Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
1 Year Full-Time
Masters (MSc)
NFQ Level 9 Major Award
Faculty: Kemmy Business School
Course Type: Taught
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Dr Caroline Murphy
Name: Kathy Ryan
Address: Programme Co-ordinator,
Taught Postgraduate Programmes
Email: Telephone: +353-61-234389

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Brief Description

This programme will run on a full time basis only for the academic year 2023/4.  Applications to the part time variant will resume for the academic year 2024/5.

With a strategic and international focus the MSc in HRM equips HR professionals to manage the increasing complexity and challenges in the modern HR function.  The programme is CIPD accredited at the highest level.

With recognised international programme accreditation (from the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD), the MSc in HRM has a strategic and international focus to reflect the critical role of the HR function within modern organisations. HR professionals and managers today face multiple, and often conflicting, role requirements in a function that is increasing complex and challenging. These challenges include managing transformational change, globalisation, diversity and inclusion, balancing operational and strategic issues and managing competing demands from multiple stakeholders. The MSc in HRM is designed to assist organisations in the private, public, non-profit and semi-state sector in meeting these challenges and includes modules dealing with central issues such as leadership and change, managing conflict, retention and talent management, employment law, learning and development, International and contemporary issues in HRM and employment relations. An international qualification in Psychometric Testing is now also included in the programme.

For more Information : MSc in Human Resource Management

Double Degree Opportunity

This programme offers a dual degree opportunity at the following French partners: Audencia Business School (Nantes), Excelia Business School (La Rochelle), Neoma Business School (Reims or Rouen), Rennes Business School, and Toulouse Business School. The dual degree opportunity involves studying for a second year at the dual degree partner, at the end of which students will receive their MSc. from the University of Limerick as well as a Masters from the dual degree partner.

Autumn Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester 
  • PM6181 Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management
  • PM6161 The Psychology of Leadership and Change
  • PM6171 Comparative Employment Relations
  • PM6131 Research Methods
  • CO6001 Professional Development 1
  • PM6182 Psychometric Testing in January
  • LA5002 Irish and European Labour Law
  • PM6142 Negotiations and Conflict Management
  • PM6132 Workplace Learning and Development
  • PM6052 International Human Resource Management
  • CO6002 Professional Development 2
  • PM6122 Research Skills Development
Alternative Exit Route- Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management
  • PM 6033 Dissertation 1
  • PM6043 Dissertation 2

The programme is designed to be completed through 12 months full-time and is delivered as follows: One year full time: Two days per week per semester (Tuesday and Thursday from 1.00 -9.00pm). In addition, Psychometric Testing Assessment is delivered over 2 days in January. The dissertation is submitted at the beginning of August.

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.

Applicants will possess a minimum 2:2 honours primary degree (National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) in a relevant discipline (for example human resource management; work and organisational psychology; business management). However, applicants with cognate backgrounds (where they must have studied at least some of the following subjects in their undergraduate degrees – management, organisational behaviour, employment relations, industrial relations, employment law, individual psychology, social psychology, learning, conflict management, strategy) will also be considered. An interview (face-to-face, or via telephone/skype) will normally form part of the application process. Applicants who do not meet the minimum primary degree requirement may be considered on the basis of relevant professional experience in the field of human resource management, industrial relations, training and development, employment policy, or related field.

What to Include with your Application

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • A copy of your birth certificate/passport
  • A 1 page personal statement that outlines your interest in the programme and how your undergraduate education and/or work experiences are a ‘fit’ with the entry requirements of the programme
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    • English language competency certificate

    For more information Click Here

Guidelines on Completing your Application

•To ensure a speedy assessment of your application, please upload the above documents with your application form – your application cannot be assessed until relevant documentation is uploaded

•Please title appropriately any documents you are uploading with the application form, for example "Supporting Statement", "Undergraduate Transcript", "Postgraduate Transcript", "English Language Certificate" etc.

International Students

In the case of international students, applicants must hold a qualification that is equivalent to an Irish or UK honours bachelor's degree (NQAI level 8). The degree must be in a discipline relevant to the postgraduate degree sought. To find out if you have the correct qualifications to apply for a programme at UL check the specific requirements for your home country




EU - €10,250

Non- EU - €18,720

Further information on fees and payment of fees is available from the Student Fees Office website. All fee related queries should be directed to the Student Fees Office (Phone: +353 61 213 007 or email

Please click here for information on funding and scholarships.

This programme will be of interest to those interested in pursuing careers in the following areas:

•Human Resource Management (generalist or specialist roles)

•Learning and Development

•Talent Management

•Management Consultancy

•Management and Leadership Development

•Employee Relations

“One year ago, I’ve decided to embrace a new challenge. I moved to Ireland to study Human Resources and I must say, it was one of the best experiences of my life. The masters itself, empowered me to expand and deepen my knowledge and skills. Classes were inspiring, as we were challenged to think out of the box and be critical with the new topics we were exploring. Current examples of what is happening nowadays were presented all the time so we could have a real idea of everything we were learning. Additionally, we had the opportunity to participate in several activities which allowed us to better understand today’s marketplace and enterprises. There was also a focus on training our behavioural skills and attitudes, thus showing a concern in our professionalism and work ethic.

Being far from our own country and apart from the ones we love is not always a bed of roses, however I got to know the most welcoming, friendly, kind, and cheerful people I could ever asked for. The university was surrounded by this contagious Irish culture which had a great impact in my motivation and made the time spent working even better. I'm proud to say I’ve found in the University of Limerick a second home, where I’ve made wonderful memories which I will never forget. It was definitely a remarkable journey which allowed me to grow as a professional and also as a person.  And now that I’m graduated, it is a huge honour to say that I belong to this Institution”. Sofia Rodrigues from Portugal, MSc in HRM (Full-time) Graduate 2017 

“The MSc in HRM at UL will challenge your HR thinking and workplace practices and consequently make you a better student, but more importantly, a more capable HR practitioner. There is an excellent blend of academic and practical coursework on the programme. The assessments cater for all learning styles and have a strong emphasis on continuous learning, which is most effective. I found the lecturers to be enthusiastic and approachable, willing to give their time to assist you in addressing any questions or queries, be it on course work or workplace issues. UL and the MSc in HRM has been the right choice for me in developing my career. I can highly recommend this course and UL as a platform for continuous personal development.” Philip Ducie, HR Manager - Agri Division, Dairygold Co-operative Society Limited – MSc in HRM Graduate 2013