Plymouth Business School

BA (Hons) Human Resource Management

Do you want to enhance your knowledge and gain an in depth practical understanding of the role of human resource management? This one year top up course will set you apart in the world of graduate employment and give you the opportunity to meet industry experts, take part in practical activities, role plays and case studies that enable you to apply your knowledge to real life scenarios. Tailor your degree to match your interests, enhancing your employability options upon completion.

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.

Entry requirements may differ during Clearing, so please contact us on 0333 241 6929 to discuss an application.


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Call our friendly Clearing team on 0333 241 6929.

We will help you find the right course for you.

  • Clearing officially opens on results day, Thursday 17 August.
  • Clearing closes on Wednesday 20 September.

For opening times and further information, visit our Clearing page.

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

    Optional modules
    • 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.

    • HRL301 Managing Change

      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.

    • HRL308 Gender at Work

      This module will explore the gendered nature of work and employment and the competing theoretical perspectives which attempt to explain the differential labour market outcomes for women and men. Gender also impacts significantly upon our experiences of organisational life, consequently this module will focus on organisations and the way in which their environments, processes and practices systematically and informally work to produce gendered identities and gender inequities.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • HRL313 International HRM

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

    • 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.

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:

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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 Faculty of Business 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 DAS will be complied with.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary

Please contact the Admissions Team.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £12,250 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) Check with School To be confirmed
Part time (International) Check with School To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

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 international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



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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