M.Sc. Human Resource Management

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR17900 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    EUR12850 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Dublin, Ireland
This CIPD-accredited full-time or part-time courses is especially suitable for students with an undergraduate degree in business, or in cognate areas such as social science, psychology, economics, politics or law.


What will I learn?

Students of the course should acquire both a strong theoretical grounding in HR management and essential analytical skills to assist them in resolving people management issues in their future career

  • A capacity to interpret and critically assess the conceptual basis of industrial relations and human resource management, allied with the ability to apply such theories in practical contexts
  • The ability to develop and subsequently show an understanding of the inter-relationships between personnel management, industrial relations and behavioural and human sciences
  • A grasp of the social, economic and political factors that infulence HR management, its role within the national and international business environment and current developments within the profession
How will I benefit?
The accreditation and structuring of this particular Masters offers extra learning opportunities and higher guarantees of an accelerated career path upon graduation
  • The MSc HRM offers 2 exchange programmes, one with the ILR School (Cornell University) and the 2nd programme is the EMLS (European Masters in Labour Studies), a network of leading European universities offering postgraduate programmes in labour studies. More details below.
  • Professional accreditation the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) - accredited option is highly regarded by employers and gives graduates from the course a competitive advantage in the workplace.
  • Graduates are traditionally employed in a wide spread of sectors (private and public sector organisations, trade unions, research and consultancy) and companies (Google, Microsoft, Diageo, Accenture and PwC, amongt others).
Course features
  • Exchange Progammes - The MSc in HRM offers two exchange programmes (ILR School, Cornell University and the European Masters in Labour Studies). Places on these exchange programmes are limited and students are invited to apply in mid Septmber. Further details about the ILR School are available at Further details on the EMLS programme can be found at Please note there is no guarantee that places on these exchange programmes will be available every academic year.
  • Curricular flexibility in addition to the CIPD and Exchange Programme options, the course is also available in full-time or part-time formats, the latter being taught via classes taught during the working day.
  • Academic prizes two awards are available to exceptional students: the Merc Partners bursary for the student with the highest mark in the HRM stream, and the Richard Maher Memorial Medal for the part-time student with the highest first-class honours mark.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

Started in

  • There is no deadline for this start date.

Dates reflect the university's timezone.

Tuition fee
  • EUR17900 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • EUR12850 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • Fees PT EU:7,000 pa
  • PT Non-EU:8,950 pa
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content

Programme structure

The programme is offered as a one-year full-time programme or on a two-year part-time basis. You will be assessed by examination and continuous assessment.


To complete the MSc in Human Resource Managment, students must complete seven modules (3 core and 4 options) and a Research Project in the Summer Term. In exceptional circumstances, students may seek permission to do six modules plus a Dissertation

Core Modules:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Concepts in IR and HRM
  • Employment Relations in Ireland

Option modules for this programme may include:

  • Employee Resourcing
  • Employment Law
  • Managing Industrial Relations
  • Managing Conflict in Organisations
  • Developing Competencies for HR Leadership
  • Work and Employment in the Global Economy
  • Managing Workplace Learning
  • Gender, Equality & Diversity

Summer Term

  • Research Project plus one option


  • Dissertation


You will need one of the following:

  • A minimum second-class honours degree in business or a finance related area.
  • An honours Higher Diploma in Business Studies.
  • A primary degree with a minimum of three years´ work experience in the specialisation you are applying for a related area.

International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to universities in Ireland when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Work Experience

At least 3 year(s) of work experience are required.

More Information


`Triple crown´ of Accreditation

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is one of a small group of schools worldwide to hold the `triple crown´ of accreditation from the three centres of business and academic excellence. These accreditations benchmark us against the best in the world and position UCD Smurfit School on the global map. Attaining these accreditations requires us to continually evaluate and enhance our own courses and programmes.

  • AACSB: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International is the USA-based body, which awards accreditation following a review of the quality of Degree programmes delivered by each Management School.
  • EQUIS: This is the quality improvement system administered by the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) throughout Europe. EQUIS is awarded on the basis of quality controls on the entire range of activities within an institution.
  • AMBA: The Association of MBAs is a British-based organisation which concentrates specifically on MBA programmes and accredits those which reach its standards.

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