Human Resource Management (Diploma) (September 2021)

University of Limerick (22DPHRMAUEAD)
Key Programme Details


NFQ Level

Level 7 About NFQ

Delivery Method



Part Time

ECTS Credits



Kemmy Business School

General Information

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

Important Dates
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About this Course

Applications will open Wednesday 16th June 2021. There is currently a high volume of applications to this programme. New applications are being put on a reserve list in the event that a place becomes available.
This programme, delivered flexibly (part-time with evening contact hours) is designed to equip students with core and specialist knowledge required to support the delivery of sophisticated human resources management (HRM) practices within contemporary organisations across a range of sectors. Throughout, the programme takes account of increased digitalisation and remote working that has accelerated significantly during Covid-19.

Semester one introduces students to core areas of people management, leadership and strategy including talent management, performance management, employee engagement, change management and decision making. Semester two focuses on the importance of the broader economic context strong emphasis placed on developing transversal skills for people management

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a level 6 in a HR programme or cognate field of study with some evidence of industry experience.

Long Description

The programme is aimed at working professionals in mid-level to senior management roles with significant responsibility for people management activities, or those recently having moved to a HR role.
The programme is designed to enable participants from a diverse range of backgrounds to acquire (through flexible delivery) a major award professionally accredited by the Charted Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), thus facilitating progression towards the attainment of MCIPD/FCIPD professional recognition.
This programme offers significant flexibility for anyone seeking to develop their people management, leadership and employment relations knowledge and skills, while continuing to work full-time. The programme is particularly suited to anyone who:
- Is responsible for management in a business sector that experienced significant upheaval during the Covid 19 period resulting in changed work practices.
- Has progressed into a role with a people management remit and need to develop their knowledge and skill in this area in line with contemporary trends and practices.
- Recognises the need for a formal people management qualification to further their career and progress within the profession.

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN CONTEXT: The substance of various aspects of HRM will be analysed as well as the connections between them
PM4904 ORGANISATION BEHAVIOUR : explain the implications of these behavioural outcomes for organisational
processes and practices
PM4905 - HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT B: identify current trends, developments, and changes in contextual
/regulatory factors
SO4905 - SOCIOLOGY OF WORK: theoretical perspectives on the sociology of work and the research on changing
PM4935 - DEVELOPING PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE : Encourage student to learning and knowledge in solution
building to issues
EC4904 - PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS: An introduction to the key macroeconomic variables and globalisation
PM4102 - HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT SKILLS AND PRAC: Skills development in communication in various
context such as team work, conflict & feedback
PM4916 - EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS : perspectives on industrial relations; the role of employers and employer
PM4926 - HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT : surrounding themes in HRD such as managing diversity, managing
knowledge, professional standards
PM4936 - CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT : Career reflection, recognition of strengths/weaknesses and planning

Timetable Info

Approx. 8 contact hours (face to face or online depending on government guidelines) per week. This is a part time evening course. You can keep up to date with the Universities plans for what semester 1 delivery will be here:

Delivery Notes


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+ 2021 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.
- 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).
- Proof of Status, e.g. unemployed, employed, self-employed, returners. Acceptable documents are outlined in 'Acceptable Documents for Proof of Status' section.
- 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. Please note some formerly self-employed applicants not in receipt on DEASP payment are liable for 10% fees also. 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. Please note some formerly self-employed applicants not in receipt on DEASP payment are liable for 10% fees also.

Employed and formerly self-employed (outlined above) participants will be required to make a 10% course contribution of €353.40 directly to the University of Limerick.

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

Course Acceptance
Should an offer be made, 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 €353.40 as outlined above. The full fees of €353.40 are due in two instalments. Once the €250 acceptance has been paid that covers semester 1 fees. The remaining €103.40 is due by 21st January 2022.

In order to avail of Springboard+ funding you must provide written proof as outlined below:

Written proof from the Department of Employment and Social Protection (DEASP) that you are in receipt of an eligible payment (see Springboard+ site).

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.

NOTE: If your employment status changes during the application process it is your responsibility to inform a Springboard+ coordinator at UL and to provide proof of new status

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)