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Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)

This course is available


Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


360 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Open Polytechnic of New Zealand


If you enjoy working with people and supporting their professional development, a Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management is for you.

This programme focuses on different aspects of managing or dealing with people. It also includes courses covering broader business topics.

It will prepare you for a career in a variety of specialist roles such as:

  • human resources
  • employee relations
  • recruitment
  • training and development
  • workplace relations.

You can also work in general administration and management roles, where you may be responsible for managing people.

What you will learn

When you achieve this qualification you will:

  • have strong interpersonal communication and influencing skills
  • understand a variety of business concepts, processes and procedures relevant to public and private organisations
  • be able to identify opportunities, solve problems and achieve business objectives using suitable techniques with reference to ethical frameworks
  • be able to critically evaluate the international, cross-cultural, economic, social and legal environments within business functions
  • be able to anticipate, adapt to and promote changes important to a business
  • have a more developed understanding of your major area of specialisation
  • have the ability to select and apply appropriate qualitative and quantitative techniques.

Bachelor of Business pathways

If you have NC5121 New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6), you can fast track your study to a Bachelor of Business through our Advanced Standing Pathway programme.

Entry criteria

To enrol in this programme you need to have one of the following:

New Zealand University Entrance

Hold a New Zealand Certificate or Diploma qualification considered appropriate by the Programme Leader

20 years old or over

If you are 20 years of age or over and do not hold the minimum entry requirements you will be eligible to be enrolled where your previous educational, work or life experience indicates you have a reasonable likelihood of success.

IELTS test – a score of 6 (Academic) with no band score lower than 5.5 or equivalent.

Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 First, or B2 First for Schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.

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