Major in Human Resource Management

BA, 3-4 years

This is for you if... you would like to combine the study of human resource management with another subject.

Course Description

If you choose Human Resource Management (HRM) as your Major, you will study in depth the issues surrounding the management of people in organisations.   You will learn about contemporary issues of work, employment and industrial relations that are embedded in the broader context of global economy.

Key Facts
Typical offer
UCAS code
Start date
September 2017
School of Business

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Why Leicester?

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 real-world experience through our placement year opportunities.

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

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

In your first year, you will study the nature of the employment relationship in the contemporary workplace, and the nature of work as it is affected by the wider social context.  You will also learn about central aspects of contemporary organisation, organisations and management and the key issues and dilemmas in management practice, as well as the political-economic environment in which organisations exist.


  • Foundations of Management
  • Economics for Management
  • Work and Society
  • Management and Labour

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 your second year you will study the basics of human resource management and its key underlying theoretical approaches. The first semester modules focus both on the practice and practical problems of HRM -- on work and employment as well as on the analysis and conceptualisation of HRM in contemporary research. The modules in your second semester explore specific HRM areas such as workplace learning, training, and development in depth.


  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Human Resource Management
  • Globalisation and Skills
  • Research Methods
  • Diversity in Organisations
  • Workplace Learning and HRM

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.

Placement Year (optional)

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 attend one of these, you may be eligible for an Erasmus grant if you comply with European Commission rules and regulations. 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 a typical week you will attend approximately six hours of lectures and a similar number of seminars.

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.

Core modules

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

Plus your dissertation

    Option modules

    Choose one option module from:

    • Corporate Social Responsibility
    • Business Ethics
    • Managing Knowledge in Organisations

    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

    On a Major/Minor degree, 75% of your course will be your Major (in this case Human Resource Management) and 25% will be your Minor.


      Please note that you cannot study a Major in Human Resource Management with a Minor in:

      • Human Resource Management
      • Management Studies
      • Marketing
      Now choose your Minor

      Teaching and Assessment

      You will attend lectures, as well as a number of small-group tutorials in which contemporary issues are discussed, drawing on the tools and theories taught in other parts of the curriculum.

      At Leicester you will be encouraged to engage with an international faculty of leading management scholars and students.

      As well as exams and essays, you will also undertake some assessed group-work, including presentations and reports.

      Entry Requirements

      • A/AS Levels: ABB. Two AS levels may be considered in place of one A-level. General Studies is accepted.
      • EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
      • GCSE: Mathematics and English Language at grade C.
      • Access to HE courses: Pass, with some 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 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

      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 2016

        • £9,000 per year
        • The fee for a placement year is £1,000 rather than £9,000.

        Starting in 2017

        An inflationary increase (2.8% based on RPIX*) in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Government for 2017. This is still subject to formal parliamentary approval however, if approved, fees for 2017/18 entry could rise to £9,250 in 2017/18.
        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.)
      • Starting in 2016

        • £14,630 per year

        Starting in 2017

        • To be confirmed
        Find out more about scholarships and funding.

      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.

      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
      Major in Human Resource Management BA 3 years full-time N601 Apply Now
      Major in Human Resource Management
      3 years full-time
      UCAS Code