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What will I learn?

Effective HR management is recognised as a key element in an organisation’s strategic capability and this programme provides students with conceptual and practical insight into human resource management and employment relations.  The programme reflects the changing character of the Irish, European and global context by emphasising the integration of knowledge and approaches in human resource management, employment relations and the behavioural and human sciences.

Upon completion of the programme students will have developed:  

A capacity to interpret and critically assess the conceptual basis of employment relations and human resource management, plus the ability to apply such theories in practical contexts

The ability to develop and  display an understanding of the inter-relationships between human resource management, industrial relations and behavioural and human sciences

A grasp of the social, economic and political factors influencing HR management, its role within the national and international business environment and current developments within the profession

How will I benefit?


In the Autumn Trimester, students must complete 2 core modules and 1 option module.

In the Spring Trimester, students complete 3 option modules.

In the Summer Trimester, students complete 3 option modules OR a Research Project plus 1 option module.

To qualify for CIPD membership students must complete specific CIPD-accredited modules. 

Autumn Trimester Spring Trimester Summer Trimester


Core modules


plus 1 option module


Choose 3 option modules



Choose 3 option modules OR a Research Project plus 1 option module

Please be advised that the above reflects the 2023/2024 curriculum structure and is subject to change each year.  Option modules listed are indicative of what has been delivered in previous years and are also subject to change.

The MSc (Human Resource Management) offers students a research led professional education which prepares them for careers in HRM, employee relations and related disciplines/ areas of management, consulting or representation (Purpose).

We value an evidence-based, critical and reflective approach to the study of HRM and integrity in professional practice. We encourage our students to develop a capacity for critical engagement and an ethical and evidence-based approach to decision-making (education and subject/discipline/professional values).

We aim to provide a learning environment that will foster independent thought and give students the opportunity to work independently and as part of a team. Students will engage in close dialogue with academic staff, their peers and
practitioners, and will be encouraged to actively engage with academic debates,  and professional priorities, developments and challenges (the nature of the learning environment for students).

The programme adopts a facilitative approach to teaching and self-directed learning is actively encouraged. The design and
delivery of the curriculum incorporates varied models of teaching and assessment, all of which are aligned with module objectives and include for example: analysis of academic literature, management and consulting-type reports, case studies and policy developments; debates and role plays; individual and group-based project work; and engagement with expert practitioners (the key approaches to teaching, learning and assessment).

On successful completion of the programme students should be able to:

Programme Goals:

Programme Learning Outcomes:

Programme Goal 1: Informed Thinkers - Our graduates will be knowledgeable in the fields of HRM and employment relations. 

Demonstrate an integrated knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of HRM and employment relations.

Comment on how economic, political, social and cultural factors impact on HRM and employment relations.

Programme Goal 2: Critical and Analytical Judgement - Our graduates will be able to critically evaluate information from a wide range of sources.

Demonstrate a capacity for evidence-based, critical enquiry and original thinking. Be able to synthesise and evaluate diverse perspectives on HRM and employment relations.

Identify, synthesise and critically evaluate current professional priorities developments and challenges for HRM and employment relations.

Programme Goal 3: Agility and a Development Mind set - Our graduates will be effective communicators and have the ability to engage with diverse perspectives and settings.

Synthesise data and information and clearly communicate the outcomes of their analysis and recommended actions/decisions to a diverse range of stakeholders.

Select and effectively utilize communication mechanisms which are appropriate to the context within which they are operating.

Programme Goal 4: Ambition for Action & Contribution-Our graduates will have the capacity to apply & act on what they know; commit to continuous learning during their careers & be champions of ethical evidence-based decision-making for the benefit of individual business, society & the HR profession.

Demonstrate an ability to work on their own and collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders.

Take into account a range of needs and interest and have a capacity to make good decisions which impact positively on work and working lives.

Contribute to the advancement of ethical HR practice and a reflective and credible HR profession.


Global Leadership Programme (GLP)

Our optional Global Leadership Programme (GLP) offers you a unique opportunity to engage in a diverse range of co-curricular professional development activities alongside the modules you take on the Master's programme. Participation in the GLP can give you an advantage over similarly qualified job candidates and increase your readiness for success in the workplace.

Learn more about the programme here

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