective business solutions that optimise the people resources of their organisation.

Combined with a practitioner recognised qualification in the area of HRM, namely CIPD, this course is geared towards people wishing to continue or progress in their professional development in HR or wider roles in the organisation.

Block teaching is used to provide the opportunity for more in-depth development of knowledge within modules. An applied approach to teaching is used within the programme with lectures interspersed with exercises, use of case study analysis, group activities in class, debate on contemporary issues as well as independent learning.

Who is the course for?
This course is aimed primarily at individuals seeking an academic qualification at postgraduate level while also wishing to advance their career to assume positions at a senior management level with a specific focus on human resource management.

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree in either a cognate or non-cognate area at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications. The college operates a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) scheme meaning non-graduates with extensive professional experience and other prior qualifications may also be considered for the course.

Subjects taught

Course Content
. Leading and Managing
. Human Resource Management in a Strategic Business Context
. People Resourcing
. International HRM
. Employment Law
. Employee Relations
. Talent Development
. Investigating a Business Issue from a HR Perspective (essential for CIPD membership for those wishing to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in HRM and no desire to progress onto the MA in HRM)
. Mediation and Conflict Management (leads to Associate Membership of MII)

Students wishing to progress to the MA in HRM in semester 4, will take the Mediation and Conflict Management module; they will not take the Investigating a Business Issue module.

Those students who transfer onto the MA in HRM course will be required to complete an additional semester consisting of a research methods module and a minor dissertation. This award will allow transfer to level 9 research degrees and in some cases progression to taught doctoral courses at level 10 on the NFQ.

Also students on the Postgraduate Diploma course who do not wish to qualify for CIPD membership may elect to take the Mediation module instead of the Investigating a Business Issue module.

The course content as shown here is for indicative purposes.

The college reserves the right to re-order the schedule of modules offered.

Note that all modules count towards the final award classification.


1 calendar year; 39 weeks, 3 taught semesters September to end of July.
Indicative Schedule
Tuesday and Thursday 18.00 - 21.00 plus 2 full Saturdays per semester 10.00 - 17.00.

Please note that exams can be scheduled during the morning, afternoon or evening Monday to Saturday.


€7,250 per annum (Fees revised annually).

You can spread the cost of this course with a direct debit plan.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 15/09/2020

Post Course Info

Graduates with relevant work experience will be eligible to apply for Chartered Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) for which a membership fee will be payable directly to CIPD. Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in HRM have the option of continuing their studies to receive the award of Master of Arts in HRM.

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    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

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