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Many organisations say, “our people are our greatest asset”. Human Resources helps take this statement from aspiration to reality.

This major focuses on all aspects of people management. It will help you develop an understanding of motivation at work, how HR functions identify talent to match the needs of the business, and how organisations ensure that employees gain competence required for their roles. 

You'll study topics including employment relations and workplace conflict, selection and recruitment, organisational change, performance management and leadership.

This major covers Australian and international industrial relations and the legal, ethical and evidence-based approaches that underpin decisions about people and stakeholders in organisations. You’ll also develop skills in communication and contract negotiation. 

This major will prepare you for a career as an HR manager or consultant in a huge range of industries, designing interventions to support productivity, change or growth, leading (global) teams, and partnering with senior executives to provide advice to boards.

Highlights

2 in Australia for business and economics

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

55 in the world for business and economics

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Human resources adviser
  • Human resources manager
  • Recruitment consultant
  • Health and safety adviser
  • Employee relations specialist
  • Capability manager
  • Talent acquisition adviser
  • Leadership development coordinator

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Seminars

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Employment Relations
  • Leading & Managing People
  • Managing Workplace Conflict
  • Organisational Design & Change Management

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Read program rules (PDF)

In Semester 1, 2021, we'll be teaching courses on campus and online. Delivery modes vary for each course and may change in future semesters.

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