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Overview

The Master of Human Resources and Law program will provide professionals working in law, human resources, employment relations or general management with a deeper knowledge of and skills in human resource management and law through an applied, interdisciplinary program. This is the first time that a postgraduate program combining labour law, human resource management and employment relations has been offered at the University of Newcastle.

Students in the Master of Human Resources and Law program will explore critical policy and legal issues and master the current regulatory framework governing human resource management and the law in Australia. In addition, a unique feature of the program is the focus on skills development in areas equally important to legal and human resource management practice, including communication, conflict resolution, mediation, conciliation, and employment relations. In combination, the knowledge and skills developed in this program will enable graduates to be highly effective in directly managing a workforce, as well as advising others on how to do so.

Mixed Mode of Delivery

All core courses in the Master of Human Resources and Law are offered online, as are many of the directed (elective) courses. To increase flexibility, some courses are available in face-to-face intensive mode or in face-to-face regular trimester terms.

Course commencement dates vary, depending on course choice. Students can commence the Program as early as January 2018.

Courses in the Master of Human Resources and Law are designed and facilitated by expert staff, providing engaging online content and interactive learning activities, and offering students the opportunity to do their study at their convenience.

The flexible delivery of the Master of Human Resources and Law is designed to accommodate the varying needs of students as well as provide opportunities to interact and network with student peers.

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Study in NeW Space

Courses offered in intensive workshops or face-to-face in regular trimester or semester schedules will be taught at our purpose-built, state-of-the-art vertical campus NeW Space in the Newcastle CBD. This unique building is an advanced learning space that supports collaboration and idea sharing in the heart of Newcastle.

Rich Blend of Research and Teaching Expertise

Students will experience a research-led curriculum developed in collaboration across two Schools. Students will be able to draw on the extensive expertise of the highly qualified Professorial staff from both the Newcastle Law School and Newcastle Business School. Scholars in the Newcastle Law School are the acknowledged Australian leaders in Dispute Resolution research and practice. Scholars in the Newcastle Business School are experts in Workplace Employment Relations.  Our lecturers have strong relationships with the professions, business and industry, unions and state and federal government, which will benefit students’ experience and education.

Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary
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Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Trimester 1
  • Trimester 2
  • Trimester 3
Location

Online
On Campus + Online

Tuition Fees
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Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

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Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

8

Program Code

40140

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What You Will Study

The Master of Human Resources and Law comprises of 8 courses (80 units) which includes 4 core (compulsory) courses and 4 directed (elective) courses. These courses may be completed across one year, or over a longer time for students who wish to study on a part-time basis.

Core courses are:

Students will choose a further 4 directed courses. For a list of all directed courses please see the 'courses and details' section.

Professional and Industry Engagement

Through strong relationships with the legal and human resource management/employment relations professions, supported by active Industry Advisory Committees in both Schools, students will have an opportunity to engage during their studies with representatives from the professions, business, unions, the public sector and government.

Innovative and ‘Real World’ Active Learning Techniques

The Master of Human Resources and Law program will provide students with the opportunity to use Problem-Based Learning (PBL), case-based learning and other active learning techniques to build highly valued workplace capabilities that include negotiation, mediation, collaboration, research, critical thinking and problem-solving, and advancing confidence and competence. Students will experience practical, ‘real-world’ exercises and assessments, drawn from a range of sectors, industries and countries, to equip them with the skills necessary to meet the future demands of Australian and international workplaces.

Our Academics

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Dr Tim Connor

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of New South Wales

Tim Connor's research focuses on the relationship between voluntary and state-sanctioned governance of employment rights. From 1995 until 2010 he worked for Oxfam Australia, coordinating research and advocacy regarding workers' rights in corporate supply chains. This work involved frequent trips to various countries in Asia to conduct field research and to consult with representatives of companies, trade unions and local civil society groups. Since 2010 Tim has been a Lecturer at Newcastle Law School, where he has taught Company Law, Employment Law, Finance Law, International Clinical Legal Externship, Law of Business Organisations and Marketing Law. He is currently one of the chief investigators on an Australian Research Council Linkage Project investigating the effectiveness of the redress mechanisms available when transnational corporations are involved in human rights violations.

For full information please visit Tim's profile.

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Mr Egbert Groen

Qualifications

  • Master of Labour Law and Relations, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Law, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts, Australian National University

Egbert has been teaching law to non-law students at the University of Newcastle for twenty years and is currently coordinating convenor for all LEGL Courses offered by Newcastle Law School. His research interests are in the areas of employment law and consumer protection law. Until recently he has been heavily involved in University governance by virtue of his positions as Branch President of the NTEU, elected staff representative on University Council, Academic Senate and Academic Staff Consultative Committee and is currently a member of Newcastle Law School Executive. Prior to working at the University Bert was in practice for a number of years and has also taught at TAFE and Avondale College. He has been the legal representative on the Faculty of Business and Law's and Avondale College's Human Research Ethics Committee. He has also recently been involved in establishing the new curriculum for Legal Studies in NSW High Schools as an Academic Representative on the Board of Studies New South Wales Board Curriculum Committee.

For full information please visit Egbert's profile.

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Dr Jennifer Waterhouse

Qualifications

  • PhD, Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Griffith University

Jennifer has worked at Citibank for several years, then at QUT as a Post Doctoral Fellow and Lecturer following the award of her PhD. Research interests in negotiation, diversity management & equity, work and employment issues in public sector and not-for profits, organisational collaborations.

For full information please visit Jennifer's profile.

