Human Resource Management (HDip)


Programme Description

The Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management (HRM) provides a structured educational opportunity for early-career human resource professionals or those seeking to enter into the human resources profession.
Our HRM Higher Diploma provides comprehensive coverage of the main role span of the human resource (HR) professional in contemporary organisations and is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
On this course you will gain a broad understanding of the factors to be considered when developing, implementing, and evaluating HR systems; approaches to recruitment and selection, learning and development, and performance and rewards management; the impact of labour legislation; and managing employment relations within different organisational contexts.

The Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management is a 12-month part-time course comprising 60 credits:

LW5844 Labour Law (5 credits)
MG5806 Performance and Rewards Management (5 credits)
MG5817 Learning and Development (5 credits)
MG5842 Managing the Human Resource Function (10 credits)
MG5843 Employment Relations (10 credits)
MG5845 Recruiting and Selecting Global Talent (5 credits)
MG5846 Business Issues and the Context of Human Resource Management (5 credits)
MG5847 Research Methods in Human Resources (5 credits)
MG5848 Professional and Ethical Human Resources in Practice (10 credits)

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 in a national and international context;
• Demonstrate a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills, and behaviours required by responsible, ethical, and effective HR professionals;
• Apply appropriate conceptual frameworks to address HR challenges;
• Analyse data using the appropriate procedures, formulas, principles from the HR discipline;
• Identify a problem or issue appropriate for investigation through the HR discipline's way of thinking;
• Generate well-supported, justified conclusions for effective and responsible people management;
• Demonstrate written and oral communication capacity to a professional standard;
• Demonstrate an ability to collaborate effectively to achieve a goal;
• Demonstrate a growth mindset and ownership of learning.

Skills and Careers Information

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

Our graduates 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 course 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.


We use a hybrid approach to assessment. Assessment methods include, for example, online discussion forums, presentations, essays, a research proposal, case studies, and a continuous professional development plan. During the course, our 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. 

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.

The closing date for non-EU applications is Open until all places have been filled or no later than 30 June. Early application is advised.

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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