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6 reasons to study human resource management and industrial relations

Prepare for your future career in people management
Find out how our postgraduate programs in human resource management and industrial relations will give you a competitive edge and help you leverage a rewarding and successful career in people management.

1. Prepare for the future of work

With transformations in new technology and political, economic and social change, the human resources and industrial relations industry has experienced significant growth over the past decade. That’s why we’ve revamped our Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations.

Our future-focused program recognises the significant change in the composition of the workforce, covers the future of work and looks at how industrial relations experts need to respond to the evolving regulatory environment.

The impact of technology, big data and analytics on human resources and industrial relations is also a focus of the degree with the introduction of a new unit in human resources data insights. This unit recognises the way businesses now use data and how human resource professionals need the skills to interrogate it and use in a constructive way.

2. Take advantage of flexible pathway options

If you have a related bachelor’s degree and two or more years' relevant work experience, you can reduce the time needed to complete our master’s program through recognition of prior learning. This means you can graduate in just one year of full-time study.

We also offer flexible pathway options and recognition of prior learning in these postgraduate degrees:

3. Stay industry relevant with an accredited degree

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 content is relevant to industry needs.

The relaunched program has also been developed following wide consultation with industry, the commercial sector, government and not-for-profit organisations.

4. Boost your employability

The University of Sydney is ranked No. 1 in Australia and 4th globally for graduate employability (QS 2022).

You will have access to specialised career services through the Business School's Careers and Employability Office, who are committed to helping you achieve your career aspirations. They can help you plan your career, develop your career decision-making skills, tailor your resume and job applications, engage in experiential recruitment activities such as mock interviews and assessment centres, and connect you with top graduate recruiters and corporate partners.

By studying one of our postgraduate programs in human resource management and industrial relations, you will graduate as a strategic, ethically aware, and evidence-based practitioner in the field of human resources and employment relations.

5. Learn from high-calibre academics

The strength of our human resource management and industrial relations degree is due to the quality of our teaching staff.

From contributing to government advisory boards relating to parental leave, discrimination and gender equity in the workplace, to collaborating with business on issues around employee health and wellbeing at work, and projects exploring culturally diverse leader and the multicultural workforce landscape, you will learn from academics who are leading professionals.

6. Subsidise your study with a Commonwealth Supported Place

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are offered for our postgraduate programs. A CSP means that the Australian Government subsidises your course fees and you pay the remaining amount – a student contribution. You must be a domestic student to be eligible, i.e. an Australian or New Zealand citizen, a permanent resident of Australia or an Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder.

While allocation of CSPs to applicants is competitive as they are limited in number, you don't need to make a separate application - you will automatically be considered based on merit.

Stacey Harrison

Stacey Harrison
HR People Partner at Accenture Australia, Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations '18
“During my degree, I have learned from some of the best academics in the industry. Their industry knowledge and commitment is second to none, as they strive to ensure their students succeed in the course and their careers. I know that no matter what happens in my industry, I am armed with the tools to adapt to changes and to drive strategic business outcomes.”
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22 November 2019

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