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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely. 

About this course

Whether you are already engaged in or contemplating a career in human resource management, industrial relations or a related area, this is the specialist qualification you need.

Our graduate diplomas provide you with core knowledge in your chosen study area. You will develop specialist skills and knowledge, enhancing your career and enabling you to progress to a masters qualification. Based on our Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, but requiring fewer units of study, you will develop the skills to respond to the rapid changes reshaping local and international work practices.

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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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: 11 February 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 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

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: 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

Core units 

Foundation unit

  • Foundations of HR and IR

Advanced units

  • Emerging Challenges in Work and IR
  • Human Resource Strategies
  • HR Data Insights

Elective unit of study options

The completion of three elective units is a requirement of the Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations. For further details of available elective unit options, please refer to the Business School Handbook, including:

  • 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 Diploma in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, students complete units of study totalling 36 credit points, comprising:

  • 24 credit points in core units of study – a six-credit point foundation unit and 18 credit points in compulsory advanced units; and
  • 12 credit points in elective units of study.

Admission criteria

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

  • an Australian bachelor's degree or higher (minimum 60 percent average) or equivalent qualification, or 
  • an Australian bachelor's degree or higher with a pass average (minimum 50 percent) or equivalent qualification, and satisfactory performance in the GMAT (for guidance, the class average score is 590)
  • or equivalent Business School approved admissions test or the University of Sydney Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations with a credit average (65 percent). 

Units completed in the graduate certificate can be credited to the graduate diploma. 

Students are able to apply to upgrade from the graduate diploma to the master's degree. 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.

For a guide to common international qualifications and equivalent admission criteria, please download the University of Sydney Business School admission criteria guide (81.2KB).

Professional accreditation

The Graduate Diploma 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 Sydney Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations will 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 Diploma in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations is a pathway option for 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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