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Introduction to Human resources

Are you detail-oriented, people-centred and curious about how businesses operate? 

In human resource management (or ‘HR’) you can use your communication and agile thinking skills to shape positive working cultures. Above all, human resource managers are passionate about people. You’ll be the momentum that keeps businesses moving forward, coordinating, planning and improving things like workplace processes and employee engagement with your eye on the bottom line.

If this is you to a tee, open the door to a new career or build on your existing skills through Open Universities Australia. We’ll help you find and enrol in online courses delivered by leading Australian universities.

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University of Tasmania

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 22 Jul 2024, 16 Sep 2024

University of South Australia


HR Analytics

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 01 Apr 2024, 16 Sep 2024

La Trobe University


Remuneration and Performance Management

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 29 Jul 2024

Griffith University


Strategic Human Resource Management

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 04 Mar 2024, 04 Nov 2024

Online human resources degrees

Griffith University


Bachelor of Business

Get the professional skills employers are looking for

Learn how organisations work and visualise where you fit in. Get familiar with financial documents, risk, and business comms. This business course gives you a 360-degree view of business strategy. Specialisations include marketing and management. 

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Available majors

  • Marketing,  
  • Human Resource Management,  
  • Management,  
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship,  
  • Sport Management,  
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management,  
University of Southern Queensland

Get to know the business of people and culture

Study HR online with this accredited business degree. You’ll explore a range of HR topics including workforce design and employment relations. Learn how to recruit, retain, and develop talent in the workplace. Help organisations move forward.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

University of South Australia

People skills to manage people

Core business theory underpins this human resource management specialisation where workready graduates become accredited HR practitioners. Explore current industry practice as you develop classic HR skills to support people and organisations to succeed.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

University of the Sunshine Coast


Bachelor of Business

A business degree with industry experience

Start with core business topics including accounting, management, and marketing. Then choose your major. Specialisations include HR and small business management. Explore new opportunities. Innovate. Be your own boss or lead a team.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

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What you'll learn in an HR course

Human resources is a combination of academia, street smarts and learned experiences. A HR course will enable you to become the person businesses need at the helm of their resourcing and employee experience decisions.

Depending on your past experience, you can choose to study HR at either an undergraduate or postgraduate level. An undergraduate degree, like a Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management), is a fantastic base to get you started, because you will build your business knowledge and people skills from the ground up.

Meanwhile, a postgraduate degree in HR, like a Master of Management (Human Resource Management), is the best route for those with existing skills in the space. You will enhance your understanding of this rapidly changing industry. Of course, what you’ll cover depends on your specialisation and study plans.

In general, you will learn how to:

  • make strategic decisions that impact the wider business and employees
  • develop training plans that help employees thrive, learn and live out their career goals
  • communicate in a way that engages employees and increases productivity.

You can also explore how to:

  • develop and measure employment value propositions
  • use the process of job design to establish an employee’s roles and responsibilities
  • understand the value of employer branding.

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