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Human Resource Management

The MSc in HRM has a strategic and international focus and reflects the transition from HR as a peripheral concern to HR as an area of strategic importance within organisations. HR professionals and managers are now serving multiple, and often conflicting, roles and face increasing complexity and challenges in the HR function. These challenges include transformational change, the current economic downturn, globalisation, balancing operational and strategic issues and managing competing demands from multiple stakeholders. The MSc in HRM is designed to assist organisations in the private, public, non-profit and semi-state sector in meeting these challenges and includes modules on decision making and change management, negotiations and conflict management, International HRM, HRD, employment law and industrial relations. A 5-day International Study abroad trip is also included in the programme.

The programme is CIPD accredited at the highest level and is EPAS Accredited (awarded by the European Foundation for Management Development).

Entry requirements

Applicants will possess a minimum 2:2 honours primary degree (National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) in a relevant discipline (for example human resource management; work and organisational psychology; business). However, students from cognate backgrounds are also encouraged to apply. An interview may form part of the application process. Applicants who cannot satisfy the minimum primary degree requirement may be accepted on the basis of relevant professional experience in the field of human resource management, industrial relations, training and development, employment policy, or related field.

What to Include with your Application

Qualification transcripts and certificates

English language qualification if English is not your first language

Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.

A copy of your birth certificate (long document)

Guidelines on Completing your Application

To ensure a speedy assessment of your application, please upload the above documents with your application form.

Please title appropriately any documents you are uploading with the application form, for example "Supporting Statement", "Undergraduate Transcript", "Postgraduate Transcript", "English Language Certificate" etc.

English Language Requirements

Where candidates are non-native English language speakers, the candidate should meet the University’s English Language Requirements

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A

GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

International Students
In the case of international students, applicants must hold a qualification that is equivalent to an Irish or UK honours bachelor's degree (NQAI level 8). The degree must be in a discipline relevant to the postgraduate degree sought. To find out if you have the correct qualifications to apply for a programme at UL check the specific requirements for your home country.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

This programme would be of interest to those pursuing careers in the following:

Management Consultancy
Human Resource Management
Organisational Development
Training and Development
Management and Leadership Development
Employee Relations

Further enquiries

Course Leader: Dr. Noreen Heraty EPAS
Department of Personnel and Employment Relations
Course Co-ordinator: Kathy Ryan
Tel : 353-61-202643
Fax : 353-61-213489
Email : or
Web : MSc in Human Resource Management

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester:
•PM5301 Human Resource Management in Transition
•PM6131 Research Methods
•PM6312 Comparative Industrial Relations
•PM6141 Psychology of Decision Making & Organisational Change
•CO6001 Professional Development 1

Spring Semester:
•LA5002 Irish and European Labour Law
•PM6112 Theory & Practice of Negotiations: Workshop
•PM6321 Human Resource Development
•PM6052 International Human Resource Management
•PM6092 International Workshop
•CO6002 Professional Development 2
•PM6122 Research Skills Development

Summer Semester:
Alternative Exit Route- Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management
PM6033 Dissertation 1
PM6043 Dissertation 2

Part-time Variant:
Year 1:
Autumn Semester:
Autumn Semester Human Resource Management in Transition Psychology of Strategic Decision Making Organisational Change

Year 1:
Spring Semester :
Irish and European Labour Law, Theory and Practice of Negotiations: Workshop

Year 2:
Autumn Semester:
Organisational Research Design & Methods; Comparative Industrial Relations

Year 2:
Spring Semester:
Human Resource Development, International Human Resource Management; International Workshop; International Workshop (3 credits)

Summer Semester
Alternative Exit Route- Graduate Diploma in Human Resource ManagementPM6033 Dissertation 1 PM6043 Dissertation 2


With a strategic and international focus the MSc in HRM equips HR professionals to manage the increasing complexity and challenges in the modern HR function. The programme, which is CIPD accredited at the highest level and EPAS Accredited (awarded by the European Foundation for Management Development), provides access to specialist laboratory facilities and includes a five day international workshop.

Application date

Application Deadline: 28 April 2017

Taught Programmes - Application Process
All applicants apply through the online application system by choosing a programme from one of the five faculties. If Non-EU applicants wish to contact the International Education Division first before completing an online application, they can do by filling out the International Education Division Enquiry Form. For more information visit the International Office website.

International Office:
Tel: +353 61 202414
Fax: +353 61 213062

Visit the International Office website

What to include (upload) with your application
•Certified results for all examinations mentioned on your application form and/or confirmation of the award of your qualification(s).
•Evidence of English language proficiency.
•Certified translations of your award and transcripts if they are not in English
•A copy of your birth certificate or passport

Please note that certain programmes request additional documentation such as personal statements and/or references. Please check the programme entry requirements to ensure you have included the required information.

What happens after I apply?
Once you submit your application online, you will receive an email acknowledgement. It is important that you upload all your documents at the time of application as you will not be able to upload these at a later stage. If you do not have your documents at the time of application, you will need to mail them to the Postgraduate Admissions Office once they become available.
Your application will then be passed to the Course Director who will decide whether or not to offer you a place. Some programmes require interviews and you will be notified of the date, time and venue.

Decision Letter
You will receive one of the following letters from the Postgraduate Admissions Office:
•An unconditional offer. You satisfy all of the academic conditions required and we are offering you a place.
•A conditional offer. You do not yet satisfy the academic conditions required before entry but you propose to do so. The conditions are listed in the offer letter and may include English language tests as well as degree results.
•Letter of regret. We are unable to offer you a place.

Please note that a decision is authoritative and official only if it has been sent in writing from the Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Accepting a place at the University of Limerick
To accept your offer you must pay your acceptance deposit and send in the course acceptance form, stamped by the bank, to the Postgraduate Admissions Office. On receipt of this acceptance form/deposit, the Postgraduate Admissions Office will change the status of your application to Firmly Accepted. You will receive an orientation pack in August. The orientation pack will provide you with full details of orientation and enrolment.

Deferring your offer
You cannot defer a place on a taught postgraduate programme without the permission of the Course Director. If you are offered a deferral, you will receive a letter from the Postgraduate Admissions Office confirming that a deferral has been granted. You should then contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office before March of the following year to confirm that you will be accepting your place. If you are not offered a deferral, then you must re-apply for the programme the following academic year.

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick
Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 04/Sep/2017.

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