Human Resource Management is all about ensuring that people are managed and treated fairly. By recruiting, retaining, and developing the talent in a business, you can keep ahead of the competition.
To ensure future success, companies are constantly on the lookout for skilled and qualified HR advisers and managers. Employers want graduates who are not just academically qualified, but are also work-ready with professional skills in management and leadership.
This course will help meet this need and equip you with the skills to become a confident and successful HR manager.
For the new generation of managers, change is the only consistency. This programme equips you with not only the knowledge and understanding of contemporary best practice in strategic HR management, but develop the personal skills required to prepare you for your first roles in management.
Our degree will help you gain an understanding of contemporary HR theory and practice, but also recognise the key issues which impact on organisations. This will allow you to build up a full picture of the business needs which will prove invaluable when you graduate.
It is aimed at those who wish to develop a strong understanding of the nature of business and HR management in a world of volatility, uncertainty, change and ambiguity.
A key feature of the programme is to blend both academic study and skills development in order to enhance the employability of our graduates.
You will gain opportunities to develop key skills, such as empathy, problem solving and creatively, which will ensure you are well placed to enter the employment market.
Academics who teach on the programme have a wide range of experience in the HR sector and ongoing links with industry. With smaller, more intimate class sizes, we give our students one-to-one teaching and support.
You will have the opportunity to collaborate on projects and live briefs with students from other business management degree programmes, gaining the practical and transferable skills you need for your career.
The course focuses on the ability to think critically and will enable you to develop and evaluate solutions to complex, real-life problems.
We focus on equipping you with the knowledge of contemporary management theories, but of equal importance, the opportunity to apply and integrate that knowledge in live projects.
The programme’s practical aspects are intrinsically linked to the study of new and emerging theories in Human Resources and general business, both in the UK and internationally.
We use live project examples wherever possible so that you can apply your learning and see how it all fits within the business world. Guest lecturers will be used throughout the programme to also demonstrate the relevance of the teaching in a business context.
Our students are often asked to develop solutions for a wide-range of businesses. This allows you to gain real-world, hands-on experience while businesses benefit from having dedicated consultants to carry out research and offer advice tailored to their needs. We’ve had students consulting major companies as well as helping start-ups to get their businesses on the move.
Some of the large companies we have worked with include Dreams, Softcat, Enterprise-rent-a-car, Sacla, Dow Chemicals and the NHS. We have also worked with local businesses such as Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and KVA Digital.
Who is it for?
The BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management programme has been designed for students who are primarily interested in the Human Resources function in an organisation, but who would also like to learn about other business aspects and functions.
UCAS CODE: NN61
This programme provides a strategic and global view with recurring themes of problem solving, creative thinking and developing empathy
The programme takes into account the wide range of skills now required in the HR profession. It allows you to engage in studying the highly practical skills specific to human resources, but also other skills specific to other business functions such as marketing and finance.
Additionally there is a specific focus on developing those skills which will be needed in a changing business environment. In a world where we rely increasingly on AI, it is vital that we equip our students with skills in personal resilience, self-management, empathy, creativity and problem solving.
We have excellent links with industry and have used our knowledge of their requirements for graduates to help shape this programme. We will also introduce key business speakers and live briefs as assessments throughout the course.
In year 1, you will learn about the fundamentals that provide a sound basis for your study of HR. You will learn about the business and management context of human resources, including marketing, business environment and finance. Core modules include finance, marketing, contemporary business environments, HR, leadership and management skills.
In year 2, you will focus more on HR specific modules, specifically resourcing, employee engagement and international HRM. You will gain a more strategic understanding of business issues, and in particular work with live clients to support them in implementing changes to their business. This will help enhance your professional knowledge and expertise.
In the final year, there is an ongoing emphasis on leadership skills, particularly within a changing business environment, and a key emphasis on HR Strategy. Change management and organisation development are also included at this level, which are key strategic issues facing HR within all organisations. You will be expected to integrate, apply and evaluate the knowledge they have gained through independent study on your dissertation or a consultancy project. The dissertation or a consultancy project will be a key focus this year and will allow you to specialise on your area of interest. This will prove invaluable when you graduate, allowing you to showcase your particular area of expertise at job interviews.
Teaching and Learning
Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning. The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.
Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.
Year 1: 26 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||312 hours|
|Independent learning:||888 hours|
Year 2: 30 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||360 hours|
|Independent learning:||840 hours|
Year 3: 24 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||283 hours|
|Independent learning:||917 hours|
You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.
Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.
Balance of assessment
The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose. Assessments are broken down into coursework, written exams or practical. Coursework covers both written work such as essays and reports and practical work such as the preparation of a portfolio and project outputs completed on many art and design programmes. Exams include both formal written exams and in-class time-constrained assessments or TCAs. Practical assessments largely consist of oral presentations and contributions to seminars, and competency-based activities such as clinical or lab skills.
|80 percent coursework||15 percent written exams||5 percent practical|
|80 percent coursework||15 percent written exams||5 percent practical|
|75 percent coursework||20 percent written exams||5 percent practical|
Please note: The percentages above do not include any pass/fail elements as these do not contribute to the overall degree classification. All modules must be successfully completed for credit to be awarded.
You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.
Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 80. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Year 1 Modules
- Career Viewpoint
- Data Insights for Business Decisions
- Financial Decision Making
- Global Business environment
- Graduate Challenge
- Introduction to People Management
- Principles of Marketing
- Organisational Behaviour
Year 2 Modules
- Resourcing and Talent Planning
- Managing and Engaging people
- International HRM
- Business Consulting
- Project Management
- Consulting in practice
- Digital Business and New Technologies
- Customer Experience (optional)
Year 3 Modules
- Consultancy Project (optional)
- HR Strategy
- Managing & Developing Innovation & Creativity
- Research Methods
- Strategic Agility
- Change Management and organisation Development
- Developing leadership and management skills
- Dissertation (optional)
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full Time International: £10,500 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.
For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow