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Students who commenced study in 2016 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Business and Economics.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

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Managing faculty

Business and Economics


Associate Professor Cathy Sheehan

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Course type

Graduate diploma

Standard duration

1 year FT, 2 years PT

Mode and location

On-campus (Caulfield)
Off-campus (Caulfield)


Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management


This course is designed for people who are working or intend to work in any area of management, with a particular interest in human resources. It covers the compulsory knowledge base of essential human resource management units and integrates theoretical concepts, research and examples of human resource management in practice. It also emphasises the strategic role of human resources and their contribution to organisational performance and examines key elements of human resource management.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will:

  1. be critical and creative scholars who:
    • produce innovative solutions to problems
    • apply research skills to business challenges
    • communicate effectively and perceptively
  2. be responsible and effective global citizens who:
    • engage in an internationalised world
    • exhibit cross-cultural competence
    • demonstrate ethical values
  3. 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
  4. have advanced knowledge to graduate diploma level in human resource management.


The course has two main components:

  • a set of core units in human resource management
  • four free electives.


Students must complete:

(a.) four core units (24 points) as follows:

(i.) three units (18 points):

  • MGX5551 Strategic human resource management
  • MGX5960 Managing people and organisations
  • MGX5985 Human resource management

(ii.) one of the following units (6 points):

  • MGF5610 People management and work in a global context
  • MGX5920 Work and employment relations

(b.) 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.

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

These units can be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( in the current edition of the handbook. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; postgraduate units are those that commence with the number 5. Students must be able to meet any unit prerequisites.

Progression to further studies

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management may be eligible for admission to course 2099 Master of Human Resource Management subject to satisfying the appropriate entry requirementsentry requirements (

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit the Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management early may apply to graduate with the 1679 Graduate Certificate in Business after successful completion of 24 points of study.