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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.

In the paper HRMG242/342, you'll take part in workshops designed to apply human resource management practices 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.

To learn more about studying Human Resource Mangement, visit the department's website.

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 150 universities for Accounting, Finance, Business & Management Studies, and Communication & Media Studies by the prestigious QS Subject Rankings.

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.

Qualifications

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 HRM as a 2nd Major (8 papers) or Minor subject (4 papers) for any other 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 Locations: Hamilton; Tauranga; Online
Faculty:

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

Prescriptions for the GradCert(HRM) and GradDip(HRM)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Human Resource Management at an advanced level in their first degree. The qualification regulations define the subject requirements for the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma. There are no specified papers that must be included for these programmes.

Prescriptions for the BBus(Hons), PGCert(HRM), PGDip(HRM) and MMS

The qualification regulations define the subject requirements for the BBus(Hons), PGCert(HRM), PGDip(HRM) and MMS. There are no specified subject papers that must be included for the BBus(Hons) and PGCert(HRM) programmes.

PGDip(HRM) students must complete HRMGT544.

MMS students must complete MNMGT581, HRMGT544, and one of HRMGT590, HRMGT591, HRMGT592, HRMGT593 or HRMGT594.

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ACCTN101Accounting for Management19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton), 19B (Tauranga) & 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper explains that accounting is an important social practice; an integral aspect of organisational management and covers both the technical aspects of the provision and use of accounting information.
DIGIB101The World of Digital Business19B (Hamilton)
Information and communications technologies are fundamentally changing business operations. This paper introduces all aspects associated with the ever-evolving field of digital business.
ECONS101Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy19A (Hamilton), 19A (Secondary School - Unistart), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton), 19B (Tauranga), 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) & 19S (Hamilton)
This paper offers insights into the behaviour of consumers, firms and the government within the economy, giving students skills in analysing and predicting the actions of individuals and businesses.
FINAN101Introduction to Finance19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton), 19B (Tauranga), 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) & 19S (Hamilton)
This paper introduces the three core areas of finance -- financial management, investments, and capital markets and institutions. The paper also examines applications of corporate finance concepts to personal finance.
LCOMM101Introduction to Leadership Communication19A (Hamilton)
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.
LCOMM102Communication in an Online Society19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
This paper introduces students to communication practices, concepts, and issues that they are likely to encounter as citizens, communicating professionals, community members, and participants in a highly mediated online world.
MGSYS101Integrated Thinking - Digital Business and Supply Chain Management19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga) & 19B (Hamilton)
This paper explores the dual concepts of digital business and supply chain management. The interactive lectures help in developing critical thinking skills and highlight many topical case studies.
MRKTG101Fundamentals of Successful Marketing19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton), 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) & 19S (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on the role of Marketing in business, introducing students to marketing research, consumer behaviour, and analysis, as essential tools for developing brand positioning strategies that create value.
STMGT101Introduction to Management19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton), 19B (Tauranga) & 19C (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 Occurrence / Location
HRMGT202Human Resource Management19A (Hamilton)
Employees can be challenging. This paper uses latest HRM research and practice to examine how employees are acquired, managed, accommodated, trained and developed to improve individual and organisational performance.
HRMGT203Remuneration and Reward19B (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 Facilitation19A (Hamilton) & 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper covers the core concepts of interpersonal communication and equips students with skills to lead and facilitate effective communication in face-to-face and online professional contexts.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HRMGT300Women and Management19T (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 Context19A (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 Management19B (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 Inclusion19B (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.
HRMGT306Human Resource Management19A (Hamilton)
Employees can be challenging. This paper uses latest HRM research and practice to examine how employees are acquired, managed, accommodated, trained and developed to improve individual and organisational performance.
LCOMM302Conflict and Negotiation19B (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.
MNMGT395Industry Experience19C (Online)
The industry experience course is a NET delivered course, which runs over the summer from early November to early February. Students search for and find their own host organisation, anywhere in the world, that agrees to take them on for 4 to 13 weeks during the summer period.
MNMGT396Management Internship19C (Hamilton)
The Management Internship provides students with the opportunity to apply their management discipline-based knowledge to an authentic project within an organisation.
MNMGT399Report of an Investigation19C (Hamilton)
The Report of an Investigation offers students the opportunity to complete a secondary data based research report on an area related to their management discipline of study. Students also complete 100 hours of voluntary work co-ordinated through the University of Waikato Employability Plus Program.

