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 independent learning.
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 course.
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
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.
The course content is for indicative purposes only. The college reserves the right to re-order the schedule of modules offered.
Note: All modules count towards the final award classification.
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.
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 €15,000.
Find out more about studying at NCI as an international student.