BA (Hons) Human Resource Management

Well-led, well-chosen, well-supported people make all the difference to any organisation. That’s what makes HR Managers so valuable.

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There are few aspects of business more fundamental than people: they’re a vital ingredient of any organisation. It’s down to the HR professionals to deal with a vast range of business-critical issues, shaping workplace policies like redundancy, maternity leave and rewards, and supporting strategic decisions on areas like recruitment.

The best HR Professionals have an in-depth understanding of how organisations operate and what the business objectives are – helping them advise employees and partner with the business.

We’ll help you explore the latest thinking in the subject, starting with first principles of managing people, analysing information and understanding behaviour. From there, you’ll expand into topics like managing across cultures and leading change. And, in your final year, you’ll also be able to pick your own subject as a research topic.

By the time you graduate, you won’t just have a good knowledge of the role, you’ll also have a deeper understanding of the business and legislative landscape. In other words, you’ll leave ready to conquer the HR world.

Features and Benefits

  • A buzzing business hub – Manchester is an international home to a huge range of organisations, from small creative agencies to large corporations.
  • Triple crown - study in a Business School that has prestigious triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.
  • Placement or study abroad flexibility – you will enrol on the three year course and 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.
  • Learn a different language – boost your international employment prospects by studying a language as part of your degree.
  • Get to know key employers - Our Professional Development Weeks offer a festival of skills-development and the opportunity to network with actively recruiting graduate employers.
  • Employability – as part of the course you’ll also develop the key soft skills employers are looking for, including team work, communication, leadership and confidence.
“The course strikes a great balance in providing knowledge and skills, which can be applied to a huge spectrum of roles.” Kimberley Hargreaves, BA (Hons) Human Resource Management.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

"I want students to have the best possible experience during their time with us, so they leave ready to manage people in a way which adds value to organisations."

Dr Cecilia Ellis, Principal Lecturer in HR Management and Chartered Fellow of the CIPD

Career Prospects

We focus on helping you develop the skills to work across a range of organisations around the world, whether you specialise in one area, or work across the discipline. 

HR professionals are in demand in a wide variety of sectors, including:

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.

Other graduates have chosen to continue their HR studies at postgraduate level to become CIPD Chartered HR Managers.

If corporate life doesn’t appeal to you, why not launch your own business or consultancy? Our incubator, Innospace, can help you get your company off the ground.

Learn more about graduate careers

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 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 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.


“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

We focus on the knowledge and skills you’ll need to help organisations succeed in the contemporary business world. With organisational planning, strategy, and competitive positioning you’ll have insights into what it takes to succeed. You’ll also develop your personal skills. We want to help you achieve your ambitions and become an early career professional.

You will enrol on the three year course which will give you the flexibility when you start your studies to choose a year on placement or to study abroad, so you would complete your degree over four years if you chose this option.

Foundation year

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

During this year you will study a variety of units. Please see below:

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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.

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.

Learning and Development

This unit will contextualise Learning and Development within debates about how the HR function can add value to organisational performance. Students will examine theories of and approaches to national HRD and critically analyse different types of HRD interventions, including the use of technology. The unit will discuss links between HRD and talent management and explore the implications of different national and cultural contexts for HRD policies and practices.

Introduction to HRM

Brief Summary: 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.

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.

Working in HR

This unit examines the role and structure of the HR function and explores how the HR function interacts with other functions within organisations (Finance, Marketing, Ops). It develops wider business skills such as financial literacy, business planning and supplier management as well as key operational skills such as team working and facilitation and the importance of professionalism and ethics.

People Data

This unit discusses the importance and contribution of HR metrics. It supports students in developing capability to report on the following key People data using descriptive statistics: Number of employees per HR staff member, labour turnover, absence rate, absence costs, annual leave, pay awards, graduate starting salaries. The unit discusses the strengths and limitations of employee survey designs (considering ethical issues regarding collecting and storing employee data).

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.

During this year you will study a variety of units. Please see below:

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

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.

Leading Change, Decision Making and Risk

Students in this unit develop a sound understanding of the theory and practice of leadership and organisational change, including the factors, which contribute to the successful facilitation of change within the workplace. Review the impact of decision-making and risk management in the management of change process. The unit provides participants with the opportunity to critically reflect upon their own experiences of change management drawing on a range of perspectives.

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. Employment Tribunals and their role in dealing with disputes are discussed.

People Analytics

This unit build on the People Data unit n Year 1. It aims to contextualise people data within evidence-based HR and ethical considerations. It critically evaluates the appropriateness of different analytical techniques and it develops student’s capability in the use of Excel and inferential statistics to analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of HR interventions.

Performance and Reward

The unit provides a broad overview of the role and importance of managing employee performance and reward. It adopts both the organisational and employee perspectives on managing performance and critically analyses different organisational approaches to performance management. It also explores under-performance and approaches to managing under-performance. It introduces different approaches to rewarding and recognising employee performance along with some contemporary challenges such as the gender pay gap.

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.

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.

During this year you will study a variety of units. Please see below:

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

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.

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.

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.

HRM in a Global Economy

This unit builds upon the Year3, Term 1 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.

Decent Work and Productivity

This unit is closely aligned to the Decent Work and Productivity Research Centre and is aligned with their research agenda and the CIPD’s purpose to champion better work and better working lives. It discusses the meaning of decent work and the barriers to sustaining decent work, including themes such as vulnerable workers and precarious work and wellbeing. It explores ways of achieving strategic alignment to drive performance within a framework for decent work and examines ideas about the future of work.

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.

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’s an opportunity to develop core skills, explore your career goals and discover about how your industry really functions – and shows employers that you’re ready to get to work.

Our Business School Placement Team is ready to help. They offer a wide range of services, including employer presentations, advice and placement fairs. They’re well connected, with an extensive network of relationships with placement employers locally, nationally and internationally. 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 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, playing host to global and national HQs of some of the biggest names in business, from biopharmaceuticals to banking, and transport to television.

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.

Meet our expert staff


Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation 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: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,500 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. 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)

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).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

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.

Placement Costs

There may be the opportunity to attend visit days with local business organisations, the cost of which will usually be covered by the University. These trips are optional.

Professional Costs

CIPD membership fees could be applicable (currently £40 joining fee and £95 membership fee per year but subject to review by the CIPD)


For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

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

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