BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management

Key information

Why choose this course?

  • The perfect course for a people person looking to succeed in business
  • Student satisfaction of 88% on learning opportunities (National Student Survey, 2022)
  • Eligible to apply for associate membership of CIPD on graduation

If you love people and enjoy solving problems, you’ll thrive on this course discovering solutions to HR problems and managing organisational processes.  

Integrate the study of people management as you learn key business disciplines such as finance, marketing, and strategy providing a fully rounded course.  

Explore the delights and challenges of managing people, through fun, engaging and proactive materials studying the real impact of effective management in business. Discover why understanding the human side of business gives you a competitive advantage.  

Develop a personal toolkit of HR and business knowledge and skills, backed up by practical experience. All taught by a range of experts and specialist practitioners.    

Define your own strategies for success, with a supportive team committed to helping you find your path, assisting you by providing several learning options, one-on-one tutoring, and other resources. 

Recent National Student Survey (NSS) results were focused on how well organised the programme was, as well as how the lecturers listen to students resulting in high levels of engagement. 

Hertfordshire Business School (HBS) maintains strong relationships with professional bodies and business connections. Meet entrepreneurs–in–residence, business ambassadors and industry leaders at networking events or in guest lectures through our Business Academy.

Our Staff

Your enthusiastic teaching team, many of whom have first-hand industry experience, will guide, and support you to develop practical skills and comprehensive knowledge.  

You also benefit from an academic support team, wellbeing team and personal tutor to help you adjust to the demands of university learning and living.  

What's the course about?

As a future HR professional, deepen your understanding of why people are the heart and soul of businesses. Explore hot topics such as employer brand, the importance of culture and how HR policies in areas such as redundancy, maternity leave and rewards support strategic decision making. 

Learn what it takes to run a successful business in our modern and changing world, getting to the heart of challenges such as sustainability, leadership, innovation, and organisation psychology.  

Engage in lively discussions, tackling controversial questions and reviewing the latest people problems facing businesses today. We live in a technological age and there are several specific digital modules ensuring you are equipped to capitalise on how technology impacts business and the people within them.   

Develop your professional skills, learning how to communicate, present and work with people, building your confidence and improving your CV. The course also offers flexibility, and you can move into one of our other business courses at the end of the first year.  

We actively support you to go out on an industry placement, study abroad or do an internship (including the latest online bite-sized digital experiences) to help you find your direction and boost your CV to secure your first graduate role.   

Where you'll study

Your learning experience will happen on our modern de Havilland campus, with self-study materials to support you from our virtual learning platform, StudyNet. 

Hertfordshire Business School is located within a large University campus, at our de Havilland site. You’ll be sharing this campus with others studying business, law, sports, education, and the humanities, as well as the Sports Village, which features a gym, swimming pool, coffee shop, and climbing wall and our Enterprise Hub. 

There are dining options, a bar, and a recreational space on campus where you can shoot some pool or play video games. The Enterprise Hub is a vibrant destination where local firms and students can work and learn in comfort. In addition to open study spaces, our Learning Resources Centre also features private study rooms, and is open 24/7 allowing you to study around your schedule. 

The student union bar and additional facilities are only a 20-minute walk or short bus ride away at our second campus. Student housing is available at both campuses. 

What will I study?

There are four modules in each semester. Each module has a good mix of theoretical knowledge and useful, transferrable, skills. 

In your first year, you’ll study a range of foundational business modules including marketing, organisational behaviour, and technology as well as an introduction to Human Resources.  

In your second year, delve deeper into HR, tackling important topics such as resourcing, performance, and reward.  

In your final year, tackle topics such as leadership, ethics, and global HR management. You also undertake a business project, bringing all your learnings together in a real-world context. 

There are also opportunities to further enrich your personal development through our GoHerts program, placements, internships, study-abroad and Future Success team events.

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Alumni Stories

Elizaveta Zaskalko

Meet Elizaveta Zaskalko, who has explored the tourism industry and shared her passion for travel. She works at Expedia Inc as an Account Manager.

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Current job roleAccount Manager
Year of graduation2016
Course of studyBA (Hons) Tourism Management with French
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A passion for travel

Elizaveta always had a passion for tourism and knew her career would be within the industry. She works at Expedia Inc as an Account Manager and is responsible for the brand's relationships with Marriott, Hilton, and other chains in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Studying at the University gave her a vast knowledge of the tourism industry and prepared her for entering the sector. Tourism is a diverse and global industry, with many career opportunities for new graduates.

She says, 'When I started my studies, I knew that I wanted to work in the tourism industry but had no idea which part of it. As I progressed, I learned about so many different branches of the industry and it really helped me to narrow it down to the one I actually really enjoyed.'

Strong employment links

'The best thing about my course is that it prepared us for the working world. The programme had a huge focus on employability, which I think was incredibly useful. Coming out of university I knew where I wanted to go, what I wanted to do and how to achieve it.'

The employment focus and links to industry embedded into Elizaveta's degree are what persuaded her to study at Herts. Our courses are designed to give students great opportunities, prepare them for professional life and provide them with direct access to their chosen profession through expert teaching and tangible industry connections.

Elizaveta says, 'An important factor for me choosing to study at the University was being able to do an industry placement year, as it's very hard to get a job without work experience nowadays. My placement year was very challenging but it was one of the most useful experiences I have had so far.'

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Alumni Stories

Abies Iriowen

Meet Abies Iriowen who has applied her degree to improve diversity and equality in businesses. She currently works as a Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator at Goldman Sachs

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Current job roleDiversity and Inclusion Coordinator
Year of graduation2018
Course of studyBA (Hons) Business and Event Management
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University experience

Abies has fond memories of her time at the University of Hertfordshire and is grateful for all of the opportunities she had within and outside of her studies.

She stresses the importance of joining societies, going on trips and taking advantage of tutors. She says, that her studies gave her ‘the push to get practical work experience as they taught me great organisation skills and how to work well in a team.’

As part of her degree, Abies secured a placement at FDM group who then asked her to come back after she graduated. ‘I got to this point in my career by getting as much work experience as possible. I completed two summer internships before securing my placement.’.

Current career and future

As a Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at Goldman Sachs, her role involves ‘managing school engagement programmes across the UK, supporting external conversations and diversity and inclusion, and delivering all Diversity and Inclusion Events across the country.’

In the future, she hopes to work her way up in an organisation to promote and support inclusive working environments.

I got to this point in my career by getting as much work experience as possible. I completed two summer internships before securing my placement.