- A bachelor's degree in any discipline OR equivalent skills/experience.
- You may NOT enrol in a major that you have already studied at undergraduate level.
- International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet the entry requirements. Click here for equivalent academic entry requirements by country.
- If English is not your first language, you must provide:
- New Zealand University Entrance OR
- Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 with no individual band score lower than 5.5 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR
- Acceptable alternative evidence of the required IELTS (see here for NZQA proficiency table and here for list of recognised proficiency tests).
If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.
You must supply certified copies of proof of identify, academic records and proof of residency (where appropriate).
Eligible applicants will be accepted as received.
You will be required to purchase some textbooks during this programme and also cover any costs associated with fieldtrips or the industry project.
You will study
You will complete 120 credits of learning, of which 75 must be at Level 7.
Human Resources (compulsory): Learn about key areas of human resources such as recruitment, training and development, and performance management.
PLUS two of the Level 6 courses below:
Industrial Relations: This important HR topic covers aspects of legal compliance that are required to be met by any organisation. Learn about changes in the Employment Relations Act and relevant Health & Safety Legislation.
Organisational Behaviour: Understand the theory and research behind employees’ behaviour, individual and group dynamics, leadership styles, power and organisational structures, motivation and team culture.
Leadership: Learn about the nature and context of leadership, how to develop yourself as a leader, change and project management.
Advanced Human Resource Management (compulsory): Develop a strategic approach to human resources that can be integrated with business strategy. Learn about human resource audits and planning, job analysis, and strategic selection processes and recruitment.
Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management (compulsory): Gain an understanding of current and emerging issues in HR such as workplace stress and bullying, and the implications of technology.
Industry Project (compulsory): This provides an opportunity to balance theory with applied learning in your workplace or host organisation and tailor your studies accordingly to your interest. The project involves a workload of 200 hours, completing a written research project investigating an issue/problem that adds value to the organisation. This industry project will be useful in developing team work, communication, and other soft skills/capabilities and in helping establish industry connections post-graduation.
Your programme of study will generally include lectures and seminars/ tutorials. You will be expected to contribute at least 20 hours per week of your own time in self-directed study to allow for successful completion of the qualification. You will also complete a 200-hour industry project, gaining hands-on experience and developing important industry and business connections.
Further study options
Progress into higher levels of learning and enhance your employment potential with postgraduate study in Human Resource Management.
Student loans and allowances
Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful.
While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.