BA (Hons)

Human Resource Management

2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Manchester Met has an established reputation of producing top quality managers. We are an Approved Centre for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which means that our HR courses are recognised and accredited by the professional body, which means you could gain dual awards and become members of the Institute.
  • This is a dual award degree and on graduating you will receive the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Intermediate Level Diploma as well as your degree if you study and pass the mandatory units.
  • You will be taught in the Business School’s state of the art building in central Manchester. Watch the video to find out more.
  • The degree is taught by a research active group of staff, which means that you will be taught cutting edge theories from experts in the field.
  • Practical skills are integrated into this course to enable you to develop your team working, communication and presentation skills and your interview techniques.
  • There is the opportunity to take a placement year where you will gain work experience with an employer, or you can opt to take a year of study at one of our overseas partner institutions.
  • You can choose to include a language as part of your degree. Arabic, Chinese, English as a Foreign Language (for students whose first language is not English), French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish are available through the Uniwide language scheme.
  • The Faculty of Business and Law hosts two Professional Development Weeks annually. Free and open to all students, this includes a festival of skills-development activities, practical support in developing your CV and employability skills, and the opportunity to network with actively recruiting graduate employers. 

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Placement options

A course with a placement year provides the opportunity to work for an organisation as part of your degree. This work experience is commonly referred to as a placement and you are usually paid a salary by your placement employer. The placement must be a minimum of 36 weeks but will usually last for 12 months and takes place after your second year of study.

If you choose the placement route, our Placement Office will help you find your placement. Our dedicated team has over 25 years’ experience of matching students with employers.

The services they provide include:

  • Organising an annual placement and career development fair where you can meet employers who have placement opportunities and graduate vacancies.
  • Advertising over 1,000 vacancies from local, national and international employers each year.
  • Delivering CV workshops that provide advice and tips about what to include in a CV and how to present yourself to your best advantage.
  • Providing one-to-one advice about writing cover letters, CVs and application forms for the jobs you are interested in.
  • Conducting mock interviews so that you can practice your interview technique and receive feedback on your performance.

It is your responsibility to be pro-active and apply for placement opportunities. The placement jobs market is competitive and we recommend that you start researching companies and opportunities during your first year and apply for positions from the start of your second year.

When you are on placement, one of our tutors will keep in contact with you and will liaise with your employer. You will be encouraged to identify a work-based issue that you can explore and developing into a research project in your final year.

The placement is not formally assessed but it must be satisfactorily completed.

About the course

Our HR degree encourages strategic awareness, providing insights into organisational planning, strategy, enterprise and competitive positioning that is necessary for successful modern businesses. Alongside this, we develop your key personal skills, enhancing your ability to make the best of yourself, become an early career professional and mobilise others.

The course covers nine core human resource management areas, such as HR strategy, effective organisational structure, staff recruitment and retention, training and development, employment law and equality and diversity, as well as how leaders develop and motivate their employees to achieve high standards of performance.

In Year 1 you will study course units in human resource management, that include understanding and managing people, information discovery, analysis and interpretation, finance and accounting information for managers and business skills.

In Year 2 you will continue to develop with core units in law and the employment relationship, business research and professional skills, learning and development, business and sustainability.  You can also select from a range of option units that will enable to you specialise in a particular subject area.

If you opt for the four year placement route you will spend Year 3 in a salaried placement within a HRM environment. You may also opt for a year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions.

In your final year, you will take core units such as business psychology, contemporary perspectives on human resource management and global human resource management. You will also be able to choose the topic of your research project, or choose another option, enabling you to tailor your degree according to your interests and career aspirations.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

You will study four, 30-credit units:

  • Dynamic Business Environment
  • Finance and Accounting Information for Managers
  • Human Resource Management in Practice
  • Understanding and Managing People

Core Units
Dynamic Business Environment

The aim of this unit is to develop your understanding of a range of dynamic factors in the business environment over which organisations have limited, if any control over but nonetheless need to mitigate against.  Topics studied include markets and globalisation, technological development, fundamental macroeconomic elements and concepts, and social, cultural and ecological factors.

Finance and Accounting Information for Managers

This unit provides you with an introduction to the concepts of financial accounting including recording fundamental transactions and preparing simple financial statements with their analysis. Your studies will cover topics such as: management accounting techniques including costing, budgeting and investment appraisal and financial accounting fundamentals and concepts such as accruals, going concern and the preparation of an income statement, statement of financial position and statement of cash flows and finally IT laboratory sessions will be used to demonstrate how transactions can be recorded and processed using Excel models packages.

Human Resource Management in Practice

Identifies, applies and evaluates a range of key human resource management (HRM) concepts and theories related to management of people within a business context. Core themes covered in this unit include the employee lifecycle; recruitment, selection and induction; HRM planningof resources, employee relations, employee engagement, performance appraisal, training and development, grievance and disciplinary issues, along with contemporary issues and trends occuring in the market place.

