Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

This section outlines the Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations postgraduate coursework programs offered by the University of Sydney Business School.

Course details Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
CRICOS code 061140E 061141D 061142C
Course abbreviation MHRM&IR GradDipHRM&IR GradCertHRM&IR
Credit points required for completion 60 36 24
 Duration (minimum) 1.5 years full time 1 year full time 0.5 years full time
2.5 years part time 1.5 years part time 1 year part time

The Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations and Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations are specialised qualifications for those engaged in or contemplating careers in human resource management, industrial relations, and related areas.

Course structures

Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

To be awarded the Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, students complete 10 units of study (60 credit points), comprising:

  • four core units of study (24 credit points) – a foundation unit (six credit points), two compulsory advanced units (12 credit points) and capstone unit (six credit points)
  • six elective units of study (36 credit points).
Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

To be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, students complete six units of study (36 credit points), comprising:

  • three core units of study (18 credit points) – a six-credit point foundation unit and two compulsory advanced units (12 credit points)
  • three elective units of study (18 credit points).
Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

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

  • three core units of study (18 credit points) – a six-credit point foundation unit and two compulsory advanced units (12 credit points)
  • one elective unit of study (six credit points).

Core units of study


(i) Foundation

The foundation unit is designed to be taken at the commencement of the course.

  • WORK5002 People, Work and Employment


(ii) Advanced

Students must complete the following two advanced units of study:

  • WORK6017 Human Resource Strategies
  • WORK6033 Organisational Sustainability


(iii) Capstone (Master's degree only)

The capstone unit draws on all the units completed and thus is undertaken at the end of the degree. The capstone unit is only available to students enrolled in the master's degree.

  • WORK6034 Talent Management

Elective units of study

  • WORK6001 Organisational Analysis and Behaviour
  • WORK6002 Strategic Management
  • WORK6003 People, Management and Technology *
  • WORK6008 Research Tools at Work *
  • WORK6011 Negotiation, Bargaining and Advocacy *
  • WORK6012 Industrial Relations Policy
  • WORK6018 International Industrial Relations
  • WORK6022 Special Topic in WOS*
  • WORK6026 Organisational Change and Development
  • WORK6027 Writers on Management *
  • WORK6030 Performance and Rewards
  • WORK6031 Recruitment and Selection *
  • WORK6035 Global Rewards *
  • WORK6103 Gender and Work *
  • WORK6108 International Dimensions of HR *
  • WORK6109 Unions at Work *
  • WORK6111 Management Consulting *
  • WORK6114 Health and Safety at Work *
  • WORK6115 Managing Diversity at Work *
  • WORK6116 Employment and the Law *
  • WORK6117 Managing HR and Knowledge Systems
  • WORK6118 Managing Communication in Organisations
  • WORK6119 The Innovative Firm
  • WORK6120 Research Essay
  • WORK6121 Founders of Enterprise *
  • WORK6130 Leadership in Organisations
  • IBUS6001 International Business Strategy
  • IBUS6002 Cross Cultural Management
  • IBUS6005 Ethical International Business Decisions
  • QBUS6320 Management Decision Making
  • BUSS6500 Industry Placement (Master’s students only and departmental permission required).

* Not offered for 2014.

Professional accreditation

Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) accreditation

AHRI is the national association representing human resource management professionals and is Australia's leading human resources professional body.

The masters, graduate diploma and graduate certificate in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations courses offered by the University of Sydney Business School satisfy the requirements for professional membership of AHRI.

Progression guides

The following tables show course progression examples for a student enrolled in the Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations master's degree, graduate diploma or graduate certificate.

Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

The following table illustrates a degree progression example for a student enrolled in the Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations on a full-time basis undertaking three or four units of study (24 or 18 credit points) per semester.

YEAR

SESSION

UNITS OF STUDY

CREDIT POINTS

Year 1

Semester 1

WORK5002 People, Work and Employment

WORK6017 Human Resource Strategies

elective unit

18

Semester 2

WORK6033 Organisational Sustainability

elective unit

elective unit elective unit 24

Year 2

Semester 1

WORK6034 Talent Management (capstone)

elective unit

elective unit

18
  60
Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

The following table illustrates a course progression example for a student enrolled in the graduate diploma on a full-time basis completing three units of study (18 credit points) per semester.

YEAR

SESSION

UNITS OF STUDY

CREDIT POINTS

Year 1

Semester 1

WORK5002 People, Work and Employment

WORK6017 Human Resource Strategies

elective unit

18

Semester 2

WORK6033 Organisational Sustainability

elective unit

elective unit

18

 

36

Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

The following table illustrates a course progression example for a student enrolled in the Graduate Certificate on a full-time basis completing four units of study (24 credit points) per semester.

YEAR

SESSION

UNITS OF STUDY

CREDIT POINTS

Year 1

Semester 1

WORK5002 People, Work and Employment

WORK6017 Human Resource Strategies

WORK6033 Organisational Sustainability

elective unit

24

Please note: The information listed in these examples is based on the unit of study offerings for 2014 and is intended as a guide only.

Students are usually able to complete the units of study in different sequences to those listed (including enrolling in units in Summer or Winter School sessions when available). Students are advised to plan their degree based upon their individual needs and to contact the Student Information Office if they need any assistance in planning their course progression.