Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Majoring in Human Resource Management

University of Otago
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Majoring in Human Resource Management

The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree program 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.

Admission requirements

The minimum requirement for students is the completion of a high school qualification plus satisfactory completion of one year's study at an approved tertiary institution or successful completion of New Zealand Foundation Year Program.

We also accept the following International qualifications: International Baccalaureate: IB Diploma with a minimum of 24 points; GCE Advanced Levels: minimum grade of 8.

If your first language is not English you need to meet our English language requirements as follows:

  • IELTS score of 6.0 in the academic module (with no individual band below 5.5);
  • Internet-based TOEFL: Score of 80 (writing 20), Paper-based TOEFL: Score of 550 (TWE 4.5);
  • We also accept a number of other English language tests. Due to COVID-19, we currently accept IELTS Indicator Test, and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition.

Don't meet the English language requirements? The University of Otago Language Centre "English for Otago" Program offers a pathway for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students to meet the English language requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

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Program content


  • Managing for Performance
  • Business and Society
  • Interpreting Business Data, Economic Principles and Policy, Financial Decision Making, Accounting and Information Systems


  • Managing People
  • Managing Organisations
  • One of
    • International Management
    • Interpersonal/International Business Communication
    • Developing Responsible Leadership


  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Employment Relations
  • Two of
    • Leadership
    • Human Resource Development
    • Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
    • Occupational Psychology

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

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.

Application details

Applicants must apply online. They should also attach all the necessary supporting documents which includes scanned copies of their official high school or foundation transcripts (awards gained, marks, grades); scanned copies of the relevant official transcripts of previous university study; and provide proof of their identity: this is usually achieved by providing a certified copy of the personal details page of their passport or a birth certificate (in English). Applicants may also be required to submit an Educational Credential Evaluators report (ECE). As soon as applicants have completed their online application, their proof of identity document must be posted to International Office, University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand. International student applications for semester 1/summer school study close: Oct-31; Semester 2 study close: Apr-30.


International tuition fees per year: 35461 NZD


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 paths

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.

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University of Otago

Founded in 1869, the University of Otago is New Zealand's first university. Otago has gained an excellent international reputation for its research and teaching. Ranked among the world’s top 1% of universities according to QS World University Rankings, Otago students...

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Otago’s approachable, world-renowned teaching staff are dedicated to fostering creativity and independence and helping students achieve their visions for the future.

Otago graduates are globally in demand, with 95 percent of graduates going on to employment or further academic studies. Otago’s Social Impact Studio provides volunteering and leadership opportunities, while programmes like Audacious support start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Otago boasts some of the best completion rates for a doctorate or master’s qualification in the world, with exceptional supervisory support.

At Otago, old meets new, from iconic historic buildings to modern, award-winning laboratories and teaching spaces, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the world.

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University of Otago

362 Leith Street
9016 Dunedin
New Zealand

Phone no: +64 0800 80 80 98

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