University of South Australia

Business, Management and HRM

Interested in Business, Management and HRM?

Launch your unstoppable career with a business or management degree from UniSA. Ranked in the top one per cent worldwide1 and awarded an overall five stars for excellence2, we will prepare you to graduate industry-ready.

With the choice to undertake a broad business degree where you can create your very own study plan or select from a wide range of specialised degrees, you’ll access opportunities to learn in real workplaces and connect with experienced business professionals right from day one.

Develop the skills to become a leader for change and growth, create real impact in business and communities, and learn from thought leaders as they share their insights and expertise for best practice in the contemporary world.

Our highly-flexible degrees provide you with a solid foundation of management theory and its practical application, enabling you to achieve business objectives in a broad range of organisational contexts. You'll graduate as a critical thinker and an informed decision maker, fully-prepared to manage emerging issues within today's dynamic global business environment as well as the enterprising knowledge and skills you need to innovate in your chosen career.

1UniSA 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. 22020 QS Stars Ratings.

Key features

  • 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 2020.
  • UniSA Business is accredited by both AACSB International and EFMD (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies.
  • Study at the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate careers in Business and Management2.
  • Study a curriculum informed by above world-class research in Business and Management3.
  • Ranked No. 1 in SA and Top 10 in Australia for Business and Economics4.
  • No. 1 in SA and Top 10 in Australia for Business and Management5.
  • Choose from specialisations in areas such as business, management, marketing, finance, property, innovation and entrepreneurship, tourism and events, and more.
  • Gain real-world experience as part of your studies through an internship, student exchange or mentorship opportunity – we have more than 2,500 industry partners and over 60 university partners worldwide.
  • Add a 1-year master's degree to your studies with our 3+1 Pathway to Masters package, and complete an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in just four years.
  • Learn how to develop an innovative business concept from start to finish with our Startup Studio elective delivered through the University's start-up incubator, the Innovation & Collaboration Centre.
  • Take intensive courses and fast track your degree in summer or winter school.

1UniSA 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.  2ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Postgraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 32018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 42021 THE Subject Rankings. 52021 QS Subject Rankings.

Why UniSA?

  • 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 2020.
  • 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.
  • We are the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate careers in Business and Management2.
  • Join South Australia's No.1 University for Business and Management Research3.
  • Access hands-on learning opportunities and connect with industry professionals right from day one.
  • Explore our wide range of grants and scholarships to support your studies.
  • We are consistently recognised and awarded for our excellence in teaching, the quality of our degrees and satisfaction of our students – there's never been a better time to study at the University of South Australia.

1UniSA 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. 2ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Postgraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 32018 Excellence in for Research Australia (ERA).

Enhance your study experience

  • 3+1 Pathway to Masters: For select degrees, you can complete a bachelor’s and master’s qualification in just four years through our 3+1 Pathway to Masters package. This unique offering allows you to fast-track your studies and graduate with greater expertise and career opportunities.
  • Business Career Mentor Program: Engage in our Business Career Mentor Program and be paired with an experienced business professional to enhance your network and career.
  • Executive in Residence: Meet one-to-one with a senior business executive and industry leader through our Executive in Residence program. This initiative enables you to seek expert guidance for your career development and support to advance your career.
  • Hands-on experience: You can gain valuable industry experience before you graduate with access to internships, professional development courses, Summer or Winter School intensives and more – plus we give you a longer break between semesters to make sure you have the time.
  • Enterprise Skills: To prepare you for a diverse future career in business, UniSA Business is committed to ensuring you graduate with a sound knowledge base and the skills employers are looking for. These skills, better known as Enterprise Skills, will help prepare you for success regardless of field or industry.
  • Study abroad: Explore the world and gain an international perspective as part of your studies with our student exchange program. Whether it's a semester or short term exchange or a study tour, you'll find the experience invaluable for your personal and professional development.

UniSA offers the following Business, Management and HRM degrees

Choose your level of study

World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Your career

Catherine Macleod HRM - Copy_1.jpgAs the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate careers in Business and Management1, our quality teaching and experiences beyond the classroom will ensure you graduate career-ready.

