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Human Resource Management (HDip)

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Programme Description

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This course provides a structured educational opportunity for human resource professionals early in their career. It provides a solid grounding in which you can progress your career in this field and support the delivery of your current role. Upon completion, graduates of this programme can apply for professional membership of the internationally recognised Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).  On commencement of the programme, students will automatically receive student membership of the internationally recognised Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).  Upon completion, graduates can apply for professional membership of CIPD.

This intensive 12-month course comprehensively covers the role of the HR professional in today’s world. Based on the solid foundation of organisational structure, environment and its related systems, the course starts by developing professional practice. The student will acquire a sound understanding of human resource management as a professional career path.

A broad understanding of implementing and evaluating inclusive learning and development activities in organisations is explored. Participants will also assess how they can contribute to the development of coaching and mentoring activities within their organisation. Theory and practice of employment relations in Ireland are examined, along with the history of employment relations in Ireland and the EU. The course gives a theoretical and practical grounding in an evidence-based presentation of research and related data for supporting direction and investment of the HR function and/or organisation’s time and resources.

Why Choose This Course

This course combines theory and practice helping you to secure and embed current and critical perspectives in the HR profession. It delivers a rare opportunity to engage at a postgraduate level in structured self-assessment and interaction with guest speakers and industry peers while having a dedicated HR career mentor. The course meets the new standards of the professional body CIPD. Graduates of this programme can apply for professional membership of the internationally recognised Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by HR professionals, whether in a generalist or specialist role, and as described in the CIPD HR Professional Map (HRPM).
  • Identify and review the business and external contextual factors affecting organisations and to assess the impact of these factors on the HR function.
  • Engage in research and enquiry in order to identify appropriate data sources to support an investigation into an area of HR practice.
  • Critically discuss the spectrum of HR activity and the role of the HR function in organisations today, including reflecting on that role from an ethical and organisational justice perspective.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the competing values and interests inherent in the employment relationship.   
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of the factors to be considered when implementing and evaluating inclusive learning and development (L&D) activities within varying organisational contexts.
  • Contribute to the development of coaching and mentoring activities within organisations.
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Practicalities & Assessment

The course runs two evenings per week (mondays and wednesdays 6.30-9.30pm) plus occasional saturday workshops from September to August.

Assessment

Continuous assessment (consisting of practical assignments and essays), examinations. you will also be required to write a project report (7,000 words).

Full module information is detailed in the section below.

Venue

UCC

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Modules

Year 1

  • Engaging in Professional Human Resource Practice

    Year 1

    Engaging in Professional Human Resource Practice (AD5841)

    Designed to enable the learner to develop a sound understanding of the HR profession as a professional career path, this module focuses on the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by HR professionals in today's work environment. A distinction is made

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  • Managing the HR Function

    Year 1

    Managing the HR Function (AD5842)

    The purpose of this module is to guide the student in appreciating the longstanding evolution of the HR functional remit and its current day span. The module focuses on evaluating HR's contribution and influence on organisational performance. An emphasis

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  • Contemporary Developments in Employee Relations

    Year 1

    Contemporary Developments in Employee Relations (AD5843)

    The purpose of this module is to enable the student to gain an understanding of the key developments in the theory and practice of employment relations in Ireland. The module aims to build the student's knowledge and experience to make informed and effect

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  • Contemporary Reward Management

    Year 1

    Contemporary Reward Management (MG5806)

    This module guides the student in exploring the diverse aspects of contemporary reward management from a business goal perspective leading to an appreciation of the environment within which the reward specialist plans, evaluates and implements reward stra

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  • Business Issues and the Context of Human Resource Management

    Year 1

    Business Issues and the Context of Human Resource Management (MG5807)

    The focus of this module is on understanding the foundation of organisational structure, environment and its related systems. Students will explore key developments in the business and external contexts within which HR operate through a process of identif

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  • Contemporary Developments in Human Resource Development

    Year 1

    Contemporary Developments in Human Resource Development (MG5817)

    This module is designed to provide students with a conceptual appreciation and practical understanding of Human Resource Development (HRD) in organisations. There is a strong focus on integrating HRD activities with the range of HR policies and systems en

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Entry Requirements

Normally, applicants for entry to the Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management will:

  • Be at least 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application
  • And have a minimum of two years' HR, or Supervisory or Managerial or Training experience
  • AND Hold a Leaving Certificate/FETAC level 5 qualification or equivalent.
  • A selection committee may seek to interview applicants.  In the case of competition for places selection will be made on the basis of the candidate's experience and interview performance (if required to attend for interview).
  • English language requirement: All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6 or the equivalent TOEFL score

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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 Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC 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 forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications in early November of each year.

Questions on how to apply?

EU students contact graduatestudies@ucc.ie

International students contact internationaloffice@ucc.ie

Applications will re-open in 2019 for the 2019-2020 academic year. TBC

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students.

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

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. 

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