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Online Diploma in Human Resource Management (HRM)

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Online Diploma in HRM

The Online Diploma in HR Management is designed to familiarise students with the latest theories on and best practice in Human Resource Management. If you have been given operational responsibility for HRM or would like to pursue a career in HRM, this HR course online is for you.  

Why Study HR courses online?

The strategic importance of HRM within organisations is increasingly valued by employers, and several HR courses in Ireland have been approaching this. This course builds a conceptual and practical knowledge of latest thinking and developments in HRM.
By studying the Online Diploma in HRM at DBS you will gain:
•    An appreciation of the strategic and operational significance of modern HRM
•    The skills to develop and evaluate HRM concepts, strategies, policies, principles and practices.
•    An operational understanding of HRM best practice


Click here to view provisional timetable for the Online Diploma in HR Management course.



Assessment for the DBS Online Diploma in HR Management is 100% continuous assessment.  

DBS Student Facilities

Online Learning Environment - is an eLearning system designed to provide you with a range of course material, interactive education sessions, and is home to your virtual online classroom which will enhance and support your learning experience within DBS. 

DBS Online Library - The Online Library provides a programme of introductory videos and virtual classroom sessions in the areas of Library resources, essay writing skills, avoiding plagiarism and referencing to assist you in your studies. These will be facilitated through the DBS Online Learning Environment prior to your commencement on the Diploma programme.

DBS Virtual Community of Learners – You will become part of DBS Online’s Virtual Community of Learners where you can network and share with your fellow online students.

Please note this programme is not on the National Framework of Qualifications  (NFQ).


Course Content

The Online Diploma in Human Resource Management (HRM) provides a contemporary and relevant overview of the most significant elements of HRM.

The course is largely based on theory and case literature but it is also a practical programme which relies on student participation. Modules include:

•    Introduction to Management Theory and Practice
•    The Strategic Context for HRM Today
•    The Historical Development of HRM
•    HRM Planning
•    HRM Practice in Ireland and Elsewhere
•    The Labour Market and HRM
•    Recruitment
•    Selection
•    Promoting Employee Engagement
•    Reward Management
•    Managing and Appraising Performance
•    Training, Learning & Development
•    Organisational Culture and HRM
•    Promoting Improved Teamwork and Communications
•    Employee Relations
•    Industrial Relations Management
•    Managing Stress at Work
•    International HRM
•    Emerging Trends and Issues in HRM
•    Retirement and Redundancy
•    Leadership and Management Development

If these modules are of interest to you, apply today.

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Studying Online

The Online Diploma in Human Resource Management (HRM) is delivered wholly online. Workshops, tutorials and programme assessments are all conducted through a virtual learning environment.
Weekly scheduled classes are streamed live and recorded using Zoom, a cloud-based app that works on any device. Just like on campus classes involve lectures, group discussions, student presentations and live tests.


Zoom is a cloud-based collaboration app that works on all devices. Weekly scheduled classes are streamed live and recorded on Zoom. Just like in on-campus classes, online classes include lectures, group discussions, student presentations and live tests.
For you to be able to interact fully with the class, you have to be able to see and hear it. To make sure you get the full virtual learning experience, make sure you have:
•    A microphone
•    Speakers or headphones
•    A webcam
Most modern devices come with all of the above built-in.  If your device does not have all of these (or it is broken) there are a few options you can explore:

•    Use the Zoom app on your mobile phone to attend classes.
•    Purchase an external webcam with a built in microphone (these are available from around €15).
•    Purchase a headset with a microphone (also available from around €15).
•    Use a combination or your PC and phone. Dial in to the Zoom session for audio (numbers available for most countries) and attend the meeting online for video.


Moodle is an online learning management system. You will find materials and activities here, as well as links to the live classes, information on your lecturers and your timetable.
To use Moodle you will need:
•    A desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone
•    Any internet browser or equivalent app (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, Safari etc.)
•    Apps that can read and edit PDFs, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint documents. If you do not already have access to these apps, they can be made freely available to you for the duration of the course.

Online Library

Students have full access to the DBS Online Library, including eBooks, academic papers and other research materials.



Your lecturers are available to support you throughout your learning, both on Zoom during classes and on email.

Virtual Community of Learners

You will become part a virtual community where you can network and share with fellow online students

If you have any questions about any of the technical requirements for DBS Online courses, please contact the admissions team who will put you in touch with the IT support team.

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Careers in HR

Having completed the Online Diploma in HRM you will have the knowledge required to work in a variety of HR positions in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.


The fee for the Online Diploma in Human Resource Management (HRM) is €1,500. This fee includes tuition, registration and DBS Online Library membership. This fee must be paid in full before the course begins.

View all DBS Online Professional Diploma Fees here.

If you have a question about fees, please contact our admissions office. For all other online courses available, please see the DBS Online Page.

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Next Steps

Apply here or contact us by email or phone +353 (1) 4177500.

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Course overview

Dublin Business School

Online delivery
- 1 online class per week
- 1 podcast per week
Next Intake: September 2024
Duration: 12 weeks

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