Master of Human Resources and Employment Relations (coursework)

This specialist course is suitable for students already employed, or those who are contemplating a career in human resource management, industrial relations or a related area.

The Master of Human Resource Management and Employment Relations produces graduates who are effective strategic business partners, confident employee advocates, knowledgeable change agents, and organisational leaders.

The course aims to produce graduates who demonstrate an understanding of contemporary work and employment issues, critical thinking skills to solve complex business- related employment problems, broad range of communication competences to influence and engage a diverse group of employees and stakeholders and excellent research skills to analyse and respond to the rapid changes reshaping local and international labour markets, work practices and policies.

The program is accredited by the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI).

Course overview

Course title
Master of Human Resources and Employment Relations (coursework)
Award abbreviation
MHR&ER
Course code
41660
Course type
master's degree by coursework only
Status
current / 2020
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education
CRICOS code
064934B

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration
2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Professional accreditation
Master of Human Resources and Employment Relations (coursework) is accredited by: Australian Human Resources Institute.
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Jacquie Hutchinson
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2020; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2021 or 2022.

Students are required to complete all core units plus 24 points chosen from a combination of Options A, B or C.

Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Commerce or a bachelor's degree majoring in employment relations and/or human resources may be required to complete relevant conversion units up to the value of 24 points, as advised by the Faculty.

Take all units (48 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2EMPL5450Advanced Topics in Employment Relations
Prerequisites:
EMPL5412 Employment Relations
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S2EMPL5501Strategic Workplace Relations
Prerequisites:
EMPL5412 Employment Relations
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1EMPL5511International Employment Relations
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S2EMPL5514Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
lectures/seminars: 5 sessions (7–8 hours each) over 6 weeks
S1HRMT5501Diversity and Inclusion
Prerequisites:
HRMT5504 Introduction to Human Resource Management
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1HRMT5502People Analytics
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1HRMT5518Strategic Human Resource Management
Prerequisites:
HRMT5504 Introduction to Human Resource Management
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S2HRMT5530Career Development and Employability
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week

Students may choose units to the value of 24 points from Group A.

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2EMPL5555Employee Relations Law
Incompatibility:
LAWS5555 Employee Relations Law
up to 3 hours seminar
S1, S2MGMT5506Ethics and Sustainability Management
Incompatibility:
MGMT5526 Principles for Responsible Management
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1, S2MGMT5511Introduction to Global Business
Prerequisites:
BUSN5100 Applied Professional Business Communications; or WACE/TEE English or equivalent
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1MGMT5660Applied Project Management
Incompatibility:
MGMT5665 Project Management
lectures/seminars: up to 3 hours per week

Students may choose units to the value of 12 points from Group B.

Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1PSYC5514Assessment and Selection
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology (53580) or the Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology (01880/54580) or the Master of Business Psychology (73550) or the Master of Commerce (Advanced) (coursework) (41650) or the Master of Professional Accounting (Advanced) (coursework) (42610) or the Master of Commerce (coursework) (41680) or the Master of Human Resources and Employment Relations (coursework) (41660)
Incompatibility:
PSYC5714 Assessment and Selection for Psychologists
lectures/tutorials: 36 hours (12 x 3 hours). Attendance to lectures is compulsory.
S2PSYC5515Organisational Development and Change
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 41680 Master of Commerce (coursework) (Human Resource Management), or 41660 Master of Human Resources and Employment Relations (coursework), or 43550 Master of Commerce and Master of International Commercial Law, or 52330 Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety, or 74530 Master of Work Health and Safety (coursework or coursework and dissertation), or 73550 Master of Business Psychology (coursework), or 62540 Master of Ocean Leadership (coursework).
3 hours per week for 12 weeks
S2PSYC5556Work Design
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 73550 Master of Business Psychology (coursework), or 53580 Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, or 01880/54580 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology
3 hours per week for 12 weeks

Students may choose units to the value of 6 points from Group C.

