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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HR professionals deal with a vast range of business-critical issues, creating high-performing teams, shaping workplace policies like redundancy, maternity leave and rewards, and supporting strategic decisions on areas like recruitment. We’ve designed this course to give you the knowledge you need to help organisations succeed in today’s business world. 

You’ll gain up-to-date knowledge of key operational areas including resourcing, employment law, employment relations and managing performance.

What is HR Management all about?

We’ll start by teaching you the basic principles of managing people, analysing information and handling accounts. Then, you’ll expand into topics like sustainability and psychology, with the chance to specialise in the areas that interest you most.

In your final year, you’ll also be able to pick your own subject as a research topic and apply your findings to contemporary issues within HR management (HRM).

We provide plenty of opportunities to expand on your degree. You can choose to study a language, spend a year working on placement, or study with one of our partner institutions abroad.

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.

Features and Benefits

  • CIPD qualification opportunity – add a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Intermediate Level Diploma to your CV.
  • Study in Manchester – an international city home to a huge range of organisations, from small creative agencies to large corporations.
  • Placements – discover what it’s like to work in Human Resource management through our excellent industry connections, or study abroad at one of our international partner institutions.
  • Learn a different language – boost your international employment prospects by studying a language as part of your degree.
  • Regular industry events – attend guest talks and masterclasses delivered by leading professionals and network with recruiting businesses at key industry events.
  • 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


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 no 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 in year two, so you would complete your degree over four years if you chose this option.

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

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Core Units

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.

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.

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


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Core Units

Business Research Methods

This 15-credit unit is designed to draw upon a range of research methodologies appropriate to Business School undergraduates and which have application in the workplace. The unit aims to provide you with the critical intellectual tools and the technical skills required to for project management and business and management research. The unit will recognise the strong link between theory, method and data. The unit will provide an understanding of quantitative and qualitative techniques for data analysis, including statistics.

Managing People, Technologies and Organisations

This 15-credit unit builds your knowledge in organisational behaviour and the practices of managing complex organisational systems. The unit will aim to develop your skills in the areas of collaborating and working with others in organisations. Core themes of the unit include: interpersonal capabilities required as managers and leaders; national culture and leadership; ethics and decision making; how do we manage?; how to manage other’s expectations; how is the technology used to help organisations manage themselves? The unit will also build core skills needed for final year projects, and professional life.

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.

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.

Option Units

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.

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.

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. 

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

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Core Units

Contemporary Perspectives on Human Resource Management

Critically assesses the strategic 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.

Option Units

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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, the role of the manager, management styles and managing in different contexts and industry sectors.

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. 

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.

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:

Optional foundation year

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 – an economic success story written even while other areas of the country struggle. The city has outperformed the capital in terms of employment growth, and it’s set to be the UK’s strongest performing city for years to come*. 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.

*EY UK Regional Economic Forecast 2017.

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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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: £16,000 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: £16,000 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.

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.


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How to apply

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UCAS code(s)

3 years full-time: N600 / 4 years with placement: N601 / 4 years with overseas study: 8T46

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

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