This intensive course has been developed
in consultation with the Chartered Institute
of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
The programme aims to develop an
in-depth understanding of the core
disciplines in the area of human resources
(HR). It recognises that HR must operate
in challenging and dynamic business
environments that are constantly changing
and seeks to enable students to deliver
effective business solutions that optimise
the people resources of their organisation.
Combined with a practitioner recognised
qualification in the area of HRM, namely
CIPD, this course is geared towards people
wishing to continue or progress in their
professional development in HR or wider
roles in the organisation.
Block teaching is used to provide
the opportunity for more in-depth
development of knowledge within
modules. An applied approach to teaching
is used within the programme with lectures
interspersed with exercises, use of case
study analysis, group activities in class,
debate on contemporary issues as well as
This course is aimed primarily at individuals
seeking an academic qualification at
postgraduate level while also wishing to
advance their career to assume positions at
a senior management level with a specific
focus on human resource management.
Applicants are required to hold a minimum
of a 2.2 honours degree in either a cognate
or non-cognate area at level 8 on the
National Framework of Qualifications.
The college operates a Recognition of
Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) scheme
meaning non-graduates with extensive
professional experience and other prior
qualifications may also be considered for
The Master of Arts in Human Resource
Management is awarded by QQI at
level 9 on the National Framework of
Qualifications. Graduates with relevant
work experience will be eligible to apply for
Chartered Membership of the Chartered
Institute of Personnel and Development
(CIPD) after successful completion of the
first 3 semesters. A membership fee will be
payable directly to CIPD.
This award will allow transfer to level
9 research degrees and in some cases
progression to taught doctoral courses
at level 10 on the NFQ. Students who
successfully complete the first 3 semesters
of the course may choose to exit the course
at that time with the award of Postgraduate
Diploma in Arts in HRM.
For information on the modules taught on this course view our module descriptors.
Students need to be available 09.00-21.00 Monday - Friday (Class days and times vary.)
Please note that exams can be scheduled during the morning, afternoon or evening Monday to Saturday.
This course runs over 1 year; 2 semesters and
a final dissertation.
You can also study this course part-time in the evenings over 2 years.
The cost of this course is €7,900 total fee.
(Fees revised annually)
You can spread the cost of this course with a direct debit plan.
The fee for this course for international students is €14,500.
Find out more about studying here as an international student.