UCC Postgraduate courses

Human Resource Management

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Human Resource Management

  • Code


  • College

    Business and Law

  • Duration

    1 year Full-time; 2 years part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time, Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees 2021

    €10,820; €5,475 (Year 1 Part-time); €5,475 (Year 2 Part-time); (The CIPD subscription fee €190 is included in the student fee)
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2021

    €18,000 (This does not includes CIPD subscription fee €190 to be paid by each student)

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Currently open for late EU applications

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    Extended until 31 July 2021

  • Start Date

    13 September 2021

Course Outline

The MSc in Human Resource Management is a Level 9, CIPD accredited programme designed to capture the realities of the contemporary HR profession and seeks  to develop the HR careers of students. A mix of research led academics and senior HR professionals teach on the programme. Adopting a strategic focus, the MSc HRM equips HR professionals to successfully deal with the challenges facing the HR function in contemporary organisations.  The duration of the programme is one year for full-time students and two years for part-time students.

Students take the following modules: 

Part 1

MG6829: Managing Human Resources Strategically (5 credits)

BU6005: Applied Research Methods (5 credits)

BU6513: Business Case for Analytics (5 credits)

MG6802: HRM in a Global Context (10 credits)

MG6824: Developing Skills for Business Leadership (5 credits)

MG6827: Creating Healthy Workplaces (5 credits)

MG6805: Managing the Employment Relationship (5 credits)

MG6826: Leadership & Management Development (5 credits)

MG6822: Talent Management & Development (10 credits)

MG6828: Psychology at Work (5 credits)

Part 2:

MG6825: Applied Research Project (30 Credits)



Additional Teaching Mode Information

Two days a week per semester [lunch-time to evening] for full-time students and one day a week per semester for part-time students.


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

The programme is delivered twice a week per semester (lunch-time to evening) for full-time students and once a week per semester for part-time students. There will be a blended approach to teaching with content delivered in-class, online, as well as through a variety of workshops. As a level 9 MSc there will be considerable reading hours on this programme. Students will work individually as well as in groups. In the Applied Research Project in Part 2 of the programme students will partner with an organisation to conduct research on a real-life HR issue.  Students will receive dedicated mentoring from academic staff throughout this project.


A variety of approaches to assessment are used in this programme.  While a small number of formal written examinations must be undertaken the broad choice of assessment adopted in the programme is designed to help develop the professional skills needed in a HR career.  Assessment includes presentations, role plays and negotiations, organisational analysis, report compilation,  etc.



Why Choose This Course

This programme has been designed specifically to enable students to develop a successful career in the broad HR domain.  The strategic focus to the programme encourages students to strengthen their critical thinking skills regarding the role of the HR function in contemporary firms. Modules have been carefully designed to capture the realities of the HR profession with specific focus on emerging and significant issues such as data analytics, healthy organisations, and talent development. The teaching team on this programme is made up of world-class academics and expert practitioners. There is a strong focus on professional development skills in the programme to help prepare students for the next step in their career.  In the Applied Research Project students will partner with an organisation to conduct research on a real-life HR issue, developing their consultancy, communication, and analytic skills. The programme is closely linked to the Human Resource Research Centre, (HRRC)  in Cork University Business School (CUBS) and the importance of developing a professional network is emphasised with regular guest lectures, workshops and masterclasses scheduled throughout the course. As a Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development CIPD accredited course, students will use this programme as a launchpad for the development of their career. 

Registration for CIPD membership is required of all successful applicants commencing this programme.

Skills and Careers Information

The CIPD professional map sets out standards for HR professionals in terms of skill acquisition, knowledge-building, and professional development. This map is at the core of the programme and the content of the modules has been designed specifically with this in mind. The programme equips students with the necessary sills and knowledge to develop a successful career in the HR domain.




Minimum Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8, or equivalent) (e.g. Higher Diploma)

Applicants who do not meet the minimum primary degree requirement will be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) on the basis of other qualifications and relevant professional experience in the field of human resource management, industrial relations, training and development, employment policy, or related field.  An interview may form part of the application process in this regard.


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 €10,820; €5,475 (Year 1 Part-time); €5,475 (Year 2 Part-time); (The CIPD subscription fee €190 is included in the student fee).

The Non-EU fee for this course is €18,000 (This does not includes CIPD subscription fee €190 to be paid by each student).


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 

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 questions:

  • 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.

  • What is your current occupation/specialty? 

The closing date for non-EU applications is Extended until 31 July 2021

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