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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

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.

Graduate View


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 (or international equivalent) in a Business discipline


A second class honours grade 1 honours degree (or international equivalent) in a non-Business discipline


Professional qualifications in Human Resource Management coupled with significant relevant professional experience.

If you have achieved a second class honours grade 2 honours degree in a Business discipline with a significant specialism in Human Resource Management, you may still obtain a place on the programme. This will depend on the availability of places and on obtaining high grades in core HRM and Organisational Behaviour modules in your programme. Core Human Resource Management modules include Human Resource Management, Industrial Relations and Organisational Behaviour. You may be called for interview.

If, as is normally the case, demand from qualified applicants exceeds available places, applicants will be ranked for admission purposes on the basis of prior academic performance and, where relevant, professional experience. Candidates who have not received their degree results by the application closing date may receive conditional offers.

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language, they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language to the minimum DCU Business School entry requirements. For further information on international applications click here.

The programme commences with a compulsory Immersion Week, which takes place the week prior to the standard University commencement date.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Make an Application

All Applicants must submit

  • Certified academic transcripts for each and every year of study, with certified English translations if applicable
  • CV outlining your professional experience

Non Native English Speakers must also submit

  • Evidence of English competency which meets DCU Business School entry requirements - see link

 EU Applicants should apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( by 21st September 2018 for the September 2018 intake.

Non-EU Applicants should apply online the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( by 10th July 2018 for the September 2018 intake. Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of gaining entry into Ireland are advised to apply as early as possible.

Queries on Completed Applications

Queries on completed applications can be made by e-mail to