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Human Resource Management (MSc)


Programme Description

The aim of the MSc in HRM is to develop and equip established HR professionals with the knowledge and skill set to enable them to operate at a strategic level in the HRM and HRD profession.

The MSc in HRM provides progressive supports in enhancing the student’s ability to secure and embed current and critical perspectives in the HR profession.

A student centred design delivers a rare opportunity to engage at a postgraduate level in structured self-assessment, interaction with guest speakers and industry peers while having a dedicated ‘HR Career Mentor’.

Students take the following modules: 

  • MG6821 Employment Law (10 credits)
  • MG6822 Learning and Talent Development (10 credits)
  • MG6823 Developing skills for business leadership (10 credits)
  • MG6802 Human Resource Management in Context (10 credits)
  • MG6803 Contemporary Debates in International Human Resource Management (10 credits)
  • MG6804 Leadership and Management Development (10 credits)
  • MG6805 Managing the Employment Relationship (5 credits)
  • MG6806 Employee Engagement (5 credits) 
  • MG6819 Investigating a Business Issue from a Human Resource Perspective (Dissertation - 20 credits) 


Why Choose This Course

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

  • Contribute strategically to the management and deliver of the HR function in their organization through appraising and applying appropriate theoretical perspectives.
  • Provide an in-depth analysis of the impact of context on the formulation and delivery of HR strategy.
  • Provide critical analysis in an advisory capacity to key HR stakeholders on the management and development of staff at all levels.
  • Engage in the systematic investigation into HRM/HRD related business issues that demonstrate critical thinking and research skills.
  • Analyze and evaluate the contribution of the HR professional to overall business and employee relationship management objectives.
  • Deploy appropriate HRM and HRD metrics and analytics to make, or support key organization stakeholders in making, informed decisions to enhance the overall effectiveness of the organization’s human resource function.
  • Exhibit reasoned ethical and professional standard based behaviour that shows an understanding of the legal and regulatory requirements relevant to human resource management.
  • Demonstrate a competency-based approach to developing oneself through engagement with CPD planning.
  • Communicate and work effectively to a high professional standard
  • Demonstrate advanced analytical and problem-solving skills associated with effective practice


Skills and Careers Information

An 18-month programme providing comprehensive coverage of the main role span of the HR professional in today’s organizations and providing the skill-set to operate at a strategic level.

Part One of the programme explores the nature and complexity of the context within which the human resource function operates.  Focus is placed on people management and development issues pertaining to specialist fields within the HR profession.

Part Two of the programme relates to leadership and management development, employee relationship management and preparation for the investigation of a real-life HR issue.

Accredited with Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

CIPD’s HR Professional Map provides a comprehensive view of the profession in terms of areas of work, behaviours engaged in and professional competence.

Graduates have experienced significant career development and opportunities and are now located in the middle-senior levels of human resource management in many business sectors.

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Practicalities & Assessment

The programme runs from September through to submission of a final research project/dissertation in August.

Modules are timetabled two evenings per week (Tuesday and Thursday) from 6.30pm to 9.30pm along with a small number of Saturdays. Online tutorials and activities are also encompassed in the programme.


A hybrid approach to assessment is used in this programme.

Assessment methods include formal written exams, assignments, discussion forums, group presentation, research proposal, project report, Continuous professional development plan, oral presentation and continuous assessment.

During the programme, students will work individually and in groups.

A strong emphasis is placed on oral presentation of work. 

Registration for CIPD membership is required of all successful applicants commencing this programme. 

Full module information is detailed in the section below.

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Entry Requirements

Applications are invited from experienced professionals with:

  • Have a 2.1 primary degree at NFQ Level 8 Honours Degree or equivalent (e.g. Higher Diploma) AND
  • At least 2 years of professional work experience

Consideration may be given to applicants who do not fully meet the above criteria but who have significant senior professional experience in related fields such as human resource management, training and development, employment relations, coaching, senior management and leadership roles. In these circumstances, an interview may form part of the application decision.

Applicants whose first language is not English need to demonstrate they have attained IELTS Level 6.5 with no individual score of less than 5.5. Additional, approved English language qualifications currently accepted at UCC can be found by clicking here.

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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

International students contact

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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