Human Resource Management (BA) (Blended Learning) (Human Resource Management (BA) (Blended Learning))

University of Limerick (21BAHRMAUEAD)
Key Programme Details


NFQ Level

Level 8 About NFQ

Delivery Method



Part Time

ECTS Credits



Kemmy Business School

General Information

Ask to speak to a Springboard+ coordinator





Graduate & Professional Studies
Enterprise Research Centre
University of Limerick
V94 T9PX


Springboard+ Coordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date


About this Course

Applications for this course are now closed since 30th August. We are unable to accept any late applications for this course due to a very high volume of applications.
Any applications received before the closing date will be contacted in the coming weeks with an update.

The programme is designed to equip students with core and specialist knowledge required to support the delivery of sophisticated HR practices within contemporary organisations across a range of sectors. The course is aimed at working professionals who hold existing HR roles or work in other mid-level to senior management roles with significant responsibility for people management activities.

The course is designed to enable participants from a diverse range of backgrounds to acquire (in a flexible delivery mode) a major award that also has professional accreditation by the Charted Institute of Personnel Development, thus facilitating progression towards the attainment of MCIPD/FCIPD professional recognition. This course offers a significant flexibility for anyone seeking to develop their people management, leadership and employment relations knowledge and skills, while continuing to work full-time.

Please note we will need to correspond with you by email throughout the application process. For this reason, we ask that you regularly check your email and spam folders.


BA in HRM, is designed to facilitate course participants in acquiring, or indeed updating, knowledge and skills in the area of people management, such that they are well positioned to make a strategic contribution to their organisation. The course content and assessment structures are primed to develop students transversal skills in leadership, critical thinking, problem solving, and negotiation

Entry Requirements

A minimum level 7 in a cognate/HR related programme or an equivalent qualification plus experience. Entry may be open for instance to those with industry experience who wish to gain people management skills.

Long Description

The course is particularly suited to anyone who is:
- Responsible for management in a business sector that is experiencing difficulties in attracting or retaining talent and skilled staff to fill key roles, in particular where this may be curtailing growth.
- Has progressed into a role within an organisation where they have to engage in people management and they recognize that they need to develop their knowledge and skill in this area to remain up to date with contemporary trends and practices.
- Recognises the need for a formal people management qualification to further their career and progress within the profession. Semester one introduces students to core areas of people management, leadership and strategy including talent management, performance management, conflict resolution, employee engagement, change management and ethical decision making. Semester two, the importance of the broader international and legislative context is explored with strong emphasis placed on developing proactivity and facilitating skills to take evidence-based decisions in addressing organisational problems.


Human Resource Development: Examination of management & leadership development processes, including talent management processes Research Methods: Equip student with skills and competencies to conduct empirical research
PM4907 - STRATEGIC HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: Critical appraisal and analyse of key HR issues in national and international contexts
PM4008 - EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS PRACTICE: Explores key operational practices including conflict in the context of employment relationships
PM4928 - INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: Examines the substantive areas surrounding the area of International Human Resource Management PM4202 - CONTEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS: Trends Analysis and Future Challenges in a HR context Organisation Behaviour: Insights into contemporary issues in organisational life Management Report : Self-directed module to provide students with an opportunity to report on a self-selected topic
CA4003 - CAREER DEVELOPMENT: Assist students to develop key career management skills in preparation for graduate employment

Timetable Info

Online live sessions will run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 5-8pm for weeks 1-12.
More details on dates etc will be available closer to the start date of September 29th.

Given the current environment this course is planned to be delivered in line with the Universities strategy on dealing with the ever evolving COVID19 situation. Therefore this course will now be delivered in a Part Time blended format for semester 1 at least.

For updates on the impact of COVID19 on delivery please regularly consult this section of the University of Limerick website:

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Ask to speak to a Springboard+ coordinator


Graduate & Professional Studies
Enterprise Research Centre
University of Limerick
V94 T9PX




RPL Information

The University of Limerick operates a policy for the Recognition of Prior Learning, both formal and informal/experiential learning. Informal and experiential learning includes non-accredited personal and professional education; work based training and relevant life/work experiences. This learning is assessed initially for entry on to particular courses of study but may additionally lead to academic credits and exemptions from subjects on the intended course of study. Applications for RPL are dealt with on an individual basis, facilitated by representatives from the relevant academic departments and Registrar's office at the University of Limerick. RPL for Springboard+ 2020 will be managed by Graduate and Professional Studies as part of the application process. Graduate & Professional Studies provides support and assistance to guide the learner through their RPL application and in compiling their portfolio. The process is student centric, with consideration made on a case-by-case basis, through submitted documentation and communication with the application team and course director. The operation of the RPL policy has been applied successfully to previous cohorts. Academic and professional qualifications, work and life experience are important considerations in assessment, but motivation and overall potential for the selected course has been a major factor in evaluating applicants.

Application Procedures


Step 1 is to submit your application on the Springboard+ website, you will then be sent a link via email to apply to the University of Limerick (UL) directly (this will be step 2).

You must provide all documents requested on this email which must be uploaded with your application on the UL site. It is only when we receive ALL requested documents that your application is considered complete.

Note : It may take a few days after your application is updated to 'Pending' on the Springboard+ website for us to send you the link to apply to UL (step 2).

Please note we will need to correspond with you by email throughout the application process. For this reason, we ask that you regularly check your email and spam folders.

Required Documents for UL application:

Delays in receiving these documents will affect the progress of your application.

- Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts for all years of study. (Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number.)
- Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name.
- Digital quality head and shoulders photograph.
- A copy of your most recent CV, please note that by providing this document you are agreeing that we may send it to members of industry if you require assistance when searching for an Industry Learning Placement (ILE) or project work (applies to some courses only).
- Applicants who do not have English as their first language may satisfy English Language
• 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

All employed participants must pay a contribution of the course cost directly to the provider for all level 7-9 courses. The onus is on the participant to arrange payment of this fee. The HEA will fund the remainder of the cost directly to the provider.

Employed participants will be required to make a 10% course contribution of €400 directly to the University of Limerick.

Springboard+ will pay all fees for unemployed and returner participants.

Course Acceptance
In order to accept a course offer employed participants must pay a non-refundable acceptance fee of €250 to the University of Limerick. This €250 will be deducted from the contribution of €400 outlined above. The balance of this contribution fee (€150) will be payable semester 2 and is due by 17th January 2021.

In order to avail of Springboard+ funding you must provide written confirmation as outlined below:
NOTE: If your employment status changes during the application process it is your responsibility to inform UL and to provide proof of new status.

Written confirmation from the Department of Employ Social Protection (DEASP) that you are a Social Welfare recipient at the commencement of the course.

Swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths attesting to your status and provide written proof.

Employed/Self Employed
Provide a copy of most recent P60 or other relevant revenue documentation or a letter from their current employer to confirm employment or self-employment.

Formerly Self-Employed
Provide a letter/statement from Revenue stating that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant should be sufficient. Swear a declaration, witnessed by a Commissioner of Oaths, stating that the applicant is no longer self-employed.

To be eligible for Springboard+ funding applicants must be resident in the state.

Please note you may be required to verify your Nationality and Residency status.

For Returners and Employed/Self-Employed applicants, the following rules apply :
- must be ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.
** Note: The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM is calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4.
Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration ( ie you must hold Stamp 4 for three of the five years preceding)