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January, April, June, September

3 year(s) full-time


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10 - 15 hours per week per course

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Key features

  • Develop an understanding of effective management systems and leadership skills in a global context.
  • Focus on people management – recruitment, training, performance and retention.
  • Accredited by the Australian Human Resource Institute, the professional body for Australian practitioners.
  • No need to come on campus, all assessments are 100% online.
  • Curriculum is informed by the Centre for Workplace Excellence (CWeX), a world-class research centre at the forefront of current and future workplace challenges.
  • Course content is available from the start of the term, so you can control your own study timetable.
  • The UniSA Business School is ranked in the top one per cent worldwide1 and awarded five-Stars in the QS Stars Business School Rankings 20172.

1 The UniSA Business School is one of 174 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are estimated 16,521 Business Schools worldwide, AACSB, May 2017. 2 2018 QS Stars Ratings.



Study on demand – a 100% online HR degree designed specifically for online learning. Take full control over your study - access support seven days a week, engage with content from day one of your course, view learning resources 24/7, and log into the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.

People are an important asset to the success of any organisation. Human Resource Management (HRM) plays a leading role in developing leadership, workplace culture and the health and wellbeing of employees.

If you’re seeking a successful career as a HR professional, this degree will give you the skills and knowledge you need to achieve your career goals. You’ll explore current industry practices and focus on people management – recruitment, training, performance and retention.

As a UniSA graduate, you’ll be equipped with a strong understanding of management systems and leadership skills in an international context.

Study Human Resource Management on Demand

Dr Gerry Treuren, Senior Lecturer: School of Management and Josh Cramp, Online Educaitonal Designer: UniSA Online give an insight into what the HR Management degree is about, and how the degree has been designed to suit busy adults on the go.

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Why Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)

Why this Degree

Recognised by the world’s largest human resource professional society1, this degree will prepare you for a career in a global environment. You will develop an understanding of management systems and leadership skills in an international context.

We have extensive industry connections and partnerships right around the world. These connections enable us to design curriculum that reflects the latest in HRM research and practice.

For example, many of our researchers and academic staff are involved with the Centre for Workplace Excellence (CWeX). This vibrant centre is at the global forefront of research into current and future workplace challenges.

Employers look for graduates who can apply theory to real-world challenges – this degree gives you the opportunity to harness your new skills and apply what you’ve learned immediately into your everyday life.

You will graduate with an internationally recognised degree. UniSA HR graduates have gone on to roles in Australian and international companies including BHP Billiton, Coca Cola Amatil, BAE, Santos, Ernst and Young and Qantas.

1 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Your career


Between now and 2020, employment in human resources in Australia is expected to increase by: 

  • 3,200 jobs for human resource and training professionals (or 3.7 per cent)
  • 3,200 jobs for human resource professionals (or 5.4 per cent)
  • 6,000 jobs for human resource managers (or 12.6 per cent)1

Careers to consider: 

  • recruitment consultant: work on behalf of companies to source candidates for job vacancies; analyse and understand job specifications; conduct keyword searches on internal recruitment databases, assess CVs online using various job websites, or actively ‘headhunt’ senior professionals through independent research. 
  • learning and development officer: liaise with managers and interview employees to identify and assess training and development needs; deliver and oversee training; monitor progress made through training programs; design training programs.
  • human resources administrator: recruit, train and develop staff; approve job descriptions and advertisements; advise on employment law and organisational policies and procedures; negotiate salaries, contracts, working conditions or redundancy packages. 
  • human resource manager: plan, administer and review activities concerned with staff selection, training and development, conditions of employment and other staffing issues within an organisation.
  • occupational health, safety and welfare officer: support the development of OHS policies and programs; advise and instruct on various safety-related topics; conduct risk assessment and enforce preventative measures; review existing policies and update according to legislation; organise WHS training

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


Professional accreditation

Graduates satisfy the requirements for Professional membership of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). The program has been evaluated and accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute. Recognition from this HR professional body signifies to employers that the contents of the program equips our graduates with the AHRI Model of Excellence capabilities to deal with the full range and complexity of tasks inherent in the profession of HRM.

Study On Demand

Our online career-focused degrees give you full control and ultimate flexibility over your study. It’s Study On Demand, on your schedule, on your terms.

  • 100% online - no need to come onto campus
  • Four start dates in January, March, June and September
  • Learn in bite-sized 10-week blocks
  • 24/7 access to learning resources
  • Online student support services seven days a week
  • All content available from the start of your course
  • Flexible around your life
  • Plan your study schedule ahead of time
  • One minute online credit check

Why UniSA Online?

Student services

Our graduates get jobs

You will be studying with a university known for its employment outcomes. Your UniSA degree is more than just a piece of paper – it will prepare you to start your career, or take it to the next level. In fact, we’re ranked in the top ten in Australia for online students who find full time employment1.

Specifically designed for online learning

Our team of academic and online experts have created interactive and media-rich course material using innovative digital technology and state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources. Every degree has been specifically designed for online learning to ensure you graduate with the skills and knowledge for your future career.

Backed by industry

Every UniSA Online degree is overseen by an experienced industry advisory board. We've also consulted with industry experts with a wealth of experience to design course content that reflects the most cutting-edge developments in your field. Our industry connections will enrich your online study experience - you'll be presented with industry problems that real organisations face. You'll also gain the skills and knowledge that industry are telling us they need in graduates.

Expand your professional network from wherever you are

Online study doesn’t mean studying on your own. You’ll connect with a community of other like-minded students – you’ll be able to share, debate and collaborate ideas through virtual classrooms, online chat, video conferencing, and online communication tools.

