Talent Leadership & HR Strategy

The DCU Business School MSc in Talent, Leadership and HR strategies is being offered from 2020 to relaunch and update the School's highly successful Msc in HR Strategies (MHRS) programme. The Msc in HR Strategies over the past 20 years has established a reputation as the leading programme in Ireland for managers and professionals who are interested in pursuing a strategic approach to human resource issues in their organisations. Since its inception in 1997, the MHRS has attracted a variety of participants including human resource professionals and consultants, training and development professionals, and employee relations specialists, in addition to line managers and those involved in managing their own companies.

The programme has now been relaunched as the Msc in Talent, Leadership and HR Strategies to meet the changing and future needs of professionals in this space. In updating the programme, we have blended the significant strengths of our established programme with new and cutting edge content. The established strengths of the programme's focus on strategic leadership in the people management side of business are now augmented by continuously updated content from our faculty's globally recognised research. New and exciting elements reflect the need for increased agility not only in organisation processes, but in leadership behaviours also within the HR function itself. The growing importance of future –focussed Talent Management, data and storytelling are explicitly recognised in the new modules, and our School's national leadership in HR and related research will be continuously updated for students via the new module Contemporary issues in HRM and Talent Management.

MHRS graduates are employed in major multinational, indigenous, public and non-profit organisations such as: PwC, IBM, Intel, JP Morgan, Pfizer, VHI, ESB Group, An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive and the Defence Forces, among many others. The MSc in Talent. Leadership and HR Strategies will continue to be fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This programme is suitable for anyone who has, or aspires to, a HR leadership position.

This programme is closely aligned with CIPD's HR professional map and contributes towards the development of the behaviours required to undertake key HR and people leadership roles in organisations.

The MSc in Talent, Leadership & HR Strategies programme equips managers and professionals with the capabilities that will be needed the unpredictable future world of work. Participants in this programme are not only embarking on an education programme, but are engaging in a personal leadership development journey that will enable them to fulfil their leadership potential.

The MSc in Talent, Leadership & HR Strategies programme equips managers and professionals with the competencies needed to take on challenging roles in turbulent times. On completion students will have acquired:

- Mastery in problem diagnosis and the implementation of solutions as guided by theoretical and empirical research;

- An ability to adopt a broad strategic perspective, rather than a narrow, functional one when resolving organisational and human resource problems;

- An increased awareness of how career goals can be realised using a variety of personal and professional development techniques;

- An ability to use advanced skills to conduct, implement and communicate research that will bring about successful organisational change.

Course Life
Since 1997 this programme has been the leading programme in Ireland for professionals seeking to pursue a strategic approach to human resource management. The programme content is continually updated in partnership with CIPD to ensure relevance to today's HR challenges.

Students transfer academic insights into real value for their organisations; the final project is a good example of this.

A core focus on developing leadership competencies means that students emerge with significantly enhanced capabilities - a fact verified by our published research on the impact of this programme.

The interactive learning climate within the programme ensures that students build positive relationships with a valuable network of professional colleagues.

Subjects taught

Modules focus on the following areas:
Talent Management
Strategic Human Resource Management
Leadership and Change Management
Employment Law and Negotiations
Strategy, Organisation and Innovation
Business Analytics and Storytelling
Contemporary issues in HRM and Talent Management
Coaching and Mentoring
Dissertation Research Project

Entry requirements


General Entry Requirements
For admission to the MSc in Talent, Leadership and HR Strategy candidates must have at least three years relevant work experience and hold;

- A 2:1 Honours degree in a related discipline.

- Applicants who have achieved a 2.2 Honours degree may still obtain a place. This will depend on availability of places and on obtaining high grades in relevant modules on their undergraduate programme.

- Alternatively, candidates with relevant Professional qualifications and at least 3 years relevant work experience in Human Resource Management may be considered for entry subject to interview.
Selection of applicants will include an interview.

This programme is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and completion leads to graduate membership of C.I.P.D.

Application dates

Make an Application

To apply for this programme:
- Provide Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation, if applicable.

- Provide a 500-750 word (max) personal statement.

- Please also include your CV.

- If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.

Application Deadlines
EU Applicants - 31st July 2022.

Please note if you are a non EU student and require a study visa, you are not eligible to apply for part-time programmes as study visas are only granted for full-time programmes.

Queries from EU applicants should be directed to postgraduateadmissions@dcu.ie.

Queries from non EU applicants should be directed to international.office@dcu.ie.


2 years part-time.

Post Course Info

Career Prospects
Research conducted by the LInK Research Centre at DCU has shown statistically significant changes in leadership style over the course of the programme with participants demonstrating increased preference for developmental styles, in particular embracing the need for change, challenge and risk under conditions of freedom and scope for personal choice.

These leadership competencies are crucial in organisations facing conditions of uncertainty and rapid change.

This change process has proven to be very successful for managers completing the programme and has resulted in positive career moves and promotions.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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