Level 7

Reshape your business career with a speciality in human resource (HR)

Get specialist skills in human resources (HR) management with our graduate diploma.

Programme highlights

Get specialist skills in human resources (HR) management with our graduate diploma.

This qualification is for anyone who has a qualification or experience working in the HR industry.

It will set you up with the essential skills you need to get a job in HR management.

Work on a project for a local business, ensuring you have both skills and hands-on experience when you graduate.

    Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

    • Successfully completed a bachelor's degree in any field excluding the specific graduate diploma field; or
    • Successfully completed a Level 6 or 7 diploma and relevant work and/or life experience (equivalent to a bachelor's degree); or
    • Evidence of equivalent practical, professional or educational experience e.g. three years' full-time work experience (relevant to business studies);
    • Have English language competence to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English. Any applicant whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of an overall IELTS (Academic) band score of 6.0 (with no score below 5.5 in speaking, reading, writing and listening) or equivalent.

    Provisional entry

    Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme or training scheme may be eligible to be enrolled. Such decisions must consider any applicable pre-requisites and will be made by the Head of School. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements may also be eligible to be enrolled in exceptional circumstances where they can demonstrate capability for study at the required level. Such decisions must consider any applicable pre-requisites and will be made by the Head of School.

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    Programme structure

    Programme structure

    You will need to complete the below seven courses (120 credits):

    Level 6

    342.619 Industrial Relations (15 Credits)

    Learn about industrial relations, the relationship between industrial relationships and government regulation, employment agreements and legal rights.

    342.620 Human Resources (15 Credits)

    Learn the essentials of human resources, understanding its role within an organisation, from recruitment and induction to performance management and health and safety legislation.

    342.621 Organisational Behaviour (15 Credits)

    Learn how individuals, groups and structures influence the behaviour of people within organisations; develop an analytical awareness of your own personal and interpersonal behaviour; and gain a fundamental understanding of psychology as it relates to organisations and groups.

    Level 7

    341.753 Industry Project Part A (15 Credits)

    You will carry out a project for a host organisation on a topic in a field allied to your graduate diploma by identifying a project, host organisation and presenting a proposal.

    341.754 Industry Project Part B (30 Credits)

    Develop capabilities related to your chosen area of specialisation, in a “hands-on” immersion in industry practice. Enable you to apply your learning, test the relevance of academic theories to the workplace and reflect critically on this relationship between your academic study and industry practice. You will carry out a significant work assignment for the host organisation on a topic in a field allied to your major and present a project report in conjunction with an academic supervisor.

    342.720 Advanced Human Resource Management (15 Credits)

    Develop a practical understanding of how to integrate human resource strategy with business-planning strategy, including planning a Human Resource Audit to evaluate the effectiveness of human-resource management practices.

    342.721 Contemporary Issues in the Human Resource Management (15 Credits)

    Critically examine contemporary issues in human resource management both within New Zealand and overseas, evaluating their impact on the human- resources professional and their function within organisations.

    Do you want to study a single course, without enrolling into the full programme?

    Courses within some of our programmes may be offered as an individual Certificate of Proficiency (COP). Programme entry requirements and course fees apply. For more information, please speak to our friendly Ask Me! team.

    Careers and pathways

    Career opportunities

    Besides the obvious roles within human-resources teams in medium and large-sized businesses, there are many other career paths in human resources. You will have the skills required to act as an employment mediator, payroll manager or any other position that involves a practical understanding of employment relations. For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.

    Free study for the first year of your Level 3 or above qualification may be available under the government’s fees-free study scheme. Visit feesfree.govt.nz for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student. All free study is subject to funding confirmation. Proof of residency status required. Entry criteria, and some costs, may also apply. Eligibility for student allowances or student loans may vary. Contact StudyLink for more information.

    Information is correct as at 11 May 2023. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2023 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2023 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2023 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2023 are based on the 2022 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2023. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pukenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.