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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
  • 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.

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.
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.
Applied Human Resource Management (BSNS7140) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)Students will investigate, critically analyse and align HRM practices to business and organisational goals.
Organisational Strategies (BSNS7340) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to participate in the development of corporate and functional strategies using market intelligence.
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.
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.
Leadership (BSNS6730) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to undertake critical investigations into leadership concepts and to apply principles of leadership to their own professional development.
Business Analytics (BSNS7162) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to analyse and apply business information to support organisational decision making.
Industry Based Learning - Human Resource Management (BSNS7349) 15 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/placement in industry. To critically reflect upon the processes undertaken in completing the project/placement.
Sustainability in Business (BSNS7730) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To engage students in the critique and analysis of issues affecting sustainability of business organisations





The 'Key Information for Students' below does not reflect any international student information.

Please take this information as a guideline only. For example, you will often see a difference between these tuition fees and our estimate above. This is because there are a number of variables, such as the specific courses chosen within a programme.

The national graduate outcomes information is for all tertiary New Zealand providers including Unitec. This information is provided by the New Zealand Government and is derived from a national database that links educational and income information.

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Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements: A recognised degree, a professional qualification in a relevant discipline or the ability to demonstrate equivalent competencies and English language requirements or relevant and equivalent qualifications, special and discretionary admission also accepted.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.


32 Weeks

Tuition Fees


Total Qualification

Student fees:  $5,842$5,842
Government tuition subsidy: $6,135$6,135

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings$54,468
Earnings range$45,229 - $61,575
In employment87%
In further study9%
On a benefitN/A

Note:All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.