University of Hertfordshire - BA (Hons) Human Resource Management

University of Hertfordshire

BA (Hons) Human Resource Management

Indicative course structure

Human resources (HR) typically focuses on the management of people within an organisation, and this course gives you the skills and knowledge for a successful career in this important area. You’ll study topics that fundamentally underpin HR management, including legal issues, economics, people resourcing, accounting and marketing. You’ll then move on to specialist modules such as organisational psychology, employment relations, individual employment law, ethics, contemporary HRD and performance management. Once you’ve completed the course, you can apply for associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

You can also study a language with this course. You can be awarded the degree ‘with language’ in the title if you choose to study a foreign language in all years of study.

Entry Requirements

UCAS pointsA LevelBTEC

GCSE: Grade 4/C in English Language and Mathematics

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

Career Prospects

Our human resources graduates often go into HRM graduate schemes, consultancy or HR related positions in the private, public or not-for-profit sectors. Whichever path you choose, you’ll have a sound knowledge of HRM and business management, as well as the transferable skills employers need.

Our BA Human Resource Management is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), so you’ll become an associate member when you graduate. The CIPD is a highly respected body in HR, so this is a real advantage.

You can also stay on at Hertfordshire and study at postgraduate level. We offer an MA Human Resource Management which can help you develop even more advanced expertise.

Our graduates have gone on to roles such as HR administrator, HR graduate trainee, HR manager and personnel officer with companies including Arcadia, Europcar, Marks and Spencer and Royal Mail. The course also gives you the skills to work in industrial relations, equal opportunities, training and development, and general management. Around 95% of our graduates have gone on to work or further study within six months of finishing this course. Students also consider an MA Human Resource Management upon starting their career.

Course Details

You will be studying four 15 credit modules in each semester (this may vary between double modules) and your contact time varies between modules, but usually you will have two sessions per week for each module, a one-hour lecture following by a one-hour seminar/tutorial. Typically, a new topic or theory will be introduced in each lecture and will be followed up with class discussion and feedback in the subsequent seminar. In addition, as part of your study time, you will be collaborating with your peers on tasks and group assignments. Module leaders also offer weekly drop in and feedback sessions, usually 2 x 1 hours per module as well as revision sessions.

The University’s ‘online learning environment’ means you can access all your course resources, literature and timetables from anywhere in the world.

Usually, assessment is split between coursework and examinations. The style of coursework can vary from presentations to business reports, essays depending on the taught topics. 

Year 1

Principles of marketing
Introduction to human resource management
Work and organisations
Economics for business
Hrm practice and society

Optional modules
Introduction to business operations
Information systems for business
International environment of business 2: law, ethics and culture
Financial analysis techniques

Year 2

Performance management and reward
Organisational psychology
Business and enterprise contexts
Information systems for hrm
Enhancing employability in human resource management
Employment law

Optional modules
Principles of operations management
Exploring business ethics
Cross-cultural management
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Year 3

Employment relations
International human resource management
Training and development
Placement portfolio
Contemporary issues in human resource management
Industry practice for human resource professionals
Contemporary developments in hrd
Diversity and equality at work
Hbs placement

Optional modules
Industrial placement sem b only
Industrial placement year
Placement study abroad (south east asia)
Supply chain management
Business and commercial awareness
Placement study abroad (north america)
Placement study abroad (australia)
Placement study abroad a (europe)
Placement study abroad b (europe)
Placement study abroad (europe)
Industrial placement (semester a)
Dissertation - human resources
Creative problem solving for managers
Research methods
Leadership and organisations
Business strategy
Contemporary issues in ethics, business and sustainability
German mini project
Spanish mini project
German project
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Collective employment law

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