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Monash University

Master of Workplace and Industrial Relations

Course code: 0200 ~ Course abbreviation: MWplce&IndRels ~ Total credit points required: 72 ~ 1.5 years full-time,3 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Business and Economics

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Caulfield)

Course description

This course develops practitioner skills on a comprehensive analytical and conceptual basis. It is ideally suited for industrial relations and human resources practitioners and for managers. It focuses upon the workplace while making the necessary connections with the broader institutional and legal framework.

Course objectives

The learning goals associated with this course are to: evaluate leadership styles appropriate for application in industrial and workplace relations; acquire analytical skills in specialist areas of interest (via electives) that support workplace and industrial relations; evaluate conceptual and analytical frameworks underpinning the research on the management of people; interpret existing academic and industry-based research on workplace and industrial relations and related disciplinary areas

Course structure

Course requirements

(a) Students must complete six core units (36 points) as follows:

  • BTX9070 Labour relations law
  • MGX5080 Workplace negotiations
  • MGX5090 Strategic industrial and workplace relations management
  • MGX5160 Advocacy and bargaining
  • MGX9220 Industrial and workplace relations

plus one of the following units:

(b) students must complete six elective units (36 points) from 9000-level or 5000-level graduate units subject to the following conditions:

  • a maximum of two elective units (12 points) may be taken from other faculties
  • a Research option is available with permission of thecourse coordinator. Students enrolling in the research option will be required to complete the units MGX9290, MGX5901 and MGX5900 as part of their elective component.

Additional degree requirements:

  • students must study a minimum of four 5000-level units
  • students should complete three 9000-level units before commencing 5000-level units.

It is recommended that students consult with the course coordinator to ensure their elective units form a coherent study program.

Exit points

Students can exit early from this degree under the following conditions:

  • completion of four units - Graduate Certificate in Business
  • completion of eight units - Graduate Diploma in Workplace and Industrial Relations.

Contact details

Department of Management: telephone +61 3 9903 2807; email:

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Peter Gahan