CIPD MSC Qualifications

Hi All

I am hoping that those responsible for recruiting HR professionals at Advisor/BP level could help me with some advice.

I am currently researching options for studying my MSC full time as it is preferable for me to take a career break to study for one year, rather than part time for three, I have found lots of options at reputable Universities however I am particularly interested in a course offered at Dublin City University as this offers both general and international HRM modules.

My query is how would recruiters in England view an MSC achieved in an Irish University? I have read through the module information and some modules focus on Irish employment law in comparrison to international law. I would be interested to study this and possibly seek work in Ireland in the future, however I do not wish to be at a disadvantage if I am seeking work in the UK at a later time. I have worked at Advisor level for 4 years and have a total of 6 years experience so I feel achieving the qualification is an important next step in my career. 

Any views/opinions would be very much appreciated.

Many thanks


  • Steven

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    Chartered Member

    27 Feb, 2015 01:05

    I would not be worried in any way about a Masters degree from Ireland. 

    On a general note, I am not sure when many started to believe a Masters degree was needed to work or progress in HR.  Of course it maybe that I am just out of touch with those at the start of their careers but I would never want to put anyone off advancing their studies in any subject 


  • Linda

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    Chartered Member

    27 Feb, 2015 13:50

    An MSc from an Irish University would be fine with me if I were recruiting for an HR Advisor/HR BP.  However, an MSc wouldn't be a pre-requisite for me, although I would want candidates to be MCIPD. 

    Personally, I'd always recommend taking such qualifications part-time combined with a relevant role that will enable you to put the theory you learn on such courses into a practical context.

  • Hi 

    Thank you both for your replies.

    I agree and from a personal note I believe that the experience I have built over the last 6 years working in HR and 4 years at Advisor level are most valuable. However I have reached a stage in my career where I believe the MSc will give me a further competitive edge, particularly for commercial or blue chip companies.

    Thank you again, it is great to get your opinions.


  • Steven

    | 452 Posts

    Chartered Member

    4 Mar, 2015 18:52

    Hannah, good luck with the qualification



  • Lesley

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    Chartered Member

    5 Mar, 2015 11:15

    Good luck with your Master's. I've just completed mine at the University of Salford and can say I really recommend it. It was a great course and did cover international business (expansion overseas etc.). You can study full-time or part-time and it is on a block study basis. Having previous HR experience will set you apart from the other students on the course - I found it really helped. 

    I would say, it may not necessarily open more doors for you at the end though especially as you are already an Associate member, although it does give you the knowledge to upgrade to chartered status, you could potentially do this through the experienced route instead.  

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