Human Resource Management, M.Sc.

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  • 12 months
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  • English (take IELTS)
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


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.


`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.

Programme Structure

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 600

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

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.

Work Experience

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

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 17900 International
  • EUR 12850 EU/EEA
  • Fees PT EU:€7,000 pa
  • PT Non-EU:€8,950 pa



Full time programmes:
Students must pay in 3 installments. The first instalment of their fees, i.e. one third (1/3), must be paid at the point of registration. They must pay the second installment the following January and the remainder of the fees by the end of May.

Candidates must pay a non-refundable booking deposit to secure their place on a programme. This deposit will be deducted from the first installment. Students pay their fees online at

Fees Table 2010

Financing - Irish Students

Local Authority Grant: You may be eligible for a local authority grant. Click here for further details: Department of Education and Science. Qualification is subject to means, age, academic attainment and residence.

Mature Student Grant scheme: You may qualify if you are over 23 years of age and live independently of your parents´ home. Contact your local authority for more information.

Student loans: If you are applying for a student loan, the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School has agreed student loan rates with AIB. AIB UCD branch staff have extensive experience providing finance to UCD students. Contact AIB UCD at 01 2694499 for further information or download the following leaflet - AIB financing information

Tax relief: You can apply to the Revenue Commissioners for tax relief on your tuition fees. Click here for further details: Revenue Commissioners.

Students from the US and Canada

You may be eligible for a US Federal Loan from the Department of Education or you can take out a private education loan from a bank in the US. To obtain information about Federal Loans please see Please also review (attach pdf)
Canadian students can apply for a loan from the Canadian Student Loan Program. Click here for further details: CanLearn .Students may also be able to take out a private loan from the Canadian Higher Education Loan Program. Application forms are available from and

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