The department of  Human Resource Management has geared itself to provide the most comprehensive mix of qualifications in the field of human resource management, labour relations and HR training and development that are not only at the cutting edge of current best practice, but also allow for a meaningful life-long career path with multiple vertical and horizontal articulation options.

The career-oriented mix of qualifications is made up of specialist undergraduate programmes, i.e. BCom degree and National Diploma focusing on generalist HR competencies, three BTech degree programmes in generalist HR Management and specialist Labour Relations Management and Human Resource Development. 

Other offerings include a Honours BCom programme in Business Management specialising in HR, course-work based and research based post graduate programmes at Masters and Doctorate level, i.e. MTech degree in Human Resource Development, MTech HRM, MCom and DCom degree.


  • National Diploma: Human Resource Management
  • Baccalaureus Technologiae: Human Resource Development
  • Baccalaureus Technologiae: Human Resources Management
  • BCom (with specialisation in Human Resource Management) 

The career specific undergraduate programmes provide entry into the field of HR management for students with or without complying with the university entrance requirements in their Senior Certificate. The national diploma and degree programmes are developed in cooperation with leading experts in commerce and industry and are aimed specifically to meet the needs of the contemporary South African work place.

The programmes are designed to provide students with a rich and relevant body of knowledge and HR competencies, grounded in the latest research and equipping them to practice an integrated and business-oriented approach to HR management in their future careers as professional HR practitioners, line managers or self-employed specilist consultants.

The BTech degree programmes have been developed in response to needs for high-level skills in the advanced specialist sub-fields of HR management. In particular the BTech programes in Labour Relations Management and Human Resource Development create a multi-disciplinary pathway for practitioners from a variety of academic backgrounds into the particular specialist areas of HR practice.

The BTech in HRD is the result of the industry need to employ highly skilled specialist staff members in the field of Training Management. The rapid changes taking place in the  global business environment, coupled with the NQF, SAQA and Skills Development requirements, necessitate more advanced programmes with regard to training management, organisational learning and human resource development.

The aim of the degree programmes is:

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