B6006 - Master of Human Resource Management - 2017

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2017 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Business and Economics.

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

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title




Managing faculty

Business and Economics

Admission and fees


Course progression map

B6006 (pdf)

Course type

Master by coursework

Standard duration

1.5 years FT, 3 years PT

Students have a maximum of 5 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

On-campus (Caulfield)

Off-campus (Caulfield)


Master of Human Resource Management

Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate in Business

Graduate Diploma in Business

Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management

Refer to 'Alternative exits' entry below for further requirements and details.


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. Units ccan then be selected to suit students' 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.


These course outcomes are aligned the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).

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 master's level in human resource management.


The course is structured in two parts: Part A. Mastery knowledge and Part B. Application studies. All students complete Part A. Depending upon prior qualifications you may receive credit for Part B or a combination of the two.

Part A. Mastery knowledge

These units will develop your capacity as a critical and creative professional who is able to apply your knowledge of a specialisation to provide discipline-based solutions in human resource management.

Part B. Application studies

The focus of these studies is to develop a sound knowledge base and acquire a thorough understanding of the aspects of human resource management and apply them in business contexts.


The course comprises 72 points structured into two parts: Part A. Mastery knowledge (48 points) and Part B. Application studies (24 points).

  • Students admitted at entry level 1 complete 72 points, comprising Part A and Part B.
  • Students admitted at entry level 2 complete 48 points, comprising Part A.

Note: Students eligible for credit for prior studies may elect not to receive the credit and complete one of the higher credit-point options.

The course progression mapcourse progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2017handbooks/maps/map-b6006.pdf) will assist you to plan to meet the course requirements, and guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Part A. Mastery knowledge (48 points)

Students complete:

a. Six units (36 points):

  • MGF5261 Human resource management issues
  • MGF5551 Strategic human resource management
  • MGF5631 International human resource management
  • MGF5960 Managing people and organisations
  • MGF5985 Human resource management
  • MGF5920 Work and employment relations or MGF5610 People management and work in a global context

b. Two units (12 points) from the following:

Part B. Application studies (24 points)

Students complete either a. or b. below:

a. Four units (24 points) of elective units at either level 4 or 5 from the Faculty of Business and Economics or across the University so long as you have the pre-requisites and there are no restrictions on admission to the units

Units can be identified using the browse unitsbrowse units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/units/search) tool and indexes of unitsindexes of units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/units/) in the current edition of the Handbook. You may need permission from the owning faculty to enrol in some units taught by other faculties.

b. The research pathway (24 points):*

  • MGX4000 Introductory management research methods
  • MGX5901 Research report (introduction)
  • MGX5900 Research report (12 points)

* Students interested in enrolling in the research pathway require permission. Students must have completed a minimum of 24 points, including MGX4000, and achieved a minimum distinction average (70 per cent) to progress to the research report.

Alternative exits

Students may exit this course early and apply to graduate with one of the following awards, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award during their enrolment in this master's course:

  • Graduate Certificate in Business after successful completion of 24 credit points of study with a minimum of 18 credit points at level 4 or above
  • Graduate Diploma in Business after successful completion of 48 credit points of study with a minimum of 36 credit points at level 4 or above
  • Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management after successful completion of 48 credit points of study, including all the requirements for that course, with a minimum of 36 credit points at level 4 or above.

Progression to further studies

Students entering at entry levels 1 can choose to complete a research pathway (24 points) that will provide a pathway to a higher degree by research. Students entering at entry level 2 will normally already have an honours degree, however, students in this group who wish to complete a research thesis in human resource management should discuss the option with the course coordinator.