Human Resource Management
Our MSc Human Resource Management (HRM) programme is designed to capture the realities of the contemporary Human Resource (HR) profession and seeks to develop the HR careers of our students. The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) whose qualifications are the recognised professional standard for HR and training specialists working across Ireland, the UK, the Middle East and Asia.
A mix of research-led academics and senior HR professionals teach on the programme. Adopting a strategic focus, the MSc HRM equips HR professionals to successfully deal with the challenges facing the HR function in contemporary organisations. The duration of the programme is one year for full-time students and two years for part-time students.
The MSc Human Resource Management programme is delivered twice a week per semester for full-time students and once a week per semester for part-time students. We have a blended approach to teaching with content delivered in-class, online, as well as through a variety of workshops. As a level 9 MSc, there will be considerable reading hours on this programme. Students will work individually as well as in groups. In the Applied Research Project (MG6825), in Part II of the programme, students partner with an organisation to conduct research on a real-life HR issue during which time they receive dedicated mentoring from academic staff.
This programme comprises two parts with a total of 90 credits.
Part I (60 credits)
BU6005 Applied Research Methods (5 credits)
BU6513 Business Case for Analytics (5 credits)
MG6802 HRM in a Global Context (10 credits)
MG6805 Managing the Employment Relationship (5 credits)
MG6822 Talent Management & Development (10 credits)
MG6824 Developing Skills for Business Leadership (5 credits)
MG6826 Leadership & Management Development (5 credits)
MG6827 Creating Healthy Workplaces (5 credits)
MG6828 Psychology at Work (5 credits)
MG6829 Managing Human Resources Strategically (5 credits)
Part II (30 credits)
MG6825 Applied Research Project (30 Credits)
Please view the College Calendar ( MSc Human Resource Management) for further details.
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.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
Minimum Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ Level 8, or equivalent) (eg Higher Diploma)
Applicants who do not meet the minimum primary degree requirement will be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) on the basis of other qualifications and relevant professional experience in the field of human resource management, industrial relations, training and development, employment policy, or related field. An interview may form part of the application process in this regard.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.
In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.
The closing date for non-EU applications is 30 June 2023
How Do I Apply
1. Check Dates: Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.
For Irish and EU applicants we operate a rounds system and you can check the rounds closing dates here.
Note that not all our programmes are subject to the rounds system so check the opening and closing dates for your specific programme in the fact file boxes above.
2. Gather Documents: Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:
Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC.
Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.
3. Apply Online: Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.
Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.
Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this MSc Human Resource Management programme. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences along with your current occupation as this information will support your application.
Additional information required will include the following:
Please enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held.
Please detail your current occupation/specialty.
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.
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Skills and Careers Information
The CIPD professional map sets out standards for HR professionals in terms of skill acquisition, knowledge-building, and professional development. This map is at the core of the programme and the content of the modules has been designed specifically with this in mind. The programme equips students with the necessary skills and knowledge to develop a successful career in the HR domain.