Bachelor of Human Resource Management (Psychology)

Undergraduate degree

Gain insight into the fundamentals of psychological science and human resource management with a Bachelor of Human Resource Management (Psychology).

Domestic student information

Key facts


3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

With the increases in globalization, rapidly changing workforce profile and dynamic people needs of organisations, there is a growing requirement for expertise in psychology among human resource professionals. There is also a need for practical application for students studying psychology, to provide qualifications toward alternate career pathways outside of (clinical) psychology. In this course, students will gain insight into understanding the fundamentals of both psychological science – including why people think and act as they do – and human resources – including how businesses manage, direct and organise employees to ensure both engagement and profitability. A dual expertise in human resource management (HRM) and psychology thus provides graduates with a competitive advantage as they enter employment. These careers exist in forms such as human resource managers, organisational change specialists, recruitment officers, talent managers and workplace negotiators.

Students who complete the Bachelor of Human Resource Management (Psychology) will be able to demonstrate core competencies in areas related to human decision making, managing human resources to engage staff to achieve the organisations outcomes, and research methods. This course will provide students with a more targeted knowledge base in psychology, and provide students with analytical skills to examine employees, and how various factors including workplace culture, motivation and individual differences interact with core external regulating environments to encourage engagement and performance at work. Because of this, you will graduate with a deeper and richer understanding of the modern business world.

Within this course, students will also undertake units that will develop their professional and employability capabilities. You will select from a suite of workplace-integrated learning opportunities that range from internships to volunteering to team-based learning, and will develop your understanding of the practical applications of your degree as you move through this program. The strong partnerships between the Deakin Business School and industry, as well as the School of Psychology and industry, ensure that this course will remain relevant to the changing needs of business and society.
The course is therefore a specialist and prestigious offering, appealing to students interested in the behavioural sciences in an applied business context and provide graduates with the skills to analyse and solve people related business problems with the scientific rigour associated with psychology.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Human Resource Management (Psychology) students must attain 24 credit points of core units. All units in the Bachelor of Human Resource Management (Psychology) are 1 credit point, so you must take 24 units (think of units as ‘subjects’) to complete your degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

To complete the course you must also complete the following:

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.


Key information

Award granted
Bachelor of Human Resource Management (Psychology)

2020 course information

VTAC code
1400310681 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400410681 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400510681 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400610681 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin code
Approval status
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Campuses by intake

Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

Trimester 1 - March

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waterfront (Geelong)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2 - July

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waterfront (Geelong)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Cloud Campus

Please Note: Students enrolled at Waterfront (Geelong) or Waurn Ponds (Geelong) in this combined course will be required to undertake units of study at both Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Waterfront (Geelong).

Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

Additional course information

Students admitted to this course will be given advice on unit selection, however students must take responsibility for planning their own studies within the course structure and course rules.

Part-time study is available via Campus and Cloud (online) mode.  Part-time study refers to academic workload, not mode of study.

Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

Mandatory student checks

Units which contain work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. These requirements will be detailed in unit guides upon enrolment.


As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

Participation requirements

Units in this course may have participation requirements that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here:

Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

Work experience

This course includes a mandatory 1 credit point Work Integrated Learning experience chosen from the specified list above.

More information: WIL Programs

Entry requirements

Entry information

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with an ATAR of at least 70, and pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 25 in English other than EAL.

Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on their performance in:

  • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
  • a Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of a Diploma in a related discipline OR
  • successful completion of relevant study, equivalent to at least two Deakin University units, at an accredited higher education institution OR
  • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent including a Foundation Program approved by Faculty Board or relevant work or life experience

Admissions information

Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.

Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2019 students (PDF, 746.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

Recognition of prior learning

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
Not applicable
Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
$8,920 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Learn more about fees.

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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How to apply

Apply through VTAC

Applications to VTAC are now open for recent secondary education graduates, including current Year 12 students. Learn about the steps involved and how to complete your preference list for study in 2020.

Apply direct to Deakin

Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.

Need more information on how to apply?

For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

How to apply

Register your interest to study at Deakin

Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

Entry pathways

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Contact information

Student Services Network (Faculty of Business and Law)
Tel 03 9244 6555

Frequently asked questions

Deakin runs on trimesters, what dates do they each start?

Find out more about our key dates

Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

Find our more about scholarships at Deakin

Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

Find out more about RPL

Where can I study with Deakin?

Find out more about campus locations

Why choose Deakin

Career outcomes

The specialist course will provide a highly unique skillset for students interested in understanding how internal psychological states and external work environment factors affect employee productivity in a variety of organisational contexts. As such graduates will be highly sought after for their capacity to scientifically identify opportunities for organisational growth relating to personnel in a range of industries.

Students will have a competitive advantage in applications for HR graduate opportunities over other graduates of typical business/HR degrees through their capacity to quantify and explain ‘why’ and ‘by how much’ changes in human resources will positively impact on a range of business outputs

Professional recognition

AHRIThe Bachelor of Human Resource Management (Psychology) is accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).

Course learning outcomes

Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

Integrate theoretical knowledge of the disciplines of psychology and human resources/organisational behaviour in relation to human behaviour; apply a broad and coherent knowledge of psychology and human resources/organisational behaviour.


Communicate knowledge and arguments effectively using the most appropriate means utilising clear, discipline appropriate, coherent and well-developed communication skills, including oral, written, and visual communications.

Digital Literacy

Utilise online technologies to interact with others, access research and evaluate empirical evidence; and create and disseminate human resources/organisational behaviour and psychology-relevant content.

Critical thinking

Identify and critically evaluate information from diverse sources including academic and other; develop arguments, reports, or commentaries based on empirical research and apply these skills in diverse contexts.

Problem Solving

Identify existing and theoretical problems related to human resources/organisational behaviour and psychology; design, plan, and construct solutions to these problems using knowledge of existing human resources/organisational behaviour practice and empirical research; apply knowledge and skills toward the development of these solutions.


Engage in independent learning and personal responsibility while managing resources and timelines; and use a self-reflective lens toward personal and professional development within the practices of human resources and psychology.


Collaborate and communicate psychology and human resources principles and practices effectively in interdisciplinary teams; collaborate and engage to work and learn in a range of environments including communities of practice, research, and professional practice.

Global Citizenship

Embody the value of global citizenship by engaging ethically, responsibly, sustainably, and effectively with local and global communities within diverse cultural, social, and regulatory frameworks.



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