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Human Resources

The MSc Business (HRM) programme 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.

The MSc Business (HRM) 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).

Further details about the ILR School are available at Further details on the EMLS programme can be found at

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

Entry requirements

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.


12 Months Full-Time
24 Months* Part-Time

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities

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).

In 2016, 87% of our graduates from this programme were employed after 6 months across a range of industry sectors. (Source: First Destination Report 2016)

Potential careers for our graduates include:
•Recruitment Consultant
•Talent Performance Specialist
•HR Business Partner
•Staffing Associate
•Personnel Officer
•Client Services

Further enquiries

Contact details
+353 1 716 8934

Application date

Step 1: Collating Documentation

The first step is to collate the required documentation needed to assess your application*.

These can include but are not limited to:
English Language Test
Additional Documentation

Step 2: The Application Process

Once you have collated the required documentation and reviewed the entry requirements for your programme of interest, you can now apply online.

You must apply online using our dedicated student information portal. You will be required to enter contact details, upload your documents and answer two essay questions (each approximately 300 words). We would ask that you seriously consider both essays and answer these in the context of the programme you are applying to. Try to not replicate your CV and demonstrate what makes you different from other applicants. There are no right or wrong ways to complete these essays.

You will then be asked to submit your application and pay the €50 application fee. No application can be assessed until the fee has been paid. You can apply for multiple programmes with the one application fee, but please be sure to mark your preferred course.

Once submitted, it usually takes 2-3 weeks before a decision is made on fully completed applications. This time period can sometimes be longer and can vary at different times in the year and in different regions. We may offer you a conditional place based on the completion of a number of criteria, such as degree, English test, or another qualification. This reserves you a place on the course and once you have fulfilled this criteria we will issue you a full offer.

Acceptance is completed by paying a non-refundable deposit (€500 - €1000). Once you have accepted you will then be handled by the programme office who will contact you with further course and start details.

Course fee

Fees Full-Time EU:
€13,615 (academic year 2018/2019)

Full-Time Non-EU:
€18,700 (academic year 2018/2019)

Fees Part-Time EU:
€7,395 per year (academic year 2018/2019)

Part-Time Non-EU:
€9,350 per year (academic year 2018/2019)

Important Note: Tuition fees and other charges are subject to change each year.

Enrolment and start dates

Starting: September 2018

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