Course Overview

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. 

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.

CIPD accredited

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.‌‌  



Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

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.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
  • H2.1 grade business or related degree, or a H2.1 in the Higher Diploma in Business Studies, is required (or equivalent international qualification). Work Experience is also considered.
  • A one-minute video outlining why you wish to study for an MSc HRM, what your career plans are and why we should select you for the programme (See instructions below).
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • A written personal statement must be included with all applications.
  • IELTS score of 6.5 if relevant.

CV, Personal Statement & Interview Guidelines are available at

As part of your application to this Programme please create a one minute video of yourself answering the following three questions (This can be filmed using your mobile phone camera):
  1. Why do I want to pursue the MSc HRM at NUI Galway?
  2. Why should I be selected for the MSc HRM  Programme?
  3. What are my career aspirations? 
Instructions for submitting the video as part of your application:
  1. Create a URL for your video: by uploading your video to Youtube as an unlisted video—this means that only those with access to the URL generated will be able to view the video.
  2. Share the URL of your video: by copying and pasting the link into a word document. Submit this document to the NUI Galway Application system as part of your application (note: please ensure the URL link is valid and the video plays when clicked/pasted into a browser).

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2022

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

30 (some shared modules)

QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.


NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting



Course code


Course Outline

Semester 1
  • Business Research Skills
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Employment Relations & Law 
  • Business and Professional Development Skills
  • Leading, Managing & Developing People

 Semester 2

  • Business & Society
  • Global Business & HR in Context
  • Learning & Development 
  • Business & People Analytics

Internship Opportunity

Students have the option to pursue an internship opportunity (four months) incorporating an Applied Management Report.

This programme offers the option of an internship opportunity. Internships are competitive and cannot be guaranteed. 

We will source as many internship opportunities as possible but internships are usually not available for all students, and are competitive.  Further, it is at the discretion of employers whether they shortlist and offer a position to applicants. In case a student cannot secure an internship, they will complete a Research Dissertation under academic supervision.

In cases where a student prefers to pursue individual research and not choose the internship option, they will choose the Research Dissertation option.

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Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Our students are employed nationally and internationally in HR specialist, generalist and intern positions at Alkermes, Beckman Coulter, Boston Scientific, Comfort Keepers, CPL Recruitment, Dunnes Stores, Forest Laboratories, Google, the HSE, the Irish Civil Service, Kerry Group, IBEC, Intel, The Irish Times, Matrix Recruitment and Medtronic. MSc graduates have continued their education to the PhD level.

Two pathways to completion

Students have an option to either complete a dissertation or an internship incorporating an Applied Management Report.

The first pathway, the dissertation, may appeal to:

  • Students with professional experience see this as an opportunity to take a ‘deep dive’ into a topic of interest. 
  • Recent graduates interested in a specific topics prefer the dissertation because it gives them the opportunity to choose a topic and analyse it in depth. 
  • Students considering a PhD may view this as a chance to ‘test the waters’ by completing supervised empirical research based on strong theoretical foundations using the same format as a PhD dissertation.

The second pathway is an internship opportunity (about 4 months) incorporating an Applied Management Project. Internships are competitive and subject to the availability of suitable positions.

  • The internship for students completing an MSc (HRM) can be: a generalist HR position; a specialist position in areas like Learning & Development, Rewards, Recruitment or Payroll; Graduate Programmes; HR Administration; etc.
  • The internships are typically suited to students with limited professional experience.
  • Whilst students will be supported by a Placement Officer, students may also self-source their own internship subject to the approval of the Placement Office.
  • The Placement Officer sources as many internship opportunities as possible.  However, internships are usually not available for all students.
  • Internships are competitive.  The employer decides which candidates to short list and hire.
  • In cases where a student cannot secure an internship, they will complete the Dissertation.
CIPD Accredited

The MSc (Human Resource Management) is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) for accreditation at the advanced level. Students on this programme can achieve Associate Membership of CIPD. After graduation, as they build professional experience, they can progress through the professional stages of CIPD membership from Chartered Member to Chartered Fellow.

