Master of Science in Strategic People Management (Online)

  • NFQ Level 9
  • Points Required *
  • Course Code SG_BSTRA_M09
  • Award Masters (Taught)
  • Duration 2 years, 4 semesters

Course Summary

The aim of this online MSc in Strategic People Management (Level 9) programme is to support the development of knowledge, skills, and competencies relevant and useful to HR professionals and non HR professionals already in or aspiring to HR or other roles that involve working with, managing or leading people in organisations.  Key areas covered include the world of work, resourcing and talent management, personal and professional effectiveness, strategic HRM, strategic reward management, strategic employee relations, advanced diversity and inclusion and advanced employment law.  The programme is focused on applying theory in practice and will include the completion of essays, work-based projects, reflective journals, learning logs and the demonstration of practical skills.

It is an online, part time, evening course that is delivered over two years (4 semesters). Students will attend live, online lectures, two evenings per week, for 3 hours each evening. Students will study two modules per semester, except in Semester 3 when they will do 3 modules.  Semester 4 will consist of one module and a work based project. Lectures will be recorded and can be reviewed again later. You will be learning alongside other people who are working in the profession which will give you cutting edge knowledge of HR and allow you to build a strong network in HR for the future.

On successful completion you will receive an MSc in Strategic People Management from the Atlantic Technological University (ATU) as well as full accreditation from CIPD accreditation CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development).



The closing date for application is 18/08/23

Applications are now closed.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO courses at ATU Sligo are available for download below:

This course is open to applicants with a Level 8 degree, in any discipline, of 2.2 or higher. 

Applicants with other qualifications and with relevant work experience may also be considered through ATU Sligo’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. RPL is a process that may allow you to gain admission to a programme or to receive exemptions/credit from some parts of a programme based on demonstrated learning that you may have achieved through another programme of study or through your work and career. Further information is available through, which is our dedicated RPL portal or by contacting our admissions team at

If you do not have a Level 8 degree but have considerable experience of managing people in any function or of working in the HR function, then you will be considered. You will just need to demonstrate or have evidence to show that you are capable of handling the academic nature of the programme eg conducting research, structuring and writing assignments etc.

This programme is aimed at anyone who is interested in pursuing or advancing a career in HR or pursuing or advancing a career in management that involves managing people. Applicants are welcome from all employment sectors, public, private, SMEs, and entrepreneurs.

What types of job roles would be suitable for upskilling through this programme?  This qualification will enable you to work in a role that involves managing people or in the HR function.  Example job titles could be HR Business Partner, HR Analyst, HR Generalist, HR Manager, HR Director, HR Consultant, Talent Acquisition, EDI Manager, Office Manager, Department Manager, Team Leader, Head of Finance, Head of Manufacturing, 

Career Opportunities

Students completing this programme may pursue a career in Human Resource Management or General Management.

The people profession (HRM) has a huge variety of roles within it – from numerical and data-driven roles in reward and analytics to development roles in talent and learning and development. These roles tend to fall into two categories: HR generalists, who perform a variety of activities in any aspect of people practice, and HR specialists, who provide detailed advice and guidance in their areas of expertise. 

The CIPD website ( explores twelve career areas in HR; Employee Experience, Employee Relations, HR Business Partner, HR Generalist, Inclusion and Diversity, Learning and Development, Organisation Development and Design, People Analytics, People Consultant, Resourcing, Reward, Talent Management.  Go to for more information.

With regard to General Management, this qualification will strengthen your skills in the area of managing people allowing you to pursue roles that involve managing people in any business function (Finance, Marketing, Manufacturing etc.) or any business sector (tourism, retail, finance, manufacturing, IT etc).

Programme Fees

Academic Year 2023/24 Fees

Total Programme Fees: €7,200

*Fees may be subject to change for 2024/25 academic year.

To help make the payment of fees more manageable for students who are self-funding their studies, tuition fees can be paid through payment instalment plans at ATU Sligo. For further information on instalment plans, please visit our Fees and Funding webpage

If you apply and are approved for an online course at ATU Sligo, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €250 to secure your place. Your deposit will then be credited against the course fees once you are registered as a student. Students at ATU Sligo are also eligible to claim tax relief at the standard rate for tuition fees.

For further information and guidance about Fees and Funding for online and part-time courses at ATU Sligo, click here.

If you are seeking to take your exams online and you meet the eligibility criteria (overseas students and those with extenuating circumstances), an additional examination fee will apply. For further information, please visit our Examinations webpage