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


Course Director: Dr. Noreen Heraty     
Course Administrator: Kathy Ryan
t: +353-61-234389

AY 2017 / 18 Course Fees
Part Time: EU €4400  Non EU €8500

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With recognised international programme accreditations (from both the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) and the European Foundation for Management Development (EPAS), the MSc in HRM has a strategic and international focus to reflect the critical role of the HR function within modern organisations. HR professionals and managers today face multiple, and often conflicting, role requirements in a function that is increasing complex and challenging. These challenges include managing transformational change, globalisation, diversity and inclusion, 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 dealing with central issues such as leadership and change, managing conflict, retention and talent management, employment law, learning and development, International and contemporary issues in HRM and employment relations. An international qualification in Psychometric Assessment (Levels A and B) is now also included in the programme.


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.


Students on the two-year part-time MSc in Human Resource Management attend classes on one day per week:

Year 1 students attend on Tuesdays (normally 16:00 - 22:00)

Year 2 students attend on Thursdays(normally 16:00 - 22:00)

Year 2 students also participate in the 5-day international study abroad trip.

The component modules of the programme are as follows:

Part-time Variant
Year 1 Year 2
Autumn Semester
  • Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management
  • The Psychology of Leadership and Change
  • Professional Development 1
  • Psychometric Assessment Certificate (Level A) in January
Autumn Semester
  • Research Methods
  • Comparative Employment Relations
Spring Semester
  • Irish and European Labour Law
  • Negotiations and Conflict Management
  • Professional Development 2
  • Psychometric Assessment Certificate (Level B) in May
Spring Semester
  • Learning and Development
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Research Skills Development
Summer Semesters
 Dissertation 1& 2
Alternative Exit Route- Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management


Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.


Applicants will possess a minimum 2:2 honours primary degree (National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) in a relevant discipline (for example human resource management; work and organisational psychology; business management). However, applicants with cognate backgrounds (where they must 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 – your application cannot be assessed until relevant documentation is uploaded
  • 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
Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6
Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

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


The programme is designed to be completed through 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time study and is delivered as follows:

  • One year full time: Two days per week per semester (Tuesday and Thursday from 1.00 -9.00pm). In addition, Psychometric Testing Assessment is delivered over 2 days in January and a further 2 days in May in Year 1. The dissertation is submitted at the end of August.
  • Two year part time: One day per week per semester (Year 1 – Tuesday; Year 2 - Thursday). In addition, Psychometric Testing Assessment is delivered over 2 days in January and a further 2 days in May in Year 1. The dissertation is submitted at the end of August in Year 2.

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.


This programme will be of interest to those interested in pursuing careers in the following areas:

  • Human Resource Management (generalist or specialist roles)
  • Learning and Development
  • Talent Management
  • Management Consultancy
  • Management and Leadership Development
  •  Employee Relations

“The Masters in HRM has been an excellent way to increase my knowledge of the legal, psychological, comparative and practical elements of HR. The course has added a wealth of value to my day to day functioning as a HR professional and given me a confidence in my knowledge and my ability to carry out evidence based research. While the 2 years were challenging, there was a great sense of achievement, self-belief and capability on completion. I found the lecturers to be extremely knowledgeable in all their fields and very supportive throughout. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wishes to further develop their HR skills, knowledge and ultimately career.”

Joann McGlinchey, Lead Talent Acquisition Specialist, Regeneron, Limerick, MSc in HRM (Part-time) Graduate MSC in HRM (part-time) 2017


“One year ago, I’ve decided to embrace a new challenge. I moved to Ireland to study Human Resources and I must say, it was one of the best experiences of my life. The masters itself, empowered me to expand and deepen my knowledge and skills. Classes were inspiring, as we were challenged to think out of the box and be critical with the new topics we were exploring. Current examples of what is happening nowadays were presented all the time so we could have a real idea of everything we were learning. Additionally, we had the opportunity to participate in several activities which allowed us to better understand today’s marketplace and enterprises. There was also a focus on training our behavioural skills and attitudes, thus showing a concern in our professionalism and work ethic.
Being far from our own country and apart from the ones we love is not always a bed of roses, however I got to know the most welcoming, friendly, kind, and cheerful people I could ever asked for. The university was surrounded by this contagious Irish culture which had a great impact in my motivation and made the time spent working even better. I’m proud to say I’ve found in the University of Limerick a second home, where I’ve made wonderful memories which I will never forget. It was definitely a remarkable journey which allowed me to grow as a professional and also as a person.  And now that I’m graduated, it is a huge honour to say that I belong to this Institution”.

Sofia Rodrigues from Portugal, MSc in HRM (Full-time) Graduate 2017

“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