Master of Human Resource Management

Postgraduate coursework

Extend your skills to become a strategic and agile HR manager ready to lead change in your organisation with this accredited course.

Key facts


The time and cost can be reduced based on your previous qualifications and professional experience. This means you can fast track the masters degree from 1.5 years down to 1 year duration. See entry requirements below for more information.


Current Deakin Students

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

Course overview

Human resource (HR) policies and practices have transformed due to the challenges of COVID-19 and the risks of cybercrime. Deakin’s Master of Human Resource Management will help you develop up-to-date skills to implement contemporary HR strategies that are highly impactful at both the individual and organisational level.

Whether you’re working directly in human resource management (HRM) or in general management with responsibilities in human resources development and management, extend your skills and knowledge with this formal qualification.

Do you have the skills required to lead contemporary HR strategies in a changing industry?

Skilled professionals with contemporary HRM knowledge are integral to the functioning of every industry. The breadth and depth of HR roles has expanded the opportunities to impact staff wellbeing and retention while driving organisational change.

Accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute, this specialised course is designed to provide enhanced qualifications for graduates in business, government and industry.

Undertake units that are highly relevant to industry, including employment relations, human resource strategy, leadership and management development. You will enhance your existing employment experience and gain the knowledge and skills to progress to managerial-level positions in HR.

Complement your primary studies with a specialisation, chosen from a wide range of business-related fields. Designed to meet industry demand for skilled professionals with a breadth of transferrable skills, a specialisation can help deepen your knowledge in a particular business field and benefit your future career.

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Course information

Award granted
Master of Human Resource Management

2025 course information

Deakin code
Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9

Course structure

The Master of Human Resource Management is typically 8 or 12 credit points. The exact number of credit points you study depends on how much credit you receive as recognition of prior learning (RPL) – your professional experience and previous qualifications – which can save you time and money.

For students undertaking 12 credit points, you study 8 credit points of core units and 4 credit points of elective units (which may include an optional Faculty wide specialisation), plus completion of MAI010 Academic Integrity (0 - credit point compulsory unit). Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.

Students who wish to enter the AHRI Practising Certification (APC) program are advised that it is their responsibility to ensure that they take the appropriate units required for entry.


Core units


Elective units


Total units

Compulsory 0-credit point module

To be completed in the first trimester of study:

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Core units

    Core units

  • Human Resource Strategy
  • Strategic Staffing
  • Managing and Rewarding Performance
  • Workplace Relations
  • Workforce Capability
  • Managed Change
  • People Analytics
  • Human Resource Management in the Global Context (Capstone)
  • Open elective units

    The 4 credit points of electives may be selected from:

    • Recommended elective^
    • a faculty-wide specialisation
    • postgraduate units offered by the University (subject to eligibility)
    • Deakin stackable short courses (0.5cp microcredentials)

    ^Recommended elective:

  • Ethical Decision Making in Organisations ^
  • Stackable short courses

    Mix and match Deakin stackable short courses (0.5 cp microcredentials) to earn up to 4 credit point(s) of open electives, subject to eligibility. Any stacking must add up to a whole number to be used for credit. See more information on Deakin stackable short course options.


    Faculty-wide specialisations

    Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Online

    Trimester 2 ^ - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Online

    INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - International students should note that, due to visa regulations, this course can only be undertaken while living outside Australia.

    Additional course information

    Course duration

    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.


    You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include lectures, seminars, online interactions, or professional experiences for Work Integrated Learning (WIL) units. 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 standard holiday breaks. Learn about key dates at Deakin.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

    Work experience

    This course provides students the opportunity to complete one or more elective work integrated learning units.

    Explore Business and Law WIL opportunities.

    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet 
    at least one of the following criteria:

    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher in any discipline and at 
      least three years’ relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent) *
    • completion of a graduate certificate or higher in a related discipline 
      and at least three years’ relevant work experience (or part-time 

    * Definition of minimum work experience much include at least two years (full-time equivalent) in a managerial role with people management responsibilities or in a human resource professional role. 

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning.

    Not sure if you can get into Deakin postgraduate study? Postgraduate study doesn’t have to be a balancing act; we provide flexible course entry and exit options based on your desired career outcomes and the time you are able to commit to your study.

    Recognition of prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for Recognition of prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your Recognition of prior learning.
    Your Recognition of prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the recognition of prior learning (RPL) system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Note: Recognition of prior learning into the Master of Human Resource Management may be granted to students who have completed appropriate postgraduate studies in a related discipline. However, recognition of prior learning cannot be granted on the basis of relevant work experience alone as this is a requirement of entry. It may be considered on a case-by-case basis in addition to formal postgraduate level equivalent learning.

    Applicants who have completed the AHRI Practising Certification Program (2016-current) may be eligible for up to 4 credit points of RPL.

    Find out more about RPL with business partners

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are determined by the course you are enrolled in. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only and represents the typical first-year tuition fees for students enrolled in this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of 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 eight credit points of a typical combination of units for this 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 international student fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service.

    We recommend engaging with a Deakin Authorised Agent who can assist you with the process and submit the application.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process, including required documents and important dates, visit the How to apply webpage.
    If you need assistance, please contact us.

    Entry pathways

    Alternative exits


    Career outcomes

    As a graduate of the Master of Human Resource Management you will have the skills and knowledge to work in aspecialised field of HR.

    Enhance your line-management people skills or progress to managerial-level roles, such as:

    • human resource manager
    • human resource business partner
    • people and culture director
    • recruitment coordinator.

    Professional recognition

    Deakin Business School holds both AACSB and EQUIS accreditations. These prestigious accreditations are awarded to business schools that meet strict standards of quality, academic and professional excellence, and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing improvement and innovation in their courses, ensuring our graduates are employable worldwide

    The Master of Human Resource Management is accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). As a graduate, you may be eligible for entry into the AHRI Practising Certification (APC) Program. This may include credits for up to four units completed as part of the APC professional accreditation program.

    Graduates who have met the requisite work experience requirements will be eligible for direct entry into the Unit 4 Capstone: Applied Project in Organisational Capability of the APC Program. If you have any questions about the APC Program, contact

    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.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes Course Learning Outcomes
    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities Integrate advanced understanding of a contemporary body of knowledge in human resource management to operate as a skilled HR professional in business
    Communication Select and apply advanced appropriate communication skills within the context of human resource management
    Digital literacy Select and apply appropriate digital technologies to identify and disseminate complex information, concepts and theories in human resource management
    Critical thinking Review, critically analyse, consolidate and synthesise human resource related knowledge to respond to specialised and authentic contexts encountered by human resource professionals
    Problem solving Relate and develop advanced problem solving skills necessary to conceptualise and solve human resource issues in the workplace
    Self-management Employ a range of advanced skills in undertaking independent learning in human resource management
    Teamwork Apply team working skills in addressing human resource issues in the contemporary workplace
    Global citizenship Evaluate emerging global human resource issues as they effect organisations