Master of Strategic People Management

Advance Your Human Resource Management Skills

The Master of Strategic People Management at UNSW Canberra is designed to develop middle managers, particularly in people management. Middle managers are a key element of organisational change, but few university-level courses focus on their specific challenges. This degree provides students with an understanding of systems theory and its implications for implementation.  

Rather than looking at HR aspects as discrete elements, we integrate ideas to help develop strategies for developing and sustaining individual and organisational capability to enable managers to interpret organisational strategy and develop appropriate, people-focused implementation plans. The program includes optional research project courses that enable students to produce a substantial piece of research-based scholarship during their degree. 

This fully online degree balances advanced theory with practical knowledge, offering you the opportunity to learn how to develop effective strategy implementation plans.  

The UNSW Canberra School of Business is an accredited member of The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. Only 5% of university business programs worldwide are AACSB accredited.  

What Our Students Say

“Having worked in Defence for more than sixteen years, I have experience in personnel and business management. However, this degree has enhanced my confidence and expertise, particularly in relation to strategic management, strategic human resources, change management and systems thinking related workplace opportunities.” 


Samantha Dennis, Master of Strategic People Management student

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You can find more information on this degree including entry requirements on the UNSW Handbook.

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A program of study within the Master of Strategic People Management is accredited by the Australian HR Institute (AHRI) effective January 2021. Accreditation is reviewed every three years by the AHRI National Accreditation Committee. Students applying for this program can be assured that the quality of core courses map onto the AHRI Model of Excellence for HR Practitioners and Academics, a recognised benchmark of HR best practice and standards.


If you require more information about the specified courses that make up the program or are currently in a Masters program and would like to enquire if you are eligible to transfer into this program, please contact

Students undertaking the Master of Strategic People Management are required to complete eight coursework courses (48 UOC). Students must complete four core courses (24 UOC) and four elective courses (24 UOC). 

For further program details, please visit the UNSW Handbook.

Please Note: Course offerings and the Intensive Delivery Mode (IDM) courses can vary throughout the year - contact School for details. 

Student must complete 4 Core courses

Core Courses Semester 1 - 2023 Semester 2 - 2023
People and Systems Distance Mode Not Offered
Driving Performance Not Offered Distance Mode
Developing Organisational Capability Not Offered Distance Mode

  Plus ONE of:

Strategic Management Distance Mode Distance Mode
Change Management Not Offered Distance Mode


Elective Courses Semester 1 - 2023 Semester 2 - 2023
Organisational Behaviour Distance Mode Distance Mode
Strategic Human Resources Not Offered Distance Mode
Accounting for Management Decisions Distance Mode Distance Mode
Business Law Distance Mode Distance Mode
ZBUS8113 Public Service Implementation Distance Mode Not Offered
ZBUS8114 Leadership of Safe and Healthy Work Not Offered Not Offered
The Business of Managing Projects Distance Mode Distance Mode
Leadership Distance Mode Not Offered
Marketing Distance Mode Not Offered
Business Ethics Distance Mode Not Offered
Humanitarian Logistics Distance Mode Not Offered
Critical Analysis in Business Distance Mode Distance Mode
Workforce Planning Distance Mode Not Offered
ZBUS8320 Strategic Logistics Management Not Offered Distance Mode
ZBUS8321 Managing Diversity Distance Mode Not Offered
Research Project - Business Distance Mode Distance Mode
Evidence-based Decision Making Distance Mode Not Offered
ZPEM8210 Institutional Subjectivity and Ethics Distance Mode Not Offered



Please refer to the UNSW Handbook for the Entry Requirements.   

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