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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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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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Semester 1

  • Applied Research Methods

    Semester 1

    Applied Research Methods (BU6005)

    To develop students' applied research skills enabling them to navigate the practical realities of undertaking a high quality applied research project in addition to designing, conducting and presenting research in a chosen topic.

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  • Business Case for Analytics

    Semester 1

    Business Case for Analytics (BU6513)

    To enable participants to assess the analytical capability of an organisation and as a result enhance the capability and build the business case to leverage data as a strategic asset.

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  • Managing the Employment Relationship

    Semester 1

    Managing the Employment Relationship (MG6805)

    This module explores the diversity of approaches in managing the relationship the organisation has with its workforce. The student will gain an in-depth understanding and critical perspective on traditional systems approaches on one hand to contemporary

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  • Human Resource Management in Context

    Semester 1

    Human Resource Management in Context (MG6802)

    The focus for learners is on acquiring an in-depth perspective on the environment in which the HR professional operates (internal and external to the organisation). Specific attention will be paid to people management and the business environment with i

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  • Learning and Talent Development

    Semester 1

    Learning and Talent Development (MG6822)

    Students will explore international trends and experiences in designing and implementing learning and talent strategy and related systems and initiatives. With international trends in mind the student will be engaged with the full process of problem identification, stakeholder engagement, design and roll out of the resulting learning and talent intervention. This module also highlights critical aspects such as ethics, diversity, equity and organisational politicking in relation to learning and talent management.

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  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership

    Semester 1

    Developing Skills for Business Leadership (MG6824)

    This module is primarily concerned with the development of a core set of definable skills considered pivotal to successful management practice and to effective leadership. These include decision-making skills, management of financial information, interpersonal and team working skills, and others associated with developing personal effectiveness and credibility at work both now and for the future. Arising from this, the module encourages students to develop a strong sense of self-awareness in terms of their strengths and weaknesses as managers and colleagues.

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  • Leadership and Management Development

    Semester 1

    Leadership and Management Development (MG6826)

    This module focuses the student on the field of leadership and management development at three levels - individual staff member, team/unit and organisational level. Students will consider the varying approaches employed in different sectors and scale of organisations in delivering leadership and management development. The full complexity of the concept, nature and impact of such development activity is critically examined from a broad perspective of competing needs.

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  • Creating Healthy Workplaces

    Semester 1

    Creating Healthy Workplaces (MG6827)

    To explore the increasing responsibility on the HR function to create manage and develop a healthy organisation. Specific focus is on exploring the influence of multiple shaping factors on healthy organisations.

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  • Psychology at Work

    Semester 1

    Psychology at Work (MG6828)

    To explore the psychological underpinnings of work with specific focus on how the HR function uses psychological techniques to manage the working relationship.

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  • Managing Human Resources Strategically

    Semester 1

    Managing Human Resources Strategically (MG6829)

    To examine core HR functions and to assess the challenges associated in successfully managing a firm's human resources. To explore the formulation and development of HR strategy and evaluate the contribution it makes to the strategic development of the firm.

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Semester 2

  • Applied Research Project

    Semester 2

    Applied Research Project (MG6825)

    This module provides students with a practical experience of undertaking an applied research project in collaboration with an industry partner. This involves applying skills and theories acquired on the programme to real issues encountered within a business context.

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Entry Requirements

Minimum Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8, or equivalent) (e.g. Higher Diploma)

Applicants who do not meet the minimum primary degree requirement will be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) 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.


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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 

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 questions:

  • 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.

  • What is your current occupation/specialty? 

The closing date for non-EU applications is 30 June

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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