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Human Resource Management

This course provides a structured educational opportunity for human resource professionals early in their career. It provides a solid grounding in which you can progress your career in this field and support the delivery of your current role. 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.

This intensive 12-month course comprehensively covers the role of the HR professional in today's world. Based on the solid foundation of organisational structure, environment and its related systems, the course starts by developing professional practice. The student will acquire a sound understanding of human resource management as a professional career path.

A broad understanding of implementing and evaluating inclusive learning and development activities in organisations is explored. Participants will also assess how they can contribute to the development of coaching and mentoring activities within their organisation. Theory and practice of employment relations in Ireland are examined, along with the history of employment relations in Ireland and the EU. The course gives a theoretical and practical grounding in an evidence-based presentation of research and related data for supporting direction and investment of the HR function and/or organisation's time and resources.

This course combines theory and practice helping you to secure and embed current and critical perspectives in the HR profession. It delivers a rare opportunity to engage at a postgraduate level in structured self-assessment and interaction with guest speakers and industry peers while having a dedicated HR career mentor. The course meets the new standards of the professional body CIPD. Graduates of this programme can apply for professional membership of the internationally recognised Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).

Entry requirements

Normally, applicants for entry to the Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management will:

Be at least 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application

And have a minimum of two years' HR, or Supervisory or Managerial or Training experience

AND Hold a Leaving Certificate/FETAC level 5 qualification or equivalent.

A selection committee may seek to interview applicants. In the case of competition for places selection will be made on the basis of the candidate's experience and interview performance (if required to attend for interview).

English language requirement: All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6 or the equivalent TOEFL score


1 year part-time

The course runs two evenings per week (mondays and wednesdays 6.30-9.30pm) plus occasional saturday workshops from September to August.

Further enquiries

Programme Coordinator: Déirdre O Byrne
+ 353 21 490 4715

Programme Administrator: Louise Fleming
+ 353 21 490 4720

Assessment method

Continuous assessment (consisting of practical assignments and essays), examinations. you will also be required to write a project report (7,000 words).

Course fee

€4,190 per academic year [First instalment of €2,190 includes CIPD student membership fees]

Students who are registered on this programme are eligible to apply for the Financial Aid Fund for Part Time Students. Eligibility criteria applies. For more information see

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date TBC

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