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MSc in Human Resource Strategies

Master of Science in Human Resource Strategies

Next intake for this programme is September 2020

  • PAC CodeDC503
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Delivery Modes Part-time
  • Duration 2 Years

Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€0
  • EU Status Fee€6,000
  • Non EU Fees€12,000
About fees & requirements

The Irish HR landscape has dramatically changed over the past few years, so for this reason, DCU Business School has extensively updated the MSc in Human Resource Strategies programme. The programme, which has been running since 1997, has established a reputation as the leading programme in Ireland for managers and professionals who are interested in pursuing a strategic approach to human resource issues in their organisations. It has attracted a wide variety of participants including human resource professionals and consultants, training and development professional, and employee relations specialists, in addition to line managers and those involved in managing their own companies.

The focus of the programme is closely aligned with CIPD's HR professional map and contributes towards the development of the behaviours required to undertake key leadership roles in organisations. This will be achieved by a focus on the following areas:

  • Organisational Behaviour and Change
  • Talent Management
  • Strategic Human Resource Management and Employee Engagement
  • Employee Relations and Employment Law
  • Strategic Management
  • International HRM
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Research and Consulting Project

 The tools and techniques that are used during the programme enable participants to gain insights into, and feedback on, their strengths and weaknesses in an environment that is removed from the political issues that may predominate in their own work organisations. These tools many include methods to explore learning styles, creativity and innovation, systems thinking, leadership profiles and team-working.

The MSc in Human Resource Strategies programme equips managers and professionals with the competencies needed to take on challenging roles in turbulent times. These competencies drive other skills and abilities including creativity, mental agility, balanced learning habits and self-knowledge. These higher level competencies are particularly critical for success at senior management level and are crucial to establishing personal credibility. A participant in the programme is therefore not only embarking on an education programme but is also engaging in a management development process that is designed to enhance personal learning and development.

Why do this course?

  • 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 MSc in Human Resource Strategies programme equips managers and professionals with the competencies needed to take on challenging roles in turbulent times. On completion students will have acquired

  • Mastery in problem diagnosis and the implementation of solutions as guided by theoretical and empirical research;
  • An ability to adopt a broad strategic perspective, rather than a narrow, functional one when resolving organisational and human resource problems;
  • An increased awareness of how career goals can be realised using a variety of personal and professional development techniques;
  • An ability to use advanced skills to conduct, implement and communicate research that will bring about successful organisational change.
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Since 1997 this programme has been the leading programme in Ireland for professionals seeking to pursue a strategic approach to human resource management. The programme content is continually updated in partnership with CIPD to ensure relevance to today's HR challenges.

Students transfer academic insights into real value for their organisations; the final project is a good example of this.

A core focus on developing leadership competencies means that students emerge with significantly enhanced capabilities - a fact verified by our published research on the impact of this programme.

The interactive learning climate within the programme ensures that students build positive relationships with a valuable network of professional colleagues.

What Our Graduates Say

Barry McKimm, HR Director, Coyle Hamilton Willis

"This is an excellent programme. Its key strength lies in helping participants transfer the academic insights gained on the programme into practice. In terms of personal development and its impact on personal effectiveness, I believe this programme is second to none." 

Michael Loughnane, Manager, Leadership & People Development, ESB

"Having worked for 6 years in HR at the time of commencing the programme, it was great to see the full range of HR issues and challenges pulled together in a consistent way and set in the context of business strategy. Much of what had been observed in practice was borne out in theory. At the end, I felt as knowledgeable in HR as anyone I would encounter - a great source of enhanced self-confidence."

Milla Mamia, People & Change Consulting Manager, PwC

"The DCU MSc in HR Strategies course is the best course that I've ever undertaken. It was an excellent blend of high quality, interactive academic lectures and research and the practical application of the learning in my own workplace setting. The course has transformed the way I go about analysing strategic challenges and has given me a robust skillset to build a fit for purpose HR Strategy and System for any organisation. The last two years have been very challenging, stimulating, interesting and extremely rewarding. In my classmates and lecturers I have also met an amazing group of people who I look forward to interacting with for a long time to come. I am very happy that I chose the course in DCU, it has given my confidence, my skills portfolio and my career in HR a huge boost!"


Career ProspectsResearch conducted by the LInK Research Centre at DCU has shown statistically significant changes in leadership style over the course of the programme with participants demonstrating increased preference for developmental styles, in particular embracing the need for change, challenge and risk under conditions of freedom and scope for personal choice.

These leadership competencies are crucial in organisations facing conditions of uncertainty and rapid change.

This change process has proven to be very successful for managers completing the programme and has resulted in positive career moves and promotions.


General Entry Requirements

The following are eligible to apply for the programme:

  • Those who hold a (NFQ Level 8) Honours Degree
  • Those who hold other qualifications (including professional qualifications)

Applicants must normally have at least three years experience in the broad area of human resource management (including areas such as employee relations, training and development, etc.) or extensive experience of managing human resource issues and must be in a position to undertake and implement project-based assignments within their work organisations.

Selection of applicants may include an interview. This programme is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and completion leads to graduate membership of C.I.P.D.

  • Applicants MUST submit a detailed personal Statement (250 words max) outlining why they wish to participate on this programme.
  • Certified Academic Transcripts for each year of study

Dates for Submission of Applications 

There is an intake on this programme every two years.

The next intake for applications for this programme will be September 2020 (applications will open November 2019)

Closing date for applications

EU Applicants       14th August 2020

Non EU                  17th July 2020


EU Applicants 

Please note that the running of the programme is subject to a minimum enrollment number.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Make an Application

EU Applicants
Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( applications will open in November 2019 for intake to September 2020.

Fees & Payments

An Automated Telephone system is available 24 X 7 on the following number 01-253-0219. This number is for Student Fee payments only and you or a third party are required to have your student ID number, date of birth and a card on which the payment is to be made.

International students are advised to use our Pay to Study platform which is an easier and safer way to pay fees.

For complete information about payment methods & Schedules, download the DCU fees booklet and also our Student Fee Protocol Booklet.

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Master of Science in Human Resource Strategies Course Fees

Course Student Contribution EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
Part Time €0 €6,000 €12,000