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MSc in Human Resource Management (Full-Time) (EPAS Accredited) Apply Online Now!


Course Director: Dr. Noreen Heraty       
e: noreen.heraty@ul.ie
Course Administrator: Jean Browne
e: Jean.Browne@ul.ie
t: +353-61-234389

AY 2017 / 18 Course Fees                                                 Click to view Programme Brochure
Full Time: EU €7750  Non EU €12750 

The MSC in HRM has a strategic and international focus and reflects the transition from HR as a peripheral concern to HR as an area of strategic importance within organisations.  HR professionals and managers are now serving multiple, and often conflicting, roles and face increasing complexity and challenges in the HR function. These challenges include transformational change, the current economic downturn, globalisation, balancing operational and strategic issues and managing competing demands from multiple stakeholders .The MSc in HRM is designed to assist organisations in the private, public, non-profit and semi-state sector in meeting these challenges and includes modules on strategic decision making and change management, negotiations and conflict management, International HRM, HRD, employment law and industrial relations.
The programme also includes a five day international workshop – this includes seminars from international experts, company visits and networking opportunities.  This programme would be of interest to those pursuing careers in the following:Management Consultancy, Human Resource Management, Organisational Development, Training and Development, Management and Leadership Development, Employee Relations, Research
The programme is CIPD accredited at the highest level and EPAS Accredited (awarded by the European Foundation for Management  Development).

This programme has an outstanding employment record with 92% of graduates from 2013 in employment.


Why should you consider the MSc in Human Resource Management?
  • To develop a sophisticated understanding of the competitive and regulatory contexts in which organisations operate.
  • To develop a comprehensive knowledge of the latest developments occurring within the human resource profession, and the analytical and evaluative skills needed to assess the applicability of these developments in differing organisational contexts.
  • To develop research skills necessary to formulate, conduct and report and in dependent piece of research in the area of HRM/IR.






Full time students attend classes on Tuesday and Thursday days (normally from 1pm to 9pm with some weeks starting at 2pm).

Semester 1
Semester 2
Psychology of Decision Making
& Organisational Change
 Irish And European Labour Law

Human Resource Management in Transition

Theory and Practice of Negotiations: Workshop
Comparative Industrial Relations Human Resource Development

Research Methods and Design

International HRM
Thesis International Study Workshop 5 day trip

Professional Development 1

  Professional Development 2
  Research Skills Development



Applicants will possess a minimum 2:2 honours primary degree in a relevant discipline (for example human resource management; work and organisational psychology; business management). However, applicants with cognate backgrounds (where they have studied at least some of the following subjects in their undergraduate degrees – management, organisational behaviour, employment relations, industrial relations, employment law, individual psychology, social psychology, learning, conflict management, strategy) will also be considered. An interview (face-to-face, or via telephone/skype) will normally form part of the application process. Applicants who do not meet  the minimum primary degree requirement may be considered on the basis of relevant professional experience in the field of human resource management, industrial relations, training and development, employment policy, or related field.

What to Include with your Application
  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • English language qualification if English is not your first language
  • Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
  • A copy of your birth certificate (long document)
Guidelines on Completing your Application
  • To ensure a speedy assessment of your application, please upload the above documents with your application form.
  • Please title appropriately any documents you are uploading with the application form, for example "Supporting Statement", "Undergraduate Transcript", "Postgraduate Transcript", "English Language Certificate" etc.
English Language Requirements
Where candidates are non-native English language speakers, the candidate should meet the University’s English Language Requirements
International Students
In the case of international students, applicants must hold a qualification that is equivalent to an Irish or UK honours bachelor's degree (NQAI level 8). The degree must be in a discipline relevant to the postgraduate degree sought. To find out if you have the correct qualifications to apply for a programme at UL check the specific requirements for your home country.


A variety of approaches are employed in the delivery of the programme, including lectures, experiential learning, laboratory workshops, role plays supervised research, reflective practice, and regular feedback opportunities from both faculty and peers. Students benefit from an educational experience that is balanced in terms of group and individual work, theoretical and practical content, and knowledge and skills-based assessment.

  • The MSc in HRM is designed to be completed through 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time study.
  • Attendance for the part-time variant is one day per week each semester.
  • There are two semesters per year.
  • Attendance for the full time variant is two days per week each semester.
  • There is also an international study trip which takes places over 5 days.

