Human Resource Management

University College Cork

Human Resource Management

Course Outline
The Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management (HRM) provides a structured educational opportunity for early-career human resource professionals or those seeking to enter into the human resources profession.

Our HRM Higher Diploma provides comprehensive coverage of the main role span of the human resource (HR) professional in contemporary organisations and is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

On this course you will gain a broad understanding of the factors to be considered when developing, implementing, and evaluating HR systems; approaches to recruitment and selection, learning and development, and performance and rewards management; the impact of labour legislation; and managing employment relations within different organisational contexts.

Subjects taught

The Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management is a 12-month part-time programme. Students take 60 credits as follows:
LW5844 Labour Law (5 credits)
MG5806 Performance and Rewards Management (5 credits)
MG5817 Learning and Development (5 credits)
MG5842 Managing the Human Resource Function (10 credits)
MG5843 Employment Relations (10 credits)
MG5845 Recruiting and Selecting Global Talent (5 credits)
MG5846 Business Issues and the Context of Human Resource Management (5 credits)
MG5847 Research Methods in Human Resources (5 credits)
MG5848 Professional and Ethical Human Resources in Practice (10 credits)

Entry requirements

Applicants must have at least an NFQ Level 7 qualification in any discipline and at least 2 years of professional work experience.

Consideration under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) 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.

Application dates

Closing Date
Rolling deadline. Open until all places have been filled. Early application is advised.


1 year part-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 9 September 2024

Post Course Info

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

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

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  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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