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.


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 2016

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.

Modules include:

  • Leading Managing and Developing People
  • Employee Relations and Law, Global Business and Human Resources in Context
  • Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Learning and Development; Reward Management
  • International Human Resource Management; and Research Methods.

There is also an optional module on European Labour Markets taught at Toulouse Business School. You will also complete a minor dissertation, often within an organisation on a topic that you choose.

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.

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
 - 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.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.

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."

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