Our human resources pathway allows you to shape your studies towards your career ambitions and fast-track your knowledge in people management alongside the operational functions of companies.
Tailored towards ambitious students who are keen to apply theory to practice in a business environment, you will learn how organisations operate, from developing strategy to styles of management. Supported by academics who bring professional expertise to their teaching practices, you will study the key functions that underpin business success.
You will also gain a broad understanding of the human resource (HR) sector to understand the legal and ethical challenges that HR professionals face, and also study the techniques companies use to match skills and abilities to their business needs.
The career options are broad with our one-year Business Management (Human Resource Management) top-up course. It is the ideal course choice if you already hold a business foundation or HND qualification, and are based in either the UK or overseas.
You will graduate with the specialist knowledge, skills and experience to launch a successful human resource career across a wide range of businesses, governmental and third sector organisations.
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You will develop key business skills, knowledge and experience in order to excel in a management career. Companies and organisations require graduates who have expert business knowledge, who can also demonstrate analytical and problem solving skills, and the professional acumen to deal with challenges in a fast-paced business environment.
Through two compulsory modules you will focus on Strategic Management and, Leadership and Management Development. You will also choose one option from: Service Encounter; Facilitating Creativity in Business; Managing Individual and Organisation Change; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; and also choose either an internship or research project.
You will learn to work effectively in teams, and be able to present and communicate business management ideas with confidence. We also ensure you develop specialist knowledge in:
This module builds upon knowledge gained about general business functions, organisational behaviour and the broad scope of responsibilities covered by the human resources function in an organisation and explores, in more depth and on a critical basis, some recent trends and controversies in human resource management. This module is aligned to CIPD intermediate unit narratives. This module will also host the 3rd-year HR professional development workshop series.
This module aims to provide grounding in the core competencies related to management and leadership in organisations, enabling you to apply theory to practice in management and leadership development. Alongside this, it will provide opportunities to develop personal skills through workshops in leadership and team building. This module is aligned to CIPD intermediate unit narratives.
This module aims to present a broad and integrated view of strategic management in organisations and outline a range of critical perspectives on key concepts of strategy. It will introduce generic strategies at the corporate, business and functional level and provide a range of analytical models and concepts that can be applied in assessing the strategic capability of an organisation and the environment in which it operates.
The aim of this module is to promote greater awareness and understanding of the importance of diversity issues from both a national and international perspective. This module also provides insight to the implications of diversity from a societal, organisational, and employee standpoint. A range of diversity debates, concepts and practices regarding equality, fairness and inclusion are also explored. This is used as a means for endorsing the significance of diversity management to careers and business sustainability and success. A variety of topics are covered including cross-cultural management, gender disparity, age perception, disability awareness, effective multicultural teamworking, and diversity legislation.
This module aims to provide students with comprehensive understanding of the design,planning, implementation and evaluation of projects in a variety of sectors. Students will explore how projects are managed using up-to-date project management tools and technologies. The module also aims to develop awareness of the role of projects in the wider economy.
This module aims to develop a systematic understanding of the role of innovation as a key success factor in dynamic business environment, and the main strategic and organisational challenges firms face in managing innovation. The module provides an up-to-date overview of the main theories and models of innovation, as well as illustrates successful organisational practices through analysis of case studies.
This module introduces students to organisation consulting. It builds on learning from prior modules and provides students with a theoretical introduction to consulting and the idea of the learning organisation. Students are required to undertake a live team-consulting project to identify solutions to real business issues. This module also provides students with the opportunity to apply theory to practice and to develop employability skills. These include team-building, communication,interpersonal, and reflective skills that can boost employment outcomes
This module is designed to develop students’ skills and knowledge relevant to planning and conducting a small-scale research project. Students will learn how to do research, including define research aim and objectives, conduct literature review, collect primary data, analyse and interpret data, and organise and present research proposal and final dissertation document. The module requires students to consolidate learning from other modules to plan and complete a small business and management related research project.
More information about this course
See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:
Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
Workshops, simulations, role-play, case study analyses and problem-solving exercises will help you hone your practical business management skills. You will also learn by reading textbooks and journals and attending lectures and seminars, including talks by guest speakers. You will do exercises in class, online and in groups, take part in class discussions and give group presentations.
You will be assessed through exams, tests, essays and other written assignments, presentations, and individual and group assignments. You will be given regular feedback on your work. IT skills and the ability to interpret numerical data are important for this course.
This course will leave you ideally placed to begin working in a wide range of business management roles in prestigious international organisations including:
Business Management BA graduate
Every aspect of the course has been exciting. I particularly enjoyed the third year modules. Strategic Management gave me a deep insight into the workings of a business environment and Leadership Management helped me discover my strengths and weaknesses in order to become an effective leader in the future.
I loved working closely with academics, who are leaders in their field. They ensured the entire course provided not only academic theory but also practical and relevant information specifically designed and tailored towards my future career.
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Start: September 2023
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement, 6 years part-time
Start: October 2023, January 2024
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement, 6 years part-time