About the course

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.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 Human Resource Management with an Eastern Language 2019 Course fact sheet 2 Human Resource Management with a European Language 2019 Course fact sheet 3 BA (Hons) Human Resource Management
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 Languages Programme Specification 2019 Programme specification 2 BA (Hons) Human Resource Management

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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

Wendy Yellowley
Programme Leader

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.

Course details


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.

What job can I get?

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.

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.


Level 4

Core Modules


Level 5

Core Modules


Level 6

Core Modules


Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 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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Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

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

UCAS points A Level BTEC

How to apply

Course length
  • Full Time, 3 Years
  • Part Time, 6 Years
  • Sandwich, 4 Years
  • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
We welcome applications from international and EU students