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Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations (MHRM&IR)

Course Code MAHRMIRE1000
Course Type Postgraduate
Credit Points Required  60
CRICOS code 061140E


The Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations courses are specialised qualifications for those engaged in or contemplating careers in industrial relations, human resource management and related areas.

Students who have completed a Business School Master’s degree are eligible to pursue the Master of Commerce at a reduced duration of one year (normally two years full-time). See Master of Commerce for further information.

Minimum duration of degree

1.5 years 2.5 years

AHRI accredited

Degree structure

Please Note. The following structure is for students commencing study in this degree between 2013 and 2016. Students who commenced study prior to 2013 may choose to follow this structure or complete their course according to the rules and structure set out in the handbook of the year they commenced their study in this degree (Archived handbooks can be accessed on the Handbooks website). The degree structure for pre-2013 continuing students is set out below under "Degree structure for pre-2013 continuing students".

New students commencing study from 2017 must follow the structured outlined under or in the 2017 version of the Business School (Postgraduate) Handbook. 

To be awarded the Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, students must successfully complete a total of 10 units of study (60 credit points), comprising:

  • four core units of study (24 credit points), comprising a foundation unit, two advanced units and a capstone unit.
  • six elective units of study (36 credit points).

Degree structure for pre-2013 continuing students

Students who commenced study in this degree before 2013 may choose to follow the structure outlined above or complete their degree according to the structure outlined in the resolutions for their degree in the year they commenced study (see Handbooks). The following downloadable PDF outlines the 2011/2012 structure of this degree.

Core units of study

(i) Foundation unit

The foundation unit of study is designed to be taken at the commencement of the degree.

(ii) Advanced units

(iii) Capstone unit of study

The capstone unit draws on all the units completed and thus is designed to be completed at the end of the degree.

Elective units of study

Students select their six elective units of study from the options listed below.

* Not offered for 2017.

+ Can be completed as an elective if not completed as a core unit. 

Progression guide

The following table shows an example degree progression for a student enrolled in the Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations on a full-time basis, completing the degree in 1.5 years (over three semesters).                                                                                                                                            

Year 1
Semester 1



elective unit

elective unit


Semester 2

WORK6033 OR WORK6116

elective unit

elective unit

elective unit


Year 2
Semester 1


elective unit




Please Note: The information listed in this program of study example is meant as a guide only. Students should always check the requirements for individual units of study. Students are usually able to complete the units of study for their course in different sequences to those listed above. You are advised to plan your program based upon your individual needs.

Professional Accreditation

The program is accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) and is reviewed every three years to ensure the content of the program is relevant to industry needs.For more accreditation information, please refer to the AHRI website.