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Gain a competitive edge by combining HR and psychology skills

Deakin launches innovative Bachelor of Human Resource Management (Psychology) degree.

The face of human resource management is transforming rapidly, with globalisation, a changing workforce and technological advances recognised as major contributing factors. 

Today’s employers in the HR space are looking for graduates with skills to apply behavioural insights, as well as data-driven science to the business problems they face.

In response to these changing demands, Deakin Business School is excited to introduce a brand new Bachelor of Human Resource Management (Psychology)

Gain a deeper understanding of new factors influencing HRM

This leading-edge degree is for students who have clearly identified interests in human resource management as well as psychology.

Course Director Dr Huw Flatau Harrison explains that HR professionals make decisions that require significant accountability and transparency in questions relating to remuneration, training, recruitment and selection, organisational change and many other typical areas of HR. 

But, modern businesses increasingly want these decisions to be specific and non-arbitrary, requiring justification from relevant research and best-practice gleaned from psychology and scientific data.

Deakin’s new degree offering will fill this missing link, by more clearly explaining the behavioural rationale behind many of these day-to-day HR decisions, he says.  


Get a practical head-start in your chosen field

Set to launch in Trimester 1 2020, the Bachelor of Human Resource Management (Psychology) will also offer students the opportunity to graduate with a dual-accredited degree after three years of full-time study (or part-time equivalent), rather than within the four year time-span traditionally required for a double degree.

Dr Flatau Harrison says that combining this time advantage with the required practical experience components (Work Integrated Learning), means graduates will enter the job market quicker and equipped with real-world business experience to position them ahead of their competitors. 
“Internships, volunteering and team-based learning opportunities within this degree will develop students’ understanding of the practical applications of their studies, subsequently making them more attractive as employees,” he says.

Broaden your career prospects

Perhaps the biggest advantage is the fact that Deakin has applied to have this new degree accredited by both the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and the Australian HR Institute (AHRI) in 2020, meaning graduates are able to significantly broaden their career radar.

This dual qualification gives our graduates the ability to pursue work or further postgraduate study in either HR or psychology, depending on their desired exit pathway, Dr Flatau Harrison says.  

Offered at the Melbourne Burwood Campus, the Geelong Waurn Ponds and Waterfront Campuses, as well as via the Cloud (online), applications for the Bachelor of Human Resource Management (Psychology) are now open. Find out more.

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