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Professor Mark Bray

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of New South Wales
  • Master of Arts, University of Warwick - England
  • Bachelor of Economics (Honours), University of Sydney

Mark worked at Universities of New South Wales, Wollongong and Sydney before coming to the University of Newcastle in 1997.

Mark teaches Australian employment relations at undergraduate level and employment relations in globalized economies at postgraduate level. His research interests in industrial/employment relations generally, including industry studies, instruments of ER regulation (such as awards and enterprise agreements), role of third parties in promoting co-operative workplace relations and improved productivity, and union and non-union forms of employee representation. 

For full information please visit Mark's profile.

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID. You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency.

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Courses and Details

Program Code 40140
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
  • On Campus + Online
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

How to apply as a:

Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Online

Description

The Master of Human Resources and Law is a high quality, professionally-focused Master program that provides students with a pathway for pursuing research and further study. The program will expose students to new perspectives and deep analyses, ensuring high quality teaching and learning experiences. The graduates of these programs will be equipped with advanced knowledge and skills, positioning them to engage in further education, research, and professional development in Australia and across the world. The program is a joint initiative of the Newcastle Business School and the Newcastle Law School. The Newcastle Law School has a strong reputation in the delivery of law programs across undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The Newcastle Business School has a strong existing reputation in the Employment Relations (ER)/Human Resource Management (HRM) discipline, and this program prepares effective ER/HRM professionals for work in their roles as specialist and generalist managers, union leaders and employer association representatives, public servants and policy advisors, and consultants.

Admission Requirements

Entry into the Master of Human Resources and Law program (80 units) will be available for applicants who have:

  • an AQF Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree in a related field such as law, legal studies, business, human resource management, industrial relations or organisational psychology; or
  • an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in related field such as law, legal studies, business, human resource management, industrial relations or organisational psychology; or
  • an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree in a related field such as law, legal studies, business, human resource management, industrial relations or organisational psychology, and have at least one year relevant work experience; or
  • an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree in a non-related field, and have at least two years’ relevant organisational experience; or
  • at least seven years relevant organisational experience, of which two years should have been in a management position in law, employment relations or human resource management, for instance as: a line manager with substantial people management responsibilities; a professional with experience in mentoring, training or supervising the quality of professional work; or as a manager or consultant working in the HRM or ER field.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Requirements and Structure

The Master of Human Resources and Law is an 80 unit AQF 9 program. Students are required to complete the following:

  • 40 units (four courses) of core courses;
  • 40 units (four courses) of directed courses - Students must choose at least 10 units from each of Group A and Group B and complete the remaining 20 units from either group.

Course Information

Core Courses: Students must complete all the core courses.

Code Name Availability Units
GSBS6006 Employment Relations in Globalised Economies Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Trimester 2 - 2018 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
GSBS6507 Professional Practice in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Trimester 3 - 2018 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2018 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
LAWS6024 Employment Law Semester 2 - 2018 (City Precinct)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LEGL6004 Law for Workplace Health & Safety Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units

Directed Courses Group A: Students must complete at least 10 units from the directed courses in Group A. Any remaining units can be chosen from Group A or Group B..

Code Name Availability Units
LAWS6043 Advanced Legal Research Project Semester 1 - 2018 (City Precinct)
Semester 2 - 2018 (City Precinct)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6098 Equal Opportunity Law Semester 2 - 2018 (City Precinct)
Winter - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS6105 Expert Evidence Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6106 Advanced Communication Skills Semester 2 - 2018 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6107 Mediation Skills and Theory Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6108 Corporate Power and Corporate Accountability: Pathways to Socially Responsible Business Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6109 Conciliation Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6111 Dispute Resolution Winter - 2018 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6114 Negotiation in a Legal Context Semester 2 - 2018 (City Precinct) 10 units

Directed Courses Group B: Students must choose at least 10 units from the directed courses in Group B. Any remaining units can be chosen from Group A or Group B..

Code Name Availability Units
GSBS6007 Managing Human Resources in International Organisations Trimester 1 - 2018 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2018 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Trimester 3 - 2018 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online)
Trimester 3 - 2018 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Online)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
10 units
GSBS6042 Employment Relations Trimester 3 - 2017 (City Precinct) 10 units
GSBS6100 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Trimester 3 - 2018 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2018 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
GSBS6190 Human Resource and Organisational Development Trimester 2 - 2018 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Online)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Online)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (City Precinct)
10 units
GSBS6192 Strategic Human Resource Management Trimester 2 - 2018 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Online)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Online)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (City Precinct)
10 units

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Learning Outcomes

  • Effective (a) oral and (b) written communication skills to provide complex information regarding the overlapping fields of human resources and law to a variety of audiences
  • Skills to work effectively (a) independently or (b) in collaboration, to apply specialised knowledge and expert judgment to tasks impacting on and affected by the overlapping fields of human resources and law
  • Critical thinking and analytical problem-solving skills to justify sound solutions in areas impacting on and affected by the overlapping fields of human resources and law
  • Specialised knowledge of theories, models and concepts relevant to the overlapping fields of human resources and law and be proficient in their application
  • Professional proficiency in the utilization of information and technology in contexts relating to the overlapping fields of human resources and law
  • Decision-making skills that incorporate ethical, social and global issues
  • Knowledge of relevant theories, principles and methodologies to apply to research in the overlapping fields of human resources and law

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University’s credit website and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional Support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages unless they can complete both their principal program and the Diploma in Languages within the duration of their CoE. For more information please contact the Student Advice team.

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