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Human Resource Management (MSc)


Programme Description

The MSc in Human Resource Management is a Level 9, CIPD accredited programme designed to capture the realities of the contemporary HR profession and seeks  to develop the HR careers of students. A mix of research led academics and senior HR professionals teach on the programme. Adopting a strategic focus, the MSc HRM equips HR professionals to successfully deal with the challenges facing the HR function in contemporary organisations.  The duration of the programme is one year for full-time students and two years for part-time students.

Students take the following modules: 

Part 1

MG6829: Managing Human Resources Strategically (5 credits)

BU6005: Applied Research Methods (5 credits)

BU6513: Business Case for Analytics (5 credits)

MG6802: HRM in a Global Context (10 credits)

MG6824: Developing Skills for Business Leadership (5 credits)

MG6827: Creating Healthy Workplaces (5 credits)

MG6805: Managing the Employment Relationship (5 credits)

MG6826: Leadership & Management Development (5 credits)

MG6822: Talent Management & Development (10 credits)

MG6828: Psychology at Work (5 credits)

Part 2:

MG6825: Applied Research Project (30 Credits)



Why Choose This Course

This programme has been designed specifically to enable students to develop a successful career in the broad HR domain.  The strategic focus to the programme encourages students to strengthen their critical thinking skills regarding the role of the HR function in contemporary firms. Modules have been carefully designed to capture the realities of the HR profession with specific focus on emerging and significant issues such as data analytics, healthy organisations, and talent development. The teaching team on this programme is made up of world-class academics and expert practitioners. There is a strong focus on professional development skills in the programme to help prepare students for the next step in their career.  In the Applied Research Project students will partner with an organisation to conduct research on a real-life HR issue, developing their consultancy, communication, and analytic skills. The programme is closely linked to the Human Resource Research Centre, (HRRC)  in Cork University Business School (CUBS) and the importance of developing a professional network is emphasised with regular guest lectures, workshops and masterclasses scheduled throughout the course. As a Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development CIPD accredited course, students will use this programme as a launchpad for the development of their career. 

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

Skills and Careers Information

The CIPD professional map sets out standards for HR professionals in terms of skill acquisition, knowledge-building, and professional development. This map is at the core of the programme and the content of the modules has been designed specifically with this in mind. The programme equips students with the necessary sills and knowledge to develop a successful career in the HR domain.



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Additional Information


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Practicalities & Assessment

The programme is delivered twice a week per semester (lunch-time to evening) for full-time students and once a week per semester for part-time students. There will be a blended approach to teaching with content delivered in-class, online, as well as through a variety of workshops. As a level 9 MSc there will be considerable reading hours on this programme. Students will work individually as well as in groups. In the Applied Research Project in Part 2 of the programme students will partner with an organisation to conduct research on a real-life HR issue.  Students will receive dedicated mentoring from academic staff throughout this project.


A variety of approaches to assessment are used in this programme.  While a small number of formal written examinations must be undertaken the broad choice of assessment adopted in the programme is designed to help develop the professional skills needed in a HR career.  Assessment includes presentations, role plays and negotiations, organisational analysis, report compilation,  etc.



Full module information is detailed in the section below.

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Entry Requirements

Minimum 2H1 primary degree [NFQ Level 8] or equivalent (e.g. Higher Diploma)


Applicants who do not meet the minimum primary degree requirement will be considered on the basis of other qualifications and relevant professional experience in the field of human resource management, industrial relations, training and development, employment policy, or related field.  An interview may form part of the application process in this regard.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

View the grades comparison table

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

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15 June

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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