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. Our alumni volunteer to mentor students from the Masters class, post job opportunities and act as guest speakers.
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 2014
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
Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
Employment Relations and Law
Second semester modules provide an in depth examination of HR policy areas. They include:
Learning and Development
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 Rachel Hilliard
Mr Mike Moroney
Dr Alma McCarthy
Ms Maureen Maloney
Professor Hugh Scullion
Professor Maura Sheehan
Requirements and assessment
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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 Industrial Relations and 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.
Fees for this course
EU (Total): €6,755 p.a. 2013/14 (inclusive of Levy)
- Tuition: €6,531 p.a. 2013/14
- Student levy: €224 p.a. 2013/14
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2013/14
MSc (Industrial Relations & Human Resource Management)
"As somebody who had completed an Arts degree, studying economics and psychological studies, I was somewhat nervous that my credentials would not be as relevant as some of my classmates. However, I feel that our diverse backgrounds often helped, rather than hindered especially with the large number of team-based assignments that were a feature of this programme. I have made some fantastic friends this year and my classmates have been a constant source of support. The course has been challenging, yet rewarding. The modules have been interesting because the lecturers focused on the practicalities of the subjects and not just the theory behind the topics. This programme requires a high level of commitment but it is worth the effort. I highly recommend the MSc (Industrial Relations & Human Resource Management) to anyone interested in this realm of study."
MSc (Industrial Relations & Human Resource Management)
"I completed a Commerce degree in NUI Galway where I specialised in HRM. After I finished my degree, I joined a financial institution where I worked for four years. Although I enjoyed working in this sector, I still had the desire to further my education in HRM. I was fortunate enough to be granted a career break in order to continue my education. The MSc in IR & HRM is an excellent programme which enables students to develop both their academic theory and practical skills and prepares them for the world of work. The CIPD accreditation, which is becoming a necessity for individuals seeking employment in HRM, is one of the main benefits of the course and it is why this MSc is one of the most recognised in Ireland. Finally, one of the major advantages of this course is that it can be applied to a number of different careers including HR, IR, lecturing or any management position. Although it is an intense and challenging year, the long term benefits are worth it."
"I was not automatically accepted into the MSc programme. Because I was a mature student, and my background was not ‘typical’, the Programme Director requested an interview. Therefore, I had time to reflect on what I wanted to get out of the course. I was excited by the prospect of learning. I wanted to be challenged, engaged and drawn into a world focused on human resources. The MSc delivered everything I expected and more. It was very hard work with very little down time. I was challenged at every level from time management to academic writing to team building. Yet, it was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. So if you are willing to leave your ego and attitude at the door and are hungry to learn then come on in with an open mind and heart and you will have the best year yet!"