This programme adopts a strategic approach to the management of human resources in organisations.
Today, managing human resources effectively is more important than ever. Managers in organizations of all sizes describe how vital it is to have highly motivated, competent employees if their companies are to gain a sustainable competitive advantage and serve all of their multiple stakeholders (Werner, et al 2012:1)
This programme is about understanding the policies and practices that make up an organisation’s HR management system. It is also about understanding how that system operates as a system and how its various parts are interdependent and interact together. This system interacts also with an external environment. Learners on this programme will explore how this external environment affects the internal HR system and how both these systems may be brought into alignment.
The programme aims to contribute to the development needs of future managers and employees in both public and private sector organisations. Providing graduates with disciplinary expertise with an additional set of management and business tools will significantly enhance their employment potential.
This programme is for graduates with non-business degrees who wish to gain an understanding of business and management practices as they plan and develop their career options. The programme is suitable for graduates of science and technical disciplines, arts and humanities, business related fields such as, economics or finance and many others.
Candidates should have a minimum 2.2 grade, honours (level 8) degree in a non-business discipline or equivalent. In exceptional circumstances consideration will be given to candidates who do not hold a primary degree, but who do have at least 10 years relevant work experience at least 3 of which must be in a management position. Consideration will be given on a case by case basis to students who have a minimum 2.2 honours degree in a business related discipline where the degree was completed at least 5 years previously, where the business components were minors, or where the masters content differs substantially from the applicant’s degree content.
This is a one year 12 month full-time (24 months part-time) taught masters programme. Students work individually and in teams on projects between classes. During the summer semester, students conduct an individual research project. Students must attend a minimum of 80% of the classes.
The learning experience is challenging and participatory. Student engagement in the process is key and classes and tutorials utilise considerable interaction between student and teaching staff. Extensive use of blended learning technologies is the norm as students build a portfolio of work over the duration of the programme.
The course contributes to the development needs of future human resource executives in both public and private sector organizations. The course material takes a broad, cross-sectoral and international approach. Accordingly, as management concepts and frameworks are generic and applicable across all contexts and sectors, this course prepares graduates for a wide range of roles in all types of organisations. The breadth and depth of the programme, plus its in-company research dimension renders the graduate attractive to an array of future employers.
Students will graduate with an MSc in Human Resource Management. This qualification is a nationally and internationally recognised qualification from the National University of Ireland. It is a 90 credit, level 9 (masters) on the National Framework of Qualifications
The course is 100% assessed through continuous assessment in the form of group and individual written assignments in each module followed and a minor applied research dissertation in the third semester. There are no end-of-term of module examinations.
For further information please contact
Dr Marian Crowley Henry, Programme Director
Phone: +353 (01) 7084756