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 2021

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

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Currently open for late EU applications

  • Start Date

    13 September 2021

Course Outline

The Higher Diploma in HRM provides a structured educational opportunity for early career human resource professionals or to assist those seeking to enter into the HR Profession.  It provides comprehensive coverage of the main role span of the HR professional in today’s organisation and is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Students gain a broad understanding of the factors to be considered when implementing and evaluating inclusive learning and development, employee legislation, employee relations and reward activities within varying organisational contexts.

Enhances the student’s ability to secure and embed current and critical perspectives through research-led academic content and practically applied programme.

Develops an in-depth understanding of the core functions in the area of HRM and provides insights into the latest developments in HRM.

Achieves a balance between applied business skills and academic scholarship.

Structured self-assessment and interaction with experienced guest speakers and industry peers.

Opportunity to investigate a workplace problem of interest and relevance to the student with the support of an academic mentor.

Students take the following modules:  

  • MG5806 Performance and Rewards Management (5 credits)
  • MG5817 Human Resource Development (5 credits)
  • MG5838 Investigating a Business Issue from a Human Resource Perspective (10 credits)
  • MG5841 Engaging in Professional Human Resource Practice (5 credits)
  • MG5842 Managing the Human Resource Function (10 credits)
  • MG5843 Employment Relations (10 credits)
  • LW5844 Labour Law (5 credits)
  • MG5845 Recruiting and Selecting Talent (5 credits)
  • MG5846 Business Issues and the Context of Human Resource Management (5 credits)


Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above 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

Programme runs from September through to submission of a final management research report in August.

Modules are timetabled on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm along with a small number of Saturdays. Online tutorials and activities are also encompassed in the programme.


Why Choose This Course

The Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management was the best investment that I have made in terms of cost and time. It helped to change my life for the better.

Pat Moore

Find Out More

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 today;
  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of the factors to be considered when implementing and evaluating selection, development, performance and rewards activities within varying organisational contexts;
  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by HR professionals, whether in a generalist or specialist role; 
  • Identify and review the business and external contextual factors affecting organisations and to assess the impact of these factors on the HR function;
  • Explain the major areas of employment legislation and the employment law system, focusing in particular on ways in which day-to-day HR activities are subject to regulation;
  • Engage in research and enquiry in order to identify appropriate data sources;
  • Support an investigation into an area of HR practice demonstrating analytical and problem-solving skills.

Skills and Careers Information

12-month programme providing comprehensive coverage of the main role span of the HR professional in today’s organisations.

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

A mix of research-led academics and senior HR professionals teach on the programme.

Strong focus on personal and career development, and the application of theory to the practice of HRM

Graduates of this programme have gone onto 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 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.

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please 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.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

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 at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

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

Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

5. Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

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 question:

  • 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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