BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management

Expertise in Human Resource Management goes hand-in-hand in with commercial acumen and entrepreneurial ambition.

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The world of business is always evolving – adapting to new technology, moving with geopolitical events and reacting to the shifting financial climate. But there is one constant: people. Growth, change, success – it’s only possible with a well-managed workforce, no matter what the industry or sector.

You’ll study a valuable blend of topics to give you a solid grounding for your future. On one hand, you’ll get an insider’s perspective on business operations, from strategic planning and accounting techniques to sustainable development and digital technologies. On the other, you’ll delve into the principles of managing, leading and developing people, looking at areas like employer relations and organisational behaviour, as well as workplace psychology and cross-cultural management.

Manchester offers the perfect setting for it all. It’s home to world-leading businesses, as well as a thriving hub for innovators, entrepreneurs and start-ups. And Manchester Met is at the heart of it all. We’ve built an impressive network with industry experts and major employers – sharing understanding and opportunity. For us, it means keeping our expertise at the cutting edge of business and HRM. For you, it means learning from worldclass academics and leading professionals from organisations like PwC and AJ Bell. Plus, if you opt for a third-year placement, it’s a network that can open doors to the sort of employers where you can turn classroom theory into workplace practice.

By focusing on the human element of effective business leadership, this is a programme that offers vital transferrable skills, providing the first steps of a range of career paths. You’ll leave us equipped to pursue roles across a vast range of sectors in a wide variety of roles – following in the footsteps of other graduates now working with the likes of JCB or Kellogg’s.

Features and Benefits

  • Triple crown - study in a Business School that has prestigious triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.
  • Vibrant location – study in a global city with a wide range of employers and a growing demand for ambitious graduates.
  • Business experts – learn from world-class academics and leading professionals who are advisors to organisations like PwC and AJ Bell.
  • Tailor your degree – you select the units that match your interests and career ambitions.
  • Stand out to employers – graduates with broad-based degrees in business are well positioned to apply for a range of opportunities in the private or public sector.
  • Study overseas – study at one of our partner institutions across Europe, Asia or the USA.
  • Boost employability – develop your CV, attend key industry events and masterclasses and network with recruiting employers at our Professional Development Weeks.
  • Choose a placement or study abroad – the course offers real flexibility as you will enrol on the three year course and then decide if a placement or overseas study is right for you once you have started your studies, so you don’t have to decide now.   
“We have worked with our alumni, local employers and the CIPD to design a programme that is informed by leading-edge research and equips students to become world-class professionals with the skills and knowledge to make a valuable contribution to organisational performance.” Cecilia Ellis, Principal Lecturer

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Career Prospects

Studying business and human resource management gives you the opportunity to improve your employability by developing skills and knowledge in two complementary areas.

Not only will you graduate with a thorough understanding of how businesses function, you’ll know how to effectively manage and develop people within organisations.

Previous graduates have kick-started careers in a wide range of roles in:

Many of our graduates go into training schemes with international companies like IBM, McDonald’s, or GE Healthcare. Some have chosen to develop their careers abroad – in Europe, Asia, and South America.

If you want to be your own boss, why not launch your own business or consultancy? Our incubator, Innospace, can help you get your company off the ground.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required


A levels ­– BCC-BBC

Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma – DMM

Equivalent qualifications and combinations will be considered, including Extended Project (EPQ) at grade C or above. Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.

Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C/4 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English


GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum of 106 UCAS Tariff points

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 overall with no individual element below 5.5

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

Further information

This is a new course for the 2020 intake - advanced entry to the course is not available. 

Course details

You will enrol on the three year course, which will give you the flexibility to choose a year on placement or to study abroad once you have started - meaning you would complete your degree over four years if you chose one of these options.

Foundation year

This course has a foundation year available. For more information visit the foundation year page.


You will study eight 15 credit units.

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Core Units

Developing Academic & Professional Skills

This unit introduces students to key skills designed to build their professionalism. It encourages students to develop their self-awareness and to think about how they appear to other people. It explores theories and practices of team working in order to develop skills in these areas.

Managing People in a Contemporary Economy

The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of the wider world of work. It introduces students to tools for analysing the external environment (e.g. PESTLE, SWOT etc.) in order for them to understand how social-economic factors influences organisational and HR strategies. It examines features of the contemporary economy such as labour markets, changes in workforce demographics, changing composition of the economy (rise in service and knowledge work, decline of manufacturing) and the global economy. It explores the implications of specific contexts of the contemporary economy for managing people; for example, service workers, knowledge workers, precarious workers, an international workforce, social care, and differences in public/private sector work.

