Bachelor of Business Studies (Human Resource Management) (BBS(HRM))

Key facts

  • Available at Albany
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Equivalent to 3 years of full-time study
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New Zealand’s most comprehensive HR teaching programme

We offer New Zealand’s most comprehensive teaching programme in human resource management.

What is it like?

Human Resource Management (HRM) is the process of managing people within organisations. You’ll get to understand the importance of managing people effectively. Not only so they contribute to the organisation they work for, but so they can satisfy their own personal and career needs. These things are vital for any organisation wanting to retain a competitive edge.

When you study towards a the BBS (Human Resource Management), you’ll become part of one of the largest and most highly-respected management schools in New Zealand. We offer New Zealand’s most comprehensive teaching programme in human resource management and you’ll have access to our world-leading experts.

The importance we place in this area is reflected in our focus on research programmes, such as the MPOWER research and collaboration hub for human resource professionals and academics.

What will you study?

You’ll learn how employees are recruited and selected and investigate how work is designed and measured so an organisation can create value from its employees.

In your human resource management major you can take papers in human resource development, human resource management, employment relations, employment law, equality and diversity in the workplace, management development, current issues and organisational behaviour.

With this course of study you’ll combine these skills and techniques with a framework of theoretical content. This combination of theory and practice lets you evaluate ideas and relate them to your own experience, and to the activities that take place in organisations.

You’ll study current examples of human resource management in the workplace and we’ll assist you to develop networks which will help you in gaining a position when you graduate.

Growing demand for your skills

The people in an organisation are what give that organisation a competitive edge. Consequently, there is a growing demand for those who have the skills to understand and manage the human side of organisations.

.If you are interested in how an organisation works, and how you can help people, and the company work better together, this qualification is for you.

A good fit if you:

  • Enjoy meeting and talking to new people
  • Are interested in how organisations work
  • Enjoy working in a team


Top management in New Zealand organisations increasingly emphasises human resource management. More organisations now have a human resource manager as a key member of the senior management team.

At a practical level, a major in Human Resource Management enables you to pursue a wide variety of career opportunities. New graduates may take up a generalist human resource position in a private company or in the public sector. Past graduates have become consultants in HRM, policy analysts for government. Human resource skills are vital for management positions, so you may also quickly enter a management trainee programmes. Some examples of careers are:

  • Human resources adviser
  • Policy analyst
  • Management trainees
  • Recruitment consultant
  • Trainer
  • Workplace relations adviser
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