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Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management and Employment Relations)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Major name changed from Human Resource Management 2017
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

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Entry requirements

There are no special entry requirements for the human resource management and employment relations programme beyond those that qualify you for study at Massey University. However, competence in English is essential. If you are not confident in this subject we recommend that you undertake additional study prior to enrolling, or attend a Massey University summer programme in English.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management and Employment Relations) structure

In 2017 changes were made to the Bachelor of Business Studies qualification (now the Bachelor of Business). The course structure presented below therefore applies from 2017 regulations onwards. The BBus majoring in Human Resource Management & Employment Relations has a total of 360 credits.

  • Core business courses totalling 120 credits
  • Human Resource Management & Employment Relations major totalling 120 credits
  • Elective courses totalling 120 credits

In order to widen your choice of courses, or to fit in with your other commitments, you may opt for a mix of internal and distance courses.


To qualify with a Bachelor of Business majoring in human resource management and employment relations you will need to pass a total of 360 credits consisting of the following:

Core business courses

Core courses are compulsory. These are courses which cover topics across the business spectrum. They are designed to give you the leadership, communication and solid business skills that you will need in your career. See main Bachelor of Business webpages for information on core courses

Human Resource Management and Employment Relations major courses

Compulsory courses (105 credits)
114.240 Organisational Behaviour
114.241 Principles of Human Resources Management
114.254 Employment Relations
114.330 Equity and Diversity in the Workplace
114.331 Contemporary HRM and Employment Relations
114.332 Decent Work
114.396 Strategic Human Resource Management

Compulsory capstone course (15 credits)
152.399 Integrative Management

Subject courses
115.388 Internship in Business
115.389 Business Internship

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search


  • Part time students should study course 114.241 early as it is a required prerequisite for some 300-level courses
  • 152.399 is a capstone course, which means it is designed to be taken in your last year of study. It relies on you having completed first and second year courses and ties your learning together

Elective courses

Elective courses can be chosen from any area of study that interests you, as long as it fits with the timetabling for the courses you need to take to complete your Bachelor of Business. We do encourage you to take 157.150 Information Systems early in your studies. This will help you develop skills that will be useful throughout your degree. It is also useful for this major to take a non-business elective course to give you exposure to other disciplines

English language electives

If English is not your first language and you would like to increase your confidence in academic English we recommend you incorporate one of both of these programmes as electives;

  • 192.101 English for Academic Purposes for Speakers of Other Languages
  • 192.102 Academic Writing in English for Speakers of Other Languages

Minor Requirements

A minor consists of 60 credits in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations; including 114.241, 114.254, 114.396 and either 114.331 or 114.332.

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