Start date

3 year(s) full-time


Program Code


Assumed Knowledge

AUD$ 36,100 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Degree overview

  • UniSA Business is in the top one per cent worldwide1 and has been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the QS Stars Ratings 2022.

  • Ranked No. 1 in South Australia and Top 10 in Australia for Business and Management2.

  • UniSA Business is accredited by both AACSB International and EFMD (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies.

  • Study a curriculum informed by cutting-edge research in Human Resource Management which is ranked above world-class3

  • Focus on people management including recruitment and selection, employee rewards and remuneration, human resource analytics, and employment relations.

  • Gain real-world experience as part of your studies through an internship, student exchange or mentorship opportunity.

  • Develop career-ready skills employers are looking for once you graduate with enterprise skills embedded in all business courses within this program.

  • Study a degree recognised by the world’s largest human resource professional society4, and fully accredited by the leading Australian human resource management professional body5.

  • Study the only Human Resource Management program in South Australia offering a job guarantee for graduates from 2024.

1UniSA Business is one of just 12 institutions in Australia and approximately 200 globally (from over 25,000 universities) to be EQUIS accredited. EFMD, March 2022. 22022 QS Subject Rankings. 32018 Excellence in Research Australia (ERA). 4Recognised by the world’s largest HRM body, based in the United States – the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). 5The Australian Human Resources Institute. 


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Success in a modern business environment is often a delicate balance between organisational financial performance and the health and wellbeing of employees. Human Resource Management (HRM) plays a leading role in supporting organisations to achieve its goals at the same time as ensuring employees thrive at work.

As part of this degree, you will gain an understanding of people management systems of organisations including recruitment and selection, employee rewards and remuneration, training and development, human resource analytics, and employment relations.

Employers look for graduates who can apply theory to real industry challenges. During your degree you will access career-focused electives and internships in industry to build your confidence and gain valuable industry experience. 

What you'll learn

P7240096-2.jpgThe degree starts with core courses in business. These will give you a solid grasp of business fundamentals such as economics, accounting and business intelligence. You can also gain valuable insight and career skills while you study with advanced career-focused electives and internships in industry.

In your human resource management specialisation you’ll focus on people management, studying areas such as:

  • recruitment and selection
  • performance and compensation management
  • human resource analytics
  • employment relations

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Marketing Principles: Trading and Exchange MARK 1010 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
Foundations of Human Resource Management BUSS 2043 4.5
Business and Society BUSS 1057 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
International Study Tour 4.5 Note(s): 4
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
Accounting for Business ACCT 1008 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
Quantitative Methods for Business MATH 1053 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Principles of Economics ECON 1008 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3
Career Development in Business BUSS 1060 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
Business Law LAWS 1018 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Management and Organisation BUSS 2068 4.5 Note(s): 3
Business Intelligence INFS 2036 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,3
Training and Development BUSS 2036 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Performance and Compensation Management BUSS 2048 4.5
Entrepreneurship for Social and Market Impact BUSS 2085 4.5
Organisational Behaviour BUSS 2046 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,3
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Managing the Employment Relationship BUSS 3037 4.5
Strategic Management BUSS 3023 4.5
Recruitment and Selection BUSS 3082 4.5
International Business Environments BUSS 3103 4.5
International Elective 4.5 Note(s): 5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Strategic Human Resource Management BUSS 3038 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,3
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
HR Analytics BUSS 3110 4.5

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, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). 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.


Marketing_Clinic-15 copy.jpgYour studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professional and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • reports, project documentation, case studies and presentations
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations
  • industry-relevant, research-based projects
  • practicals and team-based projects
  • contributions to the workplace and classroom

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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.

Global opportunities

Why Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)

0155_Michael.Mullan_12.11.13.jpgRecognised by the world’s largest HR industry body1, this degree will prepare you for a professional career in a global environment. You will develop an understanding of management systems and leadership skills in an international context.

UniSA Business is the only business school in South Australia accredited by both AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EFMD (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies recognising excellence in business education and research at a global level. These dual accreditations demonstrate the high standards we hold across all areas such as teaching, student learning and research, as well as our commitment to continually improving the quality of our programs.

