This industry-accredited degree offers you a detailed study in strategic business management with a specialist focus in human resource management (HRM). It's perfect if you're looking for a semi-vocational degree which allows you to work towards a professional qualification while gaining wider skills and knowledge in the other key business functions.
Throughout the course you'll gain a thorough knowledge of key topics in management and HRM, such as organisational behaviour, industrial relations, management decision-making and the economic environment for businesses.
You'll have the opportunity to select further specialist modules covering a wide range of topics from strategic management to gender and equality or diversity management. Or you could explore other areas of business through modules that reflect all the subject areas studied and researched within the Business School, including industrial economics, marketing, and or financial accounting.
We are proud to be one of only a small number of universities to hold professional accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), meaning you will be eligible for Associate membership of the CIPD once you have completed your degree. See Additional costs below for details of CIPD membership fees.
Our degrees have a modular structure. This means that compulsory modules provide you with the core knowledge and skills that you need, while optional and discovery modules allow you to shape your course to suit your personal interests and career aspirations.
Compulsory modules in your first year will give you the broad foundation you need to study management at this level, and specifically HRM. You'll gain an understanding of basic accounting practices and economic principles, as well as organisational behaviour and the environment in which contemporary businesses operate. In addition, you'll learn about the theory and practice of setting up a business of your own and examine the relationships between business and societies.
You'll build on this in Year 2, where you'll examine how the theories of organisational behaviour relate to real-world situations and learn more about the research and analytical methods used in HRM research. At the same time, you'll study industrial relations and labour economics, as well as business topics such as decision-making, the legal environment for businesses, corporate social responsibility and marketing. An optional module will allow you to focus on a topic such as usage of information or supply chain management.
When you reach your final year, you'll develop your management skills with compulsory modules in strategic management and leadership as well as gaining a firm grasp of employment law. You could explore topics such as managing innovation or take the Contemporary Management Consulting module, which gives you the opportunity to register with the Chartered Management Institute. If you successfully complete the module after this, you'll gain the CMI Level 5 Certificate in Professional Consulting.
The course culminates with your dissertation, an independently researched project that you submit in your final year, allowing you to apply your research and analysis skills to a topic of your choice.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
GCSE: Mathematics grade B/6 and English Language grade B/6 or equivalent, or an appropriate English language qualification.
This degree is semi-vocational, as our CIPD accreditation ensures it prepares individuals for a career in human resource management, and other management roles that demand an understanding of the human element of business. Because you'll be eligible for Associate Membership of the CIPD, you'll be able to use the designation Assoc CIPD to demonstrate this to employers.
Over the last few years graduates from our Human Resource Management and broader Management degrees have gone into jobs such as a Human Resources Manager, Business Development Manager, Recruitment Consultant, Information Technology Risk Consultant, Sales Executive, and Marketing Assistant.
Find out more about Careers and Employability in Leeds University Business School
You will be supported throughout your studies by a dedicated employability team in the Business School who will help you develop and demonstrate the professional skills and experience that top employers are looking for through one-to-one support, workshops and lectures from employers such as L'Oréal and Unilever.
The team also works with a large network of experienced professionals from companies such as HSBC, M&S and KPMG, who take part in our innovative Nurturing Talent Mentor Scheme. With around 140 places available, this scheme offers Business School students the chance to receive free one-to-one advice and mentoring for a year during their studies.
In addition, Leeds University Business School students also have full access to the University Careers Centre and Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Studies. Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
Study abroad and work placements
Read more about Study Year Abroad
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to spend a year on placement with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors, in the UK or overseas.
Read more about the Year in Industry
EU students with a viable business plan have the opportunity to apply for a year in enterprise as part of this course. During this year you will start your own business with support from the University including advice, office space and living costs allowance.
Read more about the Year in Enterprise
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