Human resources


Study human resource management to explore employment relations, human resource strategy, leadership and management development, and make a pivotal difference to how organisations function.

Explore your study options

Significant changes to the workforce have increased the demand for qualified professionals who understand the complexities of human resource management, recruitment and talent acquisition. Enrol in a human resources course and build the skills needed to help businesses thrive.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, masters and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Choose a human resources degree that will get you work ready

Gain the skills and insight you need from industry experts – when you study human resources (HR) at Deakin there’s a clear connection between what you learn and what lies ahead in your career.

Learn in the workplace

Our work-integrated learning program will give you a taste of your future HR career. You’ll work alongside industry professionals and build networks that will enhance your job prospects.

Learn from industry experts

Deakin’s human resources academics bridge the gap between industry and research, bringing extensive professional experience and cutting-edge research into the classroom.

Top professional roles in human resources

Human resources roles are projected to increase by 42,606 new jobs by 2033 according to Australian Government employment projections. Get ahead with Deakin – we’ll help you build your network within the community and industry.

  • 24,135 new jobs for human resource managers
  • 13,621 new jobs for human resource professionals
  • 4,850 new jobs for training and development professionals.

Professional recognition

Deakin’s human resource management courses are accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). AHRI is the national peak association that represents human resource and management professionals.

In addition, the Bachelor of Human Resource Management (Psychology) is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). This allows you to undertake additional study in pursuit of professional registration as a practicing psychologist through the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA).

Graduate with an employment advantage

Deakin Business School holds both AACSB and EQUIS accreditations, meaning we're globally recognised and internationally benchmarked. As one of the top 3 business schools in Victoria, a Deakin human resources qualification will distinguish you from your peers.

I was able to take what I was learning back into my job and make a difference for my organisation right away. The course makes real connections between the assessment tasks and the real world of your work, and between the practice of HRM and the business of your organisation.

Josh Martin

Master of Human Resource Management

World-class teaching experiences

Deakin’s industry-shaped courses and practical, real-world approach to learning will prepare you to be adaptable across the jobs of the future.

HR from a different angle

Study Deakin’s Bachelor of Human Resource Management (Psychology) and explore the human mind in a business context. Take a scientific approach to the day-to-day functions of an HR professional.

Be ready for a transformed career

Artificial intelligence and digital transformation are revolutionising human resources. Deakin’s courses dive into analytics-driven HRM to prepare you for the demands of a changing profession.

Want to explore more?

If you're dreaming of an exciting and rewarding career in human resources, we'll help get you there.

  • Why it's boom time to pursue a career in HR
  • Deakin's unique cross-discipline psychology courses
  • What will a degree in HR and psychology do for your career?

Why it's boom time to pursue a career in HR

Like many industries, human resources management is riding a wave of change and now is your chance to take advantage of it. Find out why Deakin's Master in Human Resource Management could be for you.

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Deakin's unique cross-discipline psychology courses

Want to combine psychology with your human resources or marketing degree? Learn to use psychological expertise to help organisations or gain additional insight for your marketing career at Deakin.

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What will a degree in HR and psychology do for your career?

Adding an understanding of psychology to the study of human resources management gives students a complementary set of skills and a professional advantage.

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Got a question about our human resources courses? Our expert advisers are available to speak to you about your study options and how we can help you further your career.

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