400 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MNMGT495Industry Experience19C (Online)
The industry experience course is a NET delivered course, which runs over the summer from early November to early February. Students search for and find their own host organisation, anywhere in the world, that agrees to take them on for 4 to 13 weeks during the summer period.
MNMGT496Management Internship19C (Hamilton)
The Management Internship provides students with the opportunity to apply their management discipline-based knowledge to an authentic project within an organisation.
MNMGT499Report of an Investigation19C (Hamilton)
The Report of an Investigation offers students the opportunity to complete a secondary data based research report on an area related to their management discipline of study. Students also complete 100 hours of voluntary work co-ordinated through the University of Waikato Employability Plus Program.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HRMGT544Human Resource Management Strategy19A (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 internal fit, which address how and why human resource practices link together to increase business performance, and external fit, which address how and why huma...
HRMGT574Women and Organisations19B (Hamilton)
In this paper we examine the contribution of feminist research to our understanding of women and management. Two themes pervade the paper. We examine the management of women (by women or men). This entails a critical analysis of the experiences of women both in and out of employment. We also examine the experiences of women who asp...
HRMGT591Human Resource Management Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
HRMGT592Human Resource Management Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
HRMGT593Human Resource Management Thesis19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
HRMGT594Human Resource Management Thesis19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HRMGT800Human Resource Management MPhil Thesis19C (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HRMGT900Human Resource Management PhD Thesis19C (Hamilton) & 19C (Tauranga)
No description available.

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Human Resource Management as a single major for the BBus or BMS(Hons)

If you wish to take Human Resource Management as a single major for the BBus or BMS(Hons), you'll need to pass 135 points (9 papers) in this subject area, including at least 105 points above 100-level and 60 points above 200-level.

As all papers are 15 points, you will need to complete 2 x 100-level, 3 x 200-level and 4 x 300-level papers for your major. No more than three 200-level papers may be included in this major.

The specific requirements for a single major in Human Resource Management are that you must take the following 9 papers:

  • STMGT101 Introduction to Management
  • OR if STMGT101 has already been included as part of another major, one of the following papers: ACCTN101 Accounting for Management; ECONS101 Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy; FINAN101 Introduction to Finance; MGSYS101/201 Integrated Thinking – Digital Business and Supply Chain Management; MGSYS201 Advanced Integrated Thinking – Digital Business and Supply Chain Management; or MRKTG101 Fundamentals of Successful Marketing
  • HRMGT202/306 Human Resource Management
  • HRMGT203 Remuneration and Reward
  • LCOMM202 Leadership and Facilitation
  • HRMGT302 Human Resource Management in Legal Context
  • HRMGT303 Strategic Human Resource Management
  • One of:
    • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management
    • DIGIB101 The World of Digital Business
    • ECONS101 Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy
    • FINAN101 Introduction to Finance
    • LCOMM101 Introduction to Leadership Communication
    • LCOMM102 Communication in an Online Society
    • MGSYS101/201 Integrated Thinking – Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
    • MGSYS201 Advanced Integrated Thinking – Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
    • MRKTG101 Fundamentals of Successful Marketing
  • One of:
    • HRMGT304 Human Resource Management of Diversity and Inclusion
    • HRMGT305 Human Resource Management in Practice
  • And when required: LCOMM302 Conflict and Negotiation
  • No more than three 200-level papers may be included in this major.

Bachelor of Business:

For the Bachelor of Business, you must include MNMGT495/6/9 Industry Experience/Internship/Report of an Investigation as part of your major.

Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours:

The BMS(Hons) honours stream (Year 4) requires you to include a further 60 points at 500-level in papers that are relevant for your first major (see the degree planner for details).

Human Resource Management as a 2nd Major for any bachelor's degree

If Human Resource Management is your second major then you must pass 120 points including at least 90 points above 100-level, of which at least 45 points must be above 200-level.

Human Resource Management as a Minor

To complete a minor in Human Resource Management you must complete 60 points, including at least 30 points above 100-level from HRMGT papers.

The specific requirements for the Human Resource Management minor are that you must include:

  • STMGT101 Introduction to Management

Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Certificate, you must pass 60 points at 100-level or above, including at least 45 points at 300-level or above. At least 45 points must be from the subject of Human Resource Management.

The specific requirements for Human Resource Management are that you must include at least 40 points in HRMG-coded papers.

Remaining papers can be chosen from those ticked for this qualification in the tick-chart table. For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/HRMGT

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending on your programme of study.

Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Diploma, you must pass 120 points at 100-level or above, including at least 75 points at 300-level or above. At least 90 points must be from the subject area of Human Resource Management.

The specific requirements for Human Resource Management are that you must include:

  • HRMG342 Human Resource Management
  • At least 80 points in HRMG-coded papers
  • Remaining papers can be chosen from those ticked for this qualification in the tick-chart table.
    For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/HRMGT

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending on your programme of study.

Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resource Management

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Certificate, you must pass 60 points at 500-level from the subject area of Human Resource Management.

Papers can be chosen from those ticked for this qualification in the tick-chart table. For details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/HRMGT

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending on your programme of study.

Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Diploma, you must pass 120 points at 500-level, including at least 90 points from the subject area of Human Resource Management.

You will also need to submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see the Postgraduate Diploma qualification information for further details).

The specific requirements for Human Resource Management are that you must include:

  • HRMG544 Human Resource Management Strategy
  • A further 60 points in HRMG-coded papers.
    For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/HRMGT

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending on your programme of study.

Master of Management Studies (MMS) in Human Resource Management

The completion requirements for the MMS depend on your admission criteria; please see the MMS qualification information for further details.

However all students must:

  • Take MNGT501 Research Methods in Management Studies (unless passed previously)
  • Take a dissertation (591/592) or thesis (593/594) in your subject area
  • Submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see MMS information for further details)
  • Meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject.

The specific requirements for Human Resource Management are that you must include:

  • HRMG544 Human Resource Management Strategy (unless previously passed)

Remaining papers can be chosen from those ticked for this qualification in the tick-chart table. For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/HRMGT

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending on your programme of study.


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Human Resource Management as a single major for the BBus or BMS(Hons)

If you wish to take Human Resource Management as a single major for the BBus or BMS(Hons), you'll need to pass 135 points (9 papers) in this subject area, including at least 105 points above 100-level and 60 points above 200-level.

As all papers are 15 points, you will need to complete 2 x 100-level, 3 x 200-level and 4 x 300-level papers for your major. No more than three 200-level papers may be included in this major.

The specific requirements for a single major in Human Resource Management are that you must take the following 9 papers:

  • STMGT101 Introduction to Management; OR if STMGT101 has already been included as part of another major, one of:
    • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management
    • ECONS101 Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy
    • FINAN101 Introduction to Finance
    • MGSYS101/201 Integrated Thinking – Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
    • MGSYS201 Advanced Integrated Thinking – Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
    • MRKTG101 Fundamentals of Successful Marketing
  • HRMGT202/306 Human Resource Management
  • HRMGT203 Remuneration and Reward
  • LCOMM202 Leadership and Facilitation
  • HRMGT302 Human Resource Management in Legal Context
  • HRMGT303 Strategic Human Resource Management
  • One of:
    • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management
    • DIGIB101 The World of Digital Business
    • ECONS101 Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy
    • FINAN101 Introduction to Finance
    • LCOMM101 Introduction to Leadership Communication
    • LCOMM102 Communication in an Online Society
    • MGSYS101/201 Integrated Thinking – Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
    • MGSYS201 Advanced Integrated Thinking – Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
    • MRKTG101 Fundamentals of Successful Marketing
  • One of:
    • HRMGT304 Human Resource Management of Diversity and Inclusion
    • HRMGT305 Human Resource Management in Practice
  • And when required: LCOMM302 Conflict and Negotiation
  • No more than three 200-level papers may be included in this major.