 12015 Department of Education reported data

Student support

Student services

Studying can be challenging, especially when you’re also juggling work and other life commitments. You’re not studying 9-5, Monday to Friday, which is why we provide personalised, extended hour support services – including on weekends – so you can get help when you need it. 

Dedicated Student Adviser support to help with your studies

Every UniSA Online student will have have access to dedicated support by our Student Adviser team, who have specific knowledge about the degree you're enrolled in. It’s what makes the UniSA Online study experience unique from other online providers. You can be confident that by studying with UniSA Online, you’ll be supported by people who genuinely care about your success.

Online tutor support seven days a week

UniSA Online tutors are available to answer your questions seven days a week – even on week nights. Our tutors specialise in online teaching, and will provide highly personalised support tailored to your needs. They’ll provide guidance on your assignments, as well as provide advice on writing and referencing. If you’ve got a question related to your course, you can expect to receive a response in 24 hours.

24/7 tech support

You don’t need to be a tech expert to study online. Our IT Help Desk are on available 24/7 to provide assistance with your computer set up, connection to UniSA wireless, student email and other UniSA Apps and student applications. You’ll be able to get support via a range of channels including online enquiry, email and phone.

24/7 digital environment

Our interactive online environment is a one-stop-shop for all your study needs. You’ll be able to track your progress through the student dashboard, plan your study schedule, receive reminders on due dates for tasks and assessments, as well as collaborate and network with a community of other like-minded students.

Using innovative technology in online education, your study experience will be highly personalised based on your learning activities throughout your degree. Just like your own personal study coach, you’ll get tailored feedback to enhance your learning outcomes and ensure you’re successful in your studies.

Student services

What others are saying

"After working in the manufacturing industry for 11 years, I decided to embark on a career change and study human resource management at the UniSA Business School. Completing my degree online gave me the flexibility I needed to learn in my own time without interfering with my work/life balance. It was a great option as a father of 2 children, working-full time."

Joel Beauchesne

Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)


Joel Beauchesne

Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)

Industry facts


Employment for human resource and training professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 3,200 by November 20201.

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


By 2020 employment for human resource managers in Australia is predicted to increase by 6,000 (12.6 per cent)1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


32.6 per cent of Human Resource Managers have a Bachelor degree1.

1Occupational Bulletin: Human Resource Managers, Job Outlook

What you'll learn

What you Learn

The degree starts with core courses in business theory. These will give you a solid grasp of business fundamentals such as international business; economics and accounting; business operations and intelligence.

In your Human Resource Management specialisation you’ll focus on people management – recruitment, training, performance and retention. You’ll develop technical, analytical and practical skills in areas such as:

  • recruitment and selection
  • performance management
  • employee compensation
  • job design and analysis
  • workplace health and safety
  • industrial relations

Study hours

Studying 100% online means you can engage with course materials at your own pace, whenever it suits you – there is no need to be online at a particular time. It’s flexible around your life so you can control your study schedule week by week. As a general rule, we recommend 10 to 15 hours of study a week for each course.

We have some great tools that will help you organise your study schedule. Your personalised learning planner allows you to keep on top of assessments and study workload while managing work and personal commitments.



All assessments, including exams (if required) are 100% online, meaning you’ll never need to travel to submit an assignment or find an exam venue.

Some of your assessments may include:

  • an industry-relevant project
  • an online presentation
  • essays and reports

What courses you'll study

Please note, courses may not be displayed in order of study.

Year 1
UO Business Law (LAWS 1019)
, Note(s): 1,2
Year 3
, Note(s): 1
, Note(s): 1
, Note(s): 1

IT Requirements

As a general rule of thumb, any desktop or laptop computer purchased in the past three years should be capable of meeting your online learning needs. While mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones will be able to access most of your online course content, there are likely to be elements of most courses where we recommend you use a desktop or laptop computer. Your computer should be able to:

  • run a modern browser (Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 24, Safari 5, or Chrome 32 or later versions)
  • run Java, and in some cases Flash (devices running on Apple's iOS operating system, such as iPads, iPhones, do not run Flash)
  • run programs to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • use a web camera and headset (or ear pods with microphone)

Access free IT software and resources

As a UniSA Online student, you'll:

  • Get free access to the full Office 365 ProPlus suite, which includes full versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access and Lync software. Install the full suite on up to five different devices (PC and Mac compatible). 
  • Get 1Tb of personal storage that syncs with your PC or mobile device through OneDrive - it's like an extra hard drive that allows you to open any of your files from any of your devices, whenever you need them. 
  • Get free access to - Access more than 5000 video courses on a broad range of topics such as: the Microsoft Office suite, time management and study skills, health and wellbeing, communication and presentation skills, photography, film making and designing your own games or mobile apps.
  • Be able to connect with others using Skype for Business, Yammer and the Outlook Web App.

There are some degrees that have specialised software requirements. We've made this software available to students to access for free - you'll be able to download and install any of the required programs on your own device anywhere and anytime. See if your degree requires specialised software.

Check your device

Our computer system test will determine if your device has the base system resources and software required to study online. It'll also check the speed of your internet connection.

See if your computer, laptop or device is all set up and ready to go – it takes just a few seconds.

How to apply

The application process is easy – just follow these simple steps:

  1. Check your eligibility
    Take our eligibility checker and answer a few short questions to see if you’re eligible. You’ll be given an option to request a call back, continue your application or save it for later.

  2. Receive your conditional offer
    Once you complete the eligibility checker, you’ll receive an email with your conditional offer to start studying with UnISA Online. It will have all the information you need to complete your application.

  3. Complete your application and send through your documents
    In order to proceed with your conditional offer, you’ll need to complete your application and provide required evidence of your previous study or work experience.

That’s it! Once you hit submit, your application will be assessed within three business days.

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