CareerWise Recruitment’s award will be presented annually to the MSc Student on the basis of their Research Project (Dissertation) mark and nominated on the recommendation of the Head of Discipline.

Student of the Year Award for MSc (Human Resource Management) 

This prize will be awarded annually. The prize will be awarded to the student who receives the highest overall aggregate mark in the examinations of the MSc in Human Resource Management programme.  In the event of a tie, the prize will be divided equally.

Who’s Suited to This Course

The MSc in Human Resource Management is 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

Learning Outcomes

The objective of the MSc in Human Resource Management is to develop a critical and applied approach to people management.

Upon graduation, you will have developed:

  • a critical understanding of the theoretical principles underpinning employment relations and HRM;
  • a critical understanding of the spectrum of global business contexts, organisational ethics and corporate responsibility and their impacts on HR policy and practice;
  • an ability to analyse national and international social, economic and political factors that influence the way people are managed;
  • the competence to develop HR strategies and policies that are appropriate for the organisational contexts in which they are delivered;
  • a range of skills that are important to successful HR management including leadership, communication, decision-making and teamworking; and
  • the skills to prepare a persuasive academic and business case with valid and convincing conclusions and recommendations. 


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€9,916 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€9,776 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€17,916 p.a. 2021/22

Note to Non EU students: Learn about the 24 month Stayback Visa here

Find out More

Dr Deirdre Curran
T: +353 91 492 521

Cathy Melia
Programme Administrator
T: +353 91 493 771

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What Our Students Say


Joan Burke |   HR Manager at Boston Scientific

The Masters in HR at NUIG gave me the ideal platform to start my career in HR. The subjects covered provided me with a strong knowledge-base to have confidence in taking on my first role. The practical assignments we completed and the ongoing team based activities developed my communication and collaboration skills. It was an exciting year and contributed significantly to my development!

Megan McDermott |   Talent Acquisition Specialist at TE Connectivity

The MSc in Human Resource Management provided so many opportunities for career development, through CIPD networking events, teamwork and panel presentations, which really stood to me in my HR career so far. I would recommend this course to anyone who is considering a career in HR because you develop professionally and personally and that is thanks to the amazing lecturers. I have completed a Talent Acquisition Internship with Creganna Medical.

Ebony Wells |   Principal’s Secretary / Bookkeeper at Harlem Middle School

Being over 3000 miles from home has been tough, but I found comfort in my classmates and professors here at NUIG. The professionals and students on campus not only take an interest in us as students, but also as people. Whether it be having a voice through class reps, or having coffee, someone was always available to listen. I'm glad to have spent a year in Galway.

Priyanka Shankaran |   Recruiter at Walmart Labs India - Allegis Global Solutions

"I chose the MSC Human Resources Management at NUI Galway because I received only positive feedback about the college were from my experience, the J.E. Cairnes possesses friendly and understanding faculty, top class facilities and the course is very insightful. The courses here are very practical where projects are based on real-life scenarios that help an individual grow professionally and personally."

Nigel Feerick |   HR Information Specialist at Medtronic

I would recommend NUI Galway because it has amazing students, excellent facilities and dedicated lecturers. I would recommend doing the MSc in Human Resource Management as it has improved my chances of employability and sets you up for the workplace. Through opportunities that arose from the programme, I have met a lot of HR professionals during this year and use those connections I have gained to take the next step in my career.

Thalita Pereira Da Silva |   Training Specialist, Scaled Engagement EMEA & LATAM LinkedIn

The quality of the lecturers, the CIPD accreditation and the fantastic support to international students were the factors which made me decide to choose NUI Galway. I would definitely recommend doing the MSc HRM. The balance between academic and practice which improves the quality of research and also the development of theoretical approaches in the workplace. There is a ‘magical’ atmosphere everyone is friendly, helpful and you feel welcome everywhere you go.

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