BA (Hons) Human Resource Management

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The right staff can make or break a business. So attracting, engaging and developing key people is one of the most important factors in an organisation’s success.

We help you develop essential knowledge and skills for a career in HR management. You’ll gain up-to-date knowledge of key operational areas including resourcing, employment law, employment relations and managing performance.

In addition, you’ll develop a wider understanding of the specialism. We will enable you to analyse the external environment and its impact on people management. You will engage with research on HR and apply this research to contemporary issues within HR management (HRM). This will provide you with insights into the dynamic and fascinating world of 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.

Features and Benefits

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

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 banking, finance, manufacturing and the public sector.

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 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.

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Entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2018 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2019 academic year. Please check back for further details.

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

106-112 UCAS Tariff Points from a relevant Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at Level 3.

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.

Additional Requirements

If you do not meet the entry requirements of this course you may be eligible for our foundation year.

Further information

Applications are considered individually and you are advised to contact our Course Enquires team via the web form

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.

We’ll cover the nine core human resource management areas, including:

We start the course helping you learn key principles like managing people, information analysis, and accounting. In your second year you’ll expand on this with topics including employment law and sustainability. You can also choose optional units to specialise in a particular area.

During your final year, we’ll cover advanced topics such as business psychology and global human resource management. You’ll also have the chance to choose another option unit, and pick a subject for your research topic.

If you choose to study abroad or take a placement year, you’ll do this after your second year. You’ll then return to Manchester Met for your final year.

You will study four, 30-credit units:

  • Dynamic Business Environment
  • Finance and Accounting Information for Managers
  • Human Resource Management in Practice
  • Understanding and Managing People

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Core Units

Dynamic Business Environment

The aim of this unit is to develop your understanding of a range of dynamic factors in the business environment over which organisations have limited, if any control over but nonetheless need to mitigate against.  Topics studied include markets and globalisation, technological development, fundamental macroeconomic elements and concepts, and social, cultural and ecological factors.

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.

You will study four, 30-credit units:

  • Employment Law and Employment Relationships
  • Learning, Coaching and Development
  • Managing Effective Organisations
  • Option unit*

*You can select from a range of option units that will enable to you specialise in a particular subject area.

Option units: 

  • Work Based Learning  (Procedures, Policy and Practice)
  • Ideas, Creativity and Entrepreneurship
  • Managing Across Cultures


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Core Units

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.

Managing Effective Organisations

Through exploring research and best practice on how people are managed and organised at work,  this unit prepares you to engage critically with the concept and practice of management. The unit examines some of the most significant activities and processes associated with management, including the ways in which culture, ethics, gender, politics and power come to shape how management is seen and practiced. The unit also looks to develop your skills as a reflective practitioner.

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

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.

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.

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. 

If you are on the placement route, you will take a work placement (minimum 36 weeks) between Year 2 and Year 3 of your studies.

If you are on the full-time route, you will progress directly into Year 3.

You will study four, 30-credit units:

Core units

  • Psychology at Work
  • Contemporary Perspectives on Human Resource Management
  • Global Human Resource Management

Option units

  • Business Project: Research*
  • Applied Management Practice
  • Business Analytics and Decision Making 
  • Business Creation 
  • Business Ethics and Sustainability 
  • Business Project: Consultancy
  • Business Project: Young Enterprise
  • Entrepreneurial Practice
  • Entrepreneurs, Business and Society
  • Leadership in Practice
  • Social and New Media Management
  • Work based Learning (role of the manager)

*This unit is compulsory in order to achieve the CIPD accreditation.

Please note, these option units are indicative of what may be on offer in Year 3 but may be subject to change. 

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Core Units

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.

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.

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 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 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 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.

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, 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. 

Assessment weightings and contact hours

Optional foundation year

Placements options

A course with a placement year provides the opportunity to work for an organisation as part of your degree. This work experience is commonly referred to as a placement and you are usually paid a salary by your placement employer. The placement must be a minimum of 36 weeks, but will usually last for 12 months and takes place after your second year of study.

If you choose the placement route, our Placement Office will help you find your placement. Our dedicated team has over 25 years’ experience of matching students with employers.

The services they provide include:

It is your responsibility to be pro-active and apply for placement opportunities. The placement jobs market is competitive and we recommend that you start researching companies and opportunities during your first year and apply for positions from the start of your second year.

When you are on placement, one of our tutors will keep in contact with you and will liaise with your employer. You will be encouraged to identify a work-based issue that you can explore and developing into a research project in your final year.

The placement is not formally assessed but it must be satisfactorily completed.

Department of Economics, Policy and International Business

Our Economics, Policy and International Business Department advances knowledge on the issues that matter on a contemporary global stage.

The department is committed to teaching excellence and is led by world-class professionals and academic economists. Reacting to the global needs of the digital age, its aim is to enable students to explore the vast areas influenced by economics and policy.

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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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Tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are still being finalised for all courses. Please see our general guide to our standard undergraduate tuition fees.

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.


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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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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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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