Human Resource Management

BA, 3-4 years

This is for you if... you are fascinated by the way society is organised and the ways human beings relate to one another, with a particular interest in how this relates to human resource matters.

Course Description

Our Human Resource Management BA will expose you to the realities of the managerial experience in both the public and private sectors, and the relevance of theory for the solution of management problems. It enables you to combine your studies of management with a specialist focus on organisational studies. This allows you to acquire a wide range of critical and analytical skills, along with a range of communication and team-working skills, which will be directly transferable to the workplace whatever career you choose to follow.

In all aspects of contemporary society, management fulfils an increasingly vital role. Successful management requires key skills, especially the managing of people in increasingly complex organisational settings. It also requires an understanding of the different cultural, socioeconomic and political factors that shape contemporary organisations and the people that work in them. By specialising in organisation studies, you will gain a comprehensive grounding in the functions of management and its role in successfully managing people and organisations. This is underpinned by critical analysis of the organisational context in which managers and employees work.

At Leicester we approach management and organisation so far as it affects not only upon the lives of managers, but also the lives of more or less everybody. We are known for the ‘Leicester Model’ of management studies – an approach that challenges the status quo and seeks to give voice to those individuals, groups and societies who are traditionally overlooked in global management and organisational processes. With our distinctive approach to the study of management, you can be certain that we will provide you with a wealth of exciting learning experiences.

Our courses will provide you with an in-depth understanding of contemporary management techniques, and will allow you to develop the skills to become an effective and socially responsible manager in local and global arenas, whether in public, private or third sector organisations and enterprises.

Key Facts
Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
NN21
Start date
September 2018
Department
School of Business
Contact

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
cssadmissions@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2041
ulsb@le.ac.uk

School of Business website



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Why Leicester?

Our multi-disciplinary approach to management draws on anthropology, cultural studies, economics, sociology, politics and psychology – as well as traditional management theories.

We are a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools and hold a Small Business Charter Award in recognition of our role in helping to kick-start British enterprise.

Throughout the programme there is an emphasis on the demands of employers for critical and analytical problem-solving skills that you will require to keep pace with rapid changes in the workplace.

You will have the opportunity to gain a global outlook and real-world experience through our year abroad and placement year opportunities.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

Your first year modules introduce you to the political-economic environment in which organisations exist, and the way in which ethical questions and the history of the management education shape our understanding of management practice.

Modules

  • Business Finance and Reporting
  • Economy and Society
  • Employment relations
  • Information Management
  • Management Inquiry and Analysis
  • Management Theory and Debate
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Work and Society


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

In the second year you will deepen your understanding of the core areas of management and the 'Research Methods' module will help prepare you for your final year dissertation.

Modules

  • Consultancy Challenge
  • Corporate Social Responsibility: Theory and Practice
  • Diversity in Organisations
  • Globalisation and Skills
  • Human Resource Management
  • Research Methods
  • Strategy
  • Workplace Learning and Human Resource Management


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year Abroad or Placement Year (optional)

Year Abroad or Placement Year (optional)

You have the option of spending a year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions or working in an industrial placement. Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years. 

Placement Year

A placement year is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience of a working environment within the sector of your choice.  It is normally a paid position, more than offsetting the additional cost of your extra year.

Eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2. If you are accepted onto the programme you will be responsible for securing your own placement, with support from the School. Please note that being accepted onto the programme does not guarantee you a placement. 

During your placement year you will be supported by the School of Business Placement Team. This will include communication with you and your manager and a visit to your place of work. You will also undertake written work to capture your learning from the placement experience which will include reflection on your personal and professional development and your academic understanding.  This work will be assessed to allow you to gain recognition for your placement year.

Your placement effectively begins in Year 1 when you will be introduced to various opportunities to develop your skills, your understanding and experience.  In Year 2 you will be supported through guided sessions, such as:

  • Introduction to the placement year scheme
  • Researching placement opportunities
  • Making successful applications
  • Effective interview techniques
  • Preparing for my placement

A placement year is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the types of professions you can choose after you graduate, and can also point you towards postgraduate studies that may help you on the path to your chosen career.

