Bachelor of Arts with a major in Human Resources

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Managing people effectively is essential if organisations are to establish and maintain a competitive advantage in dynamic environments. This major examines in detail how organisations can establish effective systems of recruitment, selecting candidates, remuneration, training and development, performance appraisal and retention. Human resource managers are becoming increasingly responsible for workforce and succession planning, performance management and training systems, and compliance with workplace laws including equity and diversity obligations.

This major also focuses on the role that human capital can play in allowing organisations to respond to new challenges and take advantage of changes in the workplace. It places strong emphasis on understanding the processes and techniques that can create and maintain high-performing, efficient and ethical organisations.

Key features

  • Macquarie’s Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Human Resources is accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).
  • The University has close links with public and private sector organisations, leading to internships and graduate program opportunities.
  • You will develop change management and sustainability competencies, and learn how to formulate strategies to get the right employees with the right skills, in the right place at the right time.
  • In your final year, the emphasis will be on applying the skills and knowledge you have acquired throughout this major to ensure you are ready to work in human resources. 

Course duration

3 years full-time


Suitable for

Students who are interested in a people-focused career, and want to learn how to deal with people and get the best out of them.

Estimated annual fee This is an indicative fee -  TBC

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Entry requirements

  • HSC General Mathematics (Assumed Knowledge)
  • Introductory units and bridging courses are available for students without the assumed prior knowledge.

English Language Requirements

All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements.

You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:

  • senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
  • one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification

Work experience requirements


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What you will study

Degree requirements Credit Points
Minimum number of credit points for the degree 69
Minimum number of credit points at 200 level or above 39
Minimum number of credit points at 300 level or above 18
Completion of a Qualifying Major for the Bachelor of Arts
Completion of a designated People unit
Completion of a designated Planet unit
Completion of a designated PACE unit

Specific minimum requirements:

The following outlines the units (subjects) to be studied within this major

100 level Credit Points
Required BBA111 Organisational Behaviour 3
Required HRM107 Introduction to Human Resources 3
200 level Credit Points
Required HRM201 Workplace Relations 3
Required HRM250 Human Resource Management 3
300 level Credit Points
Required HRM328 C Strategic Human Resources Management 3
Required HRM300 P Human Resources Learning and Development 3
Required HRM307 International Human Resource Management 3
Required HRM317 Change Management and Sustainability 3
Total credit points required to satisfy this major 24


  • Units marked with a C are Capstone units.
  • Units marked with a P are PACE units.
  • The course information contained on this page is applicable for 2016 ONLY.
    It is meant as a guide only, to plan your enrolment or study please see the official Handbook.
    For more information please read the courses disclaimer.


Career Opportunities

  • change management consultant
  • employee relations manager
  • equity and diversity manager
  • human resource manager
  • human resource policy adviser
  • learning and development manager
  • work health and safety officer/manager
  • talent manager


The following courses are recognised by the Australian Human Resources Institute as equipping graduates to meet desired human resources outcomes.

  • Bachelor of Arts with Bachelor Commerce in Human Resources
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources with Bachelor of Arts - Psychology
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources with Bachelor of Law
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources with Bachelor of Science


  • consulting firms
  • large and small organisations
  • multinational organisations
  • recruitment agencies
  • training organisations

Average starting salary

According to Michael Page Salary Centre, the average starting salary for a human resources graduate is $48,000 - $58,000 in large organisations.


Our Students


Josh Cass

Bachelor of Commerce major in Human Resources

Macquarie's Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Human Resources will prepare you for a transition into the business environment. Not only does it give you a general analytical understanding of organisations, it also gives you a strategic perspective of how to effectively manage human capital. Many of Macquarie's HRM lecturers have industry experience which is a definite bonus. This degree has given me the necessary skills and knowledge to secure a number of practical work experience opportunities. I believe it's the balance between theory and practicality that makes this program so rewarding.

Our Graduates

Gordon Starkey

Bachelor of Business Administration

After completing his degree Gordon went on to complete his Honours in Business Administration driven by the reasoning that differentiation from other business students was the key to securing an interesting role once finishing university. His academic research focused on factors that contribute to HR being regarded as a strategic business partner across industry sectors.

Gordon now heads up the Instructional Design Division for a boutique e-learning consultancy, ELMO Learning.

Our Expertise

Dr Troy Sarina

Bachelor of Economics (Social Sciences), Bachelor Of Laws (Hons), PhD

Troy's research interests include strategic employment relations, alternative forms of employee representation and labour law. His thesis examined the connection between the regulation of non-union collective bargaining under Australian workplace laws and the use of alternative forms of employee voice. More broadly, Troy has a keen interest in working at the intersection of organizational change management and labour law reform.

Troy teaches at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is currently teaching in the areas of Research methods, Change management & sustainability, Applied Human resource Management and Labour Law.

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