What will I Learn?
Effective HR management is recognised as a key element in an organisation's strategic capability and this programme provides students with conceptual and practical insight into human resource management and employment relations. The programme reflects the changing character of the Irish, European and global context by emphasising the integration of knowledge and approaches in human resource management, employment relations and the behavioural and human sciences.
Upon completion of the programme students will have developed:
A capacity to interpret and critically assess the conceptual basis of employment relations and human resource management, plus the ability to apply such theories in practical contexts
The ability to develop and display an understanding of the inter-relationships between human resource management, industrial relations and behavioural and human sciences.
A grasp of the social, economic and political factors influencing HR management, its role within the national and international business environment and current developments within the profession.
How will I benefit?
We value an evidence-based, critical and reflective approach to the study of HRM and integrity in professional practice. We encourage our students to develop a capacity for critical engagement and an ethical and evidence-based approach to decision-making. We aim to provide a learning environment that will foster independent thought and give students the opportunity to work independently and as part of a team. Students engage in close dialogue with academic staff, their peers, and practitioners, and are encouraged to actively participate in academic debates, and establish professional priorities, developments and challenges.
The programme adopts a facilitative approach to teaching and self-directed learning is actively encouraged. The curriculum incorporates varied teaching and assessment, including: analysis of academic literature, management and consulting-type reports, case studies and policy developments; debates and role plays; presentations; individual and group-based project work; and engagement with expert practitioners.
CIPD professional accreditation of the programme and exchange programme options offer extra learning opportunities and greatly enhance career trajectories upon graduation.
The MSc (Human Resource Management) offers students a research led professional education which prepares them for careers in HRM, employee relations and related disciplines/ areas of management, consulting or representation (Purpose).
We value an evidence-based, critical and reflective approach to the study of HRM and integrity in professional practice. We encourage our students to develop a capacity for critical engagement and an ethical and evidence-based approach to decision-making (education and subject/discipline/professional values).
We aim to provide a learning environment that will foster independent thought and give students the opportunity to work independently and as part of a team. Students will engage in close dialogue with academic staff, their peers and
practitioners, and will be encouraged to actively engage with academic debates, and professional priorities, developments and challenges (the nature of the learning environment for students).
The programme adopts a facilitative approach to teaching and self-directed learning is actively encouraged. The design and
delivery of the curriculum incorporates varied models of teaching and assessment, all of which are aligned with module objectives and include for example: analysis of academic literature, management and consulting-type reports, case studies and policy developments; debates and role plays; individual and group-based project work; and engagement with expert practitioners (the key approaches to teaching, learning and assessment).
Please review the entry requirements below. The UCD Smurfit Admissions Office staff have expertise in reviewing international qualifications from around the world and will be able to assess your application's comparability to the Irish entry requirement.
A minimum second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in Business/Commerce/Business Administration, Social Science, Psychology, Economics, Law, Accounting or a related area.
A primary degree with a minimum of three years' work experience in Human Resources.
The curriculum comprises a blend of core and option modules (2 + 5), and a Research Project in the Summer Term
To qualify for CIPD membership students must complete specific CIPD-accredited modules. (Students who participate in the exchange programmes can qualify for CIPD membership provided they complete all modules specified by CIPD).
•Concepts in Industrial Relations and Human Resources
•Human Resource Management
•Strategy & International Business
•Managing Conflict in Organisations
•Work & Employment in a Global Economy
•Employment Relations in Ireland
•Gender Equality and Diversity
•HRM Technology, Analytics and Digital Innovation
•Research Project: HRM and Business
•Developing Competencies for HR Leadership
•Managing Workplace Learning
•The Science of Teams
Note: option modules listed are indicative of what has been delivered in previous years. What is offered each academic year is subject to change.
12 Months Full-Time, 24 Months Part-Time
Fees Full-Time EU:
€14,460 (academic year 2020/2021)
€19,900 (academic year 2020/2021)
Fees Part-Time EU:
€7,855 per year (academic year 2020/2021)
€9,950 per year (academic year 2020/2021)
Important Note: Tuition fees and other charges are subject to change each year.
Starting: September 20220
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Students of the MSc in Human Resource Management are prepared for a career in private and public sector organisations, employer associations and trade unions and the research, consultancy and teaching professions.
Graduates are traditionally employed in a wide range of sectors (private and public sector organisations, trade unions, research and consultancy) and companies (Google, Microsoft, Facebook, LinkedIn, Diageo, Accenture, Mercer and PwC, amongst others).
86% of our graduates from this programme were employed after 6 months across a range of industry sectors. (Source: Latest Graduate Outcomes Survey)
Potential careers for our graduates include:
•Talent Performance Specialist
•HR Business Partner