Human Resource Management BA, 3-4 years

Start date:

2019

As organisations are becoming increasingly complex, the role of human resource management has never been more vital. In this degree, you’ll study the factors that shape the way people work, and the skills you’ll need to become a great manager.

Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
N600
Department
School of Business

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
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Course enquiries
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Course description

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.

What's the difference?

All of these degrees have a common first year so that you get a solid grounding in management theory and practice. You will also study the same core modules in each of these degrees but the specialisation takes place in your second and final year when you will choose specifically finance, marketing or organisation studies related topics for your option modules and dissertation, according to the degree/pathway that you are studying.

If you choose to specialise in either finance, marketing or organisation studies, four out of your six option modules must be from that specialist pathway. Your dissertation must also be on a topic related to your specialism.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB. All subjects accepted. Two AS-levels may be considered in place of one A-level. 
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B
  • GCSE: Mathematics and English Language at grade C (4).
  • 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 overall with a minimum of 16 points at higher level. Minimum of grade 4 in SL Maths, grade 3 in HL Maths or grade 5 in SL Maths Studies if not held at GCSE.
  • BTEC Nationals: Full Diploma with DDM, Diploma in Business preferred.

Other national and international qualifications considered.

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

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2019

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • 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

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2019

  • £16,700 per year
  • Year Abroad: £4,175, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee
  • Year in Industry: £2,505, which is 15% of the full-time tuition fee

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

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.

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.

Related courses

Related courses

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

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

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.

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 Global Opportunities team.

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 Erasmus+ scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. Languages courses, at both beginners and advanced level, are available through the University’s Languages at Leicester scheme.

  • 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:

We also have links with some universities outside Europe. If you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships. 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

Plus Dissertation part 1 and Dissertation part 2

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

Plus two option modules from:

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.

Why Leicester?

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

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.

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.

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

Management at Leicester

In today’s competitive corporate world, Ishani’s extra-curricular activities will be very helpful.

Teaching and learning

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.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

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.

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Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
Course Human Resource Management Qualification BA Duration 3 years full-time UCAS Code N600 Availability Apply Now
Course Human Resource Management with Year Abroad Qualification BA Duration 4 years full-time UCAS Code N600 Availability Apply Now
Course Human Resource Management with Year in Industry Qualification BA Duration 4 years full-time UCAS Code N600 Availability Apply Now