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Human Resource Management (HDip)

Programme Description

Our Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management (HRM) provides a structured educational opportunity for early career human resource professionals. It also provides an entry route into the Human Resources (HR) Profession. 

This diploma offers comprehensive coverage of the main role span of the HR professional in today’s organisation and is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Our students gain a broad understanding of the factors to be considered when implementing and evaluating inclusive learning and development, employee legislation, employee relations and reward activities within varying organisational contexts. This programme will further enhance your ability to secure and embed current and critical perspectives through research-led academic content and a practically applied programme.


The Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management is a 12-month part-time programme. Students take 60 credits as follows:

  • MG5806 Performance and Rewards Management (5 credits)
  • MG5817 Human Resource Development (5 credits)
  • MG5838 Investigating a Business Issue from a Human Resource Perspective (10 credits)
  • MG5841 Engaging in Professional Human Resource Practice (5 credits)
  • MG5842 Managing the Human Resource Function (10 credits)
  • MG5843 Employment Relations (10 credits)
  • LW5844 Labour Law (5 credits)
  • MG5845 Recruiting and Selecting Talent (5 credits)
  • MG5846 Business Issues and the Context of Human Resource Management (5 credits)

Please consult the University Calendar (Higher Diploma Human Resource Management) for further information on course and module content.

Why Choose This Course

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Critically discuss the spectrum of HR activity and the role of the HR function in organisations today;
  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of the factors to be considered when implementing and evaluating selection, development, performance, and rewards activities within varying organisational contexts;
  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills, and behaviours required by HR professionals, whether in a generalist or specialist role; 
  • Identify and review the business and external contextual factors affecting organisations and assess the impact of these factors on the HR function;
  • Explain the major areas of employment legislation and the employment law system, focusing in particular on ways in which day-to-day HR activities are subject to regulation;
  • Engage in research and inquiry in order to identify appropriate data sources;
  • Support an investigation into an area of HR practice demonstrating analytical and problem-solving skills.

Skills and Careers Information

On commencement of the programme, students receive student membership of the internationally recognised CIPD. Upon completion, graduates can apply for professional membership of CIPD.

Graduates of this programme have gone on to work in HR roles nationally and internationally across domestic and multinational companies, as well as in the public sector.

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Additional Information


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Practicalities & Assessment

This programme runs from September to August and modules are timetabled on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm along with a small number of Saturdays. We also use online tutorials and activities in the programme.


We incorporate a hybrid approach to assessment.

The majority of assessment is by continuous assessment with a small number of formal examinations. Assessment methods include online discussion forums, presentations, research proposals, essays, case studies, management research reports, learning reflections, continuous professional development plans and formal exams. During the programme, students will work individually and in groups.

Full module information is detailed in the section below.

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Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must have at least an NFQ Level 7 qualification in any discipline and at least 2 years of professional work experience.

Consideration under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may be given to applicants who do not fully meet the above criteria but who have significant professional experience in a related field such as human resource management, training and development, employment relations, coaching, supervisory and management roles and at least an NFQ Level 6 qualification. In these circumstances, an interview may form part of the application decision.

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Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

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Application Process

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course.

Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

5. Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following:

  • You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.

Non-EU Applications

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

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