MA in Human Resource Management

Senior human resource professionals have a significant role to play in ensuring the achievement of organisational objectives working alongside other business leaders. They are required to have a broad business focus coupled with in-depth human resource management knowledge enabling them to think and act strategically.

About this Course

Successful completion of the course leads to Chartered Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Associate Membership of the Mediators Institute of Ireland (MII). The part-time version of this course shares a common first year with the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in HRM in which a range of modules in HR is pursued.

Following completion of the first three semesters, there is an opportunity in year 2, semester 1, to explore in detail a research question which is relevant to you or your organisation in the form of a capstone dissertation. Semester 1 of year 2 involves attendance at research methods workshops. A supervisor is appointed to support each student in their research and the production of their dissertation.

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at professionals wishing to advance their career to assume positions at a senior management level with a specific focus on human resource management.

Award and Progression

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.

Entry Requirements

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.


This course extends over 1 calendar year with 2 taught semesters and a final semester which involves the completion of a dissertation.

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