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Simon Popley, Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, '15

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Overview

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 program will provide you with a sound understanding of key employment issues and equip you with the skills to respond to the rapid changes reshaping local and international work practices and policies.

The Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations produces graduates who are effective strategic business partners, confident employee advocates, administrative experts, knowledgeable change agents, persuasive professional communicators and discerning researchers. Graduate as an ethically aware practitioner in the field of human resources and employment relations.

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.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSPs are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

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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

Your funding and scholarships

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How to apply

Apply online or for more information visit our how to apply page.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSPs are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

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)

Apply online or for more information visit our how to apply page.

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 of study

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

  • Business Practicum
  • China Industry Placement
  • Cross-Cultural Management
  • Disruptions and Innovations in HR
  • Employment and the Law
  • Ethical International Business Decisions
  • Europe Industry Placement
  • Industrial Relations Policy
  • Industry Placement
  • Industry Self-Sourced Placement
  • International Dimensions of HRM
  • International Industrial Relations
  • Leadership and Collaboration Study Tour
  • Leadership in Organisations
  • Management Consulting
  • Management Decision Making
  • Managing Communication in Organisations
  • Managing Diversity and Inclusion at Work
  • Organisational Analysis and Behaviour
  • Organisational Change and Development
  • Performance and Rewards
  • Research Essay
  • Strategic Management
  • USA Industry Placement

Note.  Not all elective units may be offered every year - please check the handbook for unit availability.

Capstone unit of study 

  • HR and IR in Action

Units of Study

Completion requirement

The Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations requires the completion of 60 credit points comprising:

  • 24 credit points in core units of study
  • 30 credit points in elective units of study
  • a 6 credit point capstone unit of study.

The foundation core unit , Foundations of HR and IR, is completed in the first semester of study and the capstone core unit, HRM and IR in Action, 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.

For a progression guide for this degree, please refer to the Business School Handbook.

Capstone project

The capstone unit, HRM and IR in Action, 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 were 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.

Admission criteria

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

  • an Australian bachelor's degree with honours or higher in any discipline with a credit average (65 percent) or equivalent qualification or
  • an Australian bachelor's degree or higher in a related discipline with a credit average (65 percent) or equivalent qualification or
  • an Australian bachelor's degree in an unrelated discipline with a credit average (65 percent) or equivalent qualification, and relevant professional work experience (typically two years) or
  • any of the above combinations of qualifications and/or experience with less than a credit average (minimum 50 percent required) and satisfactory performance in the GMAT (for guidance, the class average score is 630) or equivalent Business School approved admissions test or 
  • the University of Sydney Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations with a credit average (65 percent). Units completed in the graduate diploma/graduate certificate can be credited to the master's degree.

Any grade requirements listed are based on the University of Sydney guide to grades.

For a guide to common international qualifications and equivalent admission criteria, please download the Business School Admission Criteria (pdf, 81.2KB).

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning may reduce the number of units required, and thereby the duration of the degree.

Experience Reduction Potential length of study with reduction Units
Bachelor degree in a related discipline + 2 years related professional work experience Up to 12 credit points 1 years / 48 credit points WORK5002 and/or one elective unit

Professional accreditation

The Master of 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

Our 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.

Future study

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.

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International students

Stacey Harrison

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

Stacey Harrison 

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

“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.”

Meet our Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations alumni and find out where postgraduate study has led them

Kate Williamson

Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
Human Resources Manager, global insurance company

"Online learning has allowed me to develop my communication skills and given me the opportunity to use these skills to help my fellow students become more confident participating in online group discussions. I am really impressed with how the Business School has responded to the current situation. They were able to move classes and course materials online quickly, allowing us to commence our studies as planned."

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