BA (Hons) Business / Human Resource Management

Great employees are the key to business success. Our flexible combined honours blends people management skills with an understanding of the wider business environment.

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This course is now closed for applications for 2019 entry.

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Overview

Happy employees mean a more productive workforce. So enhancing your business studies with an understanding of how to develop people is an attractive combination to employers.

Exploring both areas, you’ll look at the business environment inside and out, from the psychology of managing people to how the economic, social, technological and political climate can shape different sectors.

In the first year, you’ll study each subject equally. Then, in your second year, you’ll have the flexibility to shape your learning around your interests.

 

Understanding all aspects of business

By studying the business units of this degree, you’ll develop skills in all areas of business and make informed decisions about strategy and operations. Your studies will draw on disciplines including business planning strategy, creative thinking, accounting and finance, leadership, marketing and data analysis.

By studying the human resource management units, you’ll focus on how leaders develop and motivate their employees. You’ll learn to deal with a vast range of business-critical issues like redundancy, maternity leave, rewards and more.

Budding entrepreneurs also have the chance to take part in business and enterprise competitions, to unleash your inner Richard Branson with the support of our Innospace graduate incubator and business start-up unit.

Features and Benefits

  • 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.
  • Switch to a single subject - if you choose to major in one subject in second year, you can focus on it in third year and achieve a single-subject degree.
  • 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.
  • Placement opportunities - make the most of our industry connections to secure a paid placement in your third year
  • Boost employability – develop your CV, attend key industry events and masterclasses and network with recruiting employers at our Professional Development Weeks.
The staff are fantastic, every tutor you have and everyone in the department is there to look after you. You have so many options if you need any help – and you get to study in a fantastic building.” Lauren Harrison, BA (Hons) Human Resource Management

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Our academics have their feet firmly in industry. They are consulting with major companies regularly and doing research as part of their role in the department, so the flow of research comes back into the classroom and informs our teaching.

Dr Clare Hannibal, Head of Department for Strategy, Enterprise and Sustainability.

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 kickstarted 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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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

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.

MEET THE EXPERTS

“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

By studying the business units of this degree, you will be able to gain skills in all areas of business and make informed decisions about business strategy and operations. Your studies will draw on disciplines including business planning strategy, creative thinking, accounting and finance, leadership, marketing and data analysis.

By studying the human resource management units on this degree, 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 (e.g. 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, enhancing your employability with businesses that operate internationally.

Combined Honours programmes offer you 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. Two core units for business, two core units for HR Management. The core units for year one are shown below.

Business units: 

  • Dynamic Business Environment
  • Understanding and Managing People

Human Resource Management units:

  • HR Management in the Business Context
  • Information Analysis and Finance for Managers

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

Human Resources Management in the Business Context
This unit covers human resource management (HRM) models, business models, recruitment and selection, HRM planning, employee relations, human resource development and contemporary issues and trends. Once the unit is completed you should be able to identify, apply and evaluate a range of HRM and business concepts and theories that relate to the management of people in a business context.
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

Information Analysis and Finance for Business

The key objectives of this unit are to help you to understand and interpret financial statements and use costing techniques.  Further to this you will develop your skills so that you can use digital resources to collect, organise, manage, find, analyse and present business related information.

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.

Units of study available in Year 2 of a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route you wish to take through the programme and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. This is where you will begin to shape the learning of your degree to your own interests. 

You can continue with equal study (2 units from each subject) or choose a major/minor route (3 units from one subject, 1 unit from the other subject). You must study the core unit from each subject. 

Please note that your choice of units available to study may be informed by your study choice of equal or major/minor and, for some units, the grades you achieved in Year 1. Not all units are available for all study options.

Indicative Business options available in Year 2 may be: 

  • Marketing and Operations
  • Managing People, Technologies and Organisations
  • Business Research Methods

Indicative Human Resource Management options available in Year 2 may be: 

  • Employment Law and Employment Relations
  • Managing Effective Organisations

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. 

For an indication of units currently available please see our single honours degrees for unit details:

Business Management

Human Resource Management

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 of a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route you wish to take and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. This is where you will begin to shape the learning of your degree to your own interests. 

You can continue with equal study (2 units from each subject) or choose a major/minor route (3 units from one subject, 1 unit from the other subject). You must study the core unit from each subject. 

Please note that your choice of Economics units is informed by your study choice of equal or major/minor. Not all units are available for all study options.

Indicative Business options available in Final Year may be: 

  • Global Strategy 

Indicative Human Resource Management options available in Final Year may be: 

  • Global 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. 

For an indication of units currently available please see our single honours degrees for unit details:

Business Management

Human Resource Management

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:

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Placement options

We offer four-year placement and study overseas 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.

More about the department

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.

Meet our expert staff

Fees

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.

Funding

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

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How to apply

This course is no longer available through clearing.

Check out our undergraduate prospectus to find a list of other courses we have available.

Check out our Clearing section to find a full list of courses we have available.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

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. Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us to access the most up to date information for your chosen course of study.

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