Why study with ECU Online?


    Flexible, Accelerated and 100% Online

    Our degrees allow you to tailor your study to your busy schedule and complete your degree sooner than traditional on-campus study. Experience our engaging online learning environment with support from academics, Student Success Advisors and fellow students.


    Developed with Industry Leaders ​

    ECU’s Accelerated Online Graduate Diploma of Human Resource Management has been developed by academics and thought-leaders who are highly engaged with the industry.


    Support While You Study

    At ECU, you will receive the support you need to succeed when fitting study into your already busy life. Not only are our teaching staff supportive and attentive - you will also have a dedicated Student Success Advisor to support you every step of the way at ECU.

Who Should Study ECU’s Graduate Diploma of Human Resource Management?

Our Graduate Diploma of Human Resource Management is a great option for students who are new to the field, or who are currently working in HRM and want to take their skills to the next level.

Already working as an HRM professional? If you have a relevant degree, you may be eligible for our fast-tracked Master of Human Resource Management or Graduate Certificate of People and Culture.



  • 2021 Good Universities Guide​
    ECU was rated five stars for Postgraduate Learning Resources​.

  • THE Impact Rankings 2021​
    ECU has been ranked in the top 50 in the world for Quality Education, as well as the top 25 in the world for Health and Wellbeing and Gender Equality.​

  • QILT Survey 2020
    Postgraduate Business & Management at ECU was ranked third in Australia for Overall Student Experience and Teaching Quality, and second for Student Support and Skill Development in the QILT Survey 2020.

What You Will Learn

Consolidate Fundamental Skills and Core Capabilities​

Develop and strengthen your understanding of key concepts related to managing people and empowering them to achieve their best at work.​

Prepare for the Changing World of Work

Build your leadership capacity and be prepared for the future of work.​

Learn to Align Business Strategy and Human Resource Management

Learn how to acquire and retain talent in high-performing work environments and how to align the goals of employees and management with overall business strategy.​


Career Outcomes

Upon successfully completing the Graduate Diploma of Human Resource Management, you will have the skills and knowledge to succeed in a number of roles including:

  • Human Resources Advisor
  • Talent Acquisition Officer
  • Workplace Relations Manager
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Human Resources Specialist

Working in human resource management opens up a variety of diverse opportunities, with responsibilities that can include developing and implementing policies, recruiting talent, risk management, performance monitoring and more. According to Seek, the average yearly salary of a Human Resources Advisor is $80,000.

After completing your graduate diploma, you can also continue your studies and complete your Master of Human Resource Management, allowing you to gain an in-depth understanding of HRM and be seen as an expert in people and culture.


What you will study

The Graduate Diploma of Human Resource Management consists of six units.

Graduate Diploma of Human Resource Management
  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Human Resource Management Fundamentals
  • Managing Employee Relations
  • Acquiring and Managing Talent
  • Managing and Rewarding Performance
  • Elective

Entry criteria

Admission Requirements

To gain entry to the Graduate Diploma of Human Resource Management, applicants must:

  • Have any bachelor degree, or​
  • Equivalent prior learning including at least five years relevant professional experience.​

  • Meet English Language Requirements (Band 4). This can include IELTS Academic - Overall band minimum score of 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0).

If you would like more information, contact one of our Student Enrolment Advisors.

Meet your Course Coordinator

Dr Esmé Franken is a Course Coordinator for Human Resource Management and a Lecturer in the School of Business and Law. She has recently completed a PhD in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. 

Esmé is interested in how both managers and employees can develop to their full potential in organisations. Her research uses both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and centers on leadership and employee development.

Dr Esmé Franken

Counselling student receiving support over the phone

Student Support

Not only will you be supported by our academic staff with feedback and answers to your academic questions, but you will also receive dedicated one-on-one support for all non-academic queries from your Student Success Advisor. They are available via phone or email to provide motivation and guidance, supporting you while you achieve your study goals.


Assessments vary from unit to unit. Please check with your Course Coordinator or Student Success Advisor about each unit's assessment requirements. Assessments may include case studies, reviews, reports, portfolios, applied projects and presentations. We do not hold exams for accelerated online programs.


The cost of our Graduate Diploma of Human Resource Management is $24,060* for all six units.

To assist with some or all of your tuition fees, FEE-HELP is available for eligible students. This government-supported loan scheme is designed to help eligible full-fee paying students pay their postgraduate tuition fees.

To find out if you are eligible for FEE-HELP, you can contact one of our Student Enrolment Advisors on 1300 707 760.

*2021 student fees are shown and are subject to change in 2022.

How to apply

Ready to apply? Our support staff are available to guide you through our three-step process.

Find out more about how to apply