Human Resource Management


Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Commerce with Honours
Master of Commerce
Doctor of Philosophy

Bachelor of Arts (minor only)

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If you are interested in people-related topics and learning about organisations, then Human Resource Management may well be the subject for you. People are a vital part of organisations. Human Resource Management (HRM) involves working with people's skills, abilities and interests, to create organisations that keep on developing, improving and performing at their best.

Topics such as leadership, managing change, human resource management, employment relations, learning and development, and communication are part of Human Resource Management.

Why study Human Resource Management at UC?

  • In addition to learning about HR management, you can also take organisational behaviour subjects such as team dynamics, diversity management, ethics and corporate social responsibility, leading change and innovation, and organisational resilience.
  • HRM has an applied focus, where students work on assignments linked with real-world business challenges, as well as internships in local Canterbury businesses, such as PGG Wrightson, City Care, Canterbury District Health Board and Airways New Zealand.
  • Human Resource Management is taught by a diverse group of academics from around the globe.
  • Our teaching group was ranked second in New Zealand in the most recent Tertiary Education Commission 2012 PBRF Research Assessment.
  • The HRM programme aligns closely with the competencies required for becoming a professional HR practitioner with the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ). Students are linked with the local HRINZ branch activities, as well as the HRINZ student ambassador programme which connects students with the HR community.

There are no formal requirements for those wishing to study Human Resource Management. An interest in human behaviour and social sciences such as psychology, sociology and education is advantageous.

Good communication skills, both written and interpersonal, are important. An understanding of statistics can also be useful.


100-level courses

UC offers a major and a minor in Human Resource Management as part of the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom). You can also study this subject as a minor within the Bachelor of Arts.

The first-year, 100-level courses required to be taken for a BCom majoring in HRM are as follows:

200-level and beyond

The compulsory second year courses for the Human Resource Management major are:

For the complete, three-year HRM major degree plan and minor courses, see the UC Business School website.

Career opportunities

UC graduates are found in every kind of organisation.

As a human resources practitioner, you may work primarily in human resources departments and consulting companies, both in New Zealand and overseas. HR professionals can choose a generalist career, or specialise in areas such as recruitment and retention, performance or talent management, staff pay and rewards, learning and development, performance, coaching, and organisational change.

Careers as management consultants are also possible and graduates, particularly those with postgraduate degrees, may find this path very rewarding.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Human Resource Management.

More information

Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship

Phone +64 3 369 3888

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Postal address
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Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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