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Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management and Employment Relations)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Major name changed from Human Resource Management 2017
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

Gain the skills employers seek

Massey’s Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management and Employment Relations) will give you the theoretical, policy and business skills you need to understand, manage and collaborate effectively with people in the workplace.

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What is it like?

When you study the BBus (HRMER), you’ll look at how employees are recruited, developed and managed, and how work is designed and measured so that an organisation can create value from, and add value to its employees. You’ll also examine how different interests and power relations inform people-related strategy and practice across different organisational and sector contexts.

About HRM and ER

Human resource management (HRM) and employment relations (ER) involve various approaches to managing the relationship between people and their organisations. The role of human resources (HR) and ER professionals is to shape and support organisations and their employees at both strategic and operational levels. They ensure that people are managed fairly and effectively within businesses, and other organisations in the public and not-for-profit sectors.

HR and ER specialists help create work environments that are engaging, participatory, rewarding and high-performing. This is vital for any organisation wanting to understand and develop their people so that they both contribute to the organisation and satisfy their own personal and career needs.

What will you study?

In this major, you take courses in human resource management (Principles of HRM; Strategic HRM), ER, organisational behaviour, and cross-cutting courses on important issues (Contemporary HRM and ER; Decent Work; Equity and Diversity in the Workplace).

Learn from leading business experts

The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools and is AACSB accredited.

Massey University’s business and management studies rank in the top 300 (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings). We are ranked No.1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 universities worldwide for our business administration, communication and finance programmes by ShanghaiRanking.

Our lecturers are actively researching, bringing the most relevant developments in business theory and practice to your study.

Practical insights into the business world

The study of human resource management and employment relations at Massey gives you a thorough grounding in workplace theory and contemporary approaches, but also practical insights into the business world.

Your courses have a significant applied component, with assignments, case studies and other projects examining organisations in local, national and international context.

Gain a sound base in business

The Bachelor of Business will give you the leadership, management, communication and critical thinking skills that will make you a sought-after employee in many different types of organisations in New Zealand and around the world. You will be someone that has a sound base in the business fundamentals of accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, law and communication in addition to specialist HRM and ER expertise.

Real world learning

At Massey, you will not only learn about business, you’ll get the chance to work in an organisation. We have a well-established internship programme offering the opportunity to work with a business on a real organisational objective as part of your qualification.

Our lecturers have hands-on experience and real-world knowledge of human resource management and employment relations, and you will have the opportunity to try out your ideas for yourself through project work.

World-leading teachers

When you study towards the Bachelor of Business (HRMER) at Massey University, you’ll become part of one of the largest and most highly-respected management schools in New Zealand. Your teachers are world-leading experts, who have their own real-world organisations as practitioners, consultants and research partners.


The importance that Massey University places on people in the workplace is reflected in our focus on applied research, such as through the Massey People, Organisation, Work and Employment Research (MPOWER) Group and the Employment Relations Group (ERG). Our academics are actively involved in collaborating with human resource and employment relations professionals, industry experts, employer and union representatives, academics, community groups and other stakeholders including the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRNZ) – in both New Zealand and overseas.

Develop career networks while you study

As a student, this helps you develop networks, where you will hear about the latest developments in HRM and ER from expert speakers and meet local HRNZ  branch members (and potential employers).

Wide range of knowledge

You will be able to take advantage of Massey’s expertise in all areas of business, including small business and innovation, human resource management, employment relations, finance, communications and marketing. That means you will graduate with a broad knowledge of general business practice and will be prepared for leadership, management and other roles across business and related stakeholders.


With eight core courses, Massey’s BBus gives you the chance to spend more time focusing on your own areas of interest. You may want to do more courses in business. Or in the arts or sciences. If you are an international student, you could study English language courses. You can work on what you know are your strengths, or fill in gaps in your knowledge and skills. You will become a graduate with a well-rounded, relevant knowledge base ready to take on the working world!


There are a large number of scholarships available to first year and current Massey University business students including hardship and sports-related scholarships.

Our Future Leaders Scholarship is a prestigious scholarship to recognise emerging leaders enrolling in full-time business, communication and agricommerce programmes at Massey University.


A good fit if you:

  • Have strong written and oral communication skills
  • Are interested in collaborative and team work activity
  • Would like to develop your skills in working with others and resolving people-related concerns in the workplace
  • Are interested in how organisations function and manage employment relationships
Brooke Arter
Bachelor of Business Studies (Business Information System and Human Resources)
HR Administrator, Mitre 10 Mega

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Massey University; my experience far exceeded my expectations…”

I was already working (as a Senior Customer Services Officer at ASB - and HR was an area that had always interested me. It became evident that a degree was almost essential to be considered for a role in the industry. I spoke to my managers, the course advisors at Massey and a careers counsellor. They all confirmed that I would enjoy and even excel at a role in HR!

I chose Massey because of its reputation and I really liked the Auckland campus, which was very accessible for me. I had a great experience, making lifelong friends with my class mates and lecturers.

It’s really important to make the most of your studies and take advantage of all opportunities, While I was studying I took part an internship programme and was placed with Drake New Zealand a recruitment and talent management company. In connection with this I had the opportunity to present at Massey’s Business Boot Camp and Human Resources Institute of New Zealand work choice day event. I was also selected to participate in Massey’s ACE programme (Achieving Career Excellence). As a result of this I got to attend the HR Game Changer Conference for free. I also made the Deans list in 2013 and 2014 and graduated as a Massey Scholar.

I enjoyed studying very much. The internship presented some great opportunities to network and get involved in some fun events. I have made very valuable connections with professionals within a wide variety of professions and industries.

Today I am working as an HR Administrator for Mitre 10 MEGA. My role has a very wide scope covering different facets of HR such as recruitment, training & development, and health & safety.

Mitre 10 has some very exciting prospects for expansion. I am working towards gaining as much experience as I can to open up as many opportunities as possible.


The rapidly changing nature of work means there is increasing emphasis on HRM and ER by senior management in New Zealand organisations, and internationally. A major in HRM and ER opens the door to a wide variety of careers.

As a new graduate, you may take up a generalist HRM/ER position in a private company or in the public sector. There are specialist HRM and ER opportunities too, in strategy, recruitment; remuneration; training and development; collective bargaining; change management and dispute resolution.

Understanding work and people-management also provides opportunities beyond HRM and ER practice. Past graduates have also become consultants, policy analysts for government, research officers, academics or enter general management programmes.

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