MSc (Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management)
J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics
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 industrial relations and human resource management in changing national and international markets. The focus is on the people aspect of business, exploring how the relationship between employers and employees can be managed to the advantage of both parties.
This is one of a small number of Irish programmes accredited by the CIPD. Our faculty includes leaders in the areas of human resource management, industrial relations and organisational behaviour theory. Their research ensures that the material delivered reflects the latest thinking in industry.
Successful applicants generally received a good Second Class Honours degree in business, management or a cognate discipline. Experience is also considered. A personal statement must be included with all applications. International students from non-English speaking countries must be fluent in English as demonstrated by an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent. In addition, an interview may form part of the selection process for the programme.
1 year, full-time
Next start date: September 2014
Average intake: 25
Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.
industrial relations and human resource management. There are ten modules: People Management and Development,
Employee Relations, Human Resource Development, Reward Systems, Industrial Relations and Employment Law, Skills for
Business Leadership, Strategic Management, International HRM, Leadership and Change, and Research Methods.
You will also complete a minor dissertation, often within an organisation on a topic that you choose. If you are planning to
become a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body for human resource
practitioners, you will complete a management report based on the findings in your dissertation and a professional development log.
Applications and selections
Who teaches this course?
Dr Tony Dundon
Dr Alma McCarthy
Dr Rachel Hilliard
Mr Mike Moroney
Dr Tony Royle
Ms Maureen Maloney
Professor Hugh Scullion
Requirements and assessment
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Graduates from this programme are employed in a number of leading public and private organizations in Ireland and abroad. These include HR and internship position at:
- Beckman Coulter
- Irish Recruitment Consultants
- Irish Times
- Ryan Air
- Telestra (Australia)
- University of Sydney
- Queens University Belfast
- University of Limerick
Some graduates have continued their education at PhD level.
Who’s suited to this course
The MSc in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management could be 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
This programme is designed to develop a thorough knowledge and applied competence in the fundamentals of industrial relations and human resource management.
Upon graduation, you will have developed skills to:
- Analyse and evaluate the social, economic and political factors that influence the way that people are managed
- Practice HR in a generalist and specialist capacity
- Work as a member of an HR or management team
- Conduct relevant research to resolve business problems
- Improve your knowledge base and practice through continuous professional development
- Continue your academic studies with a PhD
Fees for this course
EU (Total): €6,755 p.a. 2013/14 (inclusive of Levy)
- Tuition: €6,531 p.a. 2013/14
- Student levy: €224 p.a. 2013/14
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2013/14
MSc (Industrial Relations & Human Resource Management)
"As somebody who had completed an Arts degree, studying economics and psychological studies, I was somewhat nervous that my credentials would not be as relevant as some of my classmates. However, I feel that our diverse backgrounds often helped, rather than hindered especially with the large number of team-based assignments that were a feature of this programme. I have made some fantastic friends this year and my classmates have been a constant source of support. The course has been challenging, yet rewarding. The modules have been interesting because the lecturers focused on the practicalities of the subjects and not just the theory behind the topics. This programme requires a high level of commitment but it is worth the effort. I highly recommend the MSc (Industrial Relations & Human Resource Management) to anyone interested in this realm of study."
MSc (Industrial Relations & Human Resource Management)
"I completed a Commerce degree in NUI Galway where I specialised in HRM. After I finished my degree, I joined a financial institution where I worked for four years. Although I enjoyed working in this sector, I still had the desire to further my education in HRM. I was fortunate enough to be granted a career break in order to continue my education. The MSc in IR & HRM is an excellent programme which enables students to develop both their academic theory and practical skills and prepares them for the world of work. The CIPD accreditation, which is becoming a necessity for individuals seeking employment in HRM, is one of the main benefits of the course and it is why this MSc is one of the most recognised in Ireland. Finally, one of the major advantages of this course is that it can be applied to a number of different careers including HR, IR, lecturing or any management position. Although it is an intense and challenging year, the long term benefits are worth it."
"I was not automatically accepted into the MSc programme. Because I was a mature student, and my background was not ‘typical’, the Programme Director requested an interview. Therefore, I had time to reflect on what I wanted to get out of the course. I was excited by the prospect of learning. I wanted to be challenged, engaged and drawn into a world focused on human resources. The MSc delivered everything I expected and more. It was very hard work with very little down time. I was challenged at every level from time management to academic writing to team building. Yet, it was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. So if you are willing to leave your ego and attitude at the door and are hungry to learn then come on in with an open mind and heart and you will have the best year yet!"