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.
In your first year, you'll build business and commercial understanding, underpinning your HR practice. You'll focus on HRM topics in years 2 and 3, with the option to explore specialist areas such as inclusion and diversity, employment law, performance management, and HRM in the global workplace.
Between years 2 and 3, you can enhance your career prospects further by completing a year-long industry placement or studying abroad.
Studying this degree could lead you onto a varied career, where you’ll be a highly valued team member in HR, recruitment or training. You can apply for Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) when you complete the course.
This degree shares a common first year with several other business courses, which, gives you the flexibility to transfer to another course if you develop an interest in a different subject area.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Learn the theory and techniques of effective people management
- Practise your skills by setting up recruitment campaigns and getting involved in simulated interviews, selection panels and employment tribunals
- Apply your learning to case studies and scenarios similar to what you'll encounter in your career
- Develop an understanding of employment law and other specialist topics that match your interests and career goals
- Get to grips with professional skills sought after in all areas of business, including critical thinking, presentation, research and teamworking skills
- Be taught by a mix of HRM practitioners and academic researchers
You can also:
- Apply your knowledge in the workplace on a year-long work placement, boosting your employability prospects after the course
- Study abroad through our links with overseas universities, immersing yourself in a different culture
- Learn a language while you earn credit towards your degree as part of the University's IWLP programme
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 of this course have gone on to work for organisations such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Close Brothers Asset Management and the Civil Service in a variety of HRM roles, including:
- 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.
Work experience and career planning
To help you secure a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course to develop your skills and build links in the industry.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies and develop your abilities.
Entrepreneurs in Residence
If you're interested in setting up your own business while you study, you can get support on this course from the Entrepreneurs in Residence programme. Our Entrepreneurs in Residence are experienced business professionals who work with us to deliver group workshops and 1-to-1 drop-in clinics to help you plan and market your business idea.