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Structured to navigate the dynamic global landscape of HR, the MSc in Human Resource Management combines an in-depth theoretical grounding with the latest practical skills and approaches. Human Resource Management is an increasingly vital component of business strategy and vision. This programme shapes the skills and expertise to manage any organisation’s talent, drawing together stimulating strands of behavioural and human sciences, personnel management, sustainability, employment law and industrial relations.

This programme is designed to provide a research-led professional education to students wishing to pursue a career in HRM and employment relations and is open to applications from students with an undergraduate degree in Business, or degrees in areas such as Social Science, Psychology, Economics, Politics or Law.

The Human Resource Management and Employment Relations Group at UCD pioneered research in these fields at University level in Ireland and is now a centre for internationally-renowned research and studies.  Students will benefit from learning values based on research, independent inquiry and critical but constructive engagement with major debates and issues. The UCD HRM and ER Group combines professional expertise in practice and policy development with a commitment to research.  Engagement with the practical worlds of industrial relations and human resource management is a core programme feature. The modules are taught by a mixture of full-time academic faculty researching in the field of HRM and Employment Relations and HR practitioners. This ensures that students graduate with a range of theoretical, analytical, critical and practical skills and knowledge.

A unique feature of the programme is the opportunity to participate in two exchange programmes, with the ILR School, Cornell University and the EMLS (European Masters in Labour Studies), a network of leading European universities offering postgraduate programmes in labour studies. (Places on these exchange programmes are limited and students are invited to apply to apply in mid- September. There is no guarantee that places on these exchange programmes will be available every academic year).

Further details about the ILR School are available at Further details on the EMLS programme can be found at

CIPD Accreditation

The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and is a CIPD Approved Centre. The CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development. It offers clear learning and career pathways and sets the international standard for the HR profession– the values, knowledge and behaviours that equip HR practitioners in their work. CIPD membership is recognised and highly regarded by employers. Students completing the programme will be eligible for CIPD Associate Membership.


Quick Facts


% Employed after 6 months

12 Months

Full-Time Programme Duration

24 Months*

Part-Time Programme Duration

September 2024


Class Profile

Based on the class of 2023/2024


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Scholarships and Awards

Two awards are normally available to Human Resource Management students who demonstrate exceptional ability on the programme.

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