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Undergraduate course

Human Resource Management BA (Hons)

Are you interested in helping shape businesses and organisations in a role with international multi-sector propects?

Human resource management students in board room

Understanding the human side of organisations is central to their performance and effectiveness. Professionals with the skills to successfully recruit and empower employees are vital to every organisation. As organisations change, grow, divide, develop and operate internationally, professional knowledge of the part played by their people is essential at both operational and board levels.

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  • UCAS Code – N112 | With placement year N805
  • Duration – 3 years full time | 4 years with placement year
  • Start date – September 2021
  • School – York Business School

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

York Business School

Course overview

As the global business environment continues to become increasingly competitive and challenging, businesses need to be more innovative, take more risks and develop sustainable business models that serve their customers and have a positive impact on society. Our BA (Hons) Human Resource Management programme aims to provide you with a critical understanding of the management of human resources and personnel within a wide range of private and public sector organisations.


Studying BA (Hons) Human Resource Management is a great opportunity to gain a degree that is focused on your long-term career prospects. Whether you are wanting to manage in your own business, an SME, or are interested in working in a large corporation you will need to possess an understanding of how businesses operate and how skilled managers can contribute to their success. 

Importantly, Human Resource Management is about people, and we will focus on the management of people and organisations to provide the knowledge and skills you will need as a manager. This includes the development of your own skills as a team player, a group member and ultimately as a manager of other people, resources and business activities.

Special features 

  • Accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • Throughout the course, there is regular opportunity to engage with a range of practising managers and HRM specialists, organisations, employers and entrepreneurs and take part in work related experiences and internships

Year in industry

All of our business students have the option of adding in a year in industry and / or a semester of studying abroad with one of our partners to their course. A year in industry gives students fantastic experience and is attractive to potential employers. This normally takes place after the second year of the course and extends the course duration by one year (15% of the standard tuition fee is chargeable). Study Abroad normally takes place for a semester of the second year of the course and doesn’t extend the course duration as credits achieved abroad count towards your degree.

You don’t need to decide whether you would like to take either of these options until after you have started the course with us.

Course structure

Level 1

At level 1 (year one), the modules are designed to give you a grounding in the key theoretical areas of human resource management. You will study six modules each worth 20 credits and will be introduced to a range of specialist subject areas.


Compulsory modules:

Practising Responsible Business Behaviours

This module examines the nature of business enterprise and its relationship with wider society, seeking answers to the question: what does it mean for businesses to behave responsibly? There is an ongoing debate regarding this question, with answers ranging from ‘just maximize shareholder value’ to ‘consider everyone who is affected, including unborn future generations’, with many variations in between. In this ongoing debate, we encounter ideas regarding, for example, stakeholder theory, the triple bottom line, corporate social responsibility, business ethics, the role of the state or of supra-national organizations, and so on.

Organisational Behaviour in the Digital Age

The purpose of this module is to examine and critically assess a number of key concepts and issues associated with behaviour in organisations. It is designed to develop students’ understanding of the key characteristics of work organisation, the context of organisational behaviour, and how a number of different organisational variables affect individual and organisational performance. This module discusses the role of contemporary business in the modern digital age. It seeks to consider the changing role and nature of business and how it influences society and the way business is conducted.

Entrepreneurship and the Business Environment

The purpose of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the internal and external business challenges facing managers today. Students will be introduced to the theoretical underpinning of the business environment which will further develop their abilities to analyse and address managerial issues posed by the drivers that influence organisations The module exposes students to the exciting, challenging and increasingly complex work of entrepreneurship. Students will also develop a critical understanding of contemporary discourses surrounding ‘entrepreneurs’ and ‘entrepreneurship’ as they are found in the wider culture and society at large.

Business Analytics and the Blockchain

The aim of this module is to give you a practical grounding in the skills and techniques necessary to conduct data analytics and anticipate the effects of the blockchain on both short- and long-term strategy. The module introduces the blockchain and the scope of the blockchain industry. Basic statistical models are introduced in this module. As future business leaders, students will learn to understand blockchain, explore blockchain trends, investigate the market disruptions caused by technology and the impact of blockchain in industries worldwide. The module is designed to get you over the basic hurdles you will face when beginning to learn the data analytics and management techniques, and will cover some of the basic tasks that you face as a data analyst and will put you in a position to extend your knowledge of applying your analytical techniques.

Managing Employee Performance in the Contemporary Workplace

Resource management is the efficient and effective deployment and allocation of an organization's resources when and where they are needed. Such resources may include financial resources, inventory, human skills, production resources, or information technology. The purpose of this module is to give students a broad understanding of the ways in which human, financial and physical resources are managed within a business organisation. In addition, students will appreciate the importance of effective resource management.

