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Human Resource Management
If you are interested in a career in human resource management, trade unions or management consultancy, this MSc programme is for you. You will examine the nature of work and explore employment relations and human resource management in changing national and international markets. The focus is on the people aspect of business and explores how the relationship between employers and employees can be managed to the best advantage of both parties.
It is one of a small number of Irish programmes accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development CIPD, the professional body for human resource practitioners.
Our faculty includes research leaders in the subject areas of human resource management, employment relations and international management ensuring that the material delivered reflects the latest thinking in industry. Faculty and students are actively involved with the Western Region branch of CIPD providing networking opportunities with HR professionals. When you successfully complete this programme, you can become a member of CIPD, the professional body for human resource practitioners. Graduates are invited to join the alumni network with over 150 members. Our alumni post job opportunities, act as guest speakers and provide a supportive community of practice.
Applications and Selections
Who Teaches this Course
Dr Deirdre Curran
Professor Tony Dundon
Ms Geraldine Grady
Dr Rachel Hilliard
Dr Josephine Igoe
Ms Maureen Maloney
Mr Mike Moroney
Dr Alma McCarthy
Professor Hugh Scullion
Professor Maura Sheehan
Requirements and Assessment
An IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent for international students.
An interview if requested.
1 year, full-time
Next start date
A Level Grades ()
Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.
Next start date
Mode of study
This programme is designed to help you to develop a thorough knowledge and applied competence in the fundamentals of employment relations and human resource management.
- Leading Managing and Developing People
- Employee Relations and Law, Global Business and Human Resources in Context
- Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
- Learning and Development; Reward Management
- International Human Resource Management; and Research Methods.
There is also an optional module on European Labour Markets taught at Toulouse Business School. You will also complete a minor dissertation, often within an organisation on a topic that you choose.
Why Choose This Course?
Who’s Suited to This Course
The M.Sc. in Human Resource Management is for you if you:
- Recognise the importance of professional HR practice and the value it can add to organizations
- Are seeking to begin or advance your career in management, with a specific interest in people management
- Enjoy a variety of individual and team-based assignments that are both academic and practical
- Are willing to commit one academic year to intensive study and self-development
The objective of the M.Sc. in Human Resource Management is to develop a critical and applied approach to people management.
Upon graduation, you will have developed:
- a critical understanding of the theoretical principles underpinning employment relations and HRM;
- a critical understanding of the spectrum of global business contexts, organisational ethics and corporate responsibility and their impacts on HR policy and practice;
- an ability to analyse national and international social, economic and political factors that influence the way people are managed;
- the competence to develop HR strategies and policies that are appropriate for the organisational contexts in which they are delivered;
- a range of skills that are important to successful HR management including leadership, communication, decision-making and teamworking; and
- the skills to prepare a persuasive academic and business case with valid and convincing conclusions and recommendations.
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition. You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee. An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270. SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.
Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.
Joan Burke | Boston Scientific
The Masters in HR at NUIG gave me the ideal platform to start my career in HR. The subjects covered provided me with a strong knowledge-base to have confidence in taking on my first role. The practical assignments we completed and the ongoing team based activities developed my communication and collaboration skills. It was an exciting year and contributed significantly to my development!
Ebony Wells | Current Student
Being over 3000 miles from home has been tough, but I found comfort in my classmates and professors here at NUIG. The professionals and students on campus not only take an interest in us as students, but also as people. Whether it be having a voice through class reps, or having coffee, someone was always available to listen. I'm glad to have spent a year in Galway.