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BA (Hons) - Business Management with Human Resource Management (with sandwich placement) (Waiting list only)

It’s imperative for businesses to effectively recruit, retain and motivate their employees to succeed in a competitive, global economy.

So, we’ve designed you a course - in consultation with industry and professional bodies – so you can gain all the core academic and practical skills you’ll need to specialise in the human dimension of business and management.



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Course Overview

This course builds on our core management degree. You’ll cover HR management theory and practice before focusing in on specifics, from employee development and performance to managing a global workforce. You’ll explore wider processes and business strategy so you gain the cross-departmental understanding a strong HR manager needs, while our learn and do ethos will ensure you’re thoroughly prepared for the challenges and opportunities of big business.

On this course you will...

  • Develop a firm understanding of the disciplines of Human Resource Management.
  • Study HR systems and their impact upon organisations and people in the context of current business landscapes.
  • Nurture the skills needed to bring change to organisations.
  • Explore how to meet the diverse needs of employees.
  • Learn how to communicate effectively.
Course essentials

Course Structure

What you will learn

You'll get a firm grasp of the fundamentals of Business Management with Human Resource Management in small, medium, and large organisations with sound knowledge. But you won't just learn theoretically about business - you'll be doing it. Our innovative teaching can bolster your human resources business practice, because you'll find yourself leading a lecture, or turning the classroom into a boardroom, giving you every opportunity to build your business confidence.

Year one
  • Managing People and Organisations
    Gain the necessary skills and confidence to be successful within a business and management setting.
  • The Business Environment
    Develop an understanding of the nature and formats of business organisations in the modern, market type economy and how they operate within the legal and economic framework.
  • Introduction to Business Finance
    Develop your knowledge and understanding of how to prepare and process basic financial accounting information.
  • Fundamentals of Business
    Learn about business; its scope, nature, types, management functions, systems, leadership, range and challenges and how they relate to stakeholder responsibilities.
  • Principles of Marketing
    Learn about the importance of marketing’s role in driving success and delivering results.
  • Management Accounting
    Develop knowledge and understanding of how to prepare and process basic cost and management accounting information to support management in planning and decision-making in a variety of business contexts.
Year two
  • Organisational Behaviour
    An introduction to the study of human behaviour within organisations, evaluating and analysing the impact on organisational behaviour in a range of geographical contexts.
  • Responsibility, Ethics and Sustainability in Practice
    Develop an understanding and command of the linkages between environmental, economic and social sustainability issues, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the global business environment.
  • Human Resource Management, Theory and Practice
    Develop an understanding of the major theories and practices of HRM.
  • Services Marketing
    Explore the theoretical development and underpinning of marketing as related to service sector industries.
  • Managing Operations
    Explore the principle, nature and scope of the operations and functions in both services and products organisations.
  • Employee Development and Performance
    Study the practice of Human Resource Development (HRD) and its importance within organisations.
  • Sandwich Placement
    Develop your professional skills and aptitude in a work context.
Year three
  • Strategic Analysis
    Develop an understanding and command of strategic concepts related to organisations, including strategic choices, analysis and formulation.
  • Business Psychology
    Learn to apply psychological, OB and HRM theories and principles to organisations and individuals in their places of work as well as the individual's work-life more generally.
  • International Human Resource Management
    Evaluate human resources in domestic and international contexts.
  • Managing the Global Workforce
    Understand how HR policies are impacted by global people resourcing.
  • Applied Business Research and Analysis (optional module)
    Explore and evaluate a range of research methods for business management.
  • Independent Project (optional module)
    Initiate, plan, research, sustain and evaluate an extended piece of independent intellectual work based on individual initiative.
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship (optional module)
    Understand the nature and significance of small businesses within different sectors, and analyse the entrepreneurial nature of successful small business development.

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