Human Resource Management and Employment Relations - Bachelor of Business

Interested in diversity and organisational culture, and want to influence people at all levels of an organisation? Study human resources and employment relations as part of the Bachelor of Business degree.

Human resources professionals are the oil between management and employees, ensuring that staff are productive, safe and developing as valued and skilled workers. Careers in human resources and employment relations encompass planning, recruitment, learning and development, health and safety, commercial law and employer/employee relations. A key aspect of this work is change management, as companies are constantly adapting to and influencing the environment in which they operate.


This is part of the Bachelor of Business.

Part 1

You complete five core papers - refer to the Bachelor of Business overview.

Bachelor of Business

And choose two of the following papers

You also choose two elective papers from the list below, or from elsewhere at AUT:

Part 2

You gain an understanding of current employment issues including the complex relationships between employees, employers, government and trade unions, and internal and external factors that influence organisational behaviour.

Papers may include

Part 3

Workplace experience is the final part of your degree and takes place in your final semester. You can choose to work in an organisation of your choice or complete an applied project, bringing together your learning and gaining valuable experience.

Recent co-operative education placements included:

  • DB Breweries
  • Farmers Trading Company
  • Fletcher Construction
  • Nestlé NZ Ltd
  • Progressive Enterprises
  • SKY TV
  • Waitemata District Health Board
  • Warehouse Stationery

Workplace experience in the Bachelor of Business

Skills you will develop

The outcomes for graduates of this major are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile

  • Employment relations specialist
  • Human resource manager
  • Industry training advisor
  • Recruitment consultant
  • Talent manager
  • Health and safety manager

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Human Resource Management Careers

Key features
  • Key areas for any organisation
  • Can open up a wide range of career opportunities
  • Valuable workplace experience in an organisation of your choice
See yourself as
  • Committed to productive employment relationships
  • Interested in talent management
  • Able to build inclusive organisations
  • A strong negotiator

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.