“HR is about creating successful businesses through people. A career in HR offers long-term options and a huge variety of roles.” Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD)
Our BA (Hons) Human Resource Management (Top-up) course is specifically designed for holders of a business related, Higher National Diploma (HND), Foundation degree (or equivalent level 5 qualification), to develop their existing knowledge of Human Resource Management. The award allows you to study for a degree in one year, specialising in Human Resource Management.
The course is designed to explore the different areas of Human Resource Management, allowing you to build upon your existing knowledge.
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The course uses a range of approaches and learning experiences to explore the concepts of Human Resource Management, building upon your existing knowledge.
You will have the opportunity to develop your academic knowledge and work related skills, associated with a career in the HR profession and people management related professions.
There will be opportunities for you to network with people, already working in HR, to enhance your professional network, personal knowledge and skills.
The course comprises of six compulsory modules, which reflect the different specialisms within the HR profession.
The modules include:
- Strategic Human Resource Management
- Developing Cross Cultural Capability
- Employee Relations
- Developing People
- Change Management
You will also undertake a research project, working independently upon a HR related research topic of your choice.
We also offer a range of additional activities to enhance your employability, through the Changemaker Hub. Opportunities include attending voluntary workshops on developing a professional social media profile. CV clinics, support with recruitment tests and opportunities to engage with employers and industry speakers.
Course modules (17/18)
Research Project (20 credits)
- Module code: HRM4002
- Core module Y
Employee Relations (20 credits)
- Module code: HRM3005
- Core module Y
Strategic Human Resource Management (20 credits)
- Module code: HRM3007
- Core module Y
Organisational Change (20 credits)
- Module code: HRM3008
- Core module Y
Developing People in Organisations (20 credits)
- Module code: HRM3009
- Core module Y
Developing Cross-Cultural Capability (20 credits)
- Module code: BUS3011
- Core module Y
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
Methods of Learning
The course is delivered using a variety of different learning methods and experiences.
In an average teaching week you will have 12 contact hours. In addition to your contact time, you will need to undertake, a minimum of 22 hours of personal self-directed study each week.
Outside of your contact hours, there will be opportunities to engage with additional University wide, employability related activities and support services.
You will be assigned a Personal Academic Tutor, during your time with us, which will be in addition to your contact hours and personal self-directed study time.
You will be assessed using a variety of individual and group-based assessments including reports, personal reflection, essays, presentations, portfolios, research projects and examinations. A variety of different assessment methods are used to develop your knowledge and skills on the programme.
Please note, not all modules are assessed by examination.
Some modules contain group-based assessments, where the grade awarded for the assessment task, is awarded to all members of the group.
Facilities and Special Features
The BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management (Top-up) has many course features which include:
- opportunity to gain an Honours degree in Human Resource Management within one year (subject to entry requirements and successful completion of all modules, on a full-time basis)
- the course is assessed using different forms of assessments to facilitate your knowledge and skill development (not all modules are assessed by examination).
- opportunity to engage with Employability related services through the Changemaker Hub, where you can develop a plan for your future career.
- opportunity to network with HR professionals
- opportunities to develop your knowledge and work related skills through different study methods, assessments and experiences
- opportunities to access the University of Northampton’s student support services to help you with your studies
- allocated Personal Academic Tutor
The HR profession offers many varied career opportunities.
The Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development explains:
“HR opens doors to jobs in every sector. You can build your career internationally or at home. From media to engineering and from banks to charities, pretty much every industry and company will need to hire the expertise of an HR professional.”
CIPD (2015) Endless Possibilities. London: CIPD
Please take a look at the career stories from real HR professionals to find out, about some of the different career options available. Whether you are just starting out in the profession or you’re looking to take the next step.
The Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (2017) explains why a career in the HR profession is a great choice:
- Work anywhere
- Keep progressing
- Never a dull day
- Help people and help business
- Great earning potential
The BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management Top-up degree can lead you to further study opportunities such as the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Postgraduate Diploma in HRM programme, a MBA or a Master degree in HRM or a related subject.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
The course will incur the usual costs associated with University study.
An additional cost to consider for this course would be printing costs and subject related trips. In previous years this has not exceeded £100 per year.
You may choose to subscribe to Student Membership of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD). To find out more about Student Membership of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development, please visit the CIPD website.
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.
Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.