BA (Hons) Business Enterprise / Human Resource Management

Businesses need entrepreneurial spirits and strong leaders. Learn how to build a business with people at its heart by understanding both business enterprise and HR.

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The world of business moves faster than ever. Going from startup to market leader requires a range of entrepreneurial skills.

Human resource management (HRM) is playing an ever-greater role in business success. Attracting, developing and retaining the right people is essential in a competitive global marketplace.

Business enterprise and HRM go hand-in-hand. Develop your skills in both areas to open up a wealth of career opportunities. 

Building businesses

The business enterprise elements of this course will give you an understanding of business principles. There’s a focus on small and medium enterprises (SMEs), making it ideal if you have ambitions to start your own firm. 

You’ll cover everything from marketing and strategy to business environment and business planning. Graduate with the tools and knowledge you need for business success.


People power

Many of today’s biggest business issues revolve around people. A happy and productive workforce makes all the difference to a company’s performance.

In the HRM units of this course you’ll explore the issues companies around the world face and learn how to tackle them.

As well as learning how to manage people, you’ll develop a strategic business awareness that will serve you well in any HR or management role.

Features and Benefits

  • Centre of Excellence – we’re accredited by the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs for our leading-edge practices which place us at the forefront of enterprise learning.
  • Tailor your degree – from Year 2 you can choose whether to specialise in Business Enterprise or Human Resource Management, or continue to balance the two.
  • At the heart of business – study in the engine room of the Northern Powerhouse. Manchester is one of the fastest growing economies in Europe and is home to big businesses and a thriving startup scene.
  • Business expertise – learn from teachers who are carrying out cutting-edge research, shaping policy and consulting organisations of all sizes.  And use our business incubator, Innospace, to make your business plans a reality.
  • Real-world experience – get out there in Year 3. Gain valuable business experience on a paid work placement or study abroad and immerse yourself in a new country and culture.
  • Build a business – some final-year units allow you to set up your own trading company and compete in Young Enterprise competitions.
  • Prepare for work – attend our Professional Development weeks and regular industry events to develop your skills, polish your CV and network with recruiting businesses.
Manchester is a really vibrant city. It's a really growing, progressive global leader in business and there's so much happening here. It's really fast-paced, there's lots of development and it's a really great place for students to socialize, to live, to work, find future employment and also to learn. Dr Fiona Creaby, Senior Lecturer.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

“We use interactive and innovative teaching and learning methods to develop your teamwork, communication and presentation skills. These employability skills are essential to your studies and when you enter the world of work.”

Dr Shahida Choudhary, Senior Lecturer.

Career Prospects

Studying a combined honours degree gives you incredible flexibility with your career path. You can discover which area you’re best suited to before making any career decisions.

Your knowledge across business enterprise and HRM will boost your employability. You’ll be able to apply for a wide variety of jobs.

HR professionals are needed in every area, from big business to public sector and charities.

You could apply for roles in HR operations and planning, employee relations, equal opportunities, training and development, and recruitment.

The business skills you develop will put you in an excellent position to work in management.

Our graduates have joined training schemes with international organisations such as GE Healthcare, IBM and McDonald’s.

You’ll also have the knowledge you need to start your own business. Our incubator, Innospace, can provide the support you need to get your company started.

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of graduates go straight into employment or further study within six months of graduating.

DLHE survey 2017, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Entry requirements

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

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff Points.

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each element

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


“The teaching approach at Manchester Metropolitan University is a very connected approach and we work with a range of employers across public and private sector, right up to global corporations…”
Listen to what Dr Fiona Creaby, Senior Lecturer, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

Course details

Business enterprise covers the general principles underlying all business ventures (marketing, strategy, business environment and business planning), focusing on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and the entrepreneur. There is a range of option units to choose from in the final year.

You will also focus on core human resource management areas and examine how leaders develop and motivate their employees for maximum output. You will analyse issues such as the relations between employers and employee organisations (eg trade unions), the structure of labour markets and the wider impact an organisation can have on a variety of stakeholders and its local community. Cross-cultural management skills are incorporated and you may choose to include a language as part of your studies as part of our uniwide language scheme, enhancing your employability with businesses that operate internationally.

Combined Honours programmes offer the ability to undertake two separate areas of study as either equal, major/minor or named route combinations.

In the first year, you will study each subject combination equally and the core units for year one are shown below.

Business Enterprise units: 

  • Dynamic Business Environment
  • Finance and Accounting for Managers

Human Resource Management units: 

  • HR Management in Practice
  • Understanding and Managing People

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Core Units

Understanding and Managing People

You will study key issues from four main themes: 1.Individuals and work 2. Groups and social interaction 3. The nature and context of understanding and managing people with work and behaviour in organisations and 4.Personal and professional development

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.

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 planning of resources, employee relations, employee engagement, performance appraisal, training and development, grievance and disciplinary issues, along with contemporary issues and trends occurring in the market place.

Units of study available in year two on a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route taken through the programme and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. 

Business Enterprise core unit: 

  • Ideas Creativity and Entrepreneurship 

Human Resource Management core unit:

  • Employment Law and Employment Relations 

For an indication of option units currently available please see the single honours courses:

Business Management

Human Resource Management

Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme.

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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.

Ideas, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

Develops enterprising behaviours, skills, attributes, and a reflective approach to the business start-up process. Introduces entrepreneurial career paths, responsible entrepreneurship and international aspects of the start-up process.

For those on the four-year degree route, Year 3 will be spent on either placement or studying abroad at one of our partner institutions. Those on the three-year full-time route will progress directly to their final year of study.

Units of study available in your final year on a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route taken through the programme and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body.

Business Enterprise core unit: 

  • Entrepreneurial Practice 

Human Resource Management core unit:

  • Global Human Resource Management 

For an indication of option units currently available please see the single honours courses:

Business Management

Human Resource Management

Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme.

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

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.

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.

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

We offer four-year placement and overseas study routes, where you have the opportunity to spend your third year on industrial placement or studying overseas, after which you will return to study for your final year. You can make a decision on whether to follow this route at the end of your first year of study.

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: £16,000 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

Specialist 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.


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