MSc (Human Resource Management)

J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics

Course overview

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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 with over 150 members.  Our alumni post job opportunities, act as guest speakers and provide a supportive community of practice.

The 2014 Programme Handbook provides some details about each module and other aspects of the programme.  The Timetable for 2014 provides an indication of the structured commitments for Semesters 1 and 2.  There will be changes and additions.

Handbook 2015

Timetable 2015



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

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Next start date: September 2015

Average intake: 25

Closing date:

Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.


Mode of study: Taught

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.

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

Research Methods

Second semester modules provide an in depth examination of HR policy areas.  They include:

Reward Management

Learning and Development

International HRM
European Labour Markets*

*There are two optional modules.  Students can choose either Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility taught during Semester 1 or European Labour Markets, taught in May at the Toulouse Business School.  All other modules are compulsory.

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

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 Eugene Hickland

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 at the end of each semester.

Find out more

Dr Eugene Hickland 
T +353 91 493 106 

PAC code


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,755 p.a. 2015/16 (inclusive of Levy)
 - Tuition: €6,531 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2015/16

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.

Alumni and Current students

Ananya Shivanand (Class of 2013)

"After working for a couple of years in the recruitment industry for a well known company in India, I thought an international exposure through a well-rounded HR programme would add value to my career.  I applied to the course at NUIG as this was a CIPD accredited programme and covered a variety of modules that I wanted to study.  I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is as passionate and as interested about HR as I am."

Sunnymarchlynn Lee (Class of 2013)

"As an international student, I received a warm welcome from both my lecturers and fellow students. The programme requires hard work but it is well worth it. I would definitely recommend this programme for anyone interested in HR."

Alan Healy (Class of 2014)

"Having specialised in HR in my final year of Commerce at NUI Galway in 2013, I felt that this masters programme was a perfect fit for me to continue my studies in the field. The MSc programme is very intense, with both academic theory and practical skills assessed regularly. Our class has become extremely close during the year due to many team projects and course events. I highly recommend the MSc."

CIPD Accredited