2 years full time or longer for part time
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Aim for a management role in human resources or industrial relations, for a dynamic, in-demand career.

In this specialised Master of Business, you’ll explore contemporary industrial relations and human resource (IR/HR) management.

You’ll develop business expertise and learn to resolve IR conflicts. These skills are in high demand in Australia, making this masters an excellent step towards a successful career.

Our program is based on the disciplines of management and general business. Throughout, you’ll be challenged to think creatively about the role of managers in business organisations.

You’ll also develop strong research skills and gain a rich understanding of IR and HR systems, ethics and law. We combine this with hands-on experience, giving you the confidence and ability to manage workplace disputes.

If you have relevant work experience, you can apply for the Master of Industrial Relations & Human Resource Management and complete your masters in a shorter timeframe.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice and can show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available to all students.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

Many of our post-graduate students are working professionals. We are committed to making it possible for you to study while working.

Our campus is accessible and convenient. The business school is directly opposite Flinders Street Station, right in the centre of the city.

We also have strong ties with the nearby business community, and we use these ties to give our students practical work experience.

Careers in IR and HR management

This masters course could lead you to a career as:

  • human resource manager
  • employee development planner
  • employee relations manager
  • recruitment consultant
  • industrial relations officer
  • union official or representative.

Organisations which employ human resource professionals include:

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


If you find work at a management level in HR, you can expect a salary of around A$97,500 (JobOutlook).

Develop in-demand expertise

Strong growth is predicted in the number of jobs in human resource management over the next few years (JobOutlook).

Industrial relations is not an area that HR professionals are often drawn to. HR project consultants, HR advisers, and industrial-relations and employee-relations specialists are all in high demand Australia’s HR sector.

With this qualification, there are opportunities to work in businesses as the following:

  • HR management strategist
  • performance-management systems expert
  • negotiator with unions and employees
  • facilitator or support during redundancies.

Accreditation with the Australian Human Resource Institute

VU’s Master of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management is accredited with the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI).

Accreditation from this respected institute demonstrates a high level of experience and expertise. The accreditation is based on globally benchmarked standards.

Build your research skills in real business contexts

Our masters has an important research component where you’ll acquire valuable, transferable skills.

You can undertake a research project examining real-world business situations. Or you may choose a business research thesis, applying theory and analysis to a relevant organisation.

VU has an established research focus. This includes community projects and industry partnerships where you can build networks and on-the-job experience.

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 structure

To attain the Master of Business (Industrial Relations/Human Resource Management), students will be required to complete 192 credit points (equivalent to 16 units) consisting of:

  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) college core units
  • 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) core units:
  • 84 credit points (equivalent to 7 units) professional core units

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

Year 1

Year 2



24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) elective units. Students to select from any postgraduate units from across the University (subject to availability).



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.  

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.


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.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or a full fee-paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

In addition to your tuition fees, you may also be charged a Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

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.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
Completion of an Australian Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
Applicants without an undergraduate qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Diploma based on approved work experience. Upon completion of the Graduate Diploma, graduates will be eligible for admission to this course with credit granted for completed units.

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

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