Course essentials

Offered by:
VU course code:
BMIH
Location:
Duration:
1.5 years
Intake:
2018: February and July
CRICOS:
083293F
Fees:
2018: A$12,900 per semester

Become a leader in human resource and industrial relation management. This program is designed for people with relevant experience, allowing you to complete a masters degree in a shorter timeframe.

If you're passionate about supporting people in their work environment and want to progress to a challenging leadership role, this course will put you on track.

The Master of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management teaches the latest theory in modern industrial relations (IR) and human-resource (HR) management. These are highly sought-after skills, making this area an excellent career choice.

You’ll graduate with skills that include:

  • mediation for workplace negotiations
  • managing human resources for performance
  • expertise on labour law, markets and institutions
  • IR conflict resolution.

This masters program is 1.5 years full time. We also offer a two-year Master of Business (Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management) for those without the experience needed for advanced standing.

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We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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Careers

This course could lead to a career as a:

  • human resource executive
  • employee relations manager
  • industrial relations manager
  • union official or representative.

You could find work in one of the following areas:

  • small or large businesses
  • banks
  • consultancies
  • local and national government.

Salaries

The average salary for human resource managers in Australia is A$97, 500 (JobOutlook).

Employment rates

Employment for Human Resource Managers is expected to grow strongly in the next four years. (JobOutlook).

International connections

VU gives you the opportunity to associate with peers from all around the world. The Victoria Graduate School of Business (VGSB) offers a truly international educational experience. We have built an extensive international network – with partners in China, Singapore, Malaysia, India and France.

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critically reflect upon theoretical approaches and analyse their application to achieve effective IR/HR strategies.  
  2. Justify and interpret theoretical propositions and related bodies of knowledge to critically evaluate the resolution of business problems and recommend actions relevant to IR/HR in contemporary business, industry and community settings.  
  3. Critically apply cross disciplinary knowledge to IR/HR-related decision making with creativity for emerging contexts.  
  4. Exhibit accountability in autonomous and collaborative judgements and innovative strategic thinking in response to contemporary and future professional IR/HR challenges.  
  5. Work as a reflective practitioner to formulate, implement and evaluate industry-specific investigations to resolve complex professional problems and inform IR/HR decision making.  
  6. Communicate effectively with specialist and non- specialist audiences including multi-disciplinary teams, diverse cultural communities and business and other professional organisations.  
  7. Exemplify initiative and inspirational leadership in a dynamic 21st century work environment, acting consistently, ethically and socially responsibly.  
  8. Plan and execute a substantial research based project or evidence-based capstone experience linked to contemporary sustainable, socially responsible and ethical IR/HR practices to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at abstract and practical levels.  

Course structure

To attain the Master of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management, students will be required to complete 144 credit points (equivalent to 12 units) consisting of:

  • 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) core units:
  • 84 credit points (equivalent to 7 units) professional core units

Plus either / or
OPTION 1
12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) capstone unit; and,
24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) elective units. Students to select from any postgraduate units across the University (subject to availability).
OPTION 2
12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) research proposal unit; and,
24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) minor thesis unit.

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

Plus

OPTION 1

12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) elective unit. Students to select from any postgraduate units across the University (subject to availability).

or

OPTION 2

Year 2, Semester 1

Plus

OPTION 1

12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) elective unit. Students to select from any postgraduate units across the University (subject to availability).

or

OPTION 2

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Bachelor/Honours degree: Successful completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Bachelor/Honours Degree; OR
    Successful completion of a non-cognate (any discipline) Bachelor/Honours Degree and a Graduate Certificate in a cognate (similar discipline) field.
  • International: In addition to satisfying the Bachelor/Honours Degree or Mature Age admission requirements, International Students must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language as demonstrated by: International English Language Testing System or its equivalent - overall score of 6.5 and no individual band score less than 6.

English language requirements

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There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply for this course

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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