Bachelor of Business:

For the Bachelor of Business, you must include MNMGT495/6/9 Industry Experience/Internship/Report of an Investigation as part of your major.

Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours:

The BMS(Hons) honours stream (Year 4) requires you to include a further 60 points at 500-level in papers that are relevant for your first major (see the degree planner for details).

Human Resource Management as a 2nd Major for any bachelor's degree

If Human Resource Management is your second major then you must pass 120 points including at least 90 points above 100-level, of which at least 45 points must be above 200-level.

Human Resource Management as a Minor

To complete a minor in Human Resource Management you must complete 60 points, including at least 30 points above 100-level from HRMGT papers.

The specific requirements for the Human Resource Management minor are that you must include:

  • STMGT101 Introduction to Management

Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Certificate, you must pass 60 points at 100-level or above, including at least 45 points at 300-level or above. At least 45 points must be from the subject of Human Resource Management.

The specific requirements for Human Resource Management are that you must include at least 40 points in HRMG-coded papers.

Remaining papers can be chosen from those ticked for this qualification in the tick-chart table. For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/HRMGT

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending on your programme of study.

Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Diploma, you must pass 120 points at 100-level or above, including at least 75 points at 300-level or above. At least 90 points must be from the subject area of Human Resource Management.

The specific requirements for Human Resource Management are that you must include:

  • HRMG342 Human Resource Management
  • At least 80 points in HRMG-coded papers
  • Remaining papers can be chosen from those ticked for this qualification in the tick-chart table.
    For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/HRMGT

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending on your programme of study.

Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resource Management

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Certificate, you must pass 60 points at 500-level from the subject area of Human Resource Management.

Papers can be chosen from those ticked for this qualification in the tick-chart table. For details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/HRMGT

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending on your programme of study.

Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Diploma, you must pass 120 points at 500-level, including at least 90 points from the subject area of Human Resource Management.

You will also need to submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see the Postgraduate Diploma qualification information for further details).

The specific requirements for Human Resource Management are that you must include:

  • HRMG544 Human Resource Management Strategy
  • A further 60 points in HRMG-coded papers.
    For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/HRMGT

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending on your programme of study.

Master of Management Studies (MMS) in Human Resource Management

The completion requirements for the MMS depend on your admission criteria; please see the MMS qualification information for further details.

However all students must:

  • Take MNGT501 Research Methods in Management Studies (unless passed previously)
  • Take a dissertation (591/592) or thesis (593/594) in your subject area
  • Submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see MMS information for further details)
  • Meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject.

The specific requirements for Human Resource Management are that you must include:

  • HRMG544 Human Resource Management Strategy (unless previously passed)

Remaining papers can be chosen from those ticked for this qualification in the tick-chart table. For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/HRMGT

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending on your programme of study.


Documents

Waikato Management School Student Handbook


Contacts

Management Student Centre (MSC)
Phone
: +64 838 4303 or 0800 654 303
Email: msc@waikato.ac.nz
Website: www.management.ac.nz/msc

Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday
Location: MSB.1.50, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton
One of the best times to pop into MSC is Open Advice Day, held every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.

Human Resource Management subject conveners:

Professor Mark Harcourt
Undergraduate/Graduate Advisor
Email: mark@waikato.ac.nz

Suzette Dyer
Undergraduate/Graduate Advisor
Email: syder@waikato.ac.nz