Human Resource Management

With recognised international programme accreditations (from both the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) and the European Foundation for Management Development (EPAS), the MSc in HRM has a strategic and international focus to reflect the critical role of the HR function within modern organisations. HR professionals and managers today face multiple, and often conflicting, role requirements in a function that is increasing complex and challenging. These challenges include managing transformational change, globalisation, diversity and inclusion, 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 dealing with central issues such as leadership and change, managing conflict, retention and talent management, employment law, learning and development, International and contemporary issues in HRM and employment relations. An international qualification in Psychometric Assessment (Levels A and B) is now also included in the programme.

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, MSHRMATFAD
2 years part-time.MSHRMATPAD

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:
•PM6181 Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management
•PM6161 The Psychology of Leadership and Change
•PM6171 Comparative Employment Relations
•PM6131 Research Methods
•CO6001 Professional Development 1
•PM6110 Psychometric Assessment Certificate (Level A) in January

Spring Semester:
•LA5002 Irish and European Labour Law
•PM6142 Negotiations and Conflict Management
•PM6132 Workplace Learning and Development
•PM6052 International Human Resource Management
•CO6002 Professional Development 2
•PM6132 Research Skills Development
•PM6110 Psychometric Assessment Certificate (Level B) in May

Summer Semester:
Alternative Exit Route- Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management
PM6033 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 Deadlines

Taught Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basies but specific programmes have individual closing dates which can be found on our on-line prospectus

Research Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for research programmes. The applications for Research programmes are review each month by the Postgraduate Research Committee.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

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