The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
  • Trimester 1 - 25 Jan 2021
  • Trimester 2 - 10 May 2021
  • Trimester 3 - 23 Aug 2021
Mode of delivery



1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.

Program code: 40140

Study Human Resources and Law

The Master of Human Resources and Law program provides professionals working in law, human resources, employment relations or general management with a deeper knowledge of and skills in human resource management and law through an applied, interdisciplinary program. It is a purpose-built program which brings together distinct fields of knowledge - Australian employment law, human resource management and employment relations.

You will explore critical policy and legal issues and master the current regulatory framework governing human resource management and the law in Australia. In combination, the knowledge and skills developed in this program will enable graduates to be highly effective in directly managing a workforce, as well as advising others on how to do so.

Why study with us?

  • A purpose-built program - the Master of Human Resources and Law is a fantastic opportunity to build skills and knowledge simultaneously in employment law, human resource management and employment relations.
  • Flexible study options - choose to study full-time or part-time to suit your professional and personal needs. While you can complete this program 100% online, there is opportunity for students to undertake face-to-face intensive courses. Our advanced online learning system gives you the flexibility and support to study at any time.
  • Study at NUspace - NUspace, located in Newcastle’s CBD, provides the optimum environment for you to excel in your studies, for those studying face-to-face intensive courses.
  • Learn from teaching and research experts - our highly qualified teachers in the Newcastle Law School and Newcastle Business School are acknowledged Australian leaders in Dispute Resolution research and practice, and experts in Workplace Employment Relations.
  • Build industry connections - the Master of Human Resources and Law provides you the opportunity to build valuable industry relationships in the Hunter region.
  • A one of a kind for our university - the first time a postgraduate program combining labour law, human resource management and employment relations has been offered at the University of Newcastle.
World top 200 ? for business and economics
World top 300 ? for law

What you will study

Students will use problem-based learning, case-based learning and other active learning techniques to build highly valued workplace capabilities including negotiation, mediation, collaboration, research, critical thinking and problem-solving.

The Master of Human Resources and Law comprises of eight courses (80 units) which includes four compulsory core courses and four directed elective courses. Core courses to support your drive and learning include:

In addition to the theoretical studies students will engage in practical, real-world exercises and assessments, drawn from a range of sectors, industries and countries, to equip them with the skills necessary to meet the demands of the professional workplace.

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.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

At the completion of your Master of Human Resources and Law you will be equipped with the appropriate theoretical and practical skills to confidently and professionally work in human resource management and law. Our lecturers have strong relationships with legal and human resource industry professionals, businesses, unions and state and federal government. This will benefit students’ experience and education, and provide the opportunity for students to engage during their studies with these representatives.

You will graduate with significantly enhanced skills and knowledge to assist you in the following career pathways:

  • Human Resource Manager
  • Employer Organisation Advisor
  • Human Resource Business Partner
  • International Business Manager
  • Change Management Consultant
  • Union Organiser

Professional and Industry Engagement

Professional and Industry Engagement

Through strong relationships with the legal and human resource management/employment relations professions, supported by active Industry Advisory Committees in both Schools, you’ll have the opportunity during your studies to engage with representatives from your profession, business, unions, the public sector and government.

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.