Becoming a HR Professional through People Practice

This module aims to explore the range of people practices needed to be an effective people professional. It will first examine the employee lifecycle and how people practice impact work, and explain how policy, regulation and law underpin people practices are compliant. Second, it will explain how different stakeholder management models and analysis are important to further people practices. The Module will also examine development tools and models in people practice and how these could help develop talents.

All modules are worth 20 credits unless stated otherwise

Level 2

At level 2 (year two) you further develop your specialist knowledge. You will study six modules (20 credits each) designed to embed key knowledge in managerial practice while at the same time developing skills that will enhance your CV, you will also have the opportunity to undertake a Professional Placement


Compulsory modules:

Management Practice in Disruptive Times

This module provides students with a broad understanding of the key concepts and principles of management and leadership. It considers the differences between management and leadership, through the development of theories and models, and the impact on organisations of different approaches. The module also allows students to analyse their own management and leadership skills and devise a personal plan which will allow them to develop these further.

Managing Diversity and Inclusion in the Technological Revolution

Policy development and changes in contemporary practice for the effective management of a diverse workforce, and the developing business case argument, e.g. market orientation, customer focus and access to the talent pool, has led to significant changes in the way organisations approach their recruitment and retention strategies. A strategic approach to managing a diverse workforce is an essential requirement of all organisations. This module will draw upon the concepts and principles in relation to management of workforce composition exploring issues associated with implementing diversity strategy into operational activity.

Employee Resourcing for Effective Organisations

This module is built around key decisions that managers must make on a day to day basis; what to produce, how and how much, at what price, how to best use the resources available. The focus is on costs; understanding costs, cost behaviour, and using this information for planning and control decisions. The control aspect concerns the monitoring of results; making sure that all is going according to plan. This information and knowledge is applicable to all sorts of organisations; non-profit, retail, wholesale, manufacturing.

Management Research Methods

Organisations frequently require both an understanding of how and why data is acquired, and an ability to collect, analyse and interpret it. These skills are also important if students wish to progress to postgraduate study or careers in consultancy services. This module considers the use of quantitative and qualitative research methods in subject contexts and allows students to develop skills in the collection, analysis and reporting of relevant data. In addition, this module will develop students’ project planning and management skills as a tool to manage the research process.

Developing Talent in Organisations

The purpose of the module is to give students a broad knowledge and understanding of managing people in organisations. It will identify the factors required for the effective and efficient management of people within a legal and ethical framework. Students will develop the ability to apply learnt theory and skills to people and change situations in order to improve business performance.

Optional modules:

Professional Placement

The overarching rationale for this module is for students to begin to understand and begin plan towards their own personal transition from university into the workplace. The module will provide the student with a vocational opportunity aimed at enhancing their future work readiness. It is designed to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in a range of career-related personal, professional and key skill areas. The module specifically engages with issues such as career decision making, the recruitment cycle applying for jobs, sourcing and embarking on a placement or a group or individual project, CV writing and action planning.


Business, Creativity and Opportunism Skills for the Workplace of Today

This module explores the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship and the behaviour and skills required to 'think out of the box' to identify and pursue opportunities. You will establish what the behaviours and skills are of an entrepreneur, define creativity and innovation, as well as ask why they are so important to entrepreneurs. We will explore idea generation and evaluation techniques and learn how to recognise enterprise opportunities.

All modules are worth 20 credits unless stated otherwise

Level 3

At level 3 (year three or four), you study four specialist management modules (3 core and one option each worth 20 credits) while also taking a specialist research investigation (40 credits) in a subject area of your choosing


Compulsory modules:

Research Investigation (40 credits) The aim of this module is to facilitate and express independent enquiry in a substantial piece of individual self-directed research work. This module provides students with the opportunity to plan and conduct a piece of research through individual and independent activity and to present their findings in using visual aids and in written academic format that meets professional standards. Students will develop research objectives, formulate appropriate methodologies, and apply problem solving and analytical skills in a business context of their choice. You will be able to choose between a traditional dissertation, an organisation-based project, a business research project and a business creation project.

Students have the opportunity to complete the investigation in the form of:

  • Traditional dissertation
  • Research report
  • Consultancy project
  • Business creation project

Contemporary Visions for HR Policy and Practice

This module explains the relevance and added value of the Strategic Human Resource function of organisations. It is concerned with the policy and practice of the HR function in organisations. The module aims to critically evaluate how HR professionals deliver services to contemporary organisations including the challenges involved in maintaining and managing HR services and establishing appropriate standards to evaluate these functions. This will help you to apply a range of relevant concepts, theories and models to analyse how SHRM policy and practice impact positively on organisational outcomes.

