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Duration1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 5 years maximum.1.5 years full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face, Online
Start datesTrimester 1 (25 Jan 2021), Trimester 2 (10 May 2021), Trimester 3 (23 Aug 2021)Trimester 1 (25 Jan 2021), Trimester 3 (23 Aug 2021)Trimester 1 (25 Jan 2021), Trimester 2 (10 May 2021), Trimester 3 (23 Aug 2021)Trimester 1 (25 Jan 2021), Trimester 3 (23 Aug 2021)
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Study Human Resource Management

The Master of Human Resource Management teaches students the skills and knowledge to manage people within an organisation to be efficient and effective in their approach to work, which is fundamental to all business activity. This program empowers students with the skills to implant the acquired knowledge into the body of an organisation and leverage the best performance from the workforce.

If you’re looking to drive your human resource management (HRM), employment relations (ER) or consultancy career into the best realms, the Master of Human Resource Management is for you. You will develop a deep knowledge of people management skills and concepts and guiding principles for strategically managing your workforce while you build the skills to manage workplace challenges and mitigate conflict.

Why study with us?

  • Become an expert HR professional - you’ll graduate with high-level human resource management skills positioning you at the forefront of the professional skills and knowledge needed by industry.
  • Study anywhere, anytime - enjoy our flexible learning options, choose from online, face-to-face or a combination of both.
  • Study at NUspace - NUspace, located in Newcastle’s CBD, provides the optimum environment for you to excel in your studies.
  • Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) Accreditation - this program is accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), Australia’s professional HR body, for 2018-2020.
  • AACSB Accreditation - the University of Newcastle's Business School (NBS) has received AACSB Accreditation, earned by fewer than 5% of the world's business programs.

Master of Human Resource Management

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What you will study

The Master of Human Resource Management is delivered by a highly qualified, award-winning teaching faculty, willing to leverage their strong relationships with state and federal government for the benefit of your student experience; supported by the Professor of Employment Studies.

You will use problem-based learning and other active learning techniques to build skills in research, critical thinking and problem-solving, and develop your confidence and capability to apply your knowledge in the professional environment.

The Master of Human Resource Management comprises of 12 courses (120 units) which includes eight compulsory core courses and four directed elective courses. The core courses have been devised to focus on your advanced learning in the knowledge and practice areas of human resource management, including:

  • human resource management and strategy
  • human resource and organisation development
  • managing people in international contexts
  • employment relations
  • negotiation and conflict resolution

In addition to the theoretical studies you will engage in practical, real-world exercises and assessments, drawn from a range of sectors and industries.

Entry options and duration

Professional credit

Do you have qualifications or experience beyond the minimum entry requirements for a Masters degree? If so, you may be able to complete your degree in reduced time and at reduced cost. Select from the options below to have your professional qualifications and/or work experience considered.

Units required to complete Master degreeCredit
80 units20 units specified credit for each of GSBS6004 and GSBS6040 PLUS 20 units additional specified credit (if mapped to specific courses) OR 20 units unspecified credit
Units required to complete Master degreeCredit
80 units40 units specified credit (if mapped to specific courses) OR 40 units unspecified credit
Units required to complete Master degreeCredit
80 units40 units specified credit (if mapped to specific courses) OR 40 units unspecified credit
Units required to complete Master degreeCredit
100 units20 units specified credit (if mapped to specific courses) OR 20 units unspecified credit
Units required to complete Master degreeCredit
80 units20 units specified credit for GSBS6004 and GSBS6040 PLUS 20 units additional specified credit (if mapped to specific courses) OR 20 units unspecified credit
Units required to complete Master degreeCredit
100 units20 units specified credit (if mapped to specific courses) OR 20 units unspecified credit
Units required to complete Master degreeCredit
80 units40 units specified credit (if mapped to specific courses) OR 40 units unspecified credit
Units required to complete Master degreeCredit
120 unitsNormal credit procedure, that is, RPL may be sought for individual courses
Units required to complete Master degreeCredit
100 units20 units specified credit (if mapped to specific courses) OR 20 units unspecified credit
Number of years relevant organisational experienceUnits required to complete Master degreeCredit
Seven years (including at least two years in a management position)120 unitsNormal credit procedure, that is, RPL may be sought for individual courses
Units required to complete Master degreeCredit
80 units40 units unspecified credit (NOTE: can apply for up to 60 units of which 20 units must be specified, with evidence)

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

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Career

Career opportunities

At the completion of your Master of Human Resource Management you will be positioned as a leader in the field and have the credentials to show you have the distinct HR competencies companies are looking for. You will be able to apply relevant, rigorous human resource management and employee relations theory to a variety of workforce situations, and develop and implement evidence-based strategies to address individual, group and organisational challenges. Our graduates have gone on to work successfully in local, national and multinational organisations worldwide.

You will graduate with the opportunity to embark on some of the following career pathways:

  • Human Resource Advisor or Manager
  • Learning and development / training and development advisor or manager
  • Organisation Development or Effectiveness Manager
  • Employment Relations or Industrial Relations Manager
  • Human Resources Director
  • Senior Union Official or Senior Employer Organisation Advisor
  • Policy Advisor to government organisations

How to apply

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Before you get started

To ensure that the process goes smoothly for you, you should complete the following steps before applying:

  1. Review the program that you wish to apply for. Note the admission criteria, admission instructions, requirements & structure and any additional information listed.
  2. Review the program fees and costs.
  3. Check whether your postgraduate program has a Semester or a Trimester closing date. Please view the application closing date.
  4. If you are from a non-English-speaking background, you need to satisfy the University's English language requirements and ensure that you can provide evidence of your English proficiency if required.

You will be considered for entry based on criteria such as your undergraduate studies and/or equivalent prior learning and/or relevant work experience.

Postgraduate application process

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

Entry into the Master of Human Resource Management will be available for applicants who have:

  • Bachelor (Honours) Degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification; or
  • Bachelor Degree, or an equivalent qualification, in a related field such as accounting, business, commerce, economics, finance, human resource management, industrial relations, management, marketing or social science; or
  • Bachelor Degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, not in a related field and 1 year relevant organisational experience; or
  • At least 7 years' relevant organisational experience, including 2 years in a management position; or
  • Successful completion of 75% (30 units) of one of the following UoN programs:
    • Graduate Certificate in Business Administration
    • Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance
    • Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management
    • Graduate Certificate in Marketing
    • Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting

Students seeking Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) must apply to the Program Convenor. RPL applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

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Important: If you are applying for recognition of prior learning for this program, you will need to provide a statement detailing how your professional experience prepares you to undertake postgraduate study.

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Important: If you are applying for recognition of prior learning for this program, you will need to provide a statement detailing how your professional experience prepares you to undertake postgraduate study.

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This program is open to online international students. Applications to study online are now open.

Assocation to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

The Newcastle Business School is accredited with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), earned by fewer than 5% of the world's business programs. AACSB is the premier, and longest-standing, international accrediting body for business programs and is the international benchmark for excellence in business education.

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