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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 13400 per year

All study options

About Human Resource Management at Westminster Business School, London, University of Westminster

People are one of the most expensive resources of an organisation in the contemporary dynamic, global knowledge economy, but they are also of great importance. As organisations change, develop and operate internationally, knowledge of people management processes is essential at both operational and strategic levels.

Managing people to develop their potential and to make effective use of their capability has always been an exciting but challenging business function. On this degree, you will learn about the full range of approaches to the challenges of people management and development, and gain the important skills necessary to work in an HR role.

This degree is valuable for those wanting to work as a human resource professional and also for anyone planning a career in management or consultancy. It will also give you the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Westminster Business School is one of the leading providers of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) - accredited human resources management programmes in the UK. This degree offers you the opportunity to develop your expertise in HRM, Leadership and Development. Upon registering for HRM BA you will be invited to become a student member of the CIPD. On completion of your degree, should you have joined the CIPD, you will become an associate member of the CIPD with their recognised intermediate level award.

The course will equip you with the specialised skills and knowledge, as recognised by the CIPD, to pursue a career in Human Resource Management or to continue to postgraduate study. You will also develop the knowledge, skills and capabilities you require to respond proactively and creatively to contemporary business issues and the challenges of the global business environment.

The course focuses on active student learning, through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, designed to engage your interest and to promote your learning.

Assessment methods include essays, reports, presentations and case studies, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

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Subjects of study include:

  • Accounting, Finance and Marketing for Human Resource Management
  • Analysing and Managing Information for HR
  • Global Business Environment
  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour

Credit Level 4

You will also have the opportunity to take an option module that broadens your skills or helps you to gain more in-depth knowledge of your specialist area. Your option module may be a foreign language.

Subjects of study include:

  • Contemporary Employment Relations
  • HRM Essentials
  • Reward Management
  • Resourcing and Talent Planning

Credit Level 5

Plus two options from: Leadership and Management, Sociology of Work and Industry, Work and Organisational Psychology within the HR Context or other areas of business, including languages.

Work placement year

Between Year 2 and Year 3 you can undertake a one-year, full-time business placement. Past students have completed placements in a variety of SMEs and prestigious organisations, including Barclays Bank, British Airways, Disney UK, IBM and the NHS.

Study year abroad 

Between Year 2 and Year 3 you may choose to study English-taught courses for a year at one of our overseas partner institutions. Currently, you can take a Year Abroad studying (or combining work and study) in  Berlin, Bologna, Copenhagen, Madrid,  Paris, Valencia, and other European locations including Moscow, as well as Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney (Australia), Japan, Canada and the USA. There are also many opportunities for those with appropriate language skills to study in the local language in France, Germany, Italy and Spain, among others.

Subjects of study include:​

  • Contemporary Developments in HRD
  • Employment Law
  • Global Strategic Management
  • Human Resource Analytics

Plus two options from: Assessing and Developing Talent, Coaching and Mentoring in the Workplace, Cultural Differences and People Management or other areas of business, including studying a language.

Westminster Plus Electives

As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a professional association for human resource management professionals.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Download the Programme Specification

Course Leader

More about me

Caroline Bolam

Senior Lecturer

Caroline Bolam joined the University of Westminster in 2013. She has been working as a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education for eight years.  Prior to that she was a practitioner of Human Resource Management, working at Business Partner level.  

She is a full member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development). Her expertise is in Resourcing and Organisational Development.

Caroline's research interests lie in the role of performance in the managed work environment.  

Careers

If you are studying a Bachelor's degree at Westminster Business School, you can choose to take a year's break from your studies in your third year to do a placement.  

A placement year is a great way of gaining practical work experience within an industry relevant to your studies. It increases your confidence and skills, and boosts your employability. It gives you a chance to apply the theoretical techniques you have learnt during your undergraduate degree so far to a real business environment while you work as a member of an established organisation.

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015-16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you'll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 13400 per year

Entry requirements

Typical offer

One of the following (or an equivalent qualification):

  • A levels - BBC
  • International Baccalaureate - 28 points
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma - DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSEs - minimum grade 4 in Maths and English (grade C in grading system prior to 2017)

If your first language is not English, you should have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with a score of 6.0 in each element.

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Typical offer

· International Baccalaureate - 28

If your first language is not English, you should have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with a score of 6.0 in each element.

More information

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· English language requirements

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What students think about Westminster Business School, London, University of Westminster

    Vanessa De Silva, Management Consultant, Expertise Limited, Bermuda

    Testimonial from Vanessa De Silva, Management Consultant, Expertise Limited, Bermuda, student at Westminster Business School, London
    As an international student I was looking for a Master's program that would offer me an experience and education that I could utilise worldwide. The University of Westminster was a simple choice for me knowing the superior level of education, top quality professors and fabulous location offered. The culturally diverse group of classmates held various levels of professional experience which enriched my learning as we continued to develop and challenge each other.

    Having completed the MA Human Resource Management specialising in Employee Relations I have acquired an education which lead me to a fulfilling career rather than a short-term job. As a Management Consultant in an Employment Services firm I work with local and international clients and have continued to develop my practical experience in employee relations, policy development, recruitment and performance management.

    Andrew Behles, Trainee Chartered Accountant, Nexia Smith & Williamson

    Testimonial from Andrew Behles, Trainee Chartered Accountant, Nexia Smith & Williamson, student at Westminster Business School, London
    As a US national with relatively little experience in international accounting standards and practices prior to beginning the course, the WBS Msc in Finance and Accounting provided me with a useful blend of accounting theory and practice that has well equipped me for securing a job in international audit in the UK upon graduation. And with up to six exemptions from ACCA exams, its easy to see a quick and tangible return on investment.

    Owen Coughlan, RBS Global Banking & Markets

    Testimonial from Owen Coughlan, RBS Global Banking & Markets, student at Westminster Business School, London
    A Distinction in my Masters at the University of Westminster gave me the knowledge and confidence to gain a coveted job in an investment bank. Having a solid grounding in theory combined with practice in my Westminster Business School degree enabled me to take on the added responsibilities I needed to advance my career.

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