DCU Business School

MSc in Human Resource Management

Master of Science in Human Resource Management

  • PAC CodeDC632
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Duration 1 Year

Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€0
  • EU Status Fee€9,955
  • Non EU Fees€16,000
About fees & requirements

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The DCU MSc in Human Resource Management prepares students to become leaders in people management and organisational change. 

The innovative and distinguishing features of the programme are its focus on international elements of management, its emphasis on enhancing leadership capability, and the importance given to building professional competencies. 

You will also develop insights into the latest developments in HRM, including cross-cultural management, people management, and the strategic importance of the HR function. 

Why do this course?

  • The only Masters of its kind in Ireland to recognised by the Society of HRM, the largest global HR professional body.
  • A strong focus on leadership and personal and career development, and the application of theory to the practice of HRM
  • Graduates will qualify for associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development
  • Ranked in the World’s Top 30 MSc in Human Resource Management by Eduniversal Best Masters Rankings 2016
  • DCU Business School is accredited by AACSB, a standard reached by only 5% of business schools worldwide reflecting its established international reputation for high quality graduates.


The objectives of the programme are to provide graduates with:

An in-depth understanding of the theories and conceptual frameworks underpinning people management.

Insights into the latest developments in HRM.

An understanding of the strategic level of analysis at which business decisions are made and of the links between management of human resources, business strategy, finance and performance.

Expertise in cross-cultural management, industrial relations and managing human resources internationally.

Opportunities to acquire the professional competencies required to work successfully in a human resource management environment or as a manager engaged in managing human resources.

The skills to undertake and implement organisational level research.

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Dublin City University has forged a reputation as Ireland's University of Enterprise, through its strong, active links with academic, research and industry partners both at home and overseas.

Our solid industry relationships have allowed us to instil an enterprising culture into our postgraduate courses which has resulted in DCU Business School’s reputation as being Ireland’s most innovative business school.

We provide a unique learning environment where students are encouraged to develop their creativity and skills as innovators.

The quality of our teaching, our small class sizes, our high levels of industry engagement make us stand out, and have been recognized by AACSB, the oldest and most prestigious global accrediting body for business schools.

DCU graduates are highly sought after in the job market, with many going on to pursue management roles in organisations both at home and abroad.


Graduates will find employment with multinational companies, consultancy firms, the public sector and not-for-profit organisations. Graduates pursue specialist or generalist roles in human resource management, training and development, employee relations, research, consultancy, or as general managers particularly in international firms.

Recent employers include Intel Ireland, ESB International, Bristol Myers Squibb, Trinity Mirror Group PLC, Tesco Ireland, DELL, Google Ireland, Mazars Ireland, ePeople Recruitment and Smurfit Kappa Group. There are also opportunities for those wishing to undertake further study to doctoral level.



This programme is fully accredited by CIPD. Successful graduates thus qualify with both the Masters degree and a professional qualification (associate membership of CIPD). It equips students to become leaders in the fast-changing world of HR or in international business where there are responsibilities for people management.


General Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the programme are:

  • A second class honours grade 1 degree H2.1 (or international equivalent) in a Business discipline


  • A second class honours grade 1 honours degree H2.1 (or international equivalent) in a non-Business discipline such as Social Sciences or Humanities


  • Professional qualifications in Human Resource Management and/or 5 years or more relevant professional experience in people management.
  • International candidates who are non-native speakers of English must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language.  More information about the English language requirements for DCU Business School can be found here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Make an Application

  • All applicants should apply through www.pac.ie
  • Search for course code DC632.
  • Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation if applicable.
  • Written personal statement not exceeding 500 words in English outlining reasons for applying for the programme.
  • Please include your CV and details of relevant experience.
  • Where relevant, evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements see link http://www.dcu.ie/registry/english.shtml.

Application Deadlines


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the programme is full or until:

  • Closing date for non EU applicants is 17th July 2020.
  • Closing date for EU applicants is 14th August 2020.

Note applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of studying at DCU, are advised to apply as early as possible.


Queries from EU applicants should be directed to postgraduateadmissions@dcu.ie

Queries from non EU applicants should be directed to international.office@dcu.ie

 Commencement of Programme

The programme commences in October 2020.


Fees & Payments

For information about payment methods & Schedules, download the DCU fees booklet.

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Master of Science in Human Resource Management Course Fees

Course Student Contribution EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
Full Time €0 €9,955 €16,000