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.
The Sydney Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations (HRM&IR) will provide you with the specialist qualification to pursue a career in human resource management, employee/employment relations, industrial relations or a related area.
The program will provide you with a thorough understanding of the issues surrounding HRM and IR, and will equip you with the skills necessary to respond to the rapid changes currently reshaping local and international work practices. You will be taught by globally respected academics, many of whom contribute to groundbreaking research.
Their research specialities cover a wide range of areas including organisational behaviour and psychology, international HRM, performance and reward management, strategy, technology and work, employment law, work and family, globalisation, corporate governance, work sociology, and trade union strategy.
The Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations requires the completion 60 credit points comprising:
- four core units of study (24 credit points)
- six elective units of study (36 credit points).
Core units of study
- WORK5002 People, Work and Employment
- WORK6034 Talent Management.
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. Elective units of study include:
- WORK6001 Organisational Analysis and Behaviour
- WORK6002 Strategic Management
- WORK6012 Industrial Relations Policy
- WORK6026 Organisational Change and Development
- WORK6036 Co-operatives and Mutuals (new unit for 2015)
- WORK6108 International Dimensions of HR
- WORK6118 Managing Communication in Organisations
- WORK6119 The Innovative Firm
- WORK6120 Research Essay
- WORK6130 Leadership in Organisations
- IBUS6001 International Business Strategy
- IBUS6002 Cross Cultural Management
- IBUS6005 Ethical International Business Decisions
- QBUS6320 Management Decision Making
For further details of available elective units, please refer to the University of Sydney Business School (Postgraduate) Handbook.
Further course information
The foundation core unit, WORK5002 People, Work and Employment, is completed in the first semester of study and the capstone core unit, WORK6034 Talent Management, 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.
The capstone unit, WORK6034 Talent Management, 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 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
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.
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, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and 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 degree by research programs in the Asia-Pacific region. Read more information about Sydney research: http://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.
A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations will hold the equivalent of an Australian bachelor's degree, graduate diploma/certificate from a recognised tertiary institution with a minimum credit (65 per cent) average. Qualifications awarded outside Australia can also be used for admission but equivalencies and entry requirements are determined based on the country, institution and qualification. You can find a guideline of the most common international entry requirements at
The equivalent of an Australian bachelor's degree or higher level qualification in a cognate discipline (such as business, management, law, psychology, sociology or other social sciences, education or health sciences), from a recognised tertiary institution, with at least a Credit (65%) average
The equivalent of an Australian bachelor's degree or higher level qualification (in any discipline) from a recognised tertiary institution, with at least a Credit (65%) average and a minimum of three years’ relevant industry experience.
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Business School.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations.
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2014, 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 2013 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.
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 Faculty Handbook 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
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.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, 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.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to 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 fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
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.
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 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.