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Online Diploma in Human Resource Management

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Online Diploma in Human Resource Management

View the provisional April timetable here.

DBS Online April intake commencing 21st April for the following 4 programmes


Online Diploma in Psychology 

Online Diploma in HRM

Online Diploma in Digital Marketing Strategy

Online Diploma in Project Management

This highly interactive and engaging Online Diploma in Human Resource Management, which is wholly online, is designed to familiarise participants with  the very latest thinking on, and best practice in, Human Resource Management. This online programme places HRM right at the heart of organisational management in a rapidly changing, ever more complex, and increasingly global marketplace. It is aimed at those who have been given, or who are about to be given, operational responsibility for aspects of HRM and those who wish to progress into a career in HRM. It is also aimed at those who are stimulated by the growing recognition of the strategic significance of HRM in the modern organisation and those who wish to use the programme as a launch-pad for further studies in HRM in due course.

Programme Aims and Objectives

The course provides a very effective practical overview of the latest thinking and case developments in HRM in order to provide both a conceptual and practical basis for student learning. It also encourages students to draw on their own experiences, and from their knowledge of the business world around them, to develop a clear understanding and practical working knowledge of what HRM in the modern organisation involves.

On completion of this online programme students should have acquired the skills to:

  • appreciate the strategic and operational significance of modern HRM

  • be equipped with a highly relevant and useful theoretical framework for the development and evaluation of HRM concepts, strategies, policies, principles, and practices (allied to a thorough grasp of the operational details of HRM best practice).


Assessment for the DBS Online Diploma in Human Resource Management will be conducted through 100% continuous assessment.  

DBS Online Diploma students can avail of facilities to assist them in every aspect of their studies, please see below for more details. 

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

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.


Course Content

The DBS Online Diploma in Human Resource Management covers:

Core Modules

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



Promoting Employee Engagement

Reward Management

Managing and Appraising Performance

Training, Learning & Development

Organisational Culture and HRM

Promoting Improved Team-working 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

Together, these topic areas constitute a highly contemporary and relevant overview of the most significant elements of modern HRM. Although the course is based on HRM theoretical and case literature, it is essentially a very practical programme, which relies greatly on student participation for its success.


The DBS Online Diploma in Human Resource Management will be run wholly online including workshops, tutorials and programme assessment.

To enable students to take full advantage of their study experience and to better prepare them for future managerial employment and further study in the HRM field, course delivery is structured to be Student and Assessment-focused, and ‘Real-world’ oriented, allowing students to relate their learning to their own experiences and to the wider business world around them. 

Technical Requirements for DBS Online Diploma Programmes

The virtual learning environment that we use to deliver these programmes is centred around two applications – Moodle (a learning management system) and Zoom (an online classroom).  

  • Moodle provides the information about the course, the lecturer and the timetable. You will find materials and activities here, as well as links to the live sessions

  • Zoom is an online collaboration tool that enables both the lecturer and the students to interact with each other and the materials being presented on the whiteboard

    To use Moodle you will need:

  • A desktop or laptop PC or Mac, a tablet, iPad or mobile phone

  • Any internet browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, Safari etc.) or either the Apple or Android app for your tablet, iPad or mobile phone

  • Materials are normally PDF, Word or PowerPoint documents. If you do not already have apps that can open these files, these can be made freely available to you for the duration of the course

For the live classes in Zoom it is important that you are able to both see and hear the class, and to be able to interact with the other participants.  For this you will need to have:

  • a microphone

  • speakers

  • a webcam

Most modern devices come with all of these built in.  If yours 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 around €15)

  • Use a combination or your PC and phone by dialling in to the Zoom session for the audio (numbers available for most countries)

If you have any questions about any of these requirements please contact the admissions team who will put you in touch with the IT Support Team here at Dublin Business School.

Career  Progression Opportunities

Students of the DBS Online Diploma in Human Resource Management will have the knowledge required to work in a variety of HR positions in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors of the economy. 


The fee for this online diploma is €1, 500. This is inclusive of tuition, registration and DBS library online membership. This fee must be paid in full before the course begins.


Next Steps

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

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Course overview


Online delivery
- 1 online class per week
- 1 weekly podcast
Intake: Spring 2020
Duration: 12 weeks


Contact Us

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2020. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: admissions@dbs.ie
Phone: 01 417 7500
Opening times:
Monday to Friday
8:45am to 5:15pm

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