The MSc in Human Resource Management is tailor-made for students with an undergraduate degree in business, or in cognate areas such as social science, psychology, economics, politics or law. The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the leading professional body for HR managers.
This programme is designed to provide a research-led professional education to students wishing to pursue a career in HRM and employment relations. The Human Resource Management and Employment Relations Group at UCD pioneered research in these fields at University level in Ireland and is now a centre for internationally-renowned research and studies. Students will benefit from learning values based on research, independent inquiry and critical but constructive engagement with major debates and issues. The UCD HRM and ER Group combines professional expertise in practice and policy development with a commitment to research. Engagement with the practical worlds of industrial relations and human resource management is a core programme feature.
A unique feature of the programme is the opportunity to participate in two exchange programmes, with the ILR School, Cornell University and the EMLS (European Masters in Labour Studies), a network of leading European universities offering postgraduate programmes in labour studies. (Places on these exchange programmes are limited and students are invited to apply to apply in mid- September. There is no guarantee that places on these exchange programmes will be available every academic year).
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:
1. 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
2. The ability to develop and display an understanding of the inter-relationships between human resource management, industrial relations and behavioural and human sciences
3. 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 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).
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).