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Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management

Flexible Delivery Mode (accredited by Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development). Delivered on Galway (Dublin Road) Campus or Mayo Campus.

Discipline: Business

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 7

Programme Duration: Three years

Mode of Study: Part time

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Entry Requirements: See essential information above.

Places: 40


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Why Study?

Graduates will be prepared for a career in a modern HRM function, and also have the knowledge and skills required to proceed to further academic and professional education. This programme will produce capable, adaptable, resilient and self-confident graduates with a capacity for independent thought and judgement and a specialised knowledge of Human Resource Management. The degree is designed around six key themes, namely human resources management, human resources skills development, business knowledge, accounting and finance, and sustainability and wellness. Current academic thought and practices in the discipline of HRM are incorporated into the programme.

This is a part-time/flexible delivery award to serve the needs of those in employment and those who are balancing work, home and educational commitments. This programme is a joint collaboration between School of Business, Galway Campus and the Mayo Campus, and is offered in both locations, with some joint delivery.

Professional Accreditation

This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD). This programme fulfils the ‘knowledge element’ of associate level membership of the CIPD. A qualification from the CIPD is the passport to a career in people management and development and is highly valued by employers.

Learning Experience

A broad range of teaching methodologies will be used to promote learning. These include for example; traditional lectures, discussions, case studies, written assignments, student collaboration, use of multi-media and blended learning, field trips to courts and employment tribunals, problem-based learning, simulations and moot trials, and the use of guest lecturers. Assessment where possible will have a strong focus on the workplace and integrating the student’s new learning with their work experiences.

Programme Modules

Year 1: Economics, The Legal Environment for Business, Introduction to Statistics, Learning to Learn, Introduction to Marketing, Management, Communications for HR Professionals,
Introduction to Accounting, Introduction to Sociology & Psychology, HRM Fundamentals

Year 2: Improving Organisational Performance, Employment Law, Leading Organisational Change, Work-Based Project, Management Accounting, Government & Public Policy, Financial Control, Industrial Relations

Year 3: Contemporary Developments in Employee Relations, Management Report, Business Issues in the Context of Human Resources, Corporate Governance, Developing Professional Practice, Managing & Coordinating the Human Resources Function, Employee Well Being, Employee Engagement, Employee Compensation, International HRM

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Career Opportunities

The degree will serve as a preparation for a wide range of career options in the discipline of Human Resource Management in indigenous industry, the multi-national sector, private sector, public sector, voluntary sector and within trade unions and employee representative groups.

Follow-on Studies: 

Students wishing to exit their studies after two years will be granted a Higher Certificate in Human Resource Management (Level 6). Having completed this programme of 180 credits, students will be granted a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management (Level 7). Students wishing to gain an Honours Degree (Level 8) will be facilitated to progress to the Bachelor of Business (Level 8).

Essential Information: 

Entry Requirements: 

A pass (Grade D3 or better) in the Irish Leaving Certificate in five subjects, including English or Irish and Mathematics (or equivalent), and two years relevant work experience, OR
Mature students (i.e. 23 years +) with a minimum of two years relevant work experience.  Selection will be by means of interview which will take place in June.  Applicants with a minimum of a Higher Certificate in Business (or equivalent) may be eligible for entry to year 2 of the programme.


Classes will be scheduled on Friday afternoons and Tuesday evenings.  Tuesday evening classes will be online and can be accessed remotely.


Click here to download the application form.  Return the completed form and a copy of your CV to Lifelong Learning, GMIT, Dublin Road, Galway or Lifelong Learning, GMIT, Castlebar, Co Mayo, as appropriate.

Closing Date

Closing Date extended to end of August.   Late applications may be considered subject to places being available.   A decision on the feasibility of this programme will be made and communicated before the end of June.


€3,000  (2014-15) per annum - Payment in four instalments.

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Contact Us


Galway Contact:  Eamon Walsh, Tel: 091-742559, email: Eamon Walsh

Mayo Contact:  Clodagh Geraghty, Tel: 094 90 43197/90 43156, email: Clodagh Geraghty