Course Overview

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

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre(PAC). The relevant application code is GYC02.

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

Continuous assessment is a feature of each module. You will complete essays, projects and presentations, working individually and in groups. There are final examinations for most modules.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Successful applicants generally received a good Second Class Honours degree in business, management or a related discipline.  Experience is also considered.

Additional Requirements

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 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.


Next start date

September 2018

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting



PAC code


Course Outline

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.

Modules include:

  • 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.

Modules for 2014-15

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
A module you may choose to study.
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (90 Credits)

Optional MG544: People Management & Development

Optional MG565: Employee Relations

Optional MG566: Human Resource Development

Optional MG538: Dissertation

Optional MG619: Research Project

Optional MG617: Research Methods

Optional MG557: Strategic Management

Optional MG625: European Labour Markets

Optional MG611: Strategic Modelling

Optional MG543: Research Methods

Optional MG568: Reward Systems

Optional MG569: Industrial Relations and Employment Law

Optional MG558: Leadership and Change

Optional MG567: HR Consultancy

Optional MG573: International Human Resource Management

Optional MG574: Equality and Diversity in Employment

Optional MG599: Developing Skills for Business Leadership

Optional MS524: Research Methods II

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Our students are employed nationally and internationally in HR specialist, specialist and intern positions at Alkermes, Beckman Coulter, Boston Scientific, Comfort Keepers, CPL Recruitment, Dunnes Stores, Forest Laboratories, Google, the HSE, Kerry Group, IBEC, Intel, The Irish Times, Matrix Recruitment 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

Learning Outcomes

 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. 


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,250 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€7,026 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€15,500 p.a. 2018/19
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.

Find out More

Dr Deirdre Curran
T +353 91 492521

What Our Students Say


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.