BA (Hons) Human Resource Management

Available to non EU students

About the course

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Human resources all about harnessing the power of people – recruiting, retaining and developing the right talent to keep a business ahead of the competition. It’s a career that can take you into any sector, anywhere in the world, because every forward-thinking business needs HR expertise.

At Hertfordshire Business School, we’ve designed our BA Human Resource Management (HRM) to give you the skills, experience and in-depth knowledge this rewarding sector demands. Whether you’re interested in people management, employment relations, trade unions, equal opportunities or training and development, we’re here to help you get your future off to a great start.

The University of Hertfordshire is the UK’s leading business-facing university and we work closely with innovative businesses and professional bodies to make sure our graduates have the sought-after human resources skills that industry really needs.

We know that tomorrow’s human resources managers will need a broad range of abilities to work effectively in our rapidly changing, increasingly global business world. So, at Hertfordshire, we begin by giving you a firm foundation in HRM and the way modern businesses work.

As you progress through this BA course, you’ll study a careful blend of academic theory, real-world case studies and practical skills. Our inspiring, supportive academics will help you develop the kind of cultural awareness you need to work in an international business environment, as well as giving you the opportunity to study specialist modules in the areas of HRM that interest you most.

You’ll be able to combine your BA subject with one of six languages – French, German, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin or Japanese – and you’ll even have the option of taking a year-long paid work placement or spending a year studying overseas.

Our BA Human Resource Management course is also accredited by the highly respected Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), so you’ll become an associate member when you graduate.

We also give you the exciting option of studying for a year at one of Hertfordshire’s 30 partner universities across the world. Some students even spend half a year studying abroad and the other half on an overseas work placement. Whatever you decide to do, you’ll be adding some really impressive experience to your CV.

We also work in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD) to make sure this degree meets the rigorous standards today’s human resources industry demands. Because of this, you’ll automatically become an associate member when you graduate – a recognised professional standard which will appeal to future employers.

Why choose this course?

  • Study for your degree at one of the UK’s leading business-facing university.
  • Become a knowledgeable, highly skilled human resources professional.
  • Take modules created in consultation with employers, focused on the skills they really need.
  • Choose to learn a new language, take a year-long work placement or study abroad for a year.
  • Graduate with associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD).

Key staff

Ms Sue Debenham
Programme Leader, Senior Lecturer

Professional Accreditations

Our BA Human Resource Management is accredited by the highly respected Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), so you can be confident it’s giving you the high-quality skills today’s employers are looking for. Once you graduate, you can become an associate member of the CIPD, able to access its professional networks and resources.

Careers

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.

Teaching methods

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. 

Work Placement

Adding real-world work experience to your CV can really help you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting that great graduate job. At Hertfordshire, we give you lots of opportunities to do just that, working on live projects and going on placements.

We help you find out about different roles on work-shadowing days, get more in-depth insights on summer internships or even spend a whole year working – and getting paid.

Our year-long placements are optional and you can take one by adding an extra year between the Second and Final Years of your course. The experience will make a huge difference to your employability and, potentially, your degree results too.

Study Abroad

Today’s businesses are working on an increasingly international scale, recruiting talent from all over the world and creating diverse, cross-cultural teams. It’s never been more important for human resources professionals to have an appreciation of the challenges and opportunities this brings and that’s something we’ll explore throughout your degree.

Our globally focused modules include International Environment of Business, Cross-Cultural Management, Geopolitics and International HRM. You can also choose optional language modules throughout your degree, including French, German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin and Japanese.

Between your Second and Final Years, you’ll have the option of adding an extra year to your degree and spending it studying with one of our 30 partner universities worldwide. It’s an incredible experience that will boost your confidence, skills and career prospects.

Alternatively, you can use your extra year to take a year-long paid work placement in the UK or overseas, or split the year, studying abroad for half and working for the other half.

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Principles of Marketing - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Human Resource Management - 30 Credits
  • Work and Organisations - 15 Credits
  • Economics for Business - 15 Credits
  • HRM Practice and Society - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Introduction to Business Operations - 15 Credits
  • Information Systems for Business - 15 Credits
  • International Environment of Business 2: Law, Ethics and Culture - 15 Credits
  • Financial Analysis Techniques - 15 Credits
  • Mandarin Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Mandarin Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 4a - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 4b - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 4a - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 4b - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 4a - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 4b - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 4a - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route B - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route B - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Japanese Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Japanese Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 4b - 15 Credits

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Performance Management and Reward - 15 Credits
  • Organisational Psychology - 15 Credits
  • Labour Market Policy - 15 Credits
  • Enterprise - 15 Credits
  • Enhancing Employability in Human Resource Management - 15 Credits
  • Business and Enterprise Contexts - 15 Credits
  • Information Systems for HRM - 15 Credits
  • Enhancing Employability in Human Resource Management - 15 Credits
  • Individual Employment Law - 15 Credits
  • Employment Law - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Information Systems for Human Resource Management - 15 Credits
  • Principles of Operations Management - 15 Credits
  • Exploring Business Ethics - 15 Credits
  • Cross-cultural Management - 15 Credits
  • Geopolitics - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 5a - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 5a - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 5b - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 5a - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 5a - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 5b - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 5a - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Mandarin Route A - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Mandarin Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 5a - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route A - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route B - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route B - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Japanese Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Japanese Route A - 5a - 15 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Employment Relations - 15 Credits
  • International Human Resource Management - 15 Credits
  • Training and Development - 30 Credits
  • Placement Portfolio - 0 Credits
  • Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management - 15 Credits
  • Contemporary Developments in HRD - 30 Credits
  • HBS Placement - 0 Credits

Optional

  • Industrial Placement Sem B only - 0 Credits
  • Industrial Placement Year - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (South East Asia) - 0 Credits
  • Supply Chain Management - 15 Credits
  • Business and Commercial Awareness - 15 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (North America) - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (Australia) - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad A (Europe) - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad B (Europe) - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (Europe) - 0 Credits
  • Industrial Placement (Semester A) - 0 Credits
  • Business Strategy - 15 Credits
  • Dissertation - Human Resources - 30 Credits
  • Creative Problem Solving for Managers - 15 Credits
  • Research Methods - 0 Credits
  • Leadership and Organisations - 15 Credits
  • Business Strategy - 15 Credits
  • Industry Practice for Human Resource Professionals - 15 Credits
  • French Mini Project - 15 Credits
  • German Mini Project - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Mini Project - 15 Credits
  • German Project - 30 Credits
  • French Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 6b - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 6b - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 6a - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Mandarin Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Mandarin Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 6a - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route B - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route B - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Japanese Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Japanese Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 6a - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Collective Employment Law - 15 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2017

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2017/2018 academic year

Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2017/2018 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11350 for the 2017/2018 academic year

Part time
  • £1420 per 15 credits for the 2017/2018 academic year

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year

Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year

Part time
  • £1500 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

96-112 UCAS points from qualifications which include a minimum of two 4 unit qualifications (e.g. A Levels), one 8 unit qualification (e.g. Pearson BTEC Diploma) or one 12 unit qualification (e.g. Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma).

GCSE Maths and English at Grade C (Grade 4 if completed from 2017 onwards).

‘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.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.’

For more details on the University of Hertfordshire's entry requirements, please visit our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page.

N.B. We have expressed our entry requirements within a tariff range. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (if applicable) together with your applications as a whole, including work experience and personal statement, and may make an offer at any point within the stated tariff range.

How to apply

2018

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)