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MBS in Human Resource Strategies at Dublin City University Business School

The Classroom Learning Experience

One of the best programmes of its kind in Europe
DCU Business School is committed to an active, interactive
and participative learning experience that is facilitated by
our Faculty.
Adopting a strategic approach to HR issues
The MHRS programme seeks to engage participants in high
Creating a high performance culture
level strategic analysis and to assist them in developing the
personal attributes critical to leadership success. To this DCU’s modern campus offers excellent student facilities,
end, we believe that the classroom and wider learning which include four restaurants, The Hub student centre, The
experience must be inculcated by a spirit of inquiry, group Helix performing arts centre, a world-class sports complex,
learning, and active engagement and participation by retail outlets and banking facilities. The entire DCU campus MHRS Candidates Fees
all participants. is wireless enabled. The minimum entry requirements are: See www.dcu.ie/dcubs for current fees.
We seek to maximise peer-to-peer learning. To achieve this n An honours degree or professional qualification
learning, we believe that classes must comprise small Support Services n At least three years’ managerial/professional work Enquiries
numbers of students. We therefore limit classes to 25
students. The MHRS is an intensive learning experience and a experience in the broad area of human resource We encourage you to contact us for further information or
significant commitment for part-time students. During management (including areas such as training and to visit us at DCU. If you would like an informal discussion
We recognise that the DCU MHRS alumni community of the two-year programme, students are supported by development, employee relations, etc.) or extensive on how the DCU MHRS programme might fit with your
business leaders is a valuable network for our MHRS the Administrative Team in The Centre for Executive experience in managing human resource issues. career, or if you need any further information about the
students and we facilitate interaction between current Programmes. This team is very experienced in dealing programme, please contact:
and past students. with the needs of managers who are working full-time Applicants must be in a position to undertake and
and attending our programme on a part-time basis. They implement project-based assignments within their Bernadette McCulloch
work organisations. Selection of applicants may include Head of Operations
Programme Delivery deliver a very high quality customer service.
an interview.
The team is led by the Head of Operations for the Centre DCUBS Centre for Executive Programmes
Students attend the programme on a weekly basis (one day Telephone +353 (0) 1 700 8915
and is specially trained in customer care. Academic direction
per week) when classes are delivered from 2pm to 8pm.
Each semester runs for 12 weeks. Semester One each year is
is the responsibility of the academic teaching staff and the Applications Email bernadette.mcculloch@dcu.ie
programme director. To apply for the MBS in Human Resource Strategies visit the
from September to December, while Semester Two is from
February to April. Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) at www.pac.ie to
Getting to DCU complete an online application.

The DCU Environment By car The PAC Code for the programme is DC503.

The DCU MHRS programme is delivered in the new purpose- DCU’s location in Glasnevin, north Dublin, makes it very See www.dcu.ie/dc503 for closing dates for application.
built executive education facility housed in DCU Business convenient to the M50 and the M1 motorways and to
School. This facility has been customised to meet the needs Dublin City Centre. There is a multi-storey car park on
of post experience students. It is bright and spacious, with campus.
classrooms that facilitate maximum participation and
class interaction. By bus
Buses that stop close to the campus include 3, 4, 11, 13, 16,
Within DCU Business School, students have access to small
17A, 33 and 41.
study rooms for group assignments and for collaborative
study; computer rooms; a coffee shop and restaurant; a
By rail
large ‘open space’ with a balcony that facilitates networking
and social interaction; and full wireless Internet access. Drumcondra Railway Station is close to DCU. The 17A bus
links DCU with Howth Junction DART Station, while the 103 “Having worked for 6 years in HR at the time of
The award-winning John and Aileen O’Reilly Library is a and 104 bus routes operate via Clontarf DART Station. commencing the programme, it was great to see the full
modern study facility with private study space, collaborative range of HR issues and challenges pulled together in a dublin city university business school
study rooms, and an extensive collection of business books consistent way and set in the context of business strategy.
and journals. MHRS students have access to our extensive Much of what had been observed in practice was borne

MBS in Human Resource Strategies

online library resources. These resources can be accessed off out in theory. At the end, I felt as knowledgeable in HR as
campus and allow for downloading of academic material anyone I would encounter – a great source of enhanced
and company information. This facility is very useful for self-confidence.”
executive part-time students and assists them to complete Michael Loughnane, Manager, Leadership & People
assignments and to study while off campus. Development, ESB
MBS in Human Resource Strategies at Dublin City University Business School MBS in Human Resource Strategies at Dublin City University Business School MBS in Human Resource Strategies at Dublin City University Business School