Managing Organisational Development and Design

The purpose of organisational development is to produce planned and systematic approaches to enable sustained organisational performance through the improvement of its people. Organisational development then focuses on interventions designed to drive improvement and facilitate ways in which employees can be motivated to perform and be rewarded for performance. This also includes developing business decision making processes, improving knowledge transfer and communication, designing flexible and creative working across changing organisational environments and applying change management approaches to drive enhanced business performance and productivity. This module critically examines the concept, processes and practices of organisational development and its potential to enhance business performance

Globalisation and Contemporary HR

This module critically examines globalisation and the international dimensions of HRM within the context of an interconnected and changing global economy. The module examines trends within the international context, including the globalisation and convergence-divergence debates, and changing global business strategies and people management, locating debates within contemporary theoretical frameworks. It analyses the global dimensions of management and the implications of globalisation for HRM and international HRM practices. The module addresses key areas, such as global integration, cultural differences, approaches to employment regulation, HRM and contextual pressures and responses, HRM policies and practices in different countries, the development of multinationals and expatriate employment, global employee relations and contemporary issues in the global economy, such as CSR, migration and outsourcing.

HR professionals: Driving Culture and Behaviour through Change

This module critically examines the role and contribution of the HR professional driving culture and behaviour through change. First, the module critically explores how leadership and people practices impact on behaviour and wider culture. Second, the module uses insights from behavioural science to examine the nature of work and explores the intricacies of how culture drive performance. Third, the module critically evaluates how ethical norms and mindsets influence behaviour and shape culture and the implications for the HR professionals work.

All modules are worth 20 credits unless stated otherwise

Teaching & assessment


All modules are delivered utilising a range of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, seminars, guest speakers, tutorials, workshops and a range of events and learning activities. You are supported initially in the use of guided learning strategies in level 1 developing towards autonomous, well-judged use of collaborative and independent learning strategies in Levels 2 and 3.


Throughout the programme, you will be introduced to a range of different teaching and learning strategies. For example, in level 1 you will undertake case-based learning in which we use real cases to develop your awareness of the decision-making process you may require as a human resources manager. At level 2 there will be evidence of practice-based learning in which you will be expected to engage in practical based activities as you develop your skills in managing people, while also developing skills in managing projects. Finally, at level 3 you will demonstrate your skills through practice and enquiry-based learning giving you the opportunity to develop creative and innovative solutions to problems faced within HR departments in global businesses.

Contact Hours

42 hours contact time per module


As a university student, there is an expectation that you will develop from being a dependent learner to being an independent one. This means you are expected to undertake self-study and group learning.In year one you will be provided with guidance to progress your learning and self-development.By the time you get to year 3 it is hoped you will have developed greater autonomy and independence.


The academic staff who deliver the BA (Hons) Business Management programme bring a wealth of professional experience from the world management to York Business School. You will be taught by academic and industry experts who worked for global organisations. Your teaching staff also have many years of practical management and strategic work experience in the Not-for-profit organisations have served as trustee/director for housing associations, such as Housing 21, social arts organisations, such as Arts Care Gofal Celf, and York CAB. The team have research profiles and you will be provided with the opportunity to join them in their research through our ‘Students as Researchers’ scheme. The course will also be supported the course at every level through professional accreditation, guest lectures, live projects work and internships and placements.

Entry Requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

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Foundation Year

This course is available with a foundation year. This option is ideal if you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto a degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education. A foundation year prepares you for degree level study, giving you the confidence and skills needed to make the most of your course. Passing it guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Foundation courses

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements. Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our international pages.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Advanced Entry

Considering transferring to join us in year 2 or 3 of our Business Courses?

Please see our Advanced Entry page for information on the courses available and how to apply.

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Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for an interest and enthusiasm for the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, either from an academic viewpoint, for example studying a business related A Level, or through relevant work experience or placements.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Career plans
  • Attending workshops or seminars related to the chosen subject area
  • Showing leadership and teamwork skills through project work or awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh or sports teams, theatre groups etc.
  • Experience of work
  • Candidates may also look to undertake professional qualifications such as accounting qualifications or CIPD

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK and EU 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry onto this course is £9,250 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

International 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a student visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

All undergraduates receive financial support through the York St John Aspire card. Find out more about the Aspire scheme and how it can be used to help you purchase equipment you need for your course. 

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