Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Our graduate certificates are specifically designed for those who have an undergraduate degree in another discipline or for applicants with no undergraduate degree but extensive practical experience in their specialist area. On successful completion of the program, many of our students go on to study a graduate diploma or masters.

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Course outline


To be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, students complete units of study totalling 24 credit points, comprising:

  • 18 credit points in core units of study – a six-credit point foundation unit and 12 credit points in compulsory advanced units; and
  • a six credit point elective unit of study.
Core units of study(i) Foundation unit:(ii) Advanced units:Elective units

Completion of one elective unit is a requirement of the Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations. For further details of available elective options, please refer to the

Business School (Postgraduate) Handbook

, including:

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

The Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations courses provide high-level training in human resource management and industrial relations and is a specialised qualification for those engaged in, or contemplating careers in these and related areas. Prepare to further your career in traditional IR organisations such as unions, employer bodies and government as well as in HRM, research, policy development, consultancy work, industrial law and many aspects of private and public sector management.


Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, an applicant is required to have:
• an Australian bachelor’s degree or higher (or equivalent qualification) or
• professional work experience in a relevant field (typically three years)
Students are able to apply to upgrade from the graduate certificate to the graduate diploma or master’s degree, upon achieving a credit average (65 percent).

Any grade requirements listed are based on the University of Sydney grading system.
For qualifications awarded outside Australia, equivalencies and entry requirements are determined based on the country, institution and qualification. For a guide to common international qualifications and equivalent entry requirements visit University of Sydney Business School entry guide.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Business School.

International students

Ancillary expenses for international students

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Business School.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at:

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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