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Graduate Diploma in Business (Human Resource Management)

Develop a sound understanding of the theory and principles of human resource management in as little as one year. Apply what you've learnt in an industry placement.

120 (1.0 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Full-time for one year or part-time options available

Programme overview

Want a career in human resource management? Already have a degree in another field of study, or have significant work experience in the business sector and want a formal qualification? The Graduate Diploma in Business (Human Resource Management) helps you develop a sound understanding of organisational behaviour and current issues in human resource management (HRM) in as little as one year.


  • Focus on applied business study.
  • Relevant for profit, not-for-profit and public sector organisations.
  • Emphasis on human resource management in small to medium enterprises.
  • Takes into account your own experience.
  • Includes a work placement (the Industry Based Learning course).
  • Guest speakers who are HRM experts.
  • Can serve as a pathway into postgraduate business programmes like the Master of Business.
  • Supportive learning environment with small classes.
  • A mix of on-campus classes, online support and self-directed study.
  • Part-time study options available.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. A recognised degree, a professional qualification in a relevant discipline or the ability to demonstrate competencies equivalent to the above
2. If you're a graduate of Unitec's Bachelor of Business, you cannot be admitted to the Graduate Diploma in Business in the same specialisation in which you majored in the degree
3. A minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing) 
4. If English is your second language, you are required to have one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 50 with no score lower than 50
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don't meet the requirements? We also accept:

  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission; or
  • If you're seeking entry based on work experience, you will be required to demonstrate, in a written application, CV and attestation from suitable referees, that you have substantial professional experience in activities related to this programme, and/or be able to demonstrate equivalent competencies.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

Courses Credits Aim
Introduction to Human Resources Management (BSNS5341) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to review and apply HR roles and practices to impact on organisational effectiveness.
Courses Credits Aim
Organisational Behaviour (BSNS6342) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop students’ ability to critically assess the impact that individuals and groups/teams have on behaviours within organisations.
Courses Credits Aim
Applied Human Resource Management (BSNS7140) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) Students will investigate, critically analyse and align HRM practices to business and organisational goals.
Business Analytics (BSNS7162) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to analyse and apply business information to support organisational decision making.
Organisational Strategies (BSNS7340) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to participate in the development of corporate and functional strategies using market intelligence.
Courses Credits Aim
Talent Development and Management (BSNS6341) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop employee knowledge, skills and ability (KSA) talent requirements that align with the future needs of the employee and organisation.
Employee Relations and Legislation (BSNS6343) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to explore the nature of the employment and regulatory environment, and the formal informal relationships between employee and employer.
Courses Credits Aim
Internship Based Learning (BSNS7015) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with the opportunity to integrate their learning across their programme of study and to apply theoretical and practical business skills to an approved project and work objectives in industry. To critically reflect upon the processes undertaken in completing the project and work objectives so as to inform their future personal and professional development.
International Business (BSNS7360) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to examine the drivers and processes shaping the global economic environment of the twenty first century.
Sustainability in Business (BSNS7730) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To engage students in the critique and analysis of issues affecting sustainability of business organisations