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Human Resource Management

The aim of the MSc in HRM is to develop and equip established HR professionals with the knowledge and skill sets to enable them to operate at a strategic level in the HRM and HRD professions. Upon completion, graduates of this programme can apply for Professional Membership of the internationally recognised Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD). On commencement of the programme, students will automatically receive student membership of the internationally recognised Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD). Upon completion, graduates can apply for professional membership of CIPD.

Part One of this programme explores the nature and complexity of the context within which the human resource function operates. A focus is placed on the acquisition of an understanding of people management and development issues pertaining to specialist fields within the HR profession. Current and future developments in employment law and their related consequences are examined facilitating the development of a knowledge base of a broad range of legislation and related practical application skill sets. In the final module of Part One the student is engaged in structured self-assessment and guided in developing personal business leadership skills.

Part Two is presented through three modules relating to leadership and management development, employee relationship management and preparation for the investigation of a real-life HR issue. Leadership and management development is examined at three levels – individual staff member, team/unit and organisational level leading to a holistic perspective. The diversity of approaches in managing the relationship the organisation has with its’ workforce is explored with a critical review of traditional systems and contemporary people centred approaches. Following this initial exploration the student will be asked to elect to study specialist modules relating to these often opposing approaches. In addressing a real-life HR issue the student will engage with a module on core academic research skills with an emphasis on scientific enquiry and dissemination of outcomes.

Entry requirements

This programme is aimed at middle managers who wish to progress their career within the HR field or move into HR from another managerial function. Applications are invited from experienced managers with:

NFQ Level 8 qualifications (honours degree or Higher Diploma) in a HR related discipline AND 2 years' experience at middle management level;
Professional HR qualification AND 3 years' experience at a middle management level;
NFQ Level 8 qualification (honours degree or Higher Diploma) in any discipline AND 3 years' experience at middle management level.

All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6.5 or the equivalent TOEFL score with no individual section lower than 6.0


2 years part-time

Two evenings per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.30-9.30pm) plus occasional Saturday workshops from September to May each year.

Careers or further progression

Following completion of this programme, graduates can apply for Graduate Membership of the CIPD. With this qualification students may pursue a senior HR management position across a variety of industries and contexts or a more specialised career in Staff Development.

Assessment method

The programme is assessed through continuous assessment (comprising of practical assignments/essays) and examinations. There is also a requirement to produce a research report (10,000 – 15,000 words).

Course fee

Year 1 - €5,190 (includes annual CIPD student membership fee); Year 2 - €4,000.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2018 - TBC

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