More ways to study

Our flexible delivery and extracurricular opportunities are designed to suit your lifestyle, preferred learning style, and career interests. You can benefit from online and on-campus study, part-time or full-time learning, Summer and Winter School intensive courses, mentoring and networking opportunities with industry, and accelerated learning pathways. Plus, you can make the most of professional development courses endorsed by industry, build leadership skills by participating in the UniSA+ Award, or seek support at our on-campus Business Student Hub

1Recognised by the world’s largest HRM body, based in the United States, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Real-world connections

In addition to learning from teachers with professional experience as part of your studies, we also offer opportunities for you to connect with industry outside the classroom. There are a range of engagement opportunities available to you, including:  

  • Build your networks and career options by participating in the Business Career Mentor Program, which pairs you with an experienced business professional  
  • Undertake a Business Internship or complete an industry project, and apply the skills and knowledge gained from your studies in a real workplace setting 
  • Become a global citizen through our international exchange programs– we have more than 80 partner institutions worldwide, and study options that range from two weeks to one year 
  • Meet one-to-one with a senior business executive through our Executive in Residence program. You’ll receive expert guidance and gain workplace insights that will support your career development. 

We host regular University-wide careers events and workshopsexpos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas. 

This could be you

You'll graduate from UniSA prepared for a range of careers. See where a human resource management degree could take you.

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Career outcomes

Your career

With a 16.3% increase in demand for skilled human resource managers1 (HRM) by 2026, UniSA offers a unique job guarantee for HRM graduates. Eligibility criteria includes:

  • Graduates must meet the requirements to remain and work in Australia post study2.
  • The guarantee is only available to students commencing study from 2024.
  • Students must be enrolled in a HRM program for two-thirds of their total enrolment (equivalent to 2 years full-time).
  • The guarantee applies only to students who exit their HRM degree with a minimum GPA of 5.0.
  • Students must include either an internship or work placement as part of their study.
  • Students must complete the self-paced online module From Application to Interview: Presenting Your Best Self.
  • Graduates who do not secure employment (full or part-time) after one month of graduating are eligible to claim the three-month, full-time job guarantee3.
  • Students must meet behavioural and performance standards over the course of the three-month employment period.

1Jobs and Skills Australia, 2021 Employment projections for the five years to 2026.2It is the responsibility of any temporary visa holder to ensure they have unlimited work rights under their temporary visa at the time of undertaking this paid employment opportunity. The University is unable to provide visa advise and cannot guarantee that a student will be able to obtain a visa to undertake this full-time paid employment. Visa assistance can be obtained from Home Affairs or by contacting an education agent, and the cost would be the student’s responsibility. 3Eligible students are guaranteed to be employed full-time for three months after graduating if they cannot secure work independently.

Our quality teaching and experiences beyond the classroom will ensure you graduate career-ready.

Careers to consider: 

  • Human resources adviser: recruiting and selecting, 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, health and safety specialist, industrial relations practitioner
  • Human resources manager: designing, organising and implementing human resources strategies, policies and programs; overseeing recruitment, performance management, and learning and development
  • Employment relations consultant: providing a consultancy service and representation on industrial and workplace relations matters; actively contributing to the development and implementation of industrial relations strategies.
  • 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
  • Organisational change consultant: working with key executives develop strategies and frameworks; planning, communicating and executing process improvements; facilitating a smooth transition through the change process
  • People and culture manager: overseeing day to day people and culture activities; talent acquisition; employee relations and training and development; implementing and executing strategic employee engagement initiatives
  • 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
  • Work, health and safety 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

Professional accreditation and recognition

This program has met the criteria for course accreditation and is currently accredited by the Australian HR Institute (AHRI). Accreditation is reviewed every three years by the AHRI National Accreditation Committee. Students applying for this course can be assured that the quality of core units map onto the AHRI Model of Excellence for HR Practitioners and Academics, a recognised benchmark of HR best practice and standards.

This program has been acknowledged by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) as being aligned with its recommended requirements for HR degrees as outlined in the SHRM HR Curriculum Guidebook and templates. UniSA is one of 323 educational institutions throughout the world that have been acknowledged by SHRM to define HR education standards taught in university business schools. Recognition from this internationally acclaimed HRM professional body signifies to employers that the contents of the program equip our graduates with the HRM competences required to work in a global environment.

