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Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management

Flexible Delivery Mode (accredited by Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development). Delivered on 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 delivered primarily on the Mayo Campus, with some delivery on the Galway campus (year 3 only).

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.


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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. 

Advanced entry into year 2 of the programme will be considered from candidates with a higher certificate, or better (for example, ordinary degree, honours degree, or professional qualification). Consideration of advanced entry will be given to candidates who demonstrate through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process relevant work experience. See below for more information on the RPL process.


• All years of the programme (1, 2 & 3) are delivered on the Castlebar campus of GMIT.


The course commences Thursday 12th September 2019.


Closing date for applications

30th August 2019. If all places are taken on the course the status of the course will change from “Open for Applications” to “Course Full”. 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.

Application Process

You must download, complete fully and return by email (not by post) the Application Form which is in the form of a MS-Excel file. Incomplete files/ postal applications will be returned.


€3,000  per annum


Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management Degree - Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Applications for advanced entry (into year 2) will be considered from candidates who may have prior experience/ learning in the discipline area, and who may be eligible for acknowledgement of this under the Institutes RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) policy.

1.   General

The RPL process Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a system whereby learning acquired through certified programmes and/or through experience can be acknowledged as a basis for entry onto formal programmes of study, and/or for gaining exemptions from parts of a programme of study.

2.   RPL and the Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management

GMIT offers a pathway for students to obtain the Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management Degree. People working in a HR role in organisations are most likely to gain exemption against a Higher Certificate in Business. If however you have 60 or more credits at Level 6 you should contact the Lifelong Learning Centre, Dublin Road, Galway as it may make more sense to seek exemption against the Learning Outcomes of a Higher Certificate using the RPL process.

Evidence to support prior learning can be a combination of Prior Certified Learning (i.e. you have completed some courses at Level 6) or Prior Experiential Learning.

3.      Prior Certified Learning

Prior Certified Learning is learning that has already been accredited by an awarding body such as Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). If you have a foreign qualification, an old qualification (prior to the NFQ) or a partial qualification in the required discipline (for example completed one year of a two-year level 6 programme), you need to provide evidence demonstrating the discipline, level and number of credits per the NFQ scale. This is then assessed for suitability against requirements. QQI have a service ( which can be accessed to find the equivalent award on the National Framework of Qualifications (typically takes 90 days). In general, when assessing the prior certified learning, GMIT will consider the following:

  • Level of Prior Award in the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)
  • Comparison of learning outcomes
  • Currency of learning

4.      Prior Experiential Learning

Prior Experiential Learning involves the awarding of credits for learning obtained from work experience. The candidate must demonstrate that the required learning from experience has occurred by providing evidence to support their application. This may be in the format of a Portfolio of Evidence to support the claim for access, exemption or credit.
A set of level 6 Learning Outcomes in Business is included at the end of this document to enable assessment of experiential learning for the purposes of RPL application for the add on Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management.
As a general principle, credit is given for the learning obtained from the experience as opposed to the type or job or length of work experience.
The applicant’s portfolio of evidence must be written in such a way that the knowledge, skills and competencies of the experiential learning outcomes matches the Learning Outcomes of the Level 6 Higher Certificate.

5.      How to apply for RPL

GMIT has an online Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process  There is a €75 charge per RPL Application which must be paid in advance to engage the RPL process.
The portfolio of evidence must be written in such a way that the matching of the knowledge, skills and competencies of the learning outcomes to the prior learning is clearly demonstrated.
The deadline for submission of portfolio is Tuesday 20th June 2017, which must be adhered to. You will get a decision as to whether or not your application is successful before the end of August 2017. A mentor will be assigned to work with you when you have made your application, to assist you in creating a successful portfolio.
The portfolio will be assessed and graded by a Head of Department or an assessor appointed by the Head of Department.
The portfolio the learner has to submit will be based on the learning outcomes of the general Level 6 Award in Business, detail of which are set out at the end of this document.
Evidence contained in the portfolio may include:

  • References
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Job Descriptions and experience
  • Details of any training completed 
  • Certificates for qualifications, training courses etc
  • Sample work
  • Professional licenses/registrations or membership of professional organisations

Log onto  and register with the website to obtain a username and password. The programme you will be applying for is the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Resource Management.
The Learning Outcomes that you are trying to match are those of the Generic Level 6 Award in Business which are listed at the end of this document.
Using the website, you will create a portfolio of your previous work experience and previous learning that will show how your work experience and learning experience (if you have previous learning) prove that you have already met the majority of the learning outcomes. You need to provide evidence to back up your points, e.g. training records, records of various projects completed etc.  These can be attached to your submission on the website.
We will then review the online document you have created to determine if your experience and skills gained do indeed match the Level 6 in Business learning outcomes below.
We will then review your completed application.  It is not necessary to meet each learning outcome listed, but we will assess whether your application matches the overall standard of the learning outcomes for a Level 6 Higher Certificate in Business.

6.   Learning Outcomes of the Generic Level 6 Award in Business

  • Knowledge – Breadth.

You should be able to demonstrate that you have a specialised knowledge of a broad area, namely a basic knowledge of the general business subjects, such as:
Management and Organisation (including: Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Enterprise, Marketing)
Regulatory Environment (including Law)
Information and Communication Systems (including Accounting, Information and Communications Technology)
Economics (Including: Sectoral and International Economics).
General knowledge of current business environments.


  • Knowledge – Kind.

You should be able to demonstrate some theoretical concepts and abstract thinking, with significant underpinning theory. This would be evidenced by you having a basic understanding of established business frameworks and theories.

  • Know – How & Skills Range

You should be able to demonstrate and apply technical skills and know-how in the particular sub-field of business.
You should be able to communicate effectively with individuals and peer groups using information and communications technologies.

  • Know – How & Skills Selectivity

You should be able to demonstrate the ability to gather, assemble and display data in structured business scenarios.

  • Competence - Context

You should be able to demonstrate the ability to work in a structured business context under supervision.

  • Competence – Role

You should be able to demonstrate that you contribute effectively and participate in a business team. This would include the capacity to participate, (contribute and collaborate), and contribute constructively in a structured team environment across the core business areas.
You should be able to demonstrate that you are self-directed in terms of time, motivation and planning; and self-aware to be open and sensitive to others.

  • Competence – Learning to Learn

You should be able to demonstrate that you have a familiarity and experience with the principles of self- directed learning. This would include preliminary evidence of own learning, competencies, styles and challenges.

  • Competence – Insight

You should be able to demonstrate that you have an awareness of social, community and ethical issues in a business context.

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