Plymouth Business School

BA (Hons) Human Resource Management

This course enables you to gain an in-depth practical understanding of the role of human resource management (HRM) in today's businesses, which sets you apart in the world of graduate employment. The course involves extensive involvement from guest speakers, as well as a range of practical activities, role play and case studies, enabling you to apply your knowledge of HR to real-life scenarios.

You’ll be taught by staff that have a considerable depth of human resource management experience from large employers such as the NHS and have undertaken research for professional bodies such as CIPD and ACAS. You will also be supported in your study by subject tutors and receive individual support for your academic and personal development from your personal tutor. You will acquire improved competences that will significantly enhance your employability in an HR role.

Join us in September or January

This course offers you the option to start your studies in either September 2020 or January 2021.

Careers with this subject

Undertaking a degree in human resource management will deepen your understanding around recruiting, motivating, enhancing and supporting people within the context of the workplace. You will develop a number of skills attractive to potential employers including: effective communication and interpersonal skills, time management, research and analytical skills and an awareness and sensitivity to the diversity of people and cultures.

Where could a human resource management degree take you?

Key features

  • Gain a well rounded academic experience, through the provision of a mixture of taught modules and independent learning. 
  • Benefit from the extensive use of guest speakers. This enhances the practitioner and practical focus elements of the programme and brings an added dimension of current practice and recognised issues directly to the classroom.
  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
  • Graduate with Associate Membership of the CIPD.
  • Be taught by staff that have a considerable depth of human resource management experience from large employers such as the NHS and have undertaken research for professional bodies such as CIPD and ACAS.
  • Undertake a range of practical activities to enhance the application of your learning to HR and managerial roles in an organisational context; this will include role play and case study activities.
  • Choose and utilise a range of skills and techniques relevant to the management of people, including recruitment, selection, reward and retention.
  • Learn to successfully manage and deliver a project on time.
  • Gain the skills to write reports for commercial and academic audiences.
  • Focus on enterprise and sustainability in human resource management and organisational practice.
  • Evaluate actions and performance to enhance self-management, and devise plans to enhance personal and career development.
  • Benefit from individual support - you are supported in your study by subject tutors and receive individual support for your academic and personal development from your personal tutor.
  • Acquire improved competences that will significantly enhance your employability in an HR role.
  • Progress on to further study with our MA Human Resource Management programme, or move into a graduate scheme entry.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Semester 1

    All students study a core module in human resource management, and then choose two optional modules from the choice of: international and comparative human resource management, organisational leadership or managing change. Upon successful completion of the first semester you can then go on to opt for either route 1 or route 2 for your second semester, as outlined below.

    The course is split into two routes, depending on your specialism, with a mixture of core and optional modules common to both routes. This structure allows you to tailor your degree to match your interests, enhancing your employability options upon completion.

    Semester 2 (Route 1)

    There is only one core module this semester- the final project, which is in the form of a management report and will be a culmination of all the skills you have acquired during semester 1. You then have one optional module to study in addition to the project, either equality and diversity in the workplace or women in business.

    Semester 2 (Route 2):

    This semester is comprised of three core modules: current issues in management, equality and diversity in the workplace and women in business. This route is better suited to those who do not wish to complete a research project. If you are an international student this would be our recommended route.

    Core modules
    • HRL305 Human Resource Management

      Consideration of HR strategy and current developments in the management of human resources in modern organisations operating within complex environments

    • HRL310 Equality and Diversity in the Workplace

      The module provides a broad understanding of equality and diversity in the workplace. The module considers the paradigms underpinning regulation and voluntarism, organisational equality and diversity at the levels of strategy and operational practice, and how group and individual identities are constructed in the workplace.

    Optional modules
    • DEAS300 Academic Skills for International Direct Entry Final Year Students

      This module focuses on the study skills required for the study of business in UK HE for international direct entry final year students, it provides generic skills for students who are new to UK HE, such as information literacy, criticality, different types of assessment, assignment briefs, preparation and planning, and marking rubrics.

    • ELC314 International Business Communication

      The module is designed to help students who have English as a second language to develop and refine their ability to communicate effectively in English in the global business environment encompassing different national cultures, business practices and systems. Students will engage in a range of written and oral tasks and assessments which will develop their business communication skills.

    • HRL300 Organisational Leadership

      This module examines the role of leadership in relation to structural, social, political, cultural and psychological processes at individual, team, organisational and national levels, adopting multiple perspectives. The ethical and moral responsibilities of corporate leaders are critiqued as is the inter-relationship between leadership, governance, decision-making and change.

    • HRL312 HR Project (Management Report)

      This module requires students to undertake independent research into a Human Resource Management issue. Use should be made of appropriate research methodologies techniques and ethical approval will need to be sought before any research with human subject undertaken.

    • HRL314 International Human Resource Management

      Students are introduced to: the implications of globalisation for HRM and labour, the particular human resource management problems confronted by Multinational organisations and human resource management systems in a range of different national contexts.

    • HRL316 Managing Change

      This module considers the importance, intricacies and sustainability of organisational change and its management. It examines the nature of change, how change impacts upon organisations and the people within them, the tools and techniques available to change managers (models/strategies/structures/policies and practices), and the factors that influence managers’ choices regarding the diagnosis and implementation of change.

    • STO306 Current Issues in Management

      This module exposes students to current debates within the field of business and management. The content will be fluid as it will draw on contemporary case studies, technological innovation, government legislation and philosophical, ethical or environmental debates.

    • STO312 Business Management

      The module is largely student based and designed to enable student involvement with real business issues. Students work in small teams to produce a consultancy style report or equivalent. This module is only available to final year students on BA Business.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BA Human Resource Management top up Programme Specification September 20 January 21 5772

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess a commensurate Level 5 business qualification and satisfy Plymouth Business School IELTS requirements which are IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent English qualification (with a minimum of 5.5 in listening, reading, speaking and writing). Applicants with IELTS of 5.5 or 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in listening, reading, speaking and writing) may also be offered a place subject to satisfactory completion of an eight or twelve week English language summer school at Plymouth University. 

Applicants with other equivalent qualifications will be considered on their merits.

University procedures and policies with effect to APEL, APCL and DS will be complied with. 

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary. 

English language requirements

Please contact the Admissions Team with any queries.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2020 2021
Home £9,250 £9,250
International £13,800 £14,200
Part time (Home) £770 £770
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Undergraduate scholarships for international students

To reward outstanding achievement the University of Plymouth offers scholarship schemes to help towards funding your studies.

Find out whether you are eligible and how you can apply

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business additional costs.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Assessment breakdown

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Jasmine Kelland, Programme Leader -
top up BA (Hons) Human Resource Management

"We are delighted to be able to offer this programme to students wishing to study human resource management in more depth. Our programme is rich in expertise with the development of each individual student at its heart. The BA (Hons) Human Resource Management will prepare students for a wide and varied career in human resource management."

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