Industry facts


Employment for human resource and training professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 11,900 by May 20241.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019


Employment for Human Resource Managers is expected to increase by 16.3 per cent by November 20261.

1 Australian Government National Skills Commission Labour Markets Insight, Employment Projections 2021

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

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

You can also access a range of other international student services including:

    • careers advice
    • help with student visas and health cover
    • personal counselling
    • academic counselling
    • fees and finance help
    • common rooms
    • prayer rooms
    • security officers
    • accommodation services

UniSA’s Student Association USASA also offers a range of other services. For example, you can also join the UniSA Human Resource Management Club – an independent body that provides educational and vocational support, as well as a variety of social and network events. 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers which you can work with face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can also offer help with the English language.

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 ID cards, fees and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

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, all student visa holders are required to meet their visa condition to study no more than one-third of their program in an online mode and maintain enrolment in at least one internal (face-to-face) course per compulsory study period, unless it is their final course and not available internally. If you are currently residing in Adelaide, on-campus attendance (such as seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements would apply, as outlined on individual course pages. If you are currently overseas, online study may be available following your individual study plan.

Student services

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I am a Lecturer in Human Resources Management at UniSA Business with expertise in the fields of employment relations, industrial relations, and human resource management. I teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses. I also conduct research on a range of topics, such as employment skills and strategies, labour disputes settlement, labour relations policy, labour and comparative law, social security and migrant work, employee voice and social media, decent work and sustainable development. My practice has included negotiation and advocacy in employment relations, industrial relations, and labour law in Australia and the Philippines. Having extensive theoretical knowledge and industry experience, and as Program Director for HRM and Supply Chain Management, I am confident this program will equip students with outstanding competencies and skills that will help them achieve success in their future careers.

Dr Jonathan Sale

Program Director

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Dr Jonathan Sale

Program Director


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What others are saying

The range of activities I have been able to participate in outside of lectures is invaluable. I not only have the knowledge of a HR graduate, but I have experience in and understanding of the employability skills and characteristics a successful HR professional should have.

Catherine Macleod

Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)
Recruitment Officer, Cara Inc.

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Catherine Macleod

Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)
Recruitment Officer, Cara Inc.

When hiring staff, I look for a suite of five skills. I look for their ability to communicate and engage in meaningful conversations, their commitment to learning, team orientation, personal leadership, as well as their professional skill set. My advice for HR professionals is to invest in your own development - whether that be through studying, reading, attending presentations or being great at asking questions!

Samantha Wilkinson

Owner and Principal Consultant | Samantha Wilkinson Human Resource Consulting

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Samantha Wilkinson

Owner and Principal Consultant | Samantha Wilkinson Human Resource Consulting

Being able to connect with and learn from industry professionals was definitely a highlight of my degree. I aspire to be a human resources manager where I can be involved in the areas I enjoy most, including training and development, industrial relations and recruitment.

Nicholas Parrella

Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)
Senior Human Resources Officer | Jobs Statewide

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Nicholas Parrella

Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)
Senior Human Resources Officer | Jobs Statewide

UniSA has provided me with many unique opportunities like networking at various events, and international study tours. I know that my studies will allow me to become an inspirational leader, as I will be equipped with the best knowledge and tools possible. In addition to having the amazing opportunity of being the Vice President of the UniSA Human Resource Management Club, I have also seen significant improvements in my teamwork and communication skills, as well as my ability to research subjects and topics. I believe these are all part of continuous learning and imperative to remaining current with business issues.

Emily Cicconi

Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)

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Emily Cicconi

Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)

A highlight of my time at UniSA was travelling to Colorado, USA, on an International Study Tour through my Bachelor of Business (Sport and Recreation) degree. This experience pushed me outside of my comfort zone to develop key skills and make lifelong friends. I also completed a Human Resource Management Student Internship at the Adelaide Football Club. This internship provided me with the opportunity to gain exposure to real world HR and network with key contacts within the industry – which eventually led to obtaining my first graduate position at the Club.

Nicole Rundle

Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) & Bachelor of Business (Sport & Recreation Management)
Human Resources Business Partner | Adelaide Football Club

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Nicole Rundle

Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) & Bachelor of Business (Sport & Recreation Management)
Human Resources Business Partner | Adelaide Football Club