Human Resource Management
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Human Resource Management (HRM) is the science of people and organisations. It is about attracting, developing, and managing staff, to create high-performing workplaces where people want to give their best.
The HRM programme aims to create leaders who shape the way people act in organisations. It covers topics such as team leadership, communication, leading change, sustainability, and learning and development.
- HRM is taught by staff from around the world, who bring their experience into classes.
- The learning is innovative, using new, engaging ways to equip you with leading knowledge and skills.
- The courses involve applied assignments and activities that address real-world business issues.
- Our close links with the local business allow you to learn from experienced leaders.
- Students can work on consulting projects dealing with current challenges in a variety of industries.
- Our programme links with the competencies required for becoming a professional HR practitioner in the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRNZ).
- UC is ranked 282nd in the world for Social Sciences and Management (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021).
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 management) as well as a general interest in business, is advantageous.
Good communication skills, both written and interpersonal, are important. An understanding of statistics can also be useful.
Human Resource Management major
For the major in the Bachelor of Commerce, complete the following courses:
- MGMT 206 Organisational Behaviour
- MGMT 207 Principles of Human Resources Management
- MGMT 230 Business, Society and the Environment
- MGMT 301 Leading Change and Innovation
- MGMT 303 Leading and Managing People: Essential Employment Frameworks
- MGMT 308 Advanced Human Resource Management
- One of these optional courses
For the complete three-year Human Resource Management major degree plan, see Te Kura Umanga | UC Business School website.
Human Resource Management minor
For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability, Bachelor of Sport Coaching, or Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:
UC graduates are found in every kind of organisation.
As a human resources practitioner, you may work primarily in human resources teams and consulting companies, both in Aotearoa 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.
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