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:

  • WORK5002 People, Work and Employment.

(ii) Advanced units:

  • WORK6017 Human Resource Strategies, and
  • WORK6033 Organisational Sustainability.

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:

YEAR 1 - 1st semester of study
People, Work and Employment
Human Resource Strategies
Organisational Sustainability
Elective unit of study
24 credit points

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

Entry into a graduate certificate requires either a tertiary qualification (pass degree) or at least three years work experience. For specific entry requirements:

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.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2016, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

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

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

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