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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Gain the skills employers seek

The BBS (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?

Human Resource Management (HRM) is the process of managing the relationship between people and the organisations they work in. It is a specialist function supporting 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?

A career in human resource management is about managing people effectively. 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.
You will also consult and advise managers and employees on areas like employment law, dispute resolution and employee engagement.

What will you study?

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.

World-leading teachers

When you study towards the BBS (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.

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.

Work closely with industry

Massey also 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.

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


A major in human resource management enables you to pursue a wide variety of career opportunities. For a career in this area it is very useful to get some general business experience to help you understand better how organisations work, so if you don’t initially work in HRM this can still work to your advantage in the long term.

If you do go straight into an HR team it is likely to be in a larger organisation. You may enter your career in a role such as an HR specialist or recruitment officer as part of a team. The next step would be an HR adviser-type role where you will give advice to and assist the HR manager.

Human resource skills are vital for management positions, so you may also quickly enter a management trainee programmes. Once you have some experience in roles such as the above, you may then move into positions such as a policy analyst, a recruitment consultant, workplace relations adviser or an HR manager or trainer.

The importance of human resources is exemplified by the presence of human resource managers as key members of the senior management team. There is an increasing demand for those with HRM qualifications and experience.

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