The newly validated and approved BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management Strategy and Practice provides learners with an in-depth knowledge of Human Resource Management (HRM), its core theories and application within the organisation.
The programme will give you an in-depth knowledge of and the key skills required of the human resource professional.
Core business modules including Business Law, Economics and Finance, Management Theory and Practice are covered as well as modules which are essential for HR professionals e.g: Resourcing and Talent Planning, Employment Law, Employee Relations, Learning and Development, Ethics, Equality and Diversity and Change Management. The programme also covers modules which explore new and emerging HR practice such as HR Analytics, Strategic HRM, Organisational Design and Contemporary Issues in HRM.
Our experienced faculty and the block delivery nature of the programme enables the course to offer you an interesting range of HRM and business assignments that will see you undertake a variety of activities from critically assessing approaches to HRM taken in real organisations to conducting recruitment and selection interviews. This emphasis on practical and academic skills development together with industry experienced expert lecturers will make for a fulfilling learning experience.
The programme is designed to suit the
needs of part-time students requiring a
professional CIPD recognised qualification
and is aimed at people already working in
HRM or intending to move into the area.
The course is delivered over three stages with each stage consisting of two intensive blocks with a short break built-in after completion of each block and over the summer period. Submission deadlines and exams may fall within the break period.
This course is supported with online materials that supplement classroom-based lectures. This gives students the opportunity to meet-up in the college and speak directly with lecturers.
Typically the schedule would be:
September to mid-December 2020
Mid-January to mid-late April 2021
Mid-May to end of July 2021
Mid-September to mid-December 2021
Mid-January to end-April 2022
May to August 2022
Two evenings per week plus some Saturdays 09.00 - 17.00.
Please note that exams can be scheduled during the morning, afternoon or evening Monday to Saturday.
The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Human Resource Management Strategy and Practice is awarded by QQI at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications. This award will allow progression to level 9 courses on the NFQ such as NCI’s MA in Human Resource Management.
This degree programme is CIPD Accredited and leads to CIPD qualification and Associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. A separate membership fee must be paid (currently stg 140 but subject to change) directly to CIPD. CIPD qualifications and membership are often required by employers seeking to hire HR staff.
Note that students may exit after completing stage 1 (60 credits) and receive a Diploma in HRM Strategy and Practice awarded by QQI at level 7 on the NFQ.
The course is designed to appeal to those at work or seeking to re-enter the workforce. There are no specific academic requirements with applicants considered based on work and other experience. Applicants under 21 will be assessed based on Leaving Certificate or equivalent.
Note that applicants with a CIPD Diploma in HRM from NCI may apply to enter directly at stage 2 of this degree programme.
Any applicant with substantial experience may be eligible for module exemptions, you can apply by showing evidence of prior learning based on your employment experience.
NCI is prepared to adhere to Government directives for course delivery in September 2021. Investments have been made in technology for online learning, as well as campus enhancements if face-to-face classes are permissible.
If remote learning remains a feature of the course timetable, the College recommends the following laptop requirements for incoming students:
Intel 7th (or higher) generation processors (Core i-3, i-5, i-7,i-9-7x)
or AMD Ryzen 3rd generation processors, running at 2.0GHz and above (Intel Atom/Celeron or AMD Athlon/Sempron Processors may cost less, but may not meet your requirements)
Random Access Memory (RAM):
8 GB minimum
Solid State Drive (SSD) Capacity:
256 GB minimum
802.11 a/b/g/n compliant with Bluetooth Capability (incompatibilities have been noted with the Qualcomm Atheros Wireless Adapters and software device drivers)
Direct X9 or later
Supported Operating Systems:
Windows 10 Home/Pro
For information on the modules taught on this course view our module descriptors.
This course runs for three stages over 2 years.
The cost of this course is €4,000 per stage (fees revised annually). Full degree encompasses 3 stages.
You can spread the cost of this course with our direct debit plan.