Group C
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2HRMT5531Work-Based Learning Project
Prerequisites:
Enrollment in the Master of Human Resources and Employment Relations and a minimum of 36 core unit points and an average of 70%
Incompatibility:
SVLG5003 Wicked Problems
This is an experiential learning unit and requires no formal class contact. Students will be expected to be in regular contact with the Course Coordinator (supervising lecturer) as agreed in the approved project proposal. It is anticipated that the 150 hours requirement for regular academic units will be met.
N/ASVLG5003Wicked Problems
Prerequisites:
any bachelor's degree; permission/approval is required to enrol
The unit is a 6 week winter intensive. Attendance at the service learning location is required every day for the first week. In the remaining weeks, students will work independently in project teams, with classroom time reduced to around 15-20 hours altogether.
NS, S1, S2WILG5001Professional Development Practicum A
Prerequisites:
Completion of 24 points of post graduate units and approval from the unit coordinator.
150 hours for pre-placement, placement and post-placement activities

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate/student-procedures'>student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Exceptions to the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework may be considered provided the applicant satisfies additional admission requirements as set out in Rule 4(d) or 4(e), where relevant.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(i) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 percent; or

(ii) a valid Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) of no more than five years old with a score of at least 550; or

(iii) at least five years of relevant documented professional experience considered by UWA to be sufficient to permit satisfactory completion of the course;

or

(b) a UWA graduate certificate which articulates with this course with a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent;

or

(c) a graduate certificate or equivalent from an equivalent and accredited course from another institution with a weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent;

or

(d) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(i) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 percent; and

(ii) successful completion of the UWA Pre-Master's Program in Business with a weighted average mark of at least 60 percent (for applicants with an overall IELTS score of at least 6 with no band less than 5.5); or

(ii) successful completion of the UWA Pre-Master's Program in Business with a weighted average mark of at least 60 percent; and

(iii) successful completion of a ten week CELT course (with a grade of at least B+) (for applicants with an overall IELTS score of at least 5.5 with no band less than 5.0);

or

(e) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(i) successful completion of the UWA Pre-Master's Program in Business with a weighted average mark of at least 60 percent; and

(ii) successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Commerce with a weighted average mark of at least 65 percent (for applicants with an overall IELTS score of at least 6 with no band less than 5.5); or

(iii) successful completion of the UWA Pre-Master's Program in Business with a weighted average mark of at least 60 percent; and

(iv) successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Commerce with a weighted average mark of at least 65 percent; and

(v) successful completion of a ten week CELT course (with a grade of at least B+) (for applicants with an overall IELTS score of at least 5.5 with no band less than 5.0).

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 41260 Graduate Certificate in Human Resources and Employment Relations (24 points)
  • 41280 Graduate Certificate in Commerce (24 points)
  • 41660 Master of Human Resources and Employment Relations (96 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Human Resources and Employment Relations course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed a Bachelor of Commerce or a bachelor's degree majoring in employment relations and/or human resources are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Students who make satisfactory progress are assigned a progress status of 'Good Standing' by the Faculty and are permitted to re-enrol.

(2) Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances, students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

(3) Students seeking to re-enrol in the course after being assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' must submit, after a period of at least 12 months, sufficient reason to the Faculty, in writing, demonstrating why an improvement in performance could reasonably be expected.

(4) Students who have been assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' and are subsequently permitted by the Faculty to re-enrol are assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' and must meet any conditions determined by the Faculty.

(5) Students who meet the conditions determined by the Faculty under (4), are assigned a progress status of 'Good Standing' by the Faculty.

(6) Students who have been assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' and who fail to meet conditions determined by the Faculty are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent which is calculated based on—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Alternative exit award

13. A student who withdraws from the course before completing the course requirements but after completing core units to the value of 48 points for the Graduate Diploma in Human Resources and Employment Relations may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the relevant qualification.