BA (with Honors) in Human Resource Management

Key Points

  • Work permit while you study

  • Post Graduation Work Permit for 12 months

  • Start dates: September

  • Duration: 3 years

  • Level 8 qualification

  • Type: Full Time
  • Hours: Daytime
  • Enrollment Fee: From € 10,000 / year

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Successful organizations develop winning teams and the human resources function is at the center of this. As a human resources professional, you will oversee a wide range of areas such as recruitment, training, employee development, and labor relations.

Senior HR professionals shape business strategy, and this HR degree will equip you to move into these kinds of exciting roles.

This full-time human resources course builds on NCI’s seventy years as the leading educational institution in human resource management. Our world-class faculty and industry links mean that you will find the course to be current, practical, and comprehensive. You will graduate with a highly regarded qualification and excellent career prospects. This is an excellent business degree with a focus on human resources that will equip you with the latest knowledge and develop your skills in working with people.

You can also take advantage of the opportunity to participate in an accredited one-year job placement between the second and third years. This placement will be credit and includes an additional year in the degree. Access to these locations will be limited and highly competitive.

As a graduate of this course:

  • Have a deep knowledge of human resource management.
  • Understand the business world and how HRM integrates with other areas.
  • Develop personal skills in teamwork, communication and research

If you want an interesting and varied business career, with a knowledge of business strategy and human resource management, this title will appeal to you. The course is for dropouts, mature students, and graduates of QQI level 5/6 programs who wish to embark on a full-time course of study .

Program structure

Semester 1:

  • Economy in the world
  • Financial accounting 1
  • Fundamentals of Irish Law
  • Human resources management
  • Manage your learning

Semester 2:

  • Individual organizational behavior
  • Marketing in the digital age
  • Quantitative methods

Semester 1:

  • Labor Law – Contracts
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Learning and change in organizations
  • Social and organizational behavior

Semester 2:

  • Economic business
  • Labor Law – Functioning of the relationship, equality and rupture
  • Introduction to labor relations
  • Performance and Rewards Management


  • Career management skills
  • Digital technology for companies
  • Health and safety
  • New product development
  • Service marketing management

Semester 1:

  • Economic and social policy
  • Organizational development
  • Strategic HRM


  • Business statistics and analysis
  • Preparation of the final project
  • Event management planning
  • Public relations and social networks

Semester 2:

  • Contemporary problems in human resource management
  • Contemporary issues in IR


  • Final project
  • Contemporary Issues in Rewards Management
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • International Human Resources Management
  • Project management
  • Sales management
  • Strategic management

This bachelor of business course is a three-year honors degree (four years with the option of a placement *). The main course lasts six semesters, with continuous assessment throughout the course and exams at the end of each semester.

In each year of the degree, any student with a GPA of more than 70 will win a Dean award.

Upon completion, you will receive a QQI BA (Honors) degree in HRM at level 8 in the National Qualifications Framework.

* Students who complete the Career Management Skills module and meet the established qualification criteria are eligible (subject to availability) to complete a job position in the third year of the program and graduate after four years with 240 ECTS credits.

Career opportunities

For over 60 years, the National College of Ireland has built an enviable reputation for excellence in HR education, producing highly sought after HR graduates in the marketplace. Recent HR graduates are employed in human resources, recruitment, labor relations and training roles at organizations such as Telefónica, Google, Comfort Keepers, CPL, IBEC, Hertz, PwC, IBM, Arvato, Ergo, Ryanair and NTMA.

Admission requirements

Minimum entry requirements are a grade H5 and above in two upper-level subjects along with a minimum of O6 / H7 in four other subjects. A minimum grade of O6 / H7 must be obtained in English. An O6 / H7 grade must be earned in Mathematics.

Mature applicants, applicants with a disability, or those applying through the DARE or HEAR access schemes can find more information about the application process.

Please note that exams can be scheduled in the morning, afternoon, or evening from Monday to Saturday.

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