The Programme for HR Leaders Programme Structure in-depth knowledge of their subject areas underpinned by
research and publications. They act as tutors and facilitators
Established in 1997, the MBS in Human Resource Strategies HR Year One: Exploring Organisational Issues of a learning process driven by the participants themselves.
(MHRS) programme at DCU has developed a reputation as
the leading programme in Ireland for managers and Expertise The first year of the programme is devoted to exploring
Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
professionals who are interested in pursuing a strategic organisational issues from a number of contrasting
perspectives and at a number of different levels. Analytical We have linked up with DCU Sports Centre and DCU School
approach to human resource issues within their of Health and Human Performance to provide a unique
organisations and in creating a high performance culture. frameworks from diverse disciplines (law, government,
economics, organisational psychology, human resource feature in our programme. We believe this will assist our
The programme attracts a wide variety of participants management, marketing, finance, ethics and research students in achieving their desired work/life balance, not
including human resource professionals, training and methodology) are utilised in this process. Issues are explored just during the MHRS programme but also into the future.
development professionals, and employee relations
Change and at the level of the individual, the level of the organisation DCU School of Health and Human Performance has an
specialists, in addition to line managers and those involved Business The HR and at a macro level. Thus, by the end of the first year, international reputation for its teaching and expertise.
in managing their own companies. Process
Acumen Strategist participants will have at their disposal a wide range of Faculty from this School, together with experts from the
Organisations that have sponsored individuals to attend the Mastery analytical and conceptual tools for the analysis and DCU Sports Centre, will deliver a seminar once during each
programme include ESB, AIB, VHI and Intel, as well as a understanding of organisational problems. semester on work/life balance, managing stress, nutrition
variety of public sector organisations such as the HSE, the and other relevant topics.
“This is an excellent programme. Its key strength lies in Year Two: Strategic Analysis
Defence Forces, An Garda Síochána, and the Civil Service. Each student can also, if desired, avail of the DCU Sports
helping participants transfer the academic insights gained
In second year, the programme moves to considering HR
The MBS in Human Resource Strategies programme is fully on the programme into practice. In terms of personal Centre facilities for the duration of their programme. This
issues in the light of the new insights gained in year 1 and
accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and development and its impact on personal effectiveness, I is a state-of-the-art sports facility that includes a gym,
takes the analysis to a strategic level with courses on
swimming pool, sports arena and specialist classes. Students
Development (CIPD) for graduate membership of the
Institute. It has been described by the CIPD as ‘one of the
believe this programme is second to none.”
Personal strategy, coaching and the capstone change management
can opt to have a personal plan developed by DCU Sports
Barry McKimm, HR Director, Coyle Hamilton Willis project.
best of its kind in Europe’. Capability Centre experts.

Leading Faculty
The lecturers involved in the MBS in HR Strategies
The MBS in HR Strategies enable managers to understand how and when to utilise programme are drawn from both the lecturing staff of DCU
Business School as well as business and industry. They blend
Programme the knowledge and skills that they have acquired over time.
These competencies are particularly critical for success at their extensive experience of management education with
The MBS in HR Strategies Programme equips managers senior management level and are crucial to establishing
and professionals with the competencies required to take
on the challenging roles demanded in turbulent times. The
personal credibility. Leadership Development Learning Climate within the
competencies include business acumen, human resource
The acquisition of meta-abilities is based in growth
and personal development. The participant in the MBS
Leadership plays a central role in successful HRM. The LInK – Programme
expertise, change and process mastery, and personal Learning, Innovation and Knowledge – Research Centre at
in HR Strategies is therefore not embarking simply on In order to develop the range of competencies required to
capability. These are built into the MBS programme in DCU is involved in ongoing research into management
an education programme but is also engaging in a undertake HR roles, participants are exposed to a series of
the following ways: learning and development. One of the projects has focused
management development process that is designed learning opportunities over the course of the programme
on charting the impact of the MBS in HR Strategies on
Business Acumen: Modules in Strategic Management, to enhance personal learning and development. that are based on an adult learning model that emphasises
participants’ leadership capabilities.
Finance and Ethical Decision Making, Economics, Marketing, the importance of:
The tools and techniques that are used during the The research has shown statistically significant changes in
and Law.
programme enable participants to gain insights into and n Self-directed inquiry
leadership style over the course of the programme with
Human Resource Expertise: Modules in Strategic feedback on their own strengths and weaknesses in an participants demonstrating increased preference for n A collaborative learning environment
International HRM, HR Strategy in Practice, and Coaching. environment that is removed from the political issues that developmental styles, in particular embracing the need for
predominate in their own work organisations. These tools n A problem-centred approach
Change and Process Mastery: Modules in Organisational change, challenge, risk and excitement under conditions of
include measures to explore learning styles, creativity and freedom and scope for personal choice. These leadership n The use of experiential techniques
Behaviour and Change, the Learning Company, Managing
innovation, systems thinking, leadership profiles and competencies are crucial in organisations facing conditions
Change, and Managing for High Performance. Thus, participants learn with others by sharing information
team-working. of uncertainty and rapid change. This change process has
There is also a major change management project instead and understanding; they focus on work-based problems and
proven to be very successful for managers completing the
of a traditional dissertation. issues; they engage with work-based problems that require
programme and has resulted in positive career moves and
the understanding of, and taking action on, appropriate
Personal Capability: The MBS in HR Strategies has been promotions.
solutions. The lecturers involved in delivering the modules on
designed to develop the sets of skills and behaviours that
the programme see themselves as tutors and facilitators of a
have been described as meta-qualities or meta-abilities.
learning process driven by the participants, and the course is
These are competencies that drive other skills and abilities
process rather than information driven.
and include creativity, mental agility, balanced learning
habits and self-knowledge. These higher level competencies