Human Resource Management

Play a pivotal role in organisations and gain the skills to recruit, develop and train employees to get the best results out of them.
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Why study Human Resource Management?

Studying Human Resource Management at Waikato turns you into a strategic business leader who positively contributes to an organisation's people, performance and culture.

A career in human resources is all about selecting the right people for the right jobs; then knowing how to train, develop and motivate staff to improve their individual performance.

Working with people can be your greatest challenge, but also your greatest reward. It means you'll be involved in all areas of staff recruitment, salaries, employee benefits, training programmes, managerial behaviour and staff productivity.

You'll also get involved in company policies that seek to support diversity, equality, and staff wellbeing.

HRM students will learn how to apply HR professional practices to real situations in the workplace, such as carrying out a health and safety audit of a building.

You’ll also learn how to provide specialist advice to organisations about employment laws, writing job descriptions, managing change in the workplace, and so much more.

If you're well organised, skilful at listening and communicating with people, enjoy problem-solving, and work well in teams, then Human Resource Management may be the right career for you.

Career Opportunities

  • Health and safety manager
  • Human resources manager
  • Recruitment consultant
  • Equal Employment Officer
  • Employment court official
  • Industrial relations mediator
  • Mediation specialist
  • Payroll manager

Internationally recognised

You'll study at our internationally recognised Waikato Management School, which is in the top 1% of business schools globally thanks to our prestigious Triple Crown Accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA.

Waikato is also ranked in the world's top 175 universities for Business and Economics in the Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings.


If you wish to take Human Resource Management as your 1st Major subject, you'll need to enrol for the Bachelor of Business.

Otherwise you can normally take this subject as a 2nd Major (8 papers) or Minor subject (4 papers) for almost any bachelor's degree offered at the University of Waikato.

If you'd like to gain specialist expertise at postgraduate level, take a look at our Master of Management Studies in Human Resource Management.


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Contact us

Management Student Centre (MSC)

MSB.1.50, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton