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Start Date
February
July

Duration
1 year(s) full-time

Program Code
DGHU

SATAC Code
4GD109 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Fees
$AU 27,900 per 1.0 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2018

Key features

  • Gain the expertise and confidence to apply HRM systems and your leadership skills, in a global context.
  • Be mentored by a senior business leader through the Executive Partners Program.
  • Benefit from an industry placement and an overseas study tour as part of your studies.
  • Study specialised areas such as recruitment and selection, employment law, and people, leadership and performance.
  • The University of South Australia’s Business School is in the top one per cent worldwide1 and awarded five stars in the QS Stars Business School Rankings 2017.

1UniSA Business School is one of just nine institutions in the country and 163 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are a total pool of 16,585 business schools worldwide, AACSB, July 2016.

 

Snapshot

Snapshot

Become a qualified human resources management (HRM) practitioner, in demand across a range of HRM roles.

This graduate diploma is designed and taught by academics actively involved in collaborative industry research with our renowned Centre for Workplace Excellence. You will study core courses in HRM and specialised areas such as recruitment and selection, employment law, and people, leadership and performance.

You will develop the skills and confidence to problem-solve, think critically and analytically, and communicate effectively across the field of HRM. You can also choose to benefit from a work experience industry placement, or a field-based overseas study tour.

Why Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management

Why this Degree

Gain the expertise and confidence to apply HRM systems and your leadership skills, in a global context. You will study specialised areas of HRM such as:

  • Workplace Health and Safety Management
  • Workplace Learning and Development
  • Employment Law

You will also have opportunities for industry placement and an overseas study tour through your choice of electives. UniSA is renowned nationally and internationally for excellence in business education. We develop our degrees in partnership with industry and connect with top professional bodies.

Executive Partner Programme

Have you ever wanted to have career guidance from an experienced business mentor? As part of your studies, you can apply for our Executive Partner Programme. This is a unique opportunity for our postgraduate students to engage with highly successful industry executives to enhance their studies and career. Our Executive Partners are either active, semi-retired or recently retired business professionals who have a wealth of knowledge and want to help you achieve your goals.

Your career

Between now and 2020, employment in human resources in Australia is expected to grow. The availability of roles is expected to increase by:

  • 3,200 jobs for human resource and training professionals (or 3.7 per cent)
  • 3,200 jobs for human resource professionals (or 5.4 per cent)
  • 6,000 jobs for human resource managers (or 12.6 per cent)1

Careers to consider:

  • Recruitment consultant: working on behalf of companies to source candidates for job vacancies; analysing and understanding job specifications; conducting keyword searches on internal recruitment databases, assessing CVs online using various job websites, or actively ‘headhunting’ senior professionals through independent research
  • Learning and development officer: liaising with managers and interviewing employees to identify and assess training and development needs; delivering and overseeing training; monitoring progress made through training programs; designing training programs
  • Human resources administrator: recruiting, training and developing staff; approving job descriptions and advertisements; advising on employment law and organisational policies and procedures; negotiating salaries, contracts, working conditions or redundancy packages
  • Occupational health, safety and welfare officer: supporting the development of OHS policies and programs; advising and instructing on various safety-related topics; conducting risk assessment and enforcing preventative measures; reviewing existing policies and updating according to legislation; organising WHS training

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

What others are saying

Incorporating into my teaching, changes to human resource management and industrial relations practices across industry is a career focus for me.

Luke Faulkner, Senior Lecturer


Employment: School of Management

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Luke Faulkner, Senior Lecturer


Employment: School of Management

The quality of teaching staff is high and lecturers have experience in the field, not just the academic knowledge. They are engaging and supportive by providing detailed feedback and developing useful online resources and recordings.

Ania Gorska, Project Manager, SA Health

Master of Management (Human Resource Management)
Employment: Government of South Australia

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Ania Gorska, Project Manager, SA Health

Master of Management (Human Resource Management)
Employment: Government of South Australia

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will have a structured introduction to the core areas of HRM practice, including the business and organisational context in which it occurs. You will also choose two electives, enabling you to tailor your studies to your professional interests. These include the industry placement and overseas study tour options.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • problem solving exercises
  • group or research assignments
  • projects
  • examinations

Global opportunities

International exchanges and intensive study-tours open doors to new possibilities and experiences, and our Business School has strong connections with prestigious universities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Travelling and studying with leading academic staff and your peers is a wonderful opportunity to develop first-hand knowledge of the international business environment. You’ll find the experience invaluable for your personal and professional development, giving you a global perspective.

UniSA has links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests. Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Once you are a current student, you will be able to explore various study tours and exchanges and take advantage of Student Mobility Grants to make going on an overseas exchange or study tour achievable.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
BUSINESS SCHOOL CORE
People, Leadership and Performance BUSS 5114 4.5
HUMAN RESOURCE CORE
Introduction to Human Resource Management BUSS 5307 4.5
Workplace Learning and Development BUSS 5069 4.5
Workplace Health and Safety Management BUSS 5399 4.5
Recruitment and Selection BUSS 5351 4.5
Employment Law F COML 5015 4.5
Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 1

I have more than 20 years’ experience as a professional architect working on the design and project management of large and complex building projects. My area of research interest is in strategic knowledge management to support organisational sustainability. At UniSA I am responsible for the design, management and delivery of a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the School of Management.

Dr Saras Sastrowardoyo

Program Director

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Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City West campus

City West is in Adelaide’s most lively precinct, close to art galleries, music venues, cafés and restaurants. It has brand new learning spaces; modern lecture theatres; architecture workshops, contemporary art and design studios; and well-equipped student lounges. Explore City West >

Your study experience

The Business School Hub is a convenient, central support service for Business School students, from first year through to graduation. The team provides expert advice on study options, elective choices and any academic difficulties. It also helps with referrals to support services across the University. The Business School Hub is there to facilitate your life at university, so you get the most out of your UniSA experience.

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

Student services

Student services

The Business School Hub is a convenient, central support service for Business School students, from first year through to graduation. The team provides expert advice on study options, elective choices and any academic difficulties. It also helps with referrals to support services across the University. The Business School Hub is there to facilitate your life at university, so you get the most out of your UniSA experience.

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common roomsprayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

This degree is offered online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in virtual classrooms
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use forums and discussion boards for team work and communication

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Please note some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

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How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

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