Master of Human Resources and Law

University of Newcastle

The Master of Human Resources and Law program provides professionals working in law, human resources, employment relations or general management with a deeper knowledge of and skills in human resource management and law through an applied, interdisciplinary program. You will explore critical policy and legal issues and master the current regulatory framework governing human resource management and the law in Australia. In combination, the knowledge and skills developed in this program will enable graduates to be highly effective in directly managing a workforce, as well as advising others on how to do so. The Master of Human Resources and Law is a high quality, professionally-focused Master program that provides students with a pathway for pursuing research and further study. The program will expose students to new perspectives and deep analyses, ensuring high quality teaching and learning experiences. The graduates of this program will be equipped with advanced knowledge and skills, positioning them to engage in further education, research, and professional development in Australia and across the world. The program is a joint initiative of the Newcastle Business School and the Newcastle Law School. The Newcastle Law School has a strong reputation in the delivery of law programs across undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The Newcastle Business School has a strong existing reputation in the Employment Relations (ER)/Human Resource Management (HRM) discipline, and this program prepares effective ER/HRM professionals for work in their roles as specialist and generalist managers, union leaders and employer association representatives, public servants and policy advisors, and consultants.

Course Fee:

Australian: $22,540

Entry Requirements:

AQF Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree in a related field such as law, legal studies, business, human resource management, industrial relations or organisational psychology; or AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in related field such as law, legal studies, business, human resource management, industrial relations or organisational psychology; or AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree in a related field such as law, legal studies, business, human resource management, industrial relations or organisational psychology, and have at least one year relevant work experience; or an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree in a non-related field, and have at least two years relevant organisational experience; or at least seven years relevant organisational experience, of which two years should have been in a management position in law, employment relations or human resource management, for instance as: a line manager with substantial people management responsibilities; a professional with experience in mentoring, training or supervising the quality of professional work; or as a manager or consultant working in the HRM or ER field.


80 units (8 courses worth 10 units each) which includes: 40 units of core courses; 40 units of directed courses - Students must choose at least 10 units from each of Group A and Group B and complete the remaining 20 units from either group.

Subjects you can Study:

Law for Workplace Health and Safety Employment Law Employment Relations in Globalised Economies Professional Practice in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations Negotiation and Dispute Resolution

Further information:

Note that this course is available to international students via offshore external study only.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00109J

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Newcastle City Precinct No info Yes Full time 1 year
Newcastle City Precinct No info Yes Online 1 year
Newcastle City Precinct No info Yes Part time 4 years

Since our foundation as an independent university in 1965, the University of Newcastle has specialised in delivering world-class education to talented students from all walks of life. 

Our commitment to equity, performance in innovation and making a global impact has been recognised internationally, with the university being ranked in the top one per cent of universities in the world (QS World University Rankings Fact File, 2018). 

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We deliver degrees that promote real-world experience, facilitate specialised work placements and encourage entrepreneurial opportunities.

From international exchanges that allow you to make your mark on the world stage, to opportunities to create a social enterprise around your passion, we offer a supportive and future-focused learning environment. 

Embedding Work Integrated Learning programs into our degrees allows students to gain real-world, practical experience and establish professional networks during their studies. 

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Our teaching and research staff are leaders in their field. They are here to motivate and inspire future generations of students who will be the leaders of tomorrow. 

The University of Newcastle continues to deliver innovative approaches to research.  The significance of our research is reflected in the Australian Government's Excellence in Research Australia assessment, which awarded the university the highest possible '5' rating across 22 research fields, placing us in the top eight Australian universities for research quality well above world standard.

Our world-class research and strong national and international partnerships drives the kind of innovation and discovery that challenges conventional thinking. Our research breaks new ground and changes lives.

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