The programme is delivered as follows:

One year full time: Two days per week (Tuesday and Thursday normally 1pm -9pm with some weeks starting at 2pm).

Two year part time: One day per week (year 1: Tuesday and year 2: Thursday) 5-day International Study abroad trip


MSc in HRM graduates work in multinational, public and indigenous sectors and are employed in a wide variety of positions including employee relations, training and development, HR consultancy, strategic partner roles and recruitment and selection See below graduate testimonials:

"The MSc in HRM at UL will challenge your HR thinking and workplace practices and consequently make you a better student, but more importantly, a more capable HR practitioner. There is an excellent blend of academic and practical coursework on the programme. The assessments cater for all learning styles and have a strong emphasis on continuous learning, which is most effective. I found the lecturers to be enthusiastic and approachable, willing to give their time to assist you in addressing any questions or queries, be it on course work or workplace issues. UL and the MSc in HRM has been the right choice for me in developing my career. I can highly recommend this course and UL as a platform for continuous personal development".

Philip Ducie, HR Manager - Agri Division, Dairygold Co-operative Society Limited – MSc in HRM Graduate 2013

"The renowned MSc in HRM from UL was an excellent way to achieve CIPD qualification at the highest level, without which, senior HR career opportunities are rare. The PT programme suited me as a fulltime working mother of two small boys! Lecturers and professors were passionate, supportive, committed experts and academics, particularly regarding research of US MNCs. Comparative international elements of the course added further significance.  The diverse group of students ranged from recent graduates to senior HR Managers across the public and private sectors, whose animated participation during lectures added further value and interest, providing an important network of professionals with whom to build relationships afterwards. This qualification provided me with a promotion, as well as the knowledge, skills and confidence to progress in HR at a strategic level. My thesis “Acquiring and Sharing Tacit Knowledge” was successfully implemented in work, and has equipped me with essential research abilities to apply knowledge and theory to practice. I would highly recommend this course to anyone pursuing a career in HR."

Clodagh Blighe – HR Manager Ireland, MICROS – MSc in HRM Graduate 2012
"I found the MBS extremely interesting and beneficial for a variety of reasons; the excellent quality of the guest speakers, the range and practical relevance of topics covered on each module and the interaction with fellow students on the programme all provided a great source of learning. The use of work based assignments and presentations as an assessment tool was also very effective and of great practical benefit. Overall I would recommend the MBS programme to human resource management practitioners so as to ensure best practice in their workplace."
Nikki O’Neill (2008) - HR Human Resource Management Advisor – OBI

"Not only has the MBS in HRM provided me with an understanding of the competitive and regulatory framework within which organisations act but also provided the fundamental skills required to meet the challenges facing HR managers. I really enjoyed the way the subjects were taught – the practical side to the MBS in HRM included interactive workshops, classroom presentations, group projects and guest lecturers. There are a vast range of subjects ranging from economics and law to negotiations and psychology. I completed my thesis in Change Management and subsequently, began to build my career along similar lines. On completing my Masters, I began working for a Management Consultancy firm in the UK, Accenture. My masters definitely opened up doors for me abroad and gave me a starting point for my career in consultancy. The MBS in HRM is fully accredited by the CIPD, something that is recognized across the world and essential in order to progress in Human Resource Management field or to enhance your business knowledge."
Ciara Crowley (2008) - Management Consultancy Analyst, Accenture

"As a recent graduate of the MBS in Human Resource Management, I found the course to be hugely valuable to me both in the context of my overall appreciation of the subject matter and also in the immediacy of my current role as a Senior HR Project Manager within a large multinational organisation. The subject matter was delivered by teaching staff who are both experts in and passionate about their respective disciplines. Most importantly, I believe the seminal focus of the program is to empower students with a robust confidence to progress within the industry."
Morgan Danaher (2009) - PayCentre Operations Manager & Snr HR Project Manager, Ceridian

"As a Graduate of the MBS in HRM I have found that the support provided by the faculty has continued since my graduation. Lecturers and coordinators of this course are regularly in contact to notify Graduates of any relevant job vacancies. In my experience, I have found that they not only contact to notify of these opportunities but are available to provide advice and guidance on how best to develop a career in the HR field. I have no doubt that the experience I have gained in the workplace so far would not be possible had I not completed the MBS in HRM. I would highly recommend this programme to anyone hoping to pursue a career in HR.”
Rachel McCarthy (2011) - HR Department, Dairygold Co-Operative Society Ltd