With so many specialisations available to study, there are many career paths our business graduates aspire to. You could consider careers such as:

  • Business development manager: working to improve an organisation’s market position and financial growth; defining strategic goals, building customer relationships, identifying business opportunities, implementing marketing initiatives
  • Business owner: setting up a business or businesses; taking risks and serving as the chief decision maker; monitoring and controlling business activities, budget and resources
  • Entrepreneur: using initiative, commercial acumen and broad ranging business skills to develop or transform a product or service for yourself or an organisation
  • Hotel manager: overseeing daily hotel operations; planning and supervising staff activities; ensuring the smooth and profitable running of business; strategic planning and reporting; communicating effectively with employees, customers and suppliers
  • Logistics manager: planning and managing logistics, warehouse, transportation and customer services; directing and coordinating the order cycle; minimising waste and maximising profit; liaising and negotiating with suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and consumers
  • Management consultant: offering strategic and objective advisory services to help organisations to improve productivity and performance; advising in areas such as change management, financial performance, restructuring and human resources
  • 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

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Postgraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

Global networks

We are a globally connected university, our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

In the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings, we were the only university in South Australia to have all our Business and Management research rated above world-class. We have strong links, individually and collectively, with leading and like-minded research institutions in North America, Europe and the UK and are building equally exciting new relationships in Asia.

Industry facts

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Employment as a business administration manager in Australia is projected to increase by 19,100  (or 12.1 per cent) by May 2024.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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By 2024, employment for information and organisation professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 18.3 per cent.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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In 2019 there were more than 2.1 million businesses trading in Australia.

Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS), 2019

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At the University of South Australia, you will learn invaluable transferable employability skills to future-proof your career.
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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.

"I chose UniSA because of its amazing facilities, teachers and industry placements. The facilities are easy to access, every tutor and lecturer is willing to provide guidance and support and undertaking an industry placement gave me real-world logistics experience."

Allan Lav

Bachelor of Business (Logistics and Supply Chain Management)
Demand Planner, Codan Limited

Allan Lav

Allan Lav

Bachelor of Business (Logistics and Supply Chain Management)
Demand Planner, Codan Limited

"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 Craus

Master of Management (Human Resource Management)
Human Resources Business Partner, BAE Systems Australia

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Ania Craus

Master of Management (Human Resource Management)
Human Resources Business Partner, BAE Systems Australia

"When I commenced my studies, I was already working full-time in the Defence industry as both an engineer and a manager. I have been able to use my ongoing employment as context for learning and immediately put into practise the theory that I have learnt. The Master of Management was fundamental in preparing me to pursue career opportunities. I am now prepared to approach my current and future work opportunities with open eyes."

Luke Richardson

Master of Management

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Luke Richardson

Master of Management

"After working in the manufacturing industry for 11 years, I decided to embark on a career change and study human resource management at the University of South Australia. The diversity of the degree has allowed me to gain confidence and provided the opportunity to attend networking events with the Australian Human Resource Institute - I've been able to have interesting conversations and learn from other students and Human Resource practitioners."

Joel Beauchesne

Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)

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Joel Beauchesne

Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)

"I knew of UniSA Business’s high ranking and the Logistics and Supply Chain Management program was ideal for the type of career opportunities I was interested in. Throughout my studies, I’ve been able to gain valuable insights and advice from experienced industry professionals through the Business Career Mentor Program which has definitely assisted me with both self-development and skill building opportunities."

Monamee Ishika

Master of Management (Logistics and Supply Chain Management)
Project Specialist, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC)

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Monamee Ishika

Master of Management (Logistics and Supply Chain Management)
Project Specialist, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC)

"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

“Further study has enabled me to work across my interest areas and try my hand at many things – my specialty is change management, however I’m currently overseeing the implementation of a new training framework for SA Water’s 300+ field operators, and have started to share my learnings through teaching. I’ve been able to think more laterally, apply broader best practice and management theory to my work, and diversify for a continually evolving job market.”

Camilla Goodwin

UniSA Human Resource Management graduate
Capability Development Lead – Technical, SA Water

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Camilla Goodwin

UniSA Human Resource Management graduate
Capability Development Lead – Technical, SA Water

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:

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Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.

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Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

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A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017