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Human Resource Management BA (Hons)

The course will provide our students with a comprehensive understanding of current theory and practice relating to Human Resource Management (HRM) practices and policies. Students will be encouraged to combine theory and practice as reflexive HRM practitioners, understanding the purpose and key objectives of the HRM function in contemporary organisations.

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Overview

Studying Human Resource Management at DMU allows you to explore various issues raised by contemporary management, work, and employment developments. Our degree focusses on the purpose, values, specialist knowledge and core behaviours of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).

You will have two pathways to choose from: People Management Pathway and Business Management Pathway. Depending onthe pathway you choose your modules after year one will focus on your selected area of expertise, which will allow you to gain valuable and in-depth knowledge in these subjects.

The course offers you a diverse career path where you will be able to gain expert knowledge in managing employee relations, managing equality, diversity and inclusion, learning and development, organisational development and consultancy and critical issues in human resource management. To prepare for your future career, you will also acquire critical attributes that employers value, based on CIPD core knowledge. These include commercial acumen, self-reflection and emotional intelligence, research and project management, people practice, culture and behaviour, evidence-based practice, change management, and HRM and technology. 

Key features

  • DMU is one of the few prestigious Chartered Institute Personnel and Development (CIPD) Approved Centres, the leading HR professional body in the UK and worldwide, where CIPD is recognised as a mark of quality used by employers as a standard for human resource practice.
  • We also pay CIPD Associate Memberships for 18 months for final year students, thus enhancing their employability, as they will be Associate Members with a highly sought-after qualification and membership.
  • Enhancing our students' employability is at the core of our modules. Our graduates have successful careers in globally renowned organisations, including Telegraph Media Group, Jaguar Land Rover, PwC and Mondelez.
  • Many of our academics draw on years of industry experience, bringing real-world techniques into the classroom.

Scholarships

DMU offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships and bursaries to help you realise your academic ambitions.

International student scholarships

Find out about available international scholarships or visit our fees and funding page for more information.

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Business and Management BA (Hons)

  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: N600

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with a placement.

Fees and funding: 

2022/23 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

 

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: N600

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with a placement.

Fees and funding:

2022/23 tuition fees for international students: £14,750.

Find out more about available funding for international students.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

  • A typical offer is 112 UCAS points. You need to study at least two subjects at A-level or equivalent (eg BTEC)

Plus five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths

Alternative qualifications include:

  • Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit (or equivalent) with English (Language or Literature) and Maths GCSE required as separate qualifications at grade 4

We will normally require students to have had a break from full time education before undertaking the Access course

  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points

 

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.

English language

If English is not your first language, an IELTS core of 6.0 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

UCAS tariff information

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

Structure and assessment

Education 2030

We want to ensure you have the best learning experience possible and a supportive and nurturing learning community. That’s why we’re introducing a new block model for delivering the majority of our courses, known as Education 2030. This means a more simplified timetable where you will study one subject at a time instead of several at once. You will have more time to engage with your learning and get to know the teaching team and course mates. You will receive faster feedback through more regular assessment, and have a better study-life balance to enjoy other important aspects of university life.

Find out more information about Education 2030.

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Accreditations

 

Year 1

  • Block one: Fundamentals of Human Resource Management
  • Block two: Professional Development for Human Resource Management
  • Block three: Organisational Behaviour
  • Block four: Human Resource Management in a Global Business Context

Year 2

  • Block one: Human Resource Management in the Workplace
  • Block two: Learning and Organisation Development
  • Block three: Choose one pathway from the below:
    • People Management: Managing Employee Relations
    • Business Management: Leading Change in Organisations
  • Block four: Choose one pathway from the below:
    • People Management: Reward and Performance Management
    • Business Management: Business Ethics, Sustainability and Social Responsibility

Year 3

  • Block one: Choose one pathway from the below:
    • People Management: Employment Law
    • Business Management: Ethical Leadership and Management
  • Block two: Managing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Block three: Choose one pathway from the below:
    • People Management: Critical Issues in Human Resource Management
    • Business Management: Business Strategy in Action
  • Block four: Choose one pathway from the below:
    • Organisational Development and Consulting
    • Business Management Project

Teaching and assessment

Teaching involves a mixture of large group sessions, tutorials, on line resources and formative assessments. Students are given feedback throughout the course to develop and improve their technical knowledge, skills and understanding. Emphasis is placed on the application of technical understanding to case based and impact focused scenarios through the use of assessments.

Teaching contact hours

This is a full-time course. The learning, teaching and assessment contact hours for all the 30 credit modules are as follows:

Lecture: 20 hours
Seminar: 40 hours
Self-directed study: 200 hours
Consolidation: 35 hours
Assessment: 5 hours

Accreditations

The Human Resource Management programme is accredited by the Charted Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) and graduates will be entitled to Associate membership (subject to options studied). For more information, please visit www.cipd.co.uk

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will have access to our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building, equipped with lecture theatres and classrooms, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and IT labs. Wherever possible, students will be given home access to specialist software.

You’ll also have access to the building’s new £5.5 million extension called The Yard, which provides more than 22,000 square metres of extra space. This is designed to facilitate your learning experience with large and airy breakout spaces, a new Student Advice Centre, and a balcony on the top floor. The Yard also features more comfortable classrooms and self-study spaces, allowing you to carry out independent study as well as group work.

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

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DMU's award-winning careers service provides guaranteed work experience opportunities DMU Works
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Placements

Previous students have taken up placements in HR in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including some international posts, with leading companies and organisations such as Airbus, Ametek, IBM, Marks and Spencer, DHL and the NHS.

Our careers programme DMU Works can help to hone your professional skills with mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and an assigned personal tutor will support you throughout your placement.

Our graduates have successful careers in globally renowned organisations, including Telegraph Media Group, Jaguar Land Rover, PwC and Mondelez.

Chloe's placement experience and support at DMU
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DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global aims to enrich studies, broaden cultural horizons and develop key skills valued by employers. 

Through DMU Global, we offer an exciting mix of overseas, on-campus and online international experiences, including the opportunity to study or work abroad for up to a year.

On previous DMU Global trips students have travelled to Paris, where they were able to explore the differences in the way issues around gender, diversity and disability are handled compared to the UK.

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Graduate careers

A degree in Human Resource Management is an excellent starting point for a career in human resource services, training and development, industrial relations or other areas of management and professional administration. By studying this course, you will also benefit from our strong links with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, which will help you build your career and enhance your professionalism through the opportunity to attend CIPD conferences where you can build strong links with employers.

Graduates from this course have progressed to careers such as HR assistant at PwC, HR consultant at Jaguar Land Rover, HR manager at Royal Mail, and senior HR analyst at Ford.

Business Management and Human Resource Management graduates and sisters Natalia and Izabela Valjaskova have since started jobs as recruitment consultants after studying at DMU. Find out more about Natalia and Izabela.

 

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