Business and Human Resource Management BA (Hons)
BA Hons Business and Human Resource Management
If you get a buzz out of helping people reach their potential and want to start a career in HR, this BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management (HRM) degree course will satisfy your ambition.
You'll learn the skills you'll need to take on roles that attract and retain the right people, in the right place, at the right time. You can also explore employment law and effective people management in the global workplace.
This degree course could lead you onto a varied career, where you’ll be a highly valued team member in HR, recruitment or training. The course is approved and accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). You can apply for Associate Membership of the CIPD when you complete the course.
This degree shares a common first year with several other business courses. This allows you to begin to develop commercial and business understanding to underpin your HR practice. It also gives you the flexibility to transfer to another course if you develop an interest in a different subject area.
We're an approved Centre for the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD), so your qualification will be highly respected by employers. You'll be eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the CIPD when you graduate. CIPD membership lets employers know that you've met the standards and requirements necessary to work effectively in HR.
This course is also accredited by the EFMD Programme Accreditation System (EPAS), recognising its quality in relation to internationalisation and corporate engagement.
EPAS accreditation is provided by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), a global non-profit membership driven organisation dedicated to developing management skills. For this course to be awarded this accreditation it went through an in-depth review of its design, delivery, programme outcomes and quality assurance.
This means the skills and knowledge you'll pick up on this course will be in demand by employers, and ensures you're ready to jump straight into work in the global business community.
100% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)
93% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Unpack the theory and techniques of effective people management
- Develop an understanding of employment law
- Get to grips with professional skills, sought after in all areas of business
- Be taught by a mix of HRM practitioners and academic researchers
- Take advantage of our Business Simulation Suite, to apply your knowledge and skills to scenarios that mimic what you'll experience on the job
- Get the chance to learn a foreign language
Careers and opportunities
Many organisations have a human resources team responsible for attracting and recruiting the right people and managing and developing them throughout their time in the workplace. Armed with a Business and HRM degree and CIPD Associate Member status, you’ll be sought after by organisations that want skilled and knowledgable staff on their human resources team, or working in similar areas like Human Resource Development (HRD).
Graduates on this course have gone on to work for big-name organisations like Reed and Kier Construction Group in a variety of roles, such as:
- HR assistant recruitment coordinator
- HR officer
- HR trainee manager
- training officer
- recruitment consultant
Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry when you finish the course. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.
Studying a specialist area enabled me to focus more on the theories and principles of an area I knew I wanted to work in. The content of the course and quality of teaching has enabled me to obtain one of the best HR graduate roles on the market!
What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management course
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.
Core units in this year include:
- Business Accounting
- Business Innovation Development Project
- Business Operations and Systems Management
- Economics for Business
- Managing People in Organisations
- Marketing Principles and Practice
- Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis
There are no optional units in this year.
Core units in this year include:
- Human Resources for the Professional
- Human Resource Development
- Contemporary Employment Relations
- Business and Employment Law
- Employability, Research and Professional Development
Optional units in this year currently include:
- Leadership, Governance and Ethics
- Business Analysis and Decision Making
- Developing Individual and Team Creativity
- Organisation Design, Theory and Analysis
- A foreign language
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Core units in this year include:
- Strategic and Comparative Human Resource Management
- People Resourcing
Optional units in this year currently include:
- Cross Cultural Awareness for Business
- Discrimination and Conflict in Employment Law
- Business Ethics
- Business Improvement and Creativity
- Managing Equality and Diversity at work
- A foreign language
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.
Students have completed work placements at companies such as:
- Bosch Home Appliances
- Oracle Corporation
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job with your degree, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- practical sessions
- group discussions
Teaching staff include academics and researchers who contribute to CIPD papers and textbooks used on HR courses.
Teaching Staff Profiles
Kerry Collier, Senior Teaching Fellow/ Course Leader
Kerry joined the University after more than 20 years working across the private, public and third sectors as a HR Practitioner. During that time, she gained invaluable experience at both operational and strategic levels, in challenging environments, such as occupational psychology, agriculture, management consultancy and manufacturing.
Dr Peter Scott, Senior Lecturer
Peter is an employment relations specialist, and also teaches and researches in the fields of organisational behaviour and human resource management. He's previously worked as a trade union representative and has a particular interest in technology and organisations. He also contributes to a leading student textbook on organisational behaviour.
Mrs Cherry Hood, Senior Lecturer
Cherry served as an officer in the Royal Navy for 13 years, mostly in HR roles, and after leaving the Navy, she worked in HR roles in manufacturing companies. She’s a generalist HR professional with a particular interest in learning and development.
Dr Cheryl Brook, Senior Lecturer
Cheryl’s main area of interest is work-based learning, action learning and management development. She has worked in the NHS, the third sector and in consultancy before joining the University.
In the NHS, Cheryl was Head of the Training & Development Department of a large teaching Trust in the North-West, and she has published in a range of academic journals -- including the European Journal of Training and Development, HRDI and Action Learning: Research and Practice.
Dr Matthew Anderson, Senior Lecturer in Business Ethics
Matthew teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the areas of organisational behaviour, human resource management and business ethics. Matthew’s research interests focus on the intersection between civil society and business. His main research outputs, to date, have been an investigation into the role of the Fair Trade movement and an exploration of the key drivers behind the mainstreaming of an alternative business model.
Professor Sam Warren, Professor
Sam Warren is a specialist in innovative work contexts and non-traditional management studies. Her current research project on 'grass roots creative labour' explores the careers of underground techno DJs. She is a leading authority on relationships between 'the visual' and organisational life.
Dr Steve Williams, Reader
Steve is a specialist in employment relations. He's an active researcher, has published numerous articles in a range of prominent journals, and is the author of the leading textbook in employment relations - Introducing Employment Relations: a Critical Introduction. A fifth edition of the book is due to be published by Oxford University Press in 2020.
Watch this video for answers to questions such as 'What key subjects will I study on this course?' and 'What opportunities are there to improve my professional skills alongside my studies?'
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to mid-May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- Mid-May to early June – assessment period 2
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- individual and group coursework
- online activities
- your choice of independent research
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Year 1 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 15% by written exams, 17% by practical exams and 68% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 27% by written exams and 73% by coursework
Tuition fees (2019 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – NN16
- our institution code – P80
You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.
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If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
- Subject area
- Business, Management and Marketing