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Degree structure

Degree details


  • Demonstrate a contemporary understanding of existing and emerging ER issues, processes, legal frameworks and strategic approaches in diverse organisational contexts.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and theory that underpin research within the ER discipline.


  • Demonstrate the ability to obtain, analyse and interpret data relevant to ER issues in evolving organisational  contexts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to exercise judgement under minimal supervision to recommend appropriate solutions for evolving ER tasks in diverse contexts and to diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyse and evaluate relevant ethical, legal and social considerations in an impartial way for routine and evolving ER issues.   
  • Demonstrate the ability to justify, interpret and communicate diverse ER ideas in a broad set of personal and group contexts.


  • Demonstrate the ability to apply a broad and coherent knowledge of foundational and contemporary ER theories, concepts, practical principles and processes in diverse local and international contexts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply ER knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations and in professional practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to autonomously plan and execute an applied ER research-based project to investigate and solve relevant ER problems. 

Career objectives

This degree will enable students to develop a general understanding of the employment relations environment, including theoretical and practical knowledge regarding:

  • The people and institutions in employment relations (employees, employers, employer associations, unions, government organisations and other bodies)
  • The processes used by those participants in negotiating and reaching decisions and the outcomes that arise
  • The contribution of Employment Relations to organisations and society as a whole
  • The political, economic and social context in which ER is practised.

Higher education

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Employment Relations program, a student must:

  • hold a related bachelor degree (or higher) from a recognised University (or another tertiary institution of equivalent standing) with a minimum GPA of 4.0 (using a 7.0 scale), or
  • hold a Graduate Certificate in Employment Relations or Human Resource Management, or equivalent qualification in a related field from a recognised University (or another tertiary education institution of equivalent standing) with a minimum GPA of 4.0 (using a 7.0 scale). These students may be eligible for 40 credit points Advanced Standing as determined by the Program Director.
  • have a combination of alternative admission criteria such as formal, informal and non-formal learning deemed to be equivalent to either of the above.

English Proficiency Requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to these programs are as follows:

  • A minimum score of 580 on TOEFL
  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no score less than 19)
  • OR a minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0
  • OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • OR a minimum score of 61 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with a minimum of 54 in all Communicative Skills.

English test results must be no more than two years old.

The Graduate Certificate in Employment Relations or Human Resources will articulate into the Master of Employment Relations. Students will be awarded credit towards the Masters degree.

Credit may be awarded for study undertaken at another tertiary institution and students are encouraged to contact the Course Convenor for further information.

Please note: There have been changes to the subject codes in this program. Please refer to the Recommended Study Pattern for more information.

The Employment Relations course will develop and deepen a student’s understanding of key policy formulation, negotiation and implementation matters pertaining to the employment relationship in dynamic contexts. It encompasses workplace and institutional practices and strategies, employment law, negotiation and dispute resolution, managing equity and diversity, workplace health and safety, managing rewards and performance and employment relations strategy. The degree is designed to provide students with in-depth current knowledge of employment relations and the capacity to use that knowledge.

Graduates may be responsible for helping formulate policy and its implementation in the context of changing international, national and industry based employment practices. Graduates may work in both human resource management and employment relations. Graduates may also assume advisory and consultant positions, industrial officer and organiser positions in employer associations, employment relations consulting firms and unions.

Recommended Study Pattern

Students are strongly urged to enrol in EHR710 Australian Employment Relations (Previously IRL100) in their first Session. Students commencing in Session 2 should contact the Degree Director for advice.

Award Requirements

To qualify for the award of Master of Employment Relations a student must complete twelve subjects (120 credit points).

From 2016 the maximum period for completing this program is 4 years.

When you have completed your final session of study, OUA students should notify Griffith University of their intention to graduate with the award of Master of Employment Relations. Please contact Griffith (OUA) Services on oua-services@griffith.edu.au.

Changes in 2017:
Unit removed from offer in 2017:
EH702 - Evidence-based practice in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations

New unit on offer in 2017:
EHR708 - The Future of Work

For existing students seeking further information regarding these transitions or for study plan advice, please contact your course coordinator or Griffith OUA services

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