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Human Resource Management
MSc (Human Resource Management)
J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics
Shortlisted for national Postgraduate Course of the Year (Business) Award 2013
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.
The 2014 Programme Handbook provides some details about each module and other aspects of the programme. The Timetable for 2014 provides an indication of the structured commitments for Semesters 1 and 2. There will be changes and additions.
Successful applicants generally received a good Second Class Honours degree in business, management or a related discipline. Experience is also considered.
- A personal statement explaining your reasons for choosing this programme
- An IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent for international students
- An interview if requested
1 year, full-time
Next start date: September 2015
Average intake: 25
Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.
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.
First semester modules lay the foundation. They include:
Global Business and HR in Context
Leading, Managing and Developing People
Employment Relations and Law
Second semester modules provide an in depth examination of HR policy areas. They include:
Learning and Development
European Labour Markets*
*There are two optional modules. Students can choose either Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility taught during Semester 1 or European Labour Markets, taught in May at the Toulouse Business School. All other modules are compulsory.
You will begin your research project on a topic that you choose during the second semester and complete it by the end of July. If you plan to become a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) the professional body for HR practitioners, you will also complete a professional development log during your year of study.
Applications and selections
Who teaches this course?
Dr Deirdre Curran
Professor Tony Dundon
Ms Geraldine Grady
Dr Eugene Hickland
Dr Rachel Hilliard
Dr Josephine Igoe
Ms Maureen Maloney
Mr Mike Moroney
Dr Alma McCarthy
Professor Hugh Scullion
Professor Maura Sheehan
Requirements and assessment
Graduates from this programme are employed in a number of leading public and private organizations in Ireland and abroad. These include HR generalist and specialist positions at Beckman Coulter, Boston Scientific, CPL Recruitment, Google, the HSE, IBEC, Intel, The Irish Times and Medtronic. A number of graduates have continued their education to PhD level.
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.
Alumni and Current students
Ananya Shivanand (Class of 2013)
"After working for a couple of years in the recruitment industry for a well known company in India, I thought an international exposure through a well-rounded HR programme would add value to my career. I applied to the course at NUIG as this was a CIPD accredited programme and covered a variety of modules that I wanted to study. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is as passionate and as interested about HR as I am."
Sunnymarchlynn Lee (Class of 2013)
"As an international student, I received a warm welcome from both my lecturers and fellow students. The programme requires hard work but it is well worth it. I would definitely recommend this programme for anyone interested in HR."
Alan Healy (Class of 2014)
"Having specialised in HR in my final year of Commerce at NUI Galway in 2013, I felt that this masters programme was a perfect fit for me to continue my studies in the field. The MSc programme is very intense, with both academic theory and practical skills assessed regularly. Our class has become extremely close during the year due to many team projects and course events. I highly recommend the MSc."