Joint Honours Human Resource Management and Business offers modules which are geared towards developing your competence and skill as a manager as well as your knowledge of wider business issues. The programme is delivered around a variety of core subjects and option choices. The course is flexible and you can tailor the modules around your specific interests. In years two and three you can choose to specialise your studies whilst being fully supported by our experienced academic team.
The programme has been structured to develop your knowledge and entrepreneurial skills and enhance your future employability. Upon completion of the Human Resource Management and Business Joint Honours programme you will be able to progress your career in a wide range of organisations stretching across any sector or industry within management, business or HR.
Students graduating from this Joint Honours programme can progress onto a full-time, part-time or distance learning Postgraduate programme.
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This programme combines human resource management (HRM) and business modules that will provide you with a key grounding in both subject areas.
The importance of the theories, concepts, principles and practices through which the functioning, management and development of people can occur is emphasised in this programme. You will explore the HRM function from small businesses through to global corporations. The course introduces all areas of management and business preparing you for a future of making sound operational and strategic decisions which are important as organisations are now demanding higher levels of business related skills. The programme explores people, groups, teams and development and is of considerable general vocational relevance. An understanding of people and the enhancement of personal performance are key features of the requirements of employers in every field.
From a HRM perspective you will be introduced to people within organisations and their function. You will learn how to deal with conditions of environmental unrest, change and uncertainty and respond to difficult environmental contexts. You will build your understanding of management principles and practices, the business environment and how this operates in society.
You will study employment law and two contrasting topic areas within business which are strategic analysis and operations management. During year two you can select which other modules you wish to study and you can tailor this depending on your interests.
In year three you will undertake your dissertation. Your dissertation can focus on human resource management or business or you can write an interdisciplinary dissertation joining both subjects together. You will explore strategic human resource management and the debates within strategic management.
During year three you can select which other modules you wish to study and you can tailor this depending on your interests.
Methods of Learning
For this programme taught study would be a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops, usually for 12 hours per week. We recommend students spend 24 hours per week in self-directed study time.
Three years full-time, with the option of a placement year.
The assessments will include written assignments, personal development journals, learning logs, literature reviews, group presentations, reports and examinations.
Facilities and Special Features
- the option to undertake a year-long placement in between Years Two and Three of study
- students that choose to take up a placement year find it an invaluable experience that helps them to apply their learning in their final year and prepare them for their career
- Human Resource Management and Business Joint Honours programme gives you flexibility in module choices, allowing you to tailor the course to your individual interests
- there are proven student support systems in place
- if at any time during your first year you decide to change over to the single honours, BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management or Business course you can do that, either during the year or at the end of the year, depending on when you make the decision
Graduating students find themselves opportunities in a wide number of business and human resource management areas. As well as traditional careers in the field of Human Resource Management, opportunities exist for managing people in commercial organisations of all sizes and in the public sector such as the health service and local Government.
Students graduating from this Joint Honours programme can choose to progress onto a full-time, part-time or distance learning postgraduate programme. This will enable you to focus your studies in a specialist area such as Human Resource Management or gain a general management qualification such as the MBA.
All students are encouraged to take advantage of the year-long optional placement year after the second year of study.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 16/17 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
How to apply as an international student
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Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.