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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely. 

This course will be available for students to study remotely during 2022 if they are unable to undertake face-to-face study. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely. For the latest updates on course availability, visit the COVID-19 information page

About the Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

Advance your career in people management with our Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations.

It is 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.

The program is accredited by the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI) and is reviewed every three years to ensure content is relevant to industry needs.

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1: 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2: 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

This course is currently not available to international students. 

Starting date

What you'll study in the Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

Core units of study 

Foundation unit:

  • Foundations of HRM and IR

Advanced core units:

  • Emerging Challenges in Industrial Relations
  • Human Resource Strategies
  • HR Data Insights

Elective unit of study options

For further details of available elective unit options, please refer to the Business School Handbook. Electives include:

  • Cross-Cultural Management
  • Disruptions and Innovations in HR
  • Employment and the Law
  • Ethical International Business Decisions
  • Industrial Relations Policy
  • International Dimensions of HRM
  • Leadership in Organisations
  • Management Consulting
  • Managing Communication in Organisations
  • Managing Diversity and Inclusion at Work
  • Organisational Analysis and Behaviour
  • Organisational Change and Development
  • Organisational Sustainability
  • Performance and Rewards
  • Strategic Management

Units of Study

Completion requirement

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

  • A 6 credit point foundation core unit
  • A 6 credit point advanced core unit
  • 12 credit points selected from advanced core and/or elective units.

Admission criteria

To be eligible for admission, an applicant is required to have:

  • an Australian bachelor's degree or higher (or equivalent qualification) or professional work experience in a relevant field (typically three years).

Students are able to apply to upgrade from the graduate certificate to the graduate diploma or master's degree, upon achieving a credit average (65 percent).

Any grade requirements listed are based on the University of Sydney grading system.

For qualifications awarded outside Australia, equivalencies and admission criteria are determined based on the country, institution and qualification.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Professional accreditation

The Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations is accredited by the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI).

The University of Sydney Business School is a world-class business school at the forefront of global business and management education. Relevant and focused on today's business world, we are the only Australian business school to hold the coveted triple crown accreditation from AACSBAMBA and EQUIS, in addition to achieving membership to CEMS - the Global Alliance in Management Education.

Career Pathways

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.

Future study

A Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations is a pathway option for the Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations and the Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations.

A postgraduate degree can open doors to further study, whether you are interested in pursuing a research degree, or expanding your postgraduate qualifications and skillset by embarking on a management degree, MBA or specialised business masters.

The Business School offers two research degrees, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and the Master of Philosophy (MPhil), which may be studied full-time or part-time. Embarking on a PhD or masters by research is an opportunity to join a community of recognised leaders in scholarship and make a significant contribution to your area of study. We are home to many leading researchers and attract generous funding in support of our research projects, and the University of Sydney is consistently ranked among the best research universities in the world.

If you are interested in pursuing further postgraduate study, our postgraduate coursework business degrees cater to students from any background and career stage, with pre- and post-experience options available, to help you achieve the future you’ve imagined. Combine your interests and develop specialised skills to be well positioned in an increasingly competitive business environment.

Domestic students

International students

“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. They went above and beyond to shape us into the best professionals we could be, while fostering an environment that allowed for personal growth and diversity of thought. 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.”

Stacey Harrison
Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
Human Resources Coordinator, Hicksons Lawyers

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