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CC72 - Master of Human Resource Management


Course Overview

Organisations need to attract, select, motivate and develop people who ultimately engage in the core business of an organisation. Similarly they need to move on unproductive workers with a degree of integrity that respects the rights of individuals and relevant legal requirements. This is the function of managing human resources.

The Master of Human Resource Management course enables you to gain specialist education and training in the core elements of human resource management (HRM) applicable to local and global business environments. Covering all areas of HRM, the course facilitates your critical evaluation of contemporary theories and develops advanced skills and knowledge in the field. The course examines HR strategy, training, recruitment, performance development, diversity management and managing change, to qualify you to operate as human resource professional in domestic and international business contexts.

Career Information

Graduates enhance their career options in middle or top management positions in industry, commerce or government. Employment opportunities include specialist positions in employee recruitment and selection, training and development, strategic planning and performance management.

Course Details
Duration 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 96
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Postgraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) MHRM
AQF Level Level 9: Masters Degree (Coursework)

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information.
Entry Requirements
  • a completed bachelor degree in any discipline from an Australian university or college, or equivalent overseas qualification; or
  • a CQUniversity Graduate Certificate in Management, or equivalent; or.
  • a CQUniversity Graduate Diploma of Human Resource Management, or equivalent.

International students should visit for further information including English language requirements.

Advanced Standing (Credit for Prior Learning):

Students may be eligible for exemptions of up to 48 credit points for previously completed Graduate Diploma level studies in Human Resource Management or an Honours Degree in Human Resource Management. Advanced standing of up to 24 credit points may be granted to students who have completed a Bachelor or Honours degree in a related cognate discipline from an Australian tertiary institution or equivalent overseas qualification.

Security Requirements
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Health Requirements
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Assumed Knowledge

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Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards CH76 - Graduate Certificate in Management CC67 - Graduate Diploma of Human Resource Management
Exit Awards CH76 - Graduate Certificate in Management CC67 - Graduate Diploma of Human Resource Management
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

BUSN20020 - This 12cp unit will involve the student being placed in a company for a 10-week internship requiring 4 days per week working within the host company. The student will also undertake an applied research project based on a particular issue within their host organisation. Students must undertake this unit in their final trimester of their course.

Previous and Current Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2021 18
2020 62
2019 104
2018 105
2017 94
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples are:

  • Being able to comply with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures, and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Demonstrating honesty and integrity in academic and professional Human Resource Management practice.
Behavioural Stability

Examples are:

  • Behaving and applying effective human resource management practice in a consistent manner for both professional and legal reasons.
Legal Compliance

Examples are:

  • Knowing, understanding and complying with the laws of the Sovereign State in which you reside, work and/or study.
  • Complying with the policies and practices of businesses or organisations in which you may be placed.
  • Complying with the requirements for student registration with organisations such as the Australian Human Resources Institute, the  Institute of Managers and Leaders, the Australian Marketing Institute, and the like.
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Examples are:

  • Performing a wide range of advanced written communication skills that address critical business problems and solutions. These include (but are not limited to) constructing logical and succinct academic essays, business reports or minor academic thesis that demonstrate substantive research while using correct CQU referencing.
  • Performing a wide range of advanced verbal, non-verbal and ICT communication skills that address critical business problems and solutions. These include (but are not limited to) being able to deliver an enhanced message (in English) for maximum effectiveness, while utilising a variety of technologies or media; the ability to deliver succinct yet effective communication; the ability to deliver effective communication that results in impact and/or influence; the ability to design and deliver effective verbal presentations, in clear English, that utilises a variety of technologies or visual media that combines with appropriate business management concepts and language.
  • Utilising a variety of technologies and/or visual media as well as speak in front of an audience with an appropriate middle or senior management/leadership voice, manner, style and presence that addresses the required outcomes as well as the needs of the audience.
  • Being highly proficient in the use of computers and various programs and tools as a means of being an advanced business and management communicator.
  • Performing advanced communication skills under pressure.
  • Developing the skills of reflective practice to increase self-awareness with personal delivery of advanced communication skills, including being able to determine personal developmental needs with advanced communication deficiencies.
  • Using appropriate facial expressions, eye contact, body movements and gestures, being mindful of personal space time boundaries and cultural sensitivities.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of others and respond appropriately as well as in practice environments.
  • Utilising proxemics and haptics - physical locations and objects in a manner that enhances openness and trust.
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples are:

