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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Business and Economics

Managing facultyBusiness and Economics
Abbreviated titleMHRM
CRICOS code031152E
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Off-campus (Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Graduate Student Office

Telephone: +61 3 9903 1400

Fax: +61 3 9903 1357


Course coordinator

Associate Professor Peter Holland


This course offers current and aspiring managers the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge and expertise in human resource management, with an emphasis on strategic issues. Students commence their studies with foundation units focusing on contemporary issues related to managing human resources, international and strategic human resource management issues, and industrial relations. Students then select units to suit their own interests and requirements by choosing from the wide range of elective units offered by the Department of Management and the Faculty of Business and Economics. The course involves the study of theoretical and research developments and analysis of contemporary examples of human resource management.


The Master of Human Resource Management aims to produce graduates who will:

(a.) be critical and creative scholars who:

  • produce innovative solutions to problems
  • apply research skills to business challenges
  • communicate effectively and perceptively

(b.) be responsible and effective global citizens who:

  • engage in an internationalised world
  • exhibit cross cultural competence
  • demonstrate ethical values

(c.) have a comprehensive understanding of their discipline and be able to provide discipline based solutions relevant to the business, professional and public policy communities we serve

(d.) have advanced knowledge to masters level in human resource management.

Research component

An optional research pathway is available.

Professional recognition

This degree is recognised by the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Professional recognition may be dependent upon work experience requirements and the correct choice of units. Details of educational requirements for professional recognition can be found at


The course structure has two main components:

  • a set of core units in human resource management
  • six open electives.


Students must complete:

(a.) five core units (30 points) as follows:

(i.) the following five units (30 points):

  • MGX5261 Human resource management issues
  • MGX5551 Strategic human resource management
  • MGX5631 International human resource management
  • MGX9600 Managing people and organisations
  • MGX9850 Human resource management

(b.) one of the following units (6 points)

  • MGX9220 Work and employment relations
  • MGX5610 Work and employment relations in a global context

(c.) two units (12 points) from the following list with at least one 5000-level unit:

(d.) a further four graduate-level units (24 points) subject to the following conditions:

  • a maximum of two elective units (12 points) may be taken from other faculties
  • students interested in pursuing PhD studies can choose the three-unit research report elective option.

Additional degree requirements

  • students can study a maximum of four 9000-level units (24 points)

Research report elective option

The research report option may provide an alternative pathway for students from a course work masters programs into a PhD program. The research report elective option consists of a three unit combination totalling 24 points, and comprises the following units:

  • MGX5000 Introductory management research methods (6 points)
  • MGX5900 Research report (12 points)
  • MGX5901 Research report (introduction) (6 points)

Students intending to enrol in the research report require permission. Students must have completed a minimum of 24 points of coursework study, including MGX5000 and achieved a minimum average of 70 per cent, to progress to the research report. Students should discuss this option with their course director prior to enrolling.

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

Progression to further studies

This degree may serve as a pathway to a higher degree by research. Students considering a research degree are advised to consult a course coordinator prior to making an application.

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit the Master of Human Resource Management early may apply to graduate with one of the following, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award:

  • Graduate Certificate in Business after successful completion of 24 points of study
  • Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management after successful completion of 48 points of study.


Master of Human Resource Management