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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.
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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.

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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

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.

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 Resources and Law program (80 units) will be available for applicants who have:

  • an AQF Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree in a related field such as law, legal studies, business, human resource management, industrial relations or organisational psychology; or
  • an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in related field such as law, legal studies, business, human resource management, industrial relations or organisational psychology; or
  • an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree in a related field such as law, legal studies, business, human resource management, industrial relations or organisational psychology, and have at least one year relevant work experience; or
  • an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree in a non-related field, and have at least two years’ relevant organisational experience; or
  • at least seven years relevant organisational experience, of which two years should have been in a management position in law, employment relations or human resource management, for instance as: a line manager with substantial people management responsibilities; a professional with experience in mentoring, training or supervising the quality of professional work; or as a manager or consultant working in the HRM or ER field.

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.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.5 with no subtest result below 6.0.

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