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Employment relations and human resources are vital for organisational success

High-performing workplaces are those that can harness employee effort and employee engagement. Today's HR managers identify, recruit and coach leaders. They are advisors, negotiators and communicators. And most importantly, they're in demand. Organisations understand that a happy work force significantly increases profits.

Employment relations professionals are skilled negotiators, labour law gurus and organisational experts. If you've got what it takes to see both sides of an issue, make tough decisions and can take the heat, this career path is for you.

Companies that find common ground between employees and employers come out on top. Think Google—the world's top companies are famous because their employees love to work for them.

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Study employment relations and human resources at Griffith

I’m ready for the future of business

Meet Caitlene Hillman, Griffith business student and AFR top 100 future leader. International opportunities during her degree have given her first-hand experience of current trends, ensuring she’s job ready for the future of business.

Core skills for your future career

Griffith’s employment relations and human resources programs are informed by extensive research and provide in-depth coverage of key people management skills—communication, planning, teamwork, strategy and self-development.

In the human resource management major, you’ll learn about selection and recruitment procedures, staff training, development and performance management, and organisational change. You’ll also be able to advise organisations regarding their staffing needs to enable them to deliver their core business effectively and efficiently.

By studying employment relations, you’ll learn about employment law, labour market issues, wage and payment systems, and occupational health and safety. You’ll also learn how to manage the complex relationships between employers and employees.

Hit the ground running

Get into the workforce faster by gaining important hands-on experience. Through our project-based work placements, community and global internships, you can put what you learn into practice and earn credit towards your degree.

Study your way

Build your employment relations or human resource management studies around the lifestyle that suits you. With the flexibility of studying on-campus or online, part-time or full-time, over two or three trimesters each year, you can balance your student life with work, family and friends. At Nathan and the Gold Coast, you can start your business degree in February, July or October.

5-Star Rated

Griffith Business School is rated 5-stars for Educational Experience and Teaching Quality in Business and Management by the Good Universities Guide 2018, a leading independent provider of high-quality education and career information.

Jennifer Schwartz

One month after her mid-year graduation, Jennifer Schwartz landed a job as a human resources coordinator with the human resources team at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast. It was an ideal career platform for the Griffith graduate who studied tourism and human resource management during her double degree. She sees a world of opportunity in front of her with her qualifications and has since moved on to an HR role with Mercedes Benz in Melbourne. 'Any big organisation needs a HR function to deal with the nitty gritty of recruiting, preparing contracts and general staff development. There are more and more opportunities opening up for HR graduates.'

Jennifer Schwartz

Study options

It is important to check the degree requirements including placement requirements, before you apply.

Become a researcher

If you are considering ongoing research study, Griffith Business School has a number of disciplines where you can specialise by studying a PHD.

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Unsure if you meet the entry requirements?

If you don’t meet the criteria for your degree, you can still come to Griffith. Our admission pathway options can help you improve your selection rank, upgrade to your preferred degree or satisfy subject prerequisites.

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Scholarships

BusinessPLUS scholarships

We offer three new BusinessPLUS scholarship categories this year, which seek to reward potential as well as excellence - so it’s worthwhile investigating whether you might qualify to receive one. Scholarships can cover tuition fees, education and living expenses. You can apply if you are coming straight from year 12, or if you have left high school and are applying to start an undergraduate university degree. They add to over 600 scholarships available at Griffith. You can also apply for multiple scholarships with just one application; we’ll match you with the Griffith University scholarship you are eligible for and it's free.

What is BusinessPLUS?

When you study Business at Griffith you get more than just a high-quality degree. You get the BusinessPLUS advantage. BusinessPLUS is a program designed to give Griffith business school students the skills and networks they will later rely on in the workplace. Open to any Griffith Business School student, the program caters for beginners as well as those who have more advanced skills. BusinessPLUS combines skills based, career management training with opportunities for internships, our mentoring program and industry engagement projects that introduce you to the business networks you’ll rely on later.

BusinessPLUS Academic Excellence Scholarships

Valued between $15,000 - $20,000, OP 1-8

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BusinessPLUS Transition Scholarships

Valued between $7,500 - $10,000, OP 9-14

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BusinessPLUS First Peoples Scholarships

Valued between $15,000 - $20,000, open to first peoples

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Career outcomes

Work in any industry

As a Griffith human resource management graduate, you'll have a degree recognised by the Australian Human Resources Institute and be prepared for a career as a human resource manager or consultant. Human resource professionals work in many sectors including business management, counselling, workforce planning and policy, and recruiting and training staff for the public and private sectors and non-government organisations.

Employment relations graduates find work in most medium and large employers in all industries, the media, employer associations, universities, government, industrial relations tribunals and trade unions. Jobs include employment relations manager or consultant, or in roles dealing with workplace planning and policy, managerial strategy, industrial advocacy, occupational health and safety, and workplace negotiation.

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Life at Griffith

You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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Key dates

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Monday 24 February — Monday 24 February

Trimester 1: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Thursday 28 May to Friday 6 June.

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Monday 11 May — Thursday 14 May

Mature Student Open Evenings

No matter whether you’re returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help you find the right study path.

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Wednesday 13 May — Thursday 14 May

Gold Coast Careers Festival - CANCELLED

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Gold Coast Careers Festival to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Monday 22 June — Wednesday 24 June

Trimester 2: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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Monday 29 June — Saturday 10 October

Trimester 2: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Thursday 1 October to Saturday 10 October.

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Saturday 18 July — Sunday 19 July

Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO)

TSXPO is for anyone considering further study. Talk to our academic and professional staff about our degrees, flexible study options, admission pathways, how to apply, scholarships and support services. Entry is free.

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Tuesday 21 July — Tuesday 21 July

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Monday 3 August — Monday 3 August

Townsville Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Townsville Careers Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Sunday 9 August — Sunday 9 August

Open Day

On Open Day, you’ll find general information about all our degrees at each campus, as well as essential information about student support services, admissions, scholarships and postgraduate studies. It’s a great time to get to know our campuses, experience life at Griffith, explore your study options and find the information you need to make a decision about your future.

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Thursday 27 August — Thursday 27 August

Cairns Youth and Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Cairns Youth and Careers Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Monday 14 September — Thursday 17 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

No matter whether you’re returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help you find the right study path.

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Friday 9 October — Saturday 10 October

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Monday 19 October — Friday 23 October

Trimester 3: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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