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Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Majoring in Human Resource Management

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


University of Otago


The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree programme enables each student to develop his or her own interests in business and related subjects. Students are able to create individualised courses using a range of papers offered across teaching departments in the School of Business and University as a whole. Students have the flexibility within the BCom degree to combine two specialisations and graduate with a double major.

Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management (HRM) provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to strategically manage the performance of people in contemporary workplaces and to work within the legal framework in New Zealand. It will prepare them for careers in Human Resource Management, build their network with HRM professionals and provide a skill set that is transferable across other organisational roles.

Why study Human Resource Management (HRM)?

People management skills are integral to the workplace of today, and Otago’s HRM major will prepare you for the connected and collaborative workplace of tomorrow.

The skill set you will develop while studying HRM as either a major or minor subject, is important in any role that involves working with and leading people. HRM at Otago will equip you with skills and knowledge that will kick-start your career and give you great potential to play an important role in making sure organisations manage their most valuable resource – their people – as best they can.

HRM is perfect as both a stand-alone degree or to complement other areas of interest. During your studies at Otago you’ll gain both knowledge and practical skills associated with HRM principles to enable you to acquire the right talent, in the right place and at the right time.

Career opportunities

The HRM major and minor will give you the skill set to apply for HRM roles in large or small, public or private organisations. These usually begin with HR administrator roles, with progress through to advisors and managers. Alternatively, you can specialise in areas such as employment relations, talent management, learning and development, or recruiting. The skill set gained in the HRM major will also enable you to enter graduate recruitment schemes.

Degree options

Because HRM is focused on an organisation’s most important asset – its people – completing an HRM major or minor alongside another discipline available in the BCom degree makes perfect sense. HRM also complements many disciplines studied outside the Business School, such as Gender Studies, Law, Psychology, and Sociology. Otago’s flexible degree structures enable you to study HRM alongside many majors. Human Resource Management can also be one of the two majors that comprise a BACom or BComSc combined degree.

Entry criteria

We recognise many other qualifications as equivalent to the New Zealand qualification for entrance.

We also accept the following international qualifications:

  • International Baccalaureate: IB Diploma with a minimum of 24 points.
  • Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) GCE Advanced Levels: minimum Numerical Score of 8
  • A minimum of CCC across the NCUK IFY
  • Satisfactory completion of one year's study at a recognised tertiary institution.

English language requirements

  • IELTS Academic - IELTS score of 6.0 in the academic module (with no individual band below 5.5). IELTS Online is also accepted.
  • Internet-based TOEFL - Score of 80 (writing 20)
  • Paper-based TOEFL - Score of 550 (TWE 4.5)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) & Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Overall score of 176 (with no individual band below 169)
  • CIE - E grade or higher in any one of AS English Language, AS Literature in English or AS Language & Literature in English; OR meeting the NCEA literacy requirements
  • GCE A or AS English Language, Literature in English, Language and Literature in English & GCE AS level General Paper (English) - Grade C or higher
  • IB - English at Higher or Standard level in Language A: literature, Language A: language and literature, or at Higher Level in Language B
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - Overall score of 50 with no communicative skills score below 42.
  • LanguageCert - International ESOL: C1 Expert (LRWS) with a pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill
  • NZCEL - NZCEL 4 Academic endorsement
  • ELA pathway programmes - Successful completion of the English Pathway for Undergraduate Studies (EPUS) with a C Grade
  • FCertEAP - Successful completion of the certificate with a C Grade

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