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January, April, July, September

3 year(s) full-time


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10 - 15 hours per week per course

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Degree overview

  • Discover how to strategically align human capital with business objectives.

  • Focus on core HR areas including recruitment, learning and development, workforce planning, work health and safety, employee performance management and motivation.

  • Develop analytical data skills using a variety of business tools and technologies that assist decision making in all facets of HR.

  • Explore current and emerging workplace challenges through curriculum informed by the Centre for Workplace Excellence (CWeX).

  • This degree is accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). It is also recognised by the world’s largest HRM body, based in the United States – the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

  • UniSA Business School is in the top one per cent worldwide1 and has been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the QS Stars Ratings 2018.

  • Ranked in the Top 10 nationally for Business and Economics2

1UniSA Business School is one of just nine institutions in the country and 176 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are a total pool of 16,585 business schools worldwide, AACSB, May 2017. 22019 THE Subject Rankings.



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, plan your study to fit around your life, view learning resources 24/7, and log into the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.

Successful HR professionals are business strategists, coaches and mentors who have exceptional people skills and a passion for working with others. As part of this degree, you'll develop the skills and knowledge to manage people in order to achieve positive outcomes. From recruitment, training and development, and workforce planning to work health and safety, and employee performance management, you'll explore all facets of HR. 

While it’s important to have a broad understanding of core HR areas, employers look for people who can think of the bigger picture too. In this degree, you'll learn strategic HR management where you'll explore the importance of aligning HR plans with organisational objectives - a priority for organisations who wish to gain an advantage in today's competitive business landscape.

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

Degree structure

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

First year
UO Business and Society (BUSS 1067) , Note(s): 2,3
UO Accounting for Business (ACCT 1011) , Note(s): 2,3
UO Business Law (LAWS 1019) , Note(s): 2,3
UO Quantitative Methods for Business (MATH 1075) , Note(s): 2,3
, Note(s): 1,3
UO Principles of Economics (ECON 1010) , Note(s): 2,3
Second year
UO Business Intelligence (INFS 2038) , Note(s): 2,3
UO Management and Organisation (BUSS 2081) , Note(s): 2,3
UO Employment Law (COML 2019)
Third year
, Rule(s): 3
, Rule(s): 3
, Rule(s): 3

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 HR industry body1, this degree will prepare you for a professional career in a global environment. You'll develop an understanding of management systems and leadership skills in an international context.

Course content is informed by the Centre for Workplace Excellence (CWeX), a world-class research centre at the forefront of current and future workplace challenges. With extensive industry connections and partnerships right around the world, you’ll be learning the latest in HR research and practice and will explore emerging trends in areas like work-life balance, diversity or performance appraisal.

Employers look for graduates who can apply theory to real industry challenges. While you're studying, you'll be able to harness and apply what you've learned immediately into your workplace. 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.

1Recognised by the world’s largest HRM body, based in the United States, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Your career


It’s an exciting time to join the HR industry. As a HR professional, you’ll play a crucial role in bringing innovation and achieving business objectives. HR is an extremely rewarding career for people who enjoy seeing the impact they’ve made on the success of the business, and on the lives of the people within it.

There are a diverse range of opportunities found across all sectors, mainly in medium-to-large companies including banks, retail, construction to not-for-profits and government departments. Many organisations also choose to outsource their HR processes, making recruitment consultancies another source of employment.

A UniSA Online Business degree can help you pursue the following careers:

  • Human resources adviser:
    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 resources manager:
    plan, administer and review activities concerned with staff selection, training and development, conditions of employment and other staffing issues within an organisation.
  • 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 adviser:
    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.
  • Change management adviser:
    develop and execute organisation wide change management strategies; create change impact assessments and workforce transition action plans; develop internal change communication plans.
  • Industrial relations consultant:                                                                                                                                                                                    provide advice and support on a range of employment and industrial relations issues including legislative interpretation, dispute resolution, policy development, union relationships and enterprise agreement matters.
  • Workforce planning adviser:
    provide strategic advice on workforce issues including staffing plans and staffing budgets, work schedules, recruitment, job fulfilment and employee training programs; collect and analyse data to assess future needs and improve business operations.
  • Work health and safety consultant:
    support the development of WHS 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.

Learn about your career in HR >

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.

This program has been acknowledged by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) as being aligned with its recommended requirements for HR degrees as outlined in the SHRM HR Curriculum Guidebook and templates. UniSA is one of 323 educational institutions throughout the world that have been acknowledged by SHRM to define HR education standards taught in university business schools. Recognition from this internationally acclaimed HRM professional body signifies to employers that the contents of the program equip our graduates with the HRM competences required to work in a global environment.

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, April, June and September
  • Learn in 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
  • 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, UniSA undergraduates studying online have graduate employment rates well above the national average1.

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.

 1Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017

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

Our Student Advisers will be an important part of your student journey – they’ll help you enrol, discuss your study goals, communication preferences, and will be your first point of call for all your general study questions. They’ll link you to an extensive range of support services and resources across the University and will help schedule appointments with specialised services if required.

Online tutor support seven days a week

Our tutors provide highly personalised support tailored to your needs. Along with guidance on assignments, they’ll provide advice on writing and referencing. If you have a question related to your course, you can expect to receive a response within 24 hours. Tutors are available seven days a week, including weeknights.

24/7 tech support

Our IT Help Desk is available 24/7 to provide assistance with your computer set up, student email, software requirements and other UniSA apps and student applications. You’ll be able to get support no matter what time it is.

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

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)
  • Some UniSA Online degrees require an online exam. The online exam software – Remote Proctor Now – has specific capability requirements. Please refer to the system requirements prior to conducting your exam to ensure your computer is compatible.

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.

Online Course Facilitator

I have worked in ancillary HR roles in both the private and public sector which has provided me with extensive HR experience. I look forward to sharing my knowledge gained in senior advisory and consultant roles in workers compensation, work health and safety, conflict resolution and industrial relations.

I am committed to collaborative teaching and learning, particularly in the online environment – and I am confident that our HR graduates will come out with skills that the industry is looking for.

Lydia Richards

Online Course Facilitator

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Portrait image for Lydia Richards

Lydia Richards

Online Course Facilitator


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 continue your application, save it for later or request a call back from a Degree Adviser if you have any questions.

  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.

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