Duration: 
2 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Blended
Application due dates:
Applications are not being taken at this time.

 

Additional information
The course duration is 1.5 years (full-time) for applicants with an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline.

Overview

Develop state-of-the-art knowledge of human resources and advance your career with the Master of Human Resource Management at Victoria University.

Organisational success is dependent on recruiting the right people and creating a culture and a climate in which people can perform to the highest levels.

If you are passionate about supporting people in their work environment, our masters degree will give you the strategies and expertise to achieve your goals.

This specialised course teaches the latest concepts and issues in human-resource (HR) management. These are highly sought-after skills that can help you progress into challenging leadership and management roles.

During your study, you will gain expertise in various topics from our industry-connected and experienced instructors.

These include:

  • contemporary employment systems
  • law of employment
  • industrial relations
  • strategic human resource management
  • performance management
  • rewards
  • managing workplace conflict.

HR managers' employment prospects are expected to increase over the next few years (JobOutlook).

You will graduate with skills in industrial relations, for which there is high demand. Project consultants, advisers, and IR and employee-relations specialists top the list of in-demand roles in Australia’s HR sector.

Typical work undertaken by HR managers includes the following:

  • working on HR management strategies to meet business needs
  • supporting employees' professional development 
  • overseeing performance-management systems
  • negotiating with unions and employees
  • monitoring employment costs and productivity levels.

As part of your study, you will have the opportunity to put theory into practice in the workplace, delivering genuine recommendations within a business setting.

Drawing on your study to apply a managerial perspective, you will analyse and solve an authentic business problem, and address real issues faced in organisations.

This work experience is invaluable when applying for jobs, and stepping into a new role and a new career.

If you have an Australian bachelor degree in human resources, business (or similar discipline), you may be eligible for an exemption of 48 credit points of study.

If you receive 48 credit points for previous study, you may be able to qualify with a masters in 1.5 years, enabling you to launch your professional HRM career sooner.

Following the overwhelming success of the revolutionary VU Block Model with undergraduate students, from 2021 we will start rolling out the Block Model to our postgraduate courses.

From 2021, we will deliver this course in an eight-week mode, which means you study two units (subjects) at a time over eight weeks (or one unit at a time over eight weeks for part-time study), rather than juggling several units at once. And with its focused timetables and smaller, collaborative classes, VU’s Block Model gives you more time to connect with your peers, lecturers and industry partners, helping you build strong professional networks.

The VU Block Model has improved our student results and engagement, and has won multiple international awards for innovation and excellence.

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Careers

You will graduate with skills that could lead to positions such as:

  • human resource executive
  • employee relations manager
  • industrial relations manager
  • union official or representative
  • project consultants
  • industrial relations and employee-relations specialists.

 

Course structure

To attain the Master of Human Resource Management, students will be required to complete 192 credit points consisting of:

  • 48 credit points college core units
  • 96 credit points professional core units
  • 12 credit points BMO5501 Business Ethics and Sustainability; and,
  • 12 credit points BMO7006 Applied Business Project (Capstone); and,
  • 24 credit points elective units. Please check any pre-requisite requirements prior to enrolling.

College Core Units

Professional Core Units

Core Units

24 credit points elective units

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

  1. Critically reflect upon theoretical approaches and analyse their application to achieve effective 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 HR in contemporary business, industry and community settings;  
  3. Adapt cross disciplinary knowledge to 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 HR challenges;  
  5. Formulate, implement and evaluate industry-specific investigations to resolve complex professional problems and inform HR decision making;  
  6. Articulate 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; and,  
  8. Evaluate and execute an evidence-based capstone experience linked to contemporary 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.

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.

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
OR
Completion of an Australian Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
OR
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 chair or academic adviser.

How to apply

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