HR Management:
Online Course

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Professional Diploma in HR Management


Kick-start your career with a Professional Diploma in Human Resources. HR Managers in Ireland earn an average salary of €50,000.

If people are an organisation’s biggest asset, then a good HR professional is an organisation’s hidden treasure. Working in human resources, you get to connect the dots between the company’s needs and successful business outcomes. This course will give you insight into the main functions of the HR Manager's role, showing how to support all the members of an organisation at every stage in the employment cycle.

Blending theory, case study analysis, and practical tasks, this course will equip you with the tools and skills to jump straight into a human resources role. You’ll be capable of creating learning and development strategies and workforce planning. You’ll be able to follow correct employment law and policies, and put in place procedures for every stage of the employment cycle: recruitment, selection, appraisals, etc. You will have a practical working knowledge of all the main aspects of the HR Manager's role.

This course will also help you to develop soft skills such as motivation, empathy, communication, and conflict resolution. You’ll become an effective manager of people and understand how to keep every member of a team engaged, productive, and feeling valued. The broad range of subjects covered makes this the ideal certification if you are looking to specialise in HR or want to identify the areas where you need to develop and gain experience.

You can secure your place with a deposit of 5% and pay the rest in instalments. Part time students can avail of our 50-50 payment plan, whereby 50% of the fees are due upon commencement and the balance of 50% is due 30 days after you start the course. Full fees are due before commencing a 1-week Boot Camp.

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36 hours, 1 evening live online a week 1500 : Secure your place with a 5% deposit

Course content:

  • • Introduction to Human Resources Management
  • • Workforce Planning and Recruitment
  • • Selection
  • • Onboarding and Probation Management
  • • Reward and Recognition
  • • Performance Management
  • • Disciplinary and Grievance Management
  • • Organisational Design and Change Management
  • • Learning and Development
  • • Attendance and Leave Management
  • • Current HR Trends and Recent Case Law - Covid Implications
  • • Course Summary and Assignment Overview

General Information

Location Supported learning with live, online lectures.

36 hours

Boot camp: 7 hours per day, Monday - Friday

Evening class: 3 hours per lesson, once a week for 12 weeks.

Delivered through an interactive online learning environment with supplementary learning resources


9 am - 4 pm Monday to Friday: Online Boot camp

6.30 pm - 9.30 pm weekday evenings: Online evening course

Next course dates

Bootcamp (Online, full time):

28 September - 2 October 2020 

19 October - 23 October 2020 

23 November - 27 November 2020

7 December - 11 December 2020

11 January - 15 January 2021


Part time (Online, evenings):

Wednesday 14 October 2020 - Wednesday 13 January 2021

Wednesday 18 November 2020 - Wednesday 17 February 2021

Tuesday 19 January 2021 - Tuesday 6 April 2021 


What to expect

  • Learn from experienced business professionals via live lectures accessed from your laptop (see more about our online offering in the FAQs below).
  • Master practical skills and knowledge that you will be able to apply directly to your own human resources role.
  • Experience lively group discussions, group exercises, videos, and case study analysis as a part of your learning.
  • On successful completion, you will receive a UCD Professional Diploma in Human Resources.

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You do not need to have any prior experience in human resources as this course will provide an excellent introduction to this area.

You may be:

  • someone who has recently been hired into an HR role or would like a refresher
  • someone who is looking for a career change
  • a business owner or entrepreneur
  • a recent graduate

Human resources is a dynamic area that offers a wide range of opportunities and excellent career progression. You may choose to work in a general HR role or specialise in a particular area (recruitment or training, for example). You can even focus within areas of specialisation (becoming a technical recruiter, for example) so it’s possible to tailor a career to suit both your passions and skills.

HR Managers in Ireland earn an average salary of €50,000.

Online courses can be accessed from any computer or laptop with an internet connection. You do not need special software. You will be given access to our Student Portal, where you can see your timetable, access your study materials, and manage your account.

Lectures are delivered using Zoom, and login details and instructions on how to join a Zoom meeting can be found in your Student Portal. During the live lectures, you can interact with your instructor via the chat function. When appropriate, students will be encouraged to activate their microphone so that they can ask questions and communicate with other students. You do not have to enable your camera if you don’t want to.

Lecturers use communication technology interactively to ensure an engaging learning experience for all students. Lectures are recorded and available for download following each session. Throughout the course, the Student Services team is on hand to support you.

Our online experience is designed to be just as interactive, supportive, and inspiring as the UCD campus experience. Online courses will continue to be available in the future, too.

If you are studying an online course, your assessments will also be submitted online.

This course is assessed through written assessments – a learning log which you will keep during the course, and a case-study project to be submitted after the end of the course. You will have two weeks following the end of the course to complete and submit the final assignment. The written project is generally around 3,000 words (that’s about 5 pages of a standard Word document).

Your UCD Professional Academy Diploma will be issued electronically on a secure platform, with a link that you can share with employers and others wishing to verify your credentials. You’ll also be able to add the diploma to your LinkedIn profile to demonstrate your achievement to your network as well as recruiters and potential employers searching for individuals with your skills and experience.

This Professional Diploma is not on the National Framework of Qualifications as a credit-bearing course. This is not unusual for professional courses of this nature, where the need is for fresh and actionable skills (in a shorter form course) that are demonstrated immediately in the workplace.

For part-time courses we have the below payment options:

  • Full payment before the start of the course
  • 5% deposit to secure the student's place and paying the remaining balance in instalments before the start of the course
  • 50-50 payment option (students will be required to pay 50% of the fees before the start of the course, with the remaining balance due within 30 days of the course commencing)

Please note that standard terms and conditions apply, which you can review here: