Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Human Resource Management CW908 HRM

  • NFQ Level 8
  • CW908 HRM
  • 15 approx.
  • 272
  • 4 Years
  • Overview
  • Further Studies
  • Career Prospects
  • Entry Requirements
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What is this Course about?

Human Resource Management (HRM) is the function within an organisation that focuses on managing people. The objective is having the right people in the right place at the right time. The HRM function deals with recruiting and selecting employees, appraising their performance, deciding what rewards are appropriate, providing suitable training and development opportunities, and providing mechanisms for reducing and avoiding conflicts. Managing people is challenging and the course assists with building a work environment where employees are more motivated.

Course Structure

In the Human Resource Management (HRM) option at Year 3, students study specialist HR subjects in more detail including: Contemporary HRM; Organisational Behaviour and Employment Law. In Year 4, students study Applied HRM, Industrial Relations and Strategic HRM.

Is this course for you?

If you like working with people, this course should be of interest to you. If you would like to know how to bring together and motivate a team of people who want to achieve something together, this course provides you with the skillset and knowledge on how to do this.

Special Features:

  • Work Placement is an integral part of the course in Year 3.
  • Maximum flexibility enabling students to choose a speciality after Year 2.
  • The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
  • Exit Awards: Higher Certificate in Business (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2 and Bachelor of Business (NFQ Level 7) after Year 3.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Bachelor of Business graduates (CW917) can progress into Year 4 of the Bachelor of Business (Honours), (CW908).

Bachelor of Business (Honours) graduates (CW908) may apply to undertake a research or taught masters at Institute of Technology Carlow or other institutions.

What exemptions will I receive?




What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

A business degree in HRM is internationally recognised and offers a passport for graduates to work anywhere in the world. Careers in HRM are varied and include: generic HR management, specialist HR roles such as HR recruitment; training and learning coordinator; talent manager; HR leadership; organisational and change coordinator. Graduates may find employment in the private or public sector across all industries including: banking; education; retail and manufacturing.


What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 2H5 & 4O6/H7

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish at O6/H7
  • Mathematics at O6/H7


Year 1 (Level 7 & 8)

Semester 1

IT for Business
Financial Accounting
Quantitative Techniques
Plus One Elective*

Semester 2

Financial Accounting
Quantitative Techniques
Plus One Elective*

Year 2 (Level 7 & 8)

Semester 3

Business Law
Introduction to Marketing
Business Applications
Introduction to Human Resource Management
Plus One Elective*

Semester 4

Management Accounting
Introduction to Supply Chain Management
Macroeconomy of Ireland
Contemporary Marketing Practice
Plus One Elective*

Year 3 (Level 7 & 8)

Semester 5

People Management Functions
Contemporary Developments in HRM
Employment Law
Organisational Behaviour 1
Plus One Elective*

Semester 6

Work Placement

Year 4 (Level 8)

Semester 7

Applied HRM 1
Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Industrial Relations 1
Strategic Analysis
Organisational Behaviour 2

Semester 8

Strategic Positioning
Industrial Relations 2
People Analytics
Applied HRM 2

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Dr John Trehy
Dip CIMA, BComm, MScComm, PhD