Human Resource Management Certificate Course in Galway, Ireland

Human Resource Management Certificate 

Human Resource Management (HRM) is the strategic and coherent approach to managing an organisation's most valued assets: the people working there who individually and collectively contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the business.

You will be introduced to the concept and role of Human Resource Management (HRM) within organisations. You will study about the role and scope of the HRM function within contemporary organisations and learn to effectively manage HR in a way that supports staff and your business strategy.

  • Duration

    One semester

  • Next Start Date

    September 2024 - Springboard
    15 January 2024

  • Mode

    Part-time evening
    Full-time day

  • ECTS


  • Assessment

    Continuous Assessment & Exam

  • Level

    National Framework of Qualifications Level 7

  • Minimum English Level

    IELTS Level 6.0 or equivalent

  • Accrediting Body

    GBS, QQI

Springboard Funders

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Who is this for?

If you are interested in a career in human resource management or management consultancy, this course for you.  You’ll examine the nature of work and explore employment relations and human resource management in changing national and international markets.

This module is critical for managers in functional areas to understand how to manage the human resource to achieve organisational goals.

Why should you take a Human Resources course? 

If you’re looking to develop your transferable skills for the workplace and you want to bring value within an existing organisation by utilising the human resource function, than this course is for you.

In order to be able to harness and align the efforts of people in organisations, it’s necessary to understand the areas of HRM and how they work and are inter-linked in contemporary organisations. The focus is on the people aspect of business and explore how the relationship between employers and employees can be managed to the best advantage of both parties. 

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Partially funded by Springboard 

Eligible applicants pay €75

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Module Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you’ll be able to:

  • Contrast the disciplines of Personnel Management and Human Resource Management.
  • Critically investigate the role of the main HRM functions in strategic succession planning.
  • Critically evaluate the employment relations within organisations.
  • Identify the implication of legislation governing the employment relationship.
  • Explain the development of compensation and benefits approaches and reward management in contemporary organisations.
  • Critically analyse the current topical issues in the management of work environments

What to expect

The module will be delivered through a series of lectures, the focus of which will be on methods that encourage your active engagement, critical thinking and practical application.  The course will incorporate case studies and practical modern examples to:

  •  highlight the complexity and diversity of the management of human resources within organisations
  • equip students with practical and valuable HRM know-how. 

You’ll be expected to review current debates through independent reading and study for assignment and assessment. You should also expect weekly participation through class debate and involvement in small group discussions that will ensure continuous learning and assessment. 

Skills for the labour market

Human Resource Management is a vital area of employability in any sector. COVID-19 has highlighted the strategic importance of HRM in managing a crisis that is first and foremost about people.

Our main goal is to provide a skills-focused response to employment issues and increase the employment prospects of our graduates. You’ll learn critical HRM management skills that will help you understand how to manage the human resource capital to achieve organisational goals. You can progress to a career in HRM in SME’s or a multinational organisation. 

Course Structure

The Human Resource Management module is part of our Bachelor of Business Level 7 degree.

This module is an 18-week part-time programme and it’s delivered part time in a flexible manner through blended or online learning to allow people to gain important skills without taking a considerable period away from the labour market and family life.

Part-time classes will typically run once per week for 2 hours and here is a breakdown of the total hours.

Classroom and demonstrations

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Entry requirements

Applicants under 23 need a Leaving Certificate with 5 passes or a QQI Level 6 equivalent. Applicants over the age of 23 can apply on the basis of age and experience. Galway Business School also has an active RPL policy.

You will be asked to provide the following documents at the application stage: 

  • GBS Application Form
  • Proof of age – Copy of Identification (Passport/Drivers Licence/Birth Certificate)
  • Detailed CV – presenting a working history
  • References Details of any training completed Certificates for qualifications, training courses etc. Professional licenses/registrations or membership of professional organisations 
  • As part of the application process learners will be asked to attend an informal interview with GBS Academic Staff.

Applicants who wish to apply for the part-time programmes must contact Galway Business School directly at

Career progression

After completing this module, you can progress on to a career in business or management in SMEs or multinational organisations. If you would like to further your academic career, you can choose to continue you studies through our Bachelor of Business  programme where students would be exempted from this module within the degree course. 

A Guide to the Human Resources Career Path

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Why Galway Business School

Galway Business School has a proven track record of delivering flexible short part-time courses over the past 20 years. Our promise is that you'll experience a friendly and welcoming student-centred learning environment with a commitment to supporting you as you embark upon a lifelong learning journey. Our expert lecturers will mentor and guide you through the skills, knowledge and practical work experience to achieve your goals.

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