Understanding and Managing People

This unit aims to enable you to develop a broad understanding of the human aspects of understanding and managing people through the study of organisational behaviour concepts. It develops an appreciation of the importance of people within modern business organisations and an understanding of the major influences on human behaviour at work.  You will study themes related to the individuals, groups and social interaction, organisation and management, as well as personal and professional development.

Year 2

You will study four, 30-credit units:

  • Employment Law and Employment Relationships
  • Learning, Coaching and Development
  • Managing Effective Organisations
  • Option unit*

*You can select from a range of option units that will enable to you specialise in a particular subject area.

Option units: 

  • Work Based Learning  (Procedures, Policy and Practice)
  • Ideas, Creativity and Entrepreneurship
  • Managing Across Cultures


Core Units
Employment Law and Employment Relations

This unit introduces you to the study of human resource management within a wider context. You will study employment relations and employment law which will help you develop an appreciation of the influence of these important areas on human resource management. In the employment relations element of the unit you will be introduced to employment relations, the parties managing the employment relationship and the themes of conflict and voice. The employment law element of the unit will introduce you to the sources of employment law, the institutions which influence employment law and significant legal issues impacting upon the employment relationship.

Learning, Coaching and Development

The aim of this unit is to help you develop an understanding of the nature of learning and how different strategies and techniques can be employed to develop performance. Throughout this unit you will gain a valuable understanding of the following elements: learning styles, training cycle, skills of training and coaching, leadership theories, teamwork, ethics in training and coaching, employability through personal development, e-learning.

Managing Effective Organisations

Through exploring research and best practice on how people are managed and organised at work,  this unit prepares you to engage critically with the concept and practice of management. The unit examines some of the most significant activities and processes associated with management, including the ways in which culture, ethics, gender, politics and power come to shape how management is seen and practiced. The unit also looks to develop your skills as a reflective practitioner.

Likely Optional Units
Ideas, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

This unit focuses on developing your enterprising behaviours, skills and attributes. It builds your awareness of entrepreneurial career paths, and the opportunities there are in responsible entrepreneurship. Creativity exercises are used to good effect to help you build a business ideas' portfolio. 

Managing Across Cultures

This unit undertakes a critical comparative analysis of management practices across a range of contexts and countries and develops your awareness of and abilities in operating and managing across cultures. You will cover themes relating to understanding the behaviour across different cultures, comparing the similarities and differences in Europe, Asia and the Americas. You will also look at how organisations are structured in different cultures, multicultural team working, HR management implications and understanding regional differences. Finally, you will cover topics related to the work environment including successful communication across cultures, developing global leadership, coping with unfamiliar cultures, sensitivity to different cultures, ethics and ethical awareness, exploring how disputes and conflicts arise, and how they might be resolved in cross-cultural management contexts.

Work Based Learning (Procedures, Policy and Practice)

When you join any organisation, you are made aware of their workplace procedures and policies. Using current practice from different organisations, this unit examines how policies and procedures reflect the expectations employers have of their employees, how they use them to set standards, manage behaviour and instigate a positive work-based culture.

Year 3

If you are on the placement route, you will take a work placement (minimum 36 weeks) between Year 2 and Year 3 of your studies.

If you are on the full-time route, you will progress directly into Year 3.

You will study four, 30-credit units:

Core units

  • Psychology at Work
  • Contemporary Perspectives on Human Resource Management
  • Global Human Resource Management

Option units

  • Business Project: Research*
  • Applied Management Practice
  • Business Analytics and Decision Making 
  • Business Creation 
  • Business Ethics and Sustainability 
  • Business Project: Consultancy
  • Business Project: Young Enterprise
  • Entrepreneurial Practice
  • Entrepreneurs, Business and Society
  • Leadership in Practice
  • Social and New Media Management
  • Work based Learning (Role of the Manager)

*This unit is compulsory in order to achieve the CIPD accreditation.

Please note, these option units are indicative of what may be on offer in Year 3 but may be subject to change. 

Core Units
Contemporary Perspectives on Human Resource Management

Critically assesses the strageic environment which shapes HRM, focuses on strategies for leading a HR function and examines key people strategies that organisations expect to deliver enhanced performance

Global Human Resource Management

This unit analyses the key features of employment systems in selected countries looking at the history of their development and comparing and contrasting their similarities and differences. It will analyse the impact of Multi-National Companies on HRM policies and practices and discuss the application of specific HRM policies and practices in a global context. The unit investigates the challenges of maintaining labour standards in a global context.

Psychology at Work

Use psychology to achieve a more productive and satisfying workplace, and develop your understanding of the psychological tools and resources available to you as a manager.

Likely Optional Units
Applied Management Practice

This unit is designed for students who have taken a work placement who wish to continue a work based approach to
studying management in their final year.  The unit covers subjects such as reflective learning techniques, organisational theory, role of the manager, management styles and managing in different contexts and industry sectors.

Business Analytics and Decision Making

In this unit academic learning meets with real world business situations with the intention of preparing students for, and providing opportunities in, the world of employment. Additionally, students will learn about and apply advanced analytical and decision making skills.