This unit is assessed by a seen case study exam. Students will be provided with a case study in advance, which will focus on a particular aspect of the contemporary economy and will answer unseen exam questions about the implications of managing people within the case study context. It is recognised that in the first term of year one, the majority of students will have limited experience of the contemporary economy and so will have limited experience to draw upon in their assessments and limited time in order to engage with relevant academic literature. The provision of a case study in advance will provide students with contextual information which they will have time to familiarise themselves with and enable them to apply theory to the case which is an essential skill for their academic and professional development. In years two and three it is expected that students will have more time to engage with relevant academic literature and gain employment experiences and so this particular assessment method will not be relevant in subsequent years.

Introduction to Technology and Big Data

The rapid growth in digital technologies and the associated use in smart devices, sensors and internet applications has resulted in a proliferation of big data, which are defined as data having large volume, high velocity and wide variety. This emergent trend has not gone unnoticed by business and other organisations, which consistently aim to utilise digital technologies to their advantage. As such, they aim to extract value and reap the potential benefits of big data by seeking ways of transforming these high complexity data sets into meaningful business opportunities. The unit will introduce the digital technologies, which enable potential value to be captured from big data sets. It will also consider the methods and applications that are used to analyse and translate such data into meaningful, actionable information, which could inform current as well as future business models. Finally, ethical, security and privacy aspects of big data will be considered over the backdrop of some recent high profile and widely publicised case studies, such as Facebook and Google.

Accounting and FinTech for Managers

This unit gives students an understanding of finance within organisations, with a specific focus on budgeting, and an introduction to FinTech, the key technologies and business models that will re-imagine the global economy in the 21st century.

Global Concerns In Sustainable Development

This unit introduces students to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through a focus on case studies and an understanding of the key concepts and the relationship to concerns such as climate change, poverty and sustainable development.

Working in a Digital Era

The unit aims to review the digital context for work and its implications for managers. It explores how technology is used in the management of people and resources. It critically analyses how technology provides opportunities for collaborative working along with the strengths and limitations of technology for people and organisations, including ethical considerations.

Introduction to HRM

This unit reviews the evolution of HRM and introduces students to the key underpinning theories. It explores the employee life cycle including recruitment and selection, development, reward and recognition, performance management, wellbeing, engagement, diversity and inclusion, conflict and departures. The unit highlights various influences both internal and external to the organisation, which shape HR policies and practices, such as labour markets, CSR, political environment and the legal framework and their implications on workforce planning.

Introduction to Organisational Behaviour

The purpose of this unit is to examine the influence and impact that individuals, groups and organisational structure have on human behaviour in the work environment. The unit also examines the implications of human behaviour on job structure, performance, communication, motivation, leadership, decision-making, well-being etc. for applying such knowledge toward improving organisational effectiveness.

You will study seven 15 credit units.

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Core Units

Employment Relations

This unit examines the employment relationship in-depth at both an individual and collective level and considers underpinning theories such as the Psychological Contract. It explores approaches to creating and sustaining effective employment relationships, including discussion of Employee Involvement and Participation and the role of trust. Conflict and dispute resolution mechanisms are explored.

Enhancing Academic & Professional Skills

This unit is designed to support students in applying for placements and for developing their professional skills in order to enhance their employability. It will enable students to understand their own skill sets and motivations for employability and introduce them to the structure and process of labour markets. It will help students to prepare for placement interviews and presentation and discuss more generally the interview process with opportunities for practice. This will be underpinned by the theme of professionalism incorporating discussions of what this means, why it is important and how students can develop their own professionalism.

Managing People in a Legal Framework

This unit provides an in-depth exploration of the legal framework, which governs the management of people. It explores the purpose and sources of law and the legal framework influencing key people activities e.g. recruitment, selection, discrimination, performance, reward, change, discipline, grievance, family friendly, dismissal and employment tribunals.

Operations Management

Operations is the part of an organisation that actually makes products and/or delivers services. Managing operations can be extremely complex and this is even more difficult today because of several challenges. These include the application of new technologies (broadly termed Industry 4.0) and the need for operational practices to be both ethical and sustainable. The unit will consider how organisations formulate operations strategy against this backdrop. It will also examine operations management theory and its relevance to early career professionals. Finally, the unit will consider how operations relates to the other organisational functions (HRM, accounting, marketing and design).

Managing Across Cultures

The purpose of this unit is to develop greater awareness of different cultures and their relevance for managers in the twenty-first century. It aims to develop a critical awareness of the complexity of management in the international context and to apply practices and techniques with sensitivity to national cultural differences. While developing an understanding of the principle areas of management activity in general, this module seeks to enable students to identify and tackle key management issues facing international organisations and to develop the skills and competences required for managing an increasingly diverse, complex and dispersed workforce and customer base.

