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Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management prepares you to play a pivotal role in company needs – the person who recruits, develops and trains employees to achieve success.

Gain the essential skills to recruit, develop and manage an organisation's most valuable asset - its people.

Studying Human Resource Management at Waikato turns you into a strategic player who knows how to position employees for the long-term success of a company.

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. It means you'll be involved in all areas of staff recruitment, salaries, employee benefits, training programmes, managerial behaviour and staff productivity.

We'll teach you how to achieve the best results from employees through practical workshops, where you'll apply human resource management practices to address real situations in the workplace.

You’ll also learn about employment relations laws, health and safety, work-life balance, organisational culture, and managing conflict, negotiation and diversity in the workplace.

Students are encouraged to apply HR professional practice to real situations in the workplace, such as carrying out a health and safety audit of an organisation to assess whether the building complies with New Zealand legislation.

If you're organised, enjoy problem-solving, meeting new people and work well in teams, then Human Resource Management may be the right career for you.

Internationally recognised

Waikato is ranked in the world's top 300 universities for Business & Management Studies in the prestigious QS Subject Rankings 2019.

You'll study at our internationally recognised Waikato Management School, which has Triple Crown Accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, placing it in the top 1% of all business schools worldwide.


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

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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Key information

Study Location:Hamilton
Area of Study:

Career opportunities

  • Human resource manager
  • Recruitment consultant
  • Health and safety manager
  • Industrial relations mediator
  • Employment court official
  • Human capital development strategist
  • Payroll manager
  • Mediation specialist

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
LCOMM101Introduction to Leadership Communication15.023A (Hamilton), 23A (Tauranga), 23G (Online) & 23X (Secondary School - Unistart)
By showing how to lead through improving communication, understanding who we are, and collaborating for problem-solving, this course provides a repertoire of skills relevant to personal, family, and organisational success.
STMGT101Introduction to Management15.023A (Hamilton), 23B (Hamilton), 23B (Tauranga), 23VA (National Economics University, Vietnam) & 23X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
Explores the world of management in organisations, the roles of managers and how they strategise, plan, organise, and motivate staff to achieve goals.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
HRMGT202Human Resource Management15.023A (Hamilton)
Employees can be challenging. This paper uses the latest HRM research and practice to examine how employees are acquired, managed, accommodated, trained and developed to improve individual and organisational performance.
HRMGT203Remuneration and Reward15.023B (Hamilton)
This paper provides students an understanding of a range of pay practices and how and when each of these can influence employee behaviour and human capital to affect organisational performance.
LCOMM202Leadership and Facilitation15.023B (Hamilton)
The purpose of the paper is to increase understanding, and develop skills in team leadership and facilitation, so that you can use these understandings and skills to facilitate effective communication in small group relations. You will learn skills to become a more effective team facilitator, with particular reference to workplace ...

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
HRMGT300Women and Management15.023G (Hamilton)
This paper analyses: 1) women's different employment experiences and career outcomes, 2) the implications of gendered employment outcomes, and 3) government and organisation initiatives designed to redress gendered employment outcomes.
HRMGT302Human Resource Management in Legal Context15.023A (Hamilton)
This paper addresses the role of employment law in human resource management. A case-oriented approach is taken to equip management practitioners with practical skills.
HRMGT303Strategic Human Resource Management15.023B (Hamilton)
This paper teaches students how HR practices can be combined to influence human capital and/or employee behaviour to improve an organisation's performance and implement its strategy.
HRMGT304Human Resource Management of Diversity and Inclusion15.023B (Hamilton)
New Zealand's workforce demographic profile has changed significantly due to an ageing workforce, women entering paid employment, and immigration. This paper analyses the HRM implications of this diversity.
LCOMM302Conflict and Negotiation15.023B (Hamilton)
This paper provides a foundation in conflict management in a variety of contexts and provides students with skills in leading negotiations in interpersonal, organisational, and multi-party settings.
WSOMM396Management Internship15.023A (Hamilton), 23A (Tauranga), 23B (Hamilton), 23B (Tauranga), 23C (Hamilton) & 23C (Tauranga)
The Management Internship provides students with the opportunity to apply their management discipline-based knowledge to an authentic project within an organisation.
WSOMM399Report of an Investigation15.023A (Hamilton), 23A (Tauranga), 23B (Hamilton) & 23B (Tauranga)
This paper offers students the opportunity to complete a directed investigation of an approved topic relevant to an organisation or industry and in an area related to their management discipline of study.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
HRMGT500Career Management and Development15.023B (Hamilton)
Career management and development explores the government, organisation and individual issues embedded in the study and practice of career. Students will learn techniques to develop and manage their personal careers.
HRMGT501Human Resource Management Theory15.023A (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with the opportunity to evaluate and discuss the latest research in human resource management strategy. This focus is on examining theories of how and why human resource practices link together to increase business performance. This paper provides students with a 'big picture' view of how HR practices, ...
HRMGT547Women and Organisations15.023B (Hamilton)
Women and Organisations explores women's employment outcomes, career patterns, and leadership styles. We review UN Conventions, anti-discrimination legislation, and organisational policies designed to redress disparate gendered employment outcomes.
HRMGT591Human Resource Management Dissertation30.023X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
HRMGT592Human Resource Management Dissertation60.023X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
HRMGT593Human Resource Management Thesis90.023X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
HRMGT594Human Resource Management Thesis120.023X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
STMGT501Strategy and Organisational Theory15.023A (Hamilton)
Good theory is the foundation of good practice. This paper discusses and critiques the most important theories of strategy and organisation.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
HRMGT800Human Resource Management MPhil Thesis120.023X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
HRMGT900Human Resource Management PhD Thesis120.023I (Hamilton), 23J (Hamilton), 23K (Hamilton), 23X (Hamilton) & 23X (Tauranga)
No description available.

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