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BA (Hons) in Business Studies (HRM)

BA (Hons) in Business Studies (HRM)


Develop an in-depth understanding of the issues and trends in Human Resource Management for a fulfilling career in HRM

This 3 Year honours degree programme gives students the best of both perspectives, combining a well- developed understanding of the world of general business and people management in the first two years of their studies, whilst also providing a strong HRM focus in the final year of the degree.

Why Study Business at Griffith College?

Our BA (Hons) in Business Studies (HRM) is available on a full-time and part-time basis over a three-year period. Students studying for the award of BA (Hons) in Business Studies (HRM) will find opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills that they have gained on the programme within a wide range of business sectors.

  • Students will gain a national and international view of HRM across all fields of business, from developing a performance management system to negotiations within the workplace.
  • Students will learn about the ever-changing business environment and how it is influenced by both national and international issues and challenges.
  • Students will gain a valuable insight into the sophisticated nature of industrial relations, preparing them for work in an in-demand business sector.
  • A flexible learning approach gives students the option of choosing their own study path, blending core modules in both HRM and Business Studies.
  • You will receive lecturing from vastly experienced professionals from a wide range of industries.

Course Highlights

  • Degree completed in three years
  • Gain qualification in high-demand sector
  • Offered in full-time and part-time study modes
  • Access programme offers module flexibility
  • Progress to a postgraduate qualification

Intake Dates

We run 2 intakes for this course commencing in Spring and Autumn.

  • 4th of February, 2019*

  • September 2019

*subject to sufficient numbers

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    What our students say

    I have studied for my Business Studies degree for the past three years as a part-time student, and have found the service delivered to be excellent. The course material is directly industry relevant and of the highest quality.

    Daniel Dempsey
    BA (Hons) in Business Studies
    Course details

    The year one and two Management and HRM modules act as a perfect introduction, and development, for the final year HRM modules. Students undertaking the BA (Hons) in Business Studies (HRM) will be required to undertake the following four core final year modules: Strategic Management, Financial Management, Business Plan (Linear), and International Business Environment. The following electives from the HRM stream outlined below are also core for this award.

    Core Subjects
    Year One
    • Micro Economics
    • Quantitative Analysis for Business
    • Effective Learning and Development
    • Business Management
    • Financial Accounting (Linear)
    • Macro Economics
    • Legal Aspects of Business
    • Information Technology Skills
    Year Two
    • Operations Management
    • Accounting Information for Managers
    • Organisational Behaviour
    • Marketing
    • Professional Development
    • Digital Marketing
    • Enterprise and Innovation
    • Business Information Systems
    • Human Resource Management
    Year Three
    • Strategic Management
    • Financial Management
    • Business Plan (Linear)
    • International Business Environment

    The 4 below must be chosen for the BA (Hons) in Business Studies (HRM)

    1. Performance Management and Reward:

    This module seeks to develop the student’s knowledge in the development and implementation of performance management systems and the application of rewards.

    2. Contemporary Employee Relations:

    This module seeks to develop the student's necessary knowledge and understanding of techniques used to implement employee relations practices within organisations (large and small).

    3. Human Resource Development:

    This module enables the student to develop an understanding of the HR Development function and its role in developing people in all organisations.

    4. International Human Resource Management:

    This module examines the issues of cross-national HRM, indicating the particular concerns which companies come across when trying to manage people internationally.

    How to Apply

    Entry Requirements

    Leaving Certificate

    2 H5 and 4 O6/H7 grades, to include a language (English, Irish or another language) and Maths.

    English Language
    If English is not your native language, you must show that your English level is of a suitable standard. For further information please contact a member of the Admissions Team.

    How to Apply

    Applicants under 23 years

    Applicants under 23 years of age on 1st of January, 2018 must apply through the CAO system Please consult the CAO website for information on important dates for 2018 applications.

    Applicants over 23 years

    Mature Students
    Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January  2018 must apply to Griffith College directly online using the Apply Online facility on the website homepage. Mature applicants will be asked for a copy of their passport.

    Tuition Fees

    General Fee Information 

    An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only.

    Study Mode: Full-Time


    Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 3,180.00


    Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 4,200.00

    Study Mode: Part-Time


    Irish/EU Living in Ireland: EUR 3,200.00


    Irish/EU living Ireland: EUR 2,900.00


    General Fee Information 

    An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

    Non-EU students: a Medical Insurance, Student Services and Administration fee of EUR300 is payable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

    Study Mode: Full-Time


    Non-EU Living in Ireland: EUR 9,400.00

    Non-EU living Abroad: EUR 9,400.00

    EU Living Abroad: EUR 6,650.00


    Non-EU Living in Ireland: EUR 5,240.00

    Non-EU living Abroad: EUR 7,200.00

    EU Living Abroad: EUR 4,200.00

    Direct Debit Scheme

    Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please download our Fee Payment Information document to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.


    Is your company paying for your course?

    They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

    • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
    • Email: [email protected]

    2% Learner Protection Charge

    All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

    QQI Award Fee

    Please note that a QQI Award Fee applies in the final year of all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page.


    Academic Progression

    Graduates who see an opportunity to make themselves more attractive to employers may want to consider a Masters programme in business. The Griffith College Graduate Business School offers a portfolio of programmes in International Business Management, many of which provides a route to the award of MBA.

    The following programmes prepare graduates for the world of international business; at MSc and MBA levels, many of which are delivered in full and part-time modes

    • The MBA in International Business programme is divided into three stages, taking one year to complete full-time and approx. two years part-time.

    • The MSc programmes are divided into three stages, taking one year to complete full-time and approx. two years part-time.

    Career Progression

    The prospects and opportunities for graduates of the BA (Hons) in Business Studies (HRM) are virtually endless. The increasing growth in the business environment has led to a demand for human resource management practitioners. Learners studying for the award of BA (Hons) in Business (HRM) will find opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills which they have gained on the programme within a wide range of business sectors both national and international.


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