Master of 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.

This program will provide you with an understanding of key employment issues and equip you with the skills to respond to the rapid changes reshaping local and international work practices. You will graduate as an ethically aware, highly skilled practitioner in the field of people management and employee relations, setting yourself apart from your peers.

Whether you are already engaged in or contemplating a career in human resource management, industrial relations or a related area, this is the specialist qualification you need.

The program produces graduates who are effective strategic partners, confident employee advocates, administrative experts, knowledgeable change agents, persuasive professional communicators and discerning researchers.

The program is accredited by the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI) and is reviewed every three years to ensure the content of the program is relevant to industry needs.

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Course outline

OUTLINE OF DEGREE STRUCTURE

The Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations requires the completion 60 credit points comprising:

  • 24 credit points in core units of study; and
  • 36 credit points in elective units of study.
Core units of study

(i)

Foundation unit

:

(ii)

Advanced units

:

  • WORK6017 Human Resource Strategies, and

(iii)

Capstone unit

:

Elective units of study

Electives are drawn from a variety of units offered by the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies and other disciplines of the University of Sydney Business School as set out in The

University of Sydney Business School (Postgraduate) Handbook

, including:

Embedded courses

Further course information

Progression rules

The foundation core unit, WORK5002 People, Work and Employment, is completed in the first semester of study and the capstone core unit, WORK6034 HRM and IR in Action, is completed in the final semester of study.

Remaining eight units are completed in any order depending on prerequisite/corequisite requirements. Electives are drawn from a variety of units offered by the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies and other disciplines in the University of Sydney Business School.

For a progression guide for this degree, please refer to the Business School (Postgraduate) Handbook.

Capstone experience

The capstone unit, WORK6034 HRM and IR in Action, examines the theories, practices and debates associated with contemporary human resource development (HRD). The unit begins with an exploration of different conceptions of learning and skill. The process of HRD is examined, with a focus on needs assessment and the delivery and evaluation of learning. The relationship between HRD and other areas of HRM is explored, particularly work organisation, performance management, remuneration and enterprise governance. The role of organisational learning and knowledge management are examined in terms of changing conceptions of organisational structure and performance. A second section of the unit places HRD in the context of the wider environment. Australian policy debates are examined and HRD systems in other countries are introduced and comparisons were drawn. The likely success of skills-led models of societal, industry and enterprise development in the context of globalisation and the knowledge economy are discussed. A third section of the unit explores the relationship between HRD and careers. The causes and consequences of changing career structures, the breakdown of internal labour markets and the development of new forms of organisation are examined. Particular attention is given to the issues of executive development and succession planning.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Sydney Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue careers 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.

Further study

Coursework study

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.

Research study

The University of Sydney Business School has an outstanding reputation for the quality of its research across a wide range of academic disciplines. The Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations is an entry pathway to our higher degree by research programs, such as the Master of Philosophy (MPhil).


The postgraduate research programs offered by the faculty attract a large number of domestic and international students each year. With more than 180 research students currently enrolled, we have one of the largest and most diverse higher degrees by research programs in the Asia-Pacific region. Read more information about Sydney research: sydney.edu.au/business/research.

Other study options

The Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations is accredited by the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI) and is reviewed every three years to ensure the content of the program remains relevant to the industry.

Admission

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission, an applicant is required to have:
• an Australian bachelor's degree with honours or higher in any discipline with a credit average (65 percent) or equivalent qualification or
• an Australian bachelor's degree or higher in a related discipline with a credit average (65 percent) or equivalent qualification or
• an Australian bachelor's degree in an unrelated discipline with a credit average (65 percent) or equivalent qualification, and relevant professional work experience (typically three years) or
• any of the above combinations of qualifications and/or experience with less than a credit average (minimum 50 percent required) and satisfactory performance in the GMAT (for guidance, the class average score is 630) or equivalent Business School approved admissions test or
• the University of Sydney Graduate Diploma/Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations with a credit average (65 percent). Units completed in the graduate diploma/graduate certificate can be credited to the master's degree.

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.


For students commencing in Semester 2, 2017, limited Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available. Please refer to the Business School website for further details.

Please note that CSP places in PG coursework will only be available to students newly commencing in their program of choice who are directly admitted to the Masters level.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply:

  1. directly to the University, or
  2. through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount

The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

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 https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

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: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students 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, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. 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 https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

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: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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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