Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management


A major in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management (IR&HRM) has two strands: the theory and practice of relations between employers, employees, unions and government; as well as the management of people within an organisation, including recruitment, selection, remuneration, appraisal, and training and development. This is a professional major which includes a work experience program with placements in unions, employer organisations, companies and government.

Major outline

For a major in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management (IR&HRM) you must complete:

(1) one junior unit of study:

  • WORK1003 Foundations of Work and Employment

(2) two compulsory senior units of study:

(3) a minimum of four senior IR&HRM elective units of study (24 credit points) selected from the available elective options listed in the University of Sydney Business School (Undergraduate) Handbook, including:

  • WORK2210 Strategic Management
  • WORK2217 International Human Resource Management
  • WORK2218 Managing Organisational Behaviour
  • WORK2219 Managing Organisational Sustainability
  • WORK2221 Organisational Communication
  • WORK2222 Leadership in Organisations
  • WORK2224 Globalisation, Work and Employment
  • WORK2225 Work and Social Change
  • WORK2227 Regulation at Work
  • WORK3922 Organistional Research Methods

Course accreditation

All undergraduate degrees incorporating a major in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management (IR&HRM) are Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) accredited. Students wishing to satisfy the requirements for professional membership of AHRI, should complete an IR&HRM major as part of their degree.

Graduate opportunities

The Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management (IR&HRM) major provides a comprehensive and well-rounded understanding of the employment relationship and will provide you with the knowldege to pursue a career in a variety of IR&HRM fields.You can choose to specialise within your major in areas such as human resource management, strategic management, organisational behaviour, labour law, industrial relations policy and global employment relations. The IR&HRM majors are professionally accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Further study for major

Eligible students may apply for admission to an honours year in Work and Organisational Studies; or apply for admission to postgraduate study in the faculty. We offer a wide range of specialist master's degrees for graduates who want to gain specialised knowledge and skills, as well as the opportunity to tailor an entire program to meet individual professional interests through the Master of Commerce.

Our degrees have been developed in close consultation with industry to provide you with highly relevant and professional programs of study. The Business School's active involvement in quality-assurance and accreditation activities has earned us the top international accreditations available to business schools worldwide and has enabled us to forge strategic alliances on a global scale.

By choosing to study one of our accredited degree programs, you can be certain that the education you receive will be of the highest academic quality and will be recognised by the business community in Australia and around the world. Whatever your aspirations, our cutting-edge programs will help you to take your career in any direction you choose.

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