Year Abroad

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions. Eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2. Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

The School of Business has links with European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite 

We have links with the following universities:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year

Final Year

In your final year, there are two compulsory modules as well as your dissertation - a major piece of independent research on a human resource management-related topic, supported by one-on-one supervisions with a member of faculty. You will then take four option modules, allowing you to explore the areas of human resource management that interest you the most.

Core modules

  • Industrial Relations in a Changing Economy
  • Labour Market Issues, Themes and Controversies

Plus your dissertation.

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • Advanced Quantitate Techniques
  • Advanced Qualitative Techniques
  • Business in the Digital Economy
  • Cyberpsychology at Work
  • Managing in a Post-Crisis World
  • Place, Branding and Tourism
  • The Management and Shaping of Innovation
  • Understanding Workplace Dynamics: Critical Perspectives and Practices

Plus two option modules from:

  • Critical Analysis for Management
  • Ecology and Sustainability 
  • Managing Knowledge in Organisations
  • Organisations in Economic Context
  • Services Marketing
  • The Production and Consumption of Culture


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Major/Minor Degrees

Major/Minor degrees enable you to create your own degree. You can study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject).

Why not complement your Major with a subject that you enjoyed before, or which has vocational elements that can boost your career prospects? Alternatively, you may want to try something completely new that you’ve always been interested in, like a language.

Find out more

Teaching and Assessment

During your first year you will have 9-10 hours each week of timetabled sessions. These typically consist of 6 hours of lectures and 3-4 hours of seminars or small group work.

A variety of teaching methods are used with the aim of creating a stimulating environment in which you are encouraged to develop your learning skills and to actively participate in the learning process.

Assessment varies from one module to another and ranges between a mixture of coursework and examination in some modules, to others that are 100% coursework or project-based.

We are a vibrant and reflective School and the enthusiasm you will find in the lecture theatre and seminar room comes from our commitment to our subject and our attempts to develop and energise it.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Overall workload

Typical workload hours for School of Business courses in 2016/17:

Year 1: 16% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 192 hours
  • Independent learning: 1008 hours

Year 2: 14% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
  • Independent learning: 1032 hours

Optional year abroad: If you’re spending a year abroad, your contact hours will vary depending on the institution you’re studying at.

Final year: 10% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 120 hours
  • Independent learning: 1080 hours

While your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules you select, the above information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities for each year of your course.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Entry Requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB. Two AS-levels may be considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B.
  • GCSE: Mathematics and English Language at grade C.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points, with grade 4 in SL Maths.
  • BTEC Nationals: Full Diploma with DDM, plus GCSE requirements as above.

Other national and international qualifications considered.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for either the International Year One or the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications. 

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the School of Business.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries List

Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2017

    • £9,250 in your first year. After 2017/18, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (RPIX) and is subject to government regulations. (RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.)
    • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year.
    • Year in Industry: your fee will be 15% of the full-time tuition fee that applies in that year. 

    Starting in 2018

    • TBC

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.


  • Starting in 2017

    • £15,290 per year

    Year Abroad: your fee will be £3,822.50 which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee.

    Year in Industry: your fee will be £2,293.50 which is 15% of the full-time tuition fee. 


Career Opportunities

Alongside your academic work we recognise that it is also important that you gain experience and develop your skills. The School’s dedicated in-house Career Development Manager works closely with the University’s Career Development Service to make sure you get support to achieve your aspirations.

Whether you want to make a difference in the voluntary sector, start your own business or reach the top in an organisation, there are specially designed programmes and activities here at Leicester that can support you in the getting the right skills, experiences and exposure you need.

Careers that our graduates have pursued include roles within management, consultancy, HR, research, finance and accounting and higher education.

Careers

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
Human Resource Management BA 3 years full-time NN21 Apply Now
Human Resource Management with Year Abroad BA 4 years full-time NN21 Apply Now
Human Resource Management with Year in Industry BA 4 years full-time NN21 Apply Now
Course
Human Resource Management
Qualification
BA
Duration
3 years full-time
UCAS Code
NN21
Availability
Course
Human Resource Management with Year Abroad
Qualification
BA
Duration
4 years full-time
UCAS Code
NN21
Availability
Course
Human Resource Management with Year in Industry
Qualification
BA
Duration
4 years full-time
UCAS Code
NN21
Availability