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BA (Hons) - Business Management (Human Resource Management)

In a world defined by the power of relationships, we invite you into the dynamic that is human resource management. Despite the accelerated progress of technology, humans as a resource remain the most productive and unpredictable variable in the productivity chain within business.

We facilitate a journey that allows you to understand and construct what society will look like in the future. It is through this lens that will you be able to be world-leading in your skills development and implementation.

Human resource management can claim to be the most important element in any business, with its ability to determine the working conditions placed upon its workforce. If psychology combined with relationships is something that ignites your soul, then this is the course for you.

We encourage you to ‘carpe momentum’.


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Course Overview

This course combines strategic business management with a specialisation in human resource management. This degree will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge of contemporary HR practices to allow you to deal with these changes, including personnel strategy, human resource research methods, and the changing characteristics of human society.

You will consider human resource management across a range of business contexts including consumer, industrial, service, and not-for-profit sectors.

The Cumbria Business School places its priority on ‘lived experiences’. This philosophy shapes our approach to teaching and Learning. With excellent guest speakers, passionate and dedicated lecturers, unique field trips, and purposeful European residentials, we offer you an unmatched, breathtaking opportunity. We welcome you to 'Aspiremus Efficiamus'.

On this course you will...

  • Learn from professional, passionate and dedicated academics, who use your interests to shape the delivery of academic sessions.
  • Have the opportunity to be a part of a dedicated Business society focused on offering enhancement experiences, with a view to developing your 'becoming'.
  • Enhance your career prospects. Our strong links with the industry mean that rigorous undergraduate academic study is combined with a real practical focus, leading to excellent job opportunities.
  • Study at a university with the highest ratio of contact time per student from academic tutors from all universities in the northwest of England.

Course Structure

What you will learn

Our degrees offer the opportunity to participate in optional modules that will contribute towards final classification.

Year one

Compulsory modules in your first year will give you a broad foundation in both subjects. The primary objective of your first year will be developing an understanding of yourself and understanding of others. Through achieving this objective, are you able to develop a critical understanding of business-related concepts in a useful context. You’ll gain an understanding of basic accounting practices (with exemptions for ACCA) and also be introduced to the basic concepts and techniques used in human resource management.

  • Understanding Self and Others
  • Exploring Business Contexts
  • Measuring What Matters
  • Fundamentals of Business
  • Leading Teams and Managing Others
  • Principles of Marketing
Year two

During your second year, the concept of leadership and management are introduced. Your previous work on understanding yourself and others will enable you to deconstruct management theory and develop new systems of thinking.

You will be introduced to Sustainability and will explore the complex ecosystem of business and its interdependency of departments. On the human resource side, you will explore principles of organisational behaviour work in practice. Compulsory modules will also consider contemporary HRM and industrial relations together with the economic and legal context in which businesses operate and recruit and retain employees.

  • Human Resource Management Theory and Practice
  • Environmental, Social and Governance Issues in Organisations
  • Services Marketing and Customer Experience
  • Managing Operations
  • International Human Relations Management
  • Applying Strategic Analysis
Year three

Your third year of study is the opportunity to share your brand. This is the space of confirming your position in the world of Business, the starting point of your legacy.

Here, you will develop your comprehensive understanding of employment law and examine the challenges and principles of human resource management in more depth.

You will also complete a dissertation, an independently researched project that you submit in your final year, allowing you to apply your research and analysis skills to a management or marketing topic of your choice.

  • Coaching, Mentoring and Empowering
  • Career Management
  • Global to Local Business Futures
  • Capstone Project
  • Business Psychology
  • Career Management
  • Capstone Project

Attend an Open Day at Cumbria

An Open Day is your opportunity to explore one of 5 campuses, meet your lecturers, and find out how the University of Cumbria could become your new home.

Take the next step towards achieving your dreams.
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