LEVEL 8

H.Dip in HRD (Higher Diploma in Human Resource Development) (in association with UCC)

The Higher Diploma in Human Resource Development aims to provide a structured professional development opportunity for mid-career learning and development professionals who are moving to or aim to move to a management position. 


This intensive 12 month programme comprehensively covers the role of the HRD professional in today’s world. It provides a solid grounding on which you can progress your career in this field and support the delivery of your current role. Upon completion, graduates of this programme can apply for professional membership of the Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD).


This programme has been designed for those pursuing a specialist career in training, learning and Development and consultancy at a managerial level.

The Higher Diploma is aimed at working professionals who already have experience of training and development either at a functional level in an organisation or as part of the delivery of training related roles e.g. Management, team leader, employee supervisor, private training provider etc.


This programme focuses on the context of organisational learning and life-long learning. Training and development departments are not only charged with the design, delivery and assessment of training impact, they are now the main drivers of strategic learning. The programme focuses on providing students with connection between learning and productivity within the organisation as a whole. Adult Continuing Education, Accounting, Finance and Information Systems, Applied Psychology, Law, Management and Marketing with emphasis on international best practice in the field and is run by UCC in conjunction with the Irish Institute of Training & Development (IITD).


The Higher Diploma in Human Resource Development has developed its course content in line with professional practice. The course provides the skills needed to understand organisational trends, and learning and organisational development in response to change.

Students take 60 credits as follows:

  • Business Issues and the Context of Human Resource Development (10 credits)
  • Talent Management in Organisational Strategy (5 credits)
  • Research Methods and Developing Business Cases for L&D HRD: Research Proposal: Research Proposal (5 credits)
  • Research Methods and Developing Business Cases for HRD: Dissertation (10 credits)
  • The Role of Learning and Development in Talent Development (5 credits)
  • Knowledge Management and Organisational Learning (10 credits)
  • Engaging in Professional HRD Practice (5 credits)
  • Managing the HRD Function (5 credits)
  • Developing and Delivering HRD Activities (10 credits)

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