Human Resource Management

Course Outline
The Higher Diploma in HRM provides a structured educational opportunity for early career human resource professionals or to assist those seeking to enter into the HR Profession. It provides comprehensive coverage of the main role span of the HR professional in today's organisation and is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Students gain a broad understanding of the factors to be considered when implementing and evaluating inclusive learning and development, employee legislation, employee relations and reward activities within varying organisational contexts.

Enhances the student's ability to secure and embed current and critical perspectives through research-led academic content and practically applied programme.

Develops an in-depth understanding of the core functions in the area of HRM and provides insights into the latest developments in HRM.

Achieves a balance between applied business skills and academic scholarship.

Structured self-assessment and interaction with experienced guest speakers and industry peers.

Opportunity to investigate a workplace problem of interest and relevance to the student with the support of an academic mentor.

Why Choose This Course
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:
• Demonstrate a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by HR professionals, whether in a generalist or specialist role
• Identify and review the business and external contextual factors affecting organisations and to assess the impact of these factors on the HR function.
• Engage in research and enquiry in order to identify appropriate data sources to support an investigation into an area of HR practice demonstrating analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Critically discuss the spectrum of HR activity and the role of the HR function in organisations today
• Explain the major areas of employment legislation and the employment law system, focusing in particular on ways in which day-to-day HR activities are subject to regulation.
• Demonstrate a broad understanding of the factors to be considered when implementing and evaluating inclusive learning and development (L&D) activities within varying organisational contexts.
• Contribute to the development of coaching and mentoring activities within organisations.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have:
• At least an NFQ Level 7 qualification in any discipline AND
• At least 2 years professional work experience

Consideration may be given to applicants who do not fully meet the above criteria but who have significant professional experience in a related field such as human resource management, training and development, employment relations, coaching, supervisory and management roles AND at least an NFQ Level 6 qualification. In these circumstances, an interview may form part of the application decision.

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available at

International/non-EU applicants
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Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Assessment Info

Continuous assessment (consisting of practical assignments and essays), examinations. you will also be required to write a project report (7,000 words).

Subjects taught

Students take the following modules:
• MG5841 Engaging in Professional Human Resource Practice (5 credits)
• MG5842 Managing the HR function (10 credits)
• MG5843 Contemporary Developments in Employment Relations (10 credits)
• MG5844 Labour Law (5 credits)
• MG5806 Contemporary Reward Management (5 credits)
• MG5807 Business Issues and the Context of Human Resource Management (10 credits)
• MG5817 Contemporary Developments in Human Resource Development (5 credits)
• MG5838 Investigating a Business Issue from an HR Perspective (10 credits)

Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.


1 year part-time

Course Practicalities
Programme runs from September through to submission of a final management research report in August.

Modules are timetabled on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm along with a small number of Saturdays. Online tutorials and activities are also encompassed in the programme.


€4,190 per academic year [First instalment of €2,190 includes CIPD student membership fees]

Students who are registered on this programme are eligible to apply for the Financial Aid Fund for Part Time Students. Eligibility criteria applies. For more information see

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 7th September 2020

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information
12-month programme providing comprehensive coverage of the main role span of the HR professional in today's organisations.

On commencement of the programme, students receive student membership of the internationally recognised CIPD. Upon completion, graduates can apply for professional membership of the CIPD.

A mix of research-led academics and senior HR professionals teach on the programme.

Strong focus on personal and career development, and the application of theory to the practice of HRM

Graduates of this programme have gone onto work in HR roles nationally and internationally across domestic and multinational companies, as well as in the public sector.

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    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

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