Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) (BBus(HRM))

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Subject to CUAP approval
  • Available for international Students studying in NZ or via distance learning
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Gain the skills employers seek

The Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) will give you the theoretical and practical skills you need to have a successful career in human resource management.

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What is it like?

When you study the Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) you’ll look at how employees are recruited and selected and how work is designed and measured so that an organisation can create value from its employees.

Human resource management is the process of managing the relationship between people and the organisations they work in. It is a specialist function that supports organisations and their employees at both strategic and operational levels. An understanding of HRM is also of benefit to anyone with responsibilities for managing people.

What does an HR professional do?

Human resource management is about managing people effectively within businesses, corporations and other organisations. You will work to place people in positions where their skills and abilities can be most effectively used to help the organisation meet its business goals. At the same time you will help create work environments which are healthy and rewarding for employees. Not only so they contribute to the organisation, but so they can satisfy their own personal and career needs. This is vital for any organisation wanting to retain a sustained competitive edge.

What will you study?

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

Learn from leading business experts

The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools - it is ranked among the top two per cent of business schools globally and is AACSB accredited.

Massey University’s business and management programme has been ranked in the top 200 universities in the world by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds). Our lecturers are actively researching, bringing the most relevant developments in business theory and practice to your study.

The skills employers seek

The study of human resource management at Massey gives you a good grounding in the theory of HRM, but also a practical insight into the reality of the business world. Your courses have a significant practical component, with assignments, case studies and other projects involving working with or examining local as well as overseas businesses.

We’ll also assist you to develop networks which will help you in gaining a position when you graduate.

The Bachelor of Business will give you the leadership, communication and critical thinking skills that will make you a sought-after employee.

The Bachelor of Business will give you many skills you can use in many different types of businesses, in New Zealand and around the world. You will be someone that has a sound base in the business fundamentals of accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, law and communication.

World-leading teachers

When you study towards the Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) at Massey University, you’ll become part of one of the largest and most highly-respected management schools in New Zealand. Your teachers are world-leading experts, who have their own experience in the industry.

The importance Massey University places on human resources is reflected in our focus on research programmes, such as the Massey People, Organisation, Work and Employment Research (MPOWER) Group which drives collaboration between human resource professionals, academics and other stakeholders.Work closely with industry.

We will assist you to develop networks that will help you in gaining a position when you graduate. Massey has close connections with the main industry body in New Zealand - the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ). As a student this means you will hear about the latest developments in HRM from expert speakers and meet local branch members (and potential employers!).

Take advantage of technology

Whether it is the use of video lecture theatre to connect up with your fellow students or lecturers on another campus - technology will be an integral part of your study at Massey. We work to ensure that whether you are studying on a campus, or via our extensive distance learning programme you will be able to take advantage of the latest systems and technology.


There are a large number of scholarships available to first year and current Massey University business students including hardship and sports-related scholarships.

Our Future Leaders Scholarship is a prestigious scholarship to recognise emerging leaders enrolling in full-time business and agricommerce programmes at Massey University.

A good fit if you:

  • Have good written and oral communication skills
  • Thrive on the challenge of learning new things
  • Would like a career helping others utilise their skills and abilities
  • Are interested in how organisations work
Brooke Arter
Bachelor of Business Studies (Business Information System and Human Resources)
Graduated in 2015

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Massey University; my experience far exceeded my expectations…”

I was already working (as a Senior Customer Services Officer at ASB - and HR was an area that had always interested me. It became evident that a degree was almost essential to be considered for a role in the industry. I spoke to my managers, the course advisors at Massey and a careers counsellor. They all confirmed that I would enjoy and even excel at a role in HR!

I chose Massey because of its reputation and I really liked the Auckland campus, which was very accessible for me. I had a great experience, making lifelong friends with my class mates and lecturers.

It’s really important to make the most of your studies and take advantage of all opportunities, While I was studying I took part an internship programme and was placed with Drake New Zealand a recruitment and talent management company. In connection with this I had the opportunity to present at Massey’s Business Boot Camp and Human Resources Institute of New Zealand work choice day event. I was also selected to participate in Massey’s ACE programme (Achieving Career Excellence). As a result of this I got to attend the HR Game Changer Conference for free. I also made the Deans list in 2013 and 2014 and graduated as a Massey Scholar.

I enjoyed studying very much. The internship presented some great opportunities to network and get involved in some fun events. I have made very valuable connections with professionals within a wide variety of professions and industries.

Today I am working as an HR Administrator for Mitre 10 MEGA. My role has a very wide scope covering different facets of HR such as recruitment, training & development, and health & safety.

Mitre 10 has some very exciting prospects for expansion. I am working towards gaining as much experience as I can to open up as many opportunities as possible.


A major in human resource management enables you to pursue a wide variety of career opportunities. New graduates might take up a generalist human resources position in a private company, or in the public sector. Past graduates have become consultants, policy analysts for government and entered management trainee programmes.

There is increasing emphasis on human resource management by top management in New Zealand organisations. More organisations now have a human resource manager as a key member of the senior management team.

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

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