Diploma in Human Resource Management

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps



Click here to view provisional 2020 timetable.

This highly interactive and engaging programme is designed to familiarise participants with  the very latest thinking on, and best practice in, Human Resource Management. This 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. The course is highly interactive, the enjoyment of class discussion by students being a major feature of the programme.
On completion of the 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).


To be awarded the Diploma in Human Resource Management, students will be required to complete two assignments.

Programme Content

Areas covered include:

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.


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.

The programme is delivered in the form of lectures guest presentations, group discussion, individual and group exercises (including role playing exercises), videos, case study analysis, and topic-specific workshops/seminars.  The nature of the module is essentially participative. Student contact is also warmly welcomed on the programme. Use of the ‘canteen clinics’ provided by the Course Leader is especially recommended to students for assistance with coursework issues or any course topic they need assistance with.

Career  Progression Opportunities

Students of the 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 Diploma is €2,000. This is inclusive of tuition, registration, exam fees and DBS library membership. 

View all DBS Evening Diploma Fees here.

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Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about your course of interest. The open day will give you the opportunity to receive one on one advice and direction from leading academics in your chosen subject area, meet current students and also have your questions answered on entry requirements, student support and the admissions process. Find out when our next Open Event is taking place. The Admissions Office is located in our Aungier Street campus and you are welcome to visit the college to speak with a member of our admissions team from Monday to Fridays, 8:45am – 5:15pm. Alternatively, you can contact us by email.

DBS Student Facilities

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

• Online Notes System (DBS Moodle)- is an eLearning system designed to provide you with a range of course material which will enhance and support your learning experience within DBS. 
• DBS Library Aungier Street- the Library provides a programme of classes in the areas of Library resources, essay writing skills, avoiding plagiarism and referencing to assist you in your studies.  
• DBS Careers and Appointment Service- which provides a range of services for Diploma students such as career advice and workshops in CV writing and interview skills. 
• Subsidised Parking- DBS provides subsidised parking arrangements for students, which provides easy access to all main public transport routes in and out of the city centre. 
• Subsidised Student Canteen- Diploma students can avail of the Student Canteen which is open in the evenings and offers a wide variety of choices on its menu.

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Course overview


Awarding Body: 
Institute of Commercial Management (ICM)
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Schedule: 1 evening per week, 6.15-9.30pm
Intake: September & January
Duration: 1 year Part-time
February: 13 weeks intensive + 4 Saturday mornings

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