  • Conceptualising and applying to academic assessment items the knowledge, skills, processes, tools and techniques of the course to real world examples and contexts of management or Human Resource specific issues.
  • Applying theoretical knowledge, research evidence, policies and procedures in management and or Human Resource discipline practice.
Relational Skills

Examples are:

  • Engaging with a range of internal stakeholder and maintaining positive relationships with external stakeholders particularly those that affect people management such as governments employers and trade union groups.
Reflective Skills

Reflecting on your own levels of competence and seeking feedback from colleagues and using diagnostic tools to increase your level of self awareness is a key feature of units and in particular assessment tasks.

Interpersonal Engagement

Examples are:

  • Relating positively and effectively to a wide variety of business and community stakeholders.
  • Understanding, acquiring and demonstrating the components of emotional intelligence to effective working relationships and outcomes.
  • Combining appropriate business deliberations with the inclusion of the relevant interpersonal factors of the people connected in those processes.
  • Being consultative and collaborative in creating and maintaining effective working relationships and outcomes.
  • Engaging in personal reflection as a way of increasing self-awareness regarding how individuals interact and affect others.
  • Creating cultural competence, sensitivity and willingness to work with a vast array of people both in Australia and abroad.
  • Recognising others as sentient human beings with rights that must not be violated.
  • Recognising others in the workplaces as ends in themselves and never exclusively as means to an end.
  • Demonstrating the skills of collaborating with fellow students and colleagues, modifying and reflecting on practice during a project, or modifying and reflecting on work integrated learning in response to supervisor feedback.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Identify methods to collect, analyse and interpret information for the purposes of informing evidence-based decision making in formulating human resources strategies
  • 2. Analyse human resources theories and its application in formulating strategies, frameworks, and policies appropriate to supporting organisational objectives in a variety of contexts
  • 3. Draw upon detailed knowledge of organisational change and innovation strategies to successfully manage internal and external stakeholders to support sustained organisational performance and competitive advantage
  • 4. Design and implement policies and practices which appropriately address a variety of contemporary Human Resource Management issues in particular organisational contexts
  • 5. Assess and respond to a range of ethical, social, cultural and legal challenges related to Human Resource Management and their application at workplace
  • 6. Exhibit a high level of personal autonomy and behavior consistent with the professional practice of an Human Resource practitioner or employee.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice
2. KNOWLEDGE Have an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning
3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship
4. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
5. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
6. SKILLS Have communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
7. SKILLS Have technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use high level personal autonomy and accountability
10 APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.
Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete electives
Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

Choose 4 electives from any 6 credit point postgraduate units, or select BUSN20020 Business Internship OR BUSN20021 Research Project plus two other electives, provided pre- or co-requisites have been satisfied. Students should choose units that will enhance their career development and are relevant for their course of study.

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Professional Recognition

Students and graduates may be eligible to join the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI):
AHRI is “
the national association representing human resource and people management professionals” in Australia. AHRI maintains a membership of “around 20,000 members from Australia and across the globe”. “Whether you want to develop your career, get HR support, stay in touch with the latest industry developments, or help to grow the HR and management skills of your team, AHRI membership is for you”. AHRI maintains a variety of resources for members including AHRI:Assist, free insurance cover, industry developments, career development, networking opportunities and HR publications.

Queensland Police Service

Our partnership with the Queensland Police Service recognises previous study undertaken in the QPS Management Development Program, meaning personnel may be eligible for credit of up to 6 units. Refer to the Credit Transfer website at for further details.