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Why study Human Resources?

When you study a postgraduate degree in human resources with Curtin, you’ll broaden your understanding in subjects such as HR strategy, planning, attraction and retention of staff, learning and development, pay systems and rewards, performance management, and workplace relations.

Professionals in this field may work in a wide range of industries, and roles can include human resource management, recruitment consulting, industrial relations management, and training or change management specialisations.

These courses feature both guided independent study and team projects, and offers networking opportunities for you to further prepare you for changing labour markets in Australia and worldwide.

Jenny Lu

Upskilling pays off

“I chose the Master of Human Resources at Curtin because the program is practical and taught by experienced HR practitioners and researchers. My undergraduate degree is in accounting and finance, however, as I am currently working in HR I decided to enrol in an effort to enhance my career prospects.

The program provided me with both theoretical and practical experience, and an in-depth, holistic understanding of each component of HR. As an HR consultant, this definitely helped me to perform my role better. For example, I now understand how important job design is; how job design affects workforce planning, recruitment, retention and performance appraisals.

What I enjoyed most about the program was learning from each guest speaker, unit coordinator and student. Meeting different people has broadened my network and encouraged HR knowledge-sharing.”

Jenny Lu, Master of Human Resources graduate
People Strategy Consultant, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

Flexible Course Duration

You could graduate from a Graduate Certificate in as little as six months, ready to apply your learnings in the workplace immediately. Or you could progress your studies further with the Graduate Diploma or Masters degree, gaining credit for your completed Graduate Certificate.

Graduate Certificate in Human Resources

In our Graduate Certificate in Human Resources you will develop a broad understanding of human resource (HR) management theories and functions. You will explore the contribution of HR management towards organisation effectiveness and efficiency.

You’ll study the fundamental principles underpinning management theory and explore the associated practices in contemporary organisations. The future of management will be considered in light of poignant 21st century issues such as globalisation, corporate social responsibility and change management.

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Graduate Diploma in Human Resources

Our Graduate Diploma in Human Resources will help you develop a broad understanding of human resource (HR) management theories and functions. You will explore the contribution of HR management towards organisation effectiveness and efficiency. You will also study a range of specialist HR topics, such as learning and development, cross-cultural communication and negotiation, industrial relations and international HR management.

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Master of Human Resources

The Master of Human Resources is designed for managers, human resource professionals and consultants wanting to develop and expand their knowledge, personal and professional skills. The course meets the continuing development requirements of professionals in the field, enabling graduates to advance themselves in the complex and changing organisational climates of Australia and worldwide. The course features both guided independent study and team projects, and course units cover key strategic and practical topics of relevance in today's evolving HR environment.

Rankings and Professional Recognition

The Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) accredits all Curtin Business School courses in human resources. AHRI accreditation ensures consistency across human resources qualifications in Australian universities as well as being the mark of a quality human resources degree. On graduation, you will be eligible to apply for membership to the AHRI. Curtin also has an agreement with AHRI for a series of events including talks and lectures from industry professionals.

Industry connections

Maintaining strong links with industry is critical to serving the needs of our students and the workforce. CBS has established a network of advisory boards – groups of industry representatives who support the school by providing invaluable business knowledge and influencing our courses to make sure you are industry-ready on graduation.

Apply now to study in 2020

Apply by 13 February to commence your studies in Semester One.


Graduate Certificate in HR

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Graduate Diploma in HR

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Master of HR

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