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Human Resources Major (MCom)

Postgraduate Major


Human Resources Major (MCom)


Increase your human resources knowledge and personal and professional skills for careers in complex and changeable organisational environments, locally and globally.

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Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). Graduates may be eligible to apply for AHRI membership.

Broad career options

Switch to a new career in human resources by studying this course.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021.

This major enables working professionals without experience in human resources management to gain expertise and professional competencies in areas of the HR management continuum.

It is particularly suited to human resource managers and employment-relations professionals and consultants who are interested in optimising workplace performance and engagement through macro- and micro-based negotiation, comparative global human resource management and employment relations, and HR analytics and research.

The course comprises in-class learning, collaborative projects and guided independent research. Topics include:

  • building high-performing teams
  • remuneration and performance
  • strategic HR planning
  • HR analytics
  • employment relations
  • health and safety management.

This major sits within the Master of Commerce. To apply for this major, apply for the Master of Commerce.

Note: If you are an HR professional with substantial industry experience and are seeking a more specialised qualification, apply for our Master of Human Resources, which offers two options that cater to different levels of experience:

  1. Complete a 7-unit master degree in one year: If you are an HR professional with a relevant undergraduate degree (human resources, law, management or a related field) AND three years’ work experience, you can complete our 7-unit Master of Human Resources in just one year of full-time study.
  2. Complete a 12-unit master degree in 18 months: If you have either a relevant undergraduate degree OR three years’ relevant work experience, you can complete our 12-unit Master of Human Resources in 18 months of full-time study.

Why study

  • This course offers professional staff without experience in human resource management with new competencies for optimising workplace performance
  • The demand for skilled HR professionals is evidenced by government employment projections, which indicate that jobs for HR professionals will increase by almost 16% by May 2024.
  • This course offers flexible learning in a mix of online and intensive study modes. It includes units shared with Curtin’s MBA and delivered at Curtin Perth City – providing opportunities to easily expand your professional networks.
  • You’ll benefit from our staff’s strong links with industry and from our internationally recognised research expertise in human resource management, employment relations and management in general.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) and graduates are eligible to apply for AHRI membership.

Career information


  • Human resource or employment relations manager
  • Human resource advisor or business partner
  • Management consultant
  • Policy and planning manager
  • Human capital consultant
  • Organisational development professional
  • Employment relations advisor
  • Industrial officer


  • Corporate and retail
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Resources and energy 
  • Government and non-profit.

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Webform: Submit here

Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Master of Commerce degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

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  • Curtin course code: MJRP-HRCOM
  • Last updated on: 17/08/2022