Start Date
February
August

Duration
1 year(s) full-time

Program Code
DGHU

SATAC Code
4GD109 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Mode
On-campus

Fees
$AU 30,000 per 1.0 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2022

Degree overview

  • 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 a curriculum informed by above world-class research in Human Resource Management1.
  • Ranked No. 1 in SA and Top 10 in Australia for Business and Management2
  • Use this qualification to continue your studies through a range of UniSA master's degrees.
  • Study specialised areas such as recruitment and selection, employment law, and people, leadership and performance.
  • UniSA is in the top 10 in South Australia for postgraduate teaching quality3.
  • UniSA Business is in the top one per cent worldwide4 and has been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the QS Stars Ratings 2020.
  • UniSA Business is accredited by both AACSB International and EFMD (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies.

12018 Excellence in Research Australia (ERA). 22021 QS Subject Rankings. 3Ranked #9, ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2019-20 (Postgraduate). Public universities only. 4UniSA Business is one of just 11 institutions in Australia and 191 globally to be accredited by EQUIS (from over 16,500 worldwide). EFMD, February 2021.

Snapshot

SNoonan_UniSA BusHub_231017_004.jpgBecome 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. You will study core courses in HRM and specialised topics 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.

What you'll learn

Postgraduate Business studentsYou 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.

You will study specialised areas of HRM such as:

  • People, Leadership and Performance
  • People Analytics
  • Workplace Learning and Development
  • Talent Acquisition and Development
  • Managing the Global Workforce
  • Introduction to Human Resource Management

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
BUSINESS 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
Managing the Global Workforce BUSS 5302 4.5
Talent Acquisition and Development BUSS 5351 4.5
Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 1
People Analytics BUSS 5450 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. 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

ICC_021115_003.jpgYour 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

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 Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management

0009_Michael Mullan Photography_31-05-16.jpgGain 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.

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.

An enriching student experience

Our flexible delivery and extra-curricular opportunities are designed to suit your lifestyle, preferred way of learning and career interests. You can benefit from a blend of online and on-campus study, part-time or full-time learning, Summer and Winter School intensive courses, mentoring and networking opportunities with industry, and leadership skill development. You can also explore accelerated learning pathways and seek program support from our Business Student Hub.

Executive Partners Program

Have you ever wanted to have career guidance from an experienced business mentor? As part of your studies, you can apply for our Executive Partners Program.

This is a unique opportunity for you to engage with highly successful industry executives to enhance your 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.

This could be you

At UniSA, you'll learn invaluable transferable employability skills to future-proof your career - see where our human resource management degree could take you.

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Career outcomes

Your career

Careers to consider:

  • Human resources adviser: 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
  • Human resources business partner: working with executive staff; developing policies and procedures that align with organisational objectives; acting as company representative for policy guidance on performance management and return to work
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Training and development coordinator/consultant: 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

Industry facts

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

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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By 2024 employment for human resource managers in Australia is predicted to increase by 8,800 (15.5 per cent)1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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

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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and spaces that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect 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 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 student services including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA

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.

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 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.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern 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 Senior Lecturer at UniSA Business and a researcher within the Centre for Workplace Excellence (CWeX). My research focuses on demographic diversity with a special focus on age and gender.  I teach human resource management and organisational behaviour related courses. Prior to embarking on my academic career, I worked for several years as a Human Resource practitioner in both service and manufacturing sectors.

I am passionate about sharing my research with students through my teaching and industry engagements and believe this program will enable graduates to become well-equipped, successful business leaders of tomorrow.

Dr Sanjee Perera

Program Director

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What others are saying

"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