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Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

Undergraduate Major


Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations Double Major (BCom)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70


Complement your studies in Human Resource Management, learning to manage employment relationships effectively.

Josie Thomas

I undertook an internship at AHG working within their HR team. It was a generalist HR role focusing on creating a functional exit survey process and presenting retention strategies from the survey data. A few months after completing my internship, I was invited back part time as a member of their HR team. It has been such a valuable experience enhancing my knowledge in the world of HR, allowing me to gain transferable skills not only to my degree but to my future career.

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You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

Human resource management (HRM) is about maximising employee and organisational performance and wellbeing. An organisation’s HRM strategy helps the company meet its overarching strategic goals.

It includes effectively managing recruitment and selection, training and development, workforce planning, remuneration, employee performance and wellbeing, retention and risk management.

You will study recruitment and selection, performance and conflict management, training and development, remuneration, strategic human resource management and HRM metrics and analytics.

Working with our expert instructors, you’ll develop the skills and competencies needed to pursue a career working as a manager in small businesses, medium and large local and multinational enterprise and not-for- profit organisations.

Industrial relations is a field of practice within HRM that focuses on managing employment relationships effectively.

The Industrial relations major covers the relationship between management and the workforce, and the influence of unions, employers, employees and the government.

You will study the formal framework of industrial relations, forms of bargaining, negotiation processes, grievance processes, industrial action and dispute resolution.

This double major sits within the Bachelor of Commerce degree. To apply for this double major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Commerce.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • Pursue your interest of organising and working closely with people. In today’s corporate environment, there is a strong demand for professionals with high levels of communication, management and relationship skills.
  • You’ll get to interact with real companies, learn from case studies and scenario-based assessments – so you’ll be ready to apply what you have learned as soon as you graduate.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia has partnered with Curtin to offer internships to students who have completed 200 credits or more of their commerce degree. These internships will give you credit towards your degree, increase your industry experience and put you in direct contact with leading professionals.

Student profile

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Professional recognition

This major is accredited by the Australian HR Institute (AHRI) and Industrial Relations Society of WA.

You may be eligible for membership of AHRI once you graduate.

Career information

  • Change manager
  • Diversity and inclusion specialist
  • Employment relations specialist
  • Global mobility advisor
  • Human resources consultant
  • Industrial relations advisor
  • Management consultant
  • Occupational health and safety officer
  • Organisational change and development specialist
  • People and culture specialist
  • Recruitment consultant
  • Talent acquisition officer
  • Trade union official
  • Training and development officer
  • Wellness program officer
  • Workplace relations adviser

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2020 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
India (CBSE) 60%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Please select a country above.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Regional campuses may offer the common first year units only.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Commerce degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • Last updated on: August 12, 2020