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What is the Course about?

Human Resource Management (HRM) is the function within an organisation that focuses on managing people. The objective is having the right people in the right place at the right time. The HRM function deals with recruiting and selecting employees, appraising their performance, deciding what rewards are appropriate, providing suitable training and development opportunities, and providing mechanisms for reducing and avoiding conflicts. Managing people is challenging and the course assists with building a work environment where employees are more motivated.

If you like working with people, this course should be of interest to you. If you would like to know how to bring together and motivate a team of people who want to achieve something together, this course provides you with the skillset and knowledge on how to do this.

In the Human Resource Management option at Year 3, students will study specialist HR subjects in more detail including: Contemporary Issues in HRM, People Management Functions, Employment Law and Organisational Behaviour. In Year 4 in addition to other modules, students will study Applied HRM, Industrial Relations and Strategic HRM.

Special Features:

The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Year 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
Business Financial Accounting 1 (M) Business Financial Accounting 2 (M)
IT for Business (M) Macroeconomics (M)
Microeconomics (M) Management (M)
Quantitative Techniques 1 – Data Analysis (M) Quantitative Techniques 2 - Business Mathematics (M)
Communications and Academic Writing (E) Business Psychology 1 (E)
French I (E) French II (E)
German I (E) German II (E)

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 2

Semester 3 Semester 4
Business Applications 3 (M) Business Management Accounting (M)
Business Law (M) Contemporary Marketing Practice (M)
Human Resource Management 1 (M) Macroeconomy of Ireland (M)
Introduction to Marketing (M) Supply Chain Management (M)
Business Psychology 2 (E) Business Applications 3 (E)
French III (E) French IV (E)
Intermediate Financial Accounting 1 (E) Human Resource Management 2 (E)
German III (E) Intermediate Financial Accounting 2 (E)
German IV (E)

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 3

Semester 5 Semester 6
Business Information Systems 1 (M) Work Placement (M)
Contemporary Issues In HRM (M) Business Information Systems 3 Group (E) 1
Organisational Behaviour 1 (M) Business Internship Project Group (E) 1
People Management Functions (M) Corporate Finance for Business Group (E) 1
Business Finance (E) Enterprise Development II Group (E) 1
French V (E) Global Supply Chain Management Group (E) 1
Managerial Economics (E) Strategic Service and CX Excellence Group (E) 1
Operations Management for Business (E) The Global Economy 2 Group (E) 1
Purchasing and Supplier Management and Negotiation (E) New Product Innovation Group (E) 1
Employment Law for HRM (M)
German V (E)
Marketing for Services (E)

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 4

Semester 7 Semester 8
Applied Human Resource Management 1 (M) Applied Human Resource Management 2 (M)
Dissertation Level 8 (M) Industrial Relations 2 (M)
Industrial Relations 1 (M) People Analytics (M)
Organisational Behaviour 2 (M) Strategic Positioning (M)
Strategic Analysis (M)
Strategic Human Resource Management (M)

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

What are the minimum entry requirements?

  • 2H5 & 4O6/H7
  • English or Irish O6/H7
  • Mathematics O6/H7

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates may apply to undertake a Research or Taught Masters at SETU or other institutions.

What exemptions will I receive?

We are delighted to announce a new benefit to successful completion of the programme is that you will have achieved the underpinning knowledge to upgrade to an Associate Membership level of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This will give you a competitive edge in the jobs market.



What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

A business degree in HRM is internationally recognised and offers a passport for graduates to work anywhere in the world. Careers in HRM are varied and include: generic HR management, specialist HR roles such as HR recruitment; training and learning coordinator; talent manager; HR leadership; organisational and change coordinator. Graduates may find employment in the private or public sector across all industries including: banking; education; retail and manufacturing.


Course Leader

  John Trehy

Deputy Head of Lifelong Learning -

Call: +353599175293

Email: [email protected]