Human Resource Management (HDip)Back
Explore This Programme
The Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management is a 12-month part-time programme. Students take 60 credits as follows:
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)
Please consult the University Calendar (Higher Diploma Human Resource Management) for further information on course and module content.
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 programme, students receive student membership of the internationally recognised CIPD. Upon completion, graduates can apply for professional membership of CIPD.
Graduates of this programme have gone on to work in HR roles nationally and internationally across domestic and multinational companies, as well as in the public sector.
Practicalities & Assessment
This programme 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 in the programme.
A hybrid approach to assessment is used in this programme. Assessment methods include, for example, online discussion
forums, presentations, essays, a research proposal, case studies, and a continuous professional development plan.
During the programme students will work individually and in groups.
Full module information is detailed in the section below.
- 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 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 .
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.
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 (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.
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.