BA (Hons) Human Resource Management

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.

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.

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).

What will I study?

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. 

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.


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.