Principles of Strategic Management

This unit presents a systematic approach to the study of strategy, building upon an array of ideas and theories ranging from industrial organization theory to institutional economics. This unit outlines the fundamentals of strategic management and gives students an introduction in this important area of business management. Students will gain an awareness of the issues involved and the techniques that managers adopt. The tools and techniques will help students understand how organisations achieve sustainable competitive advantage.

Investigating Responsible Enterprise in a Global Context

This unit critiques the role of multi-national organisations, social enterprises and the role of the state in the emergence of responsible enterprise as a movement to address global issues for people and planet.

You will study five 15 credit units and one 30 credit unit.

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Core Units

Psychology at Work

The purpose of this unit is to apply psychological theories and principles to organisations and individuals in their places of work as well as the individual's work-life more generally. The unit examines key topic areas in work psychology that affect people's performance and well-being at work, including individual differences, stress, cognitive ability; teamwork; work design and emotional intelligence.

Designing a Research Project

This unit introduces students to the research process and methodologies including quantitative and qualitative approaches. It discusses how to identify a business issue for research and how to situate this within a relevant body of academic literature. It explores the literature review process and analyses key considerations in research design.

Strategic Management in the Global Context

This unit builds on the tools and techniques from Principles of Strategic Management (Year 2), and is concerned with the strategic choices available to organisations to achieve competitive advantage in a global economy. The managerial decisions, processes and activities, that allow the creation and implementation of an effective global strategy are discussed and reflected-upon through a combination of theories and real-World case studies. This unit explains that strategic management is the one of the most imperative considerations in the global economy. Organisations and managers can no longer base their strategies on the assumption that global markets will remain stable with steady growth.

Undertaking a Research Project (30 credits)

This unit builds on the year three, term one unit, Designing a Research Project. Students reflect on their chosen topics, literature review and research design and undertake data collection and analysis. They present their findings in the form of a Research Project.

Gender and Diversity

The unit examines the legal and business cases for a focus on gender and diversity. It critically analyses organisational approaches to gender and diversity and discusses the enablers of and barriers to interventions to encourage inclusion in the workplace.

Applied Professional Practice & Career Development

The focus of this unit is students’ immediate and sustainable employability. The course aims to develop understanding and apply theoretical approaches to employability and career management. The course will develop a range of relevant personal skills and attributes that will enable students to gain entry into respective professional and managerial labour market within a local and/or global context. It will also increase a sense of professionalism among students by enhancing their relationship management skills, commitment to continuing professional development and reflective practice.

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 of 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:



Placement options

Most of our degrees offer the chance to spend a year getting a taste of professional life. It not only gives you the opportunity to develop your core skills and learn about how business really operates in your industry, but also shows employers that you’re ready to get to work.

The Business School Placement Team is ready to help. They offer a wide range of services, including employer presentations, advice and placement fairs. But it’s also up to you – the more proactive you are about applying for placement opportunities, the better.

Find out more about what a placement can do for you. Visit our placements page.

Study Abroad

Many of our courses offer the opportunity to spend up to a year overseas, studying with one of our partner institutions across Europe, or beyond. Go abroad in the third year of your degree, and you’ll not only learn about other cultures, improve your language skills and discover more about yourself – you’ll also boost your career prospects. Having first-hand knowledge of another country’s cultures and traditions can take you far in a range of careers. And, by going abroad you’ll also demonstrate the kind of independent spirit and adaptability that many employers want.

Working Abroad

Gaining work experience with an international flavour offers a double benefit. While you’ll learn valuable professional skills in a real-world workplace, you’ll also experience different cultures, ways of working and new perspectives. Whether it’s a summer exchange, holiday internship or year-long international placement, global experience can make a world of difference to your career prospects.

A City of Opportunities

Manchester is the engine room of the Northern Powerhouse. Here, business thrives in districts like Spinningfields, which is home to more than 150 financial and commercial services organisations, while initiatives like the Start-up Factory and the Sharp Project help forge the next generation of commercial enterprises. For today, that puts us in the perfect place to offer an education rooted in the real world – with relevant skills, useful experience and valuable connections to support your entrepreneurial ambitions. For tomorrow, that puts you in a city with a wide range of employers and a growing demand for ambitious graduates.

Department of People and Performance

Our People and Performance Department brings together industry leading professionals and academics with specialisms in strategy, innovation, enterprise, human resource management, entrepreneurship and sports management.

The department provides academic leadership for a broad undergraduate and postgraduate portfolio, providing real-life business expertise underpinned by cutting-edge business management theory.

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Taught by experts

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.

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UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing. Total optional cost: £600


Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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