UCC Postgraduate courses

Human Resource Management

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Human Resource Management

  • Code


  • College

    Business and Law

  • Duration

    1 Year Part-time

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees

    €5,320 (includes CIPD subscription fee €190)
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Open for EU applications, check rounds closing under How To Apply

  • Start Date

    11 September 2023

Course Outline

The Higher Diploma in HRM provides a structured educational opportunity for early career human resource professionals or those seeking to enter into the HR profession.
The Higher Diploma in HRM provides comprehensive coverage of the main role span of the HR professional in contemporary organisations and is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Students gain a broad understanding of the factors to be considered when developing, implementing, and evaluating HR systems; approaches to recruitment and selection, learning and development, and performance and rewards management; the impact of labour legislation; and managing employment relations within different organisational contexts.


The Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management is a 12-month part-time programme. Students take 60 credits as follows:

LW5844 Labour Law (5 credits)
MG5806 Performance and Rewards Management (5 credits)
MG5817 Learning and Development (5 credits)
MG5842 Managing the Human Resource Function (10 credits)
MG5843 Employment Relations (10 credits)
MG5845 Recruiting and Selecting Global Talent (5 credits)
MG5846 Business Issues and the Context of Human Resource Management (5 credits)
MG5847 Research Methods in Human Resources (5 credits)
MG5848 Professional and Ethical Human Resources in Practice (10 credits)

Please consult the University Calendar (Higher Diploma Human Resource Management) for further information on course and module content.


Further details on modules can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

This programme runs from September to August and modules are timetabled on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm along with a small number of Saturdays. We also use online tutorials and activities in the programme.


A hybrid approach to assessment is used in this programme. Assessment methods include, for example, online discussion
forums, presentations, essays, a research proposal, case studies, and a continuous professional development plan.
During the programme students will work individually and in groups.


Why Choose This Course

I have no hesitation in recommending this course ... It helped to change my life for the better.

Pat Moore, Graduate

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On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

• Critically discuss the spectrum of HR activity and the role of the HR function in organisations in a national and international context;
• Demonstrate a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills, and behaviours required by responsible, ethical, and effective HR professionals;
• Apply appropriate conceptual frameworks to address HR challenges;
• Analyse data using the appropriate procedures, formulas, principles from the HR discipline;
• Identify a problem or issue appropriate for investigation through the HR discipline's way of thinking;
• Generate well-supported, justified conclusions for effective and responsible people management;
• Demonstrate written and oral communication capacity to a professional standard;
• Demonstrate an ability to collaborate effectively to achieve a goal;
• Demonstrate a growth mindset and ownership of learning.

Skills and Careers Information

On commencement of the programme, students receive student membership of the internationally recognised CIPD. Upon completion, graduates can apply for professional membership of CIPD.

Graduates of this programme have gone on to work in HR roles nationally and internationally across domestic and multinational companies, as well as in the public sector.


  • Applicants must have at least an NFQ Level 7 qualification in any discipline and at least 2 years of professional work experience.

Consideration under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may be given to applicants who do not fully meet the above criteria but who have significant professional experience in a related field such as human resource management, training and development, employment relations, coaching, supervisory and management roles and at least an NFQ Level 6 qualification. In these circumstances, an interview may form part of the application decision.

For Applicants with Qualifications Completed Outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.

  • In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
  • Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €5,320 (includes CIPD subscription fee €190).


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second-semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment 

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment is at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment 

International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay? 

You can pay by Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please contact the Fees Office.

How Do I Apply

1. Check Dates: Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.

  • For Irish and EU applicants we operate a rounds system and you can check the rounds closing dates here.
  • Note that not all our programmes are subject to the rounds system so check the opening and closing dates for your specific programme in the fact file boxes above.

2. Gather Documents: Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC.
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.

3. Apply Online: Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following:

  • You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.

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