Business Creation

This unit supports you as you put enterprise and entrepreneurship skills into practice by launching your own business.  This practical unit that allows you to experience starting a business first hand.  You will be assessed on their personal and business development via presentations and business model planning and execution.

Business Ethics and Sustainability

This unit assesses the complexities and challenges of business ethics and sustainability by developing a moral imagination and the ability to analyse issues. This involves recognising the wider impact of business upon society and the natural environment and identifying the nature and scope of ethical and sustainability issues. We compare different ethical theories and models of sustainable business and then apply them to issues and actions in the business context. This requires the assessment of information from a wide range of sources and the evaluation of arguments and recommendations in the light of the evidence.

Business Project

This is an individual research project, one that enables you to apply the theory you have covered throughout the course in looking at practical HR related issues. You are supported by an academic supervisor and will have workshops to develop your research skills, but the dissertation itself provides an opportunity for you to develop your critical thinking and project management skills, both of which are crucial for enhancing your graduate employability.

Business Project: Consultancy

The main aim of this unit is to enable you to enhance your personal and professional development in the field of business consultancy through solving a business problem for a client organisation.   On completion of your research, you will present your findings to the client business which will help develop your presentation skills.  You will also prepare a critical academic reflection on your experience drawing together theory and practice to facilitate your understanding of business processes.

Business Project: Young Enterprise

The main aim of this unit is to develop your enterprising behaviours, skills and attributes and build your awareness of entrepreneurial career paths. You will run a Young Enterprise business as part of a team supported by academics and business professionals. You will explore business opportunities through an outline business plan, attend a number of business start-up events, and engage in a series of enterprise workshops. You will capture your learning in your Young Enterprise business portfolio.

Entrepreneurial Practice

The main aim of this unit is to develop your enterprising behaviours, skills and attributes and build your awareness of entrepreneurial career paths. You will run a small business as part of a team supported by academics and business professionals. You will explore business opportunities through an outline business plan, attend a number of business start-up events, and engage in a series of enterprise workshops. You will capture your learning in your business portfolio.

Entrepreneurs, Business and Society

The unit aims to engage you in the theoretical elements of the concepts of entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship through a series of class debates and research workshops. The unit also aims to develop students’ research skills through a rigorous analysis of enterprise/social enterprise in the 21st Century, building knowledge from both policy and practice.

Leadership in Practice

This unit introduces you to the concepts and models of leadership, and explores how to lead teams and organisations. Key issues covered include diversity and ethical leadership, personality, psychological factors, and use of coaching and mentoring in relation to leadership development.

Social and New Media Management

This unit explores the phenomena of social media and resistance/adoption across organisations - both private and voluntary sector. We include topics on; entrepreneurship, social networking, reputational risks, citizen voice, open source, creative commons. The unit also explores the new media economy, exploring web, gaming and social media industry.

Work based Learning (Role of the Manager)

This unit explores how the role of the manager varies at different levels and in different organisational
contexts. It examines how managers learn and the principles of management development. The unit covers themes such as how managers motivate their workforce and the political dimensions of management. The unit also explores the approaches and purpose of developing leaders and managers. 

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Methods of Assessment

The programme is assessed by a balance of assignments and examinations. From the second year onwards, these marks go towards determining the final classification of your degree from Manchester Metropolitan University. The work placement year is not formally assessed but must be satisfactorily completed.

Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

  • Year 1 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Year 2 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
  • Year 3 100% placement
  • Year 4 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
  • Year 1 45% coursework; 55% examination
  • Year 2 60% coursework; 40% examination
  • Year 3 100% practical
  • Year 4 55% coursework; 45% examination
Optional foundation year
  • Study 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Assessment 60% coursework; 40% examination

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

Typical entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2017 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2018 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required


104-112 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BCC-BBC) or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DMM).

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics. Level 2 Functional Skills English and Mathematics also accepted.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

106-112 UCAS Tariff Points from a relevant Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at Level 3.

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Additional Requirements

If you do not meet the entry requirements of this course you may be eligible for our foundation year.

Further information

Applications are considered individually and you are advised to contact our Course Enquires team via the web form

Your career prospects after the course

The role of a HR professional can be very diverse and you can choose to concentrate upon particular areas, or work across a number of HR spheres.

Our HR Management graduates are equipped with the necessary skills and qualifactions to enter the workplace as professionals in the global marketplace.

Previous graduates have gone into employment in a wide range of management positions in industry, commerce, banking, finance, manufacturing and the public sector.


Many others have entered graduate training schemes with international companies such as IBM, AMEY, McDonald's and GE Healthcare.

Those with good language skills have often chosen to develop their career outside the UK and now live and work in Europe, Asia or South America.

Alternatively you may choose to use your skills to launch your own business or consultancy.

Our business incubator, Innospace, can help you to develop your business ideas and provide practical support to get your company up and running.


In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

How do I apply for this course?

Applications through UCAS

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

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