The MSc in Human Resource Management is tailor-made for students with an undergraduate degree in business, or in cognate areas such as social science, psychology, economics, politics or law. The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the leading professional body for HR managers.
This programme is designed to provide a research-led professional education to students wishing to pursue a career in HRM and employment relations. 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.
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).
% Employed after 6 months
Full-Time Programme Duration
Part-Time Programme Duration
Based on 4 year average
International class %
83% / 17%
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Scholarships and Awards
Two awards are normally available to Human Resource Management students who demonstrate exceptional ability on the programme.
- The Merc Partners Award is offered to the student with the highest mark in the HRM stream.
- The Richard Maher Memorial Medal is awarded to the part-time student with the highest first-class honours mark.