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BA (Hons) Human Resource Management

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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 years (4 years with work placement) Full Time

Top 10
University in the South East
in the UK for Business
for teaching quality

Entry Requirements and Fees

2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 96 - 112

A Levels: BBC - CCC


GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C or better

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Access to HE Diploma to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 15 credits at Merit

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

International applicants

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we are offering international pathways run by the University of Chichester International College.

Student view

Sarah Feeney
The structure of the syllabus is flexible to my needs and the content of my degree, whilst challenging, is really good fun.
Louisa Stockdale
BA (Hons) Marketing and Human Resource Management


Nicola Hayes
BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management

Emma Hill
BA (Hons) Marketing and Human Resource Management

Course content


  • 25th out of 123 UK institutions for Business, Management and Marketing courses (The Guardian League Tables 2021)
  • This course is pending CIPD approval and focuses on the comtemporary needs of organisations in the areas of resourcing, talent management, employment, law, employee relations, leadership, and ethics.

Course Overview

We enable you to acquire the relevant knowledge and skills to make you an effective HR Professional and manager of people, no matter what sector of business you choose to work in.You will have the knowledge and skills to be able to impact on the quality of people’s working lives and on their contribution to the performance of the organisation.

This degree will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills to prepare you for a successful career in the complex, dynamic and ever changing world of the HR professional,whether you intend to work as an HR generalist or specialist or in another area of business as a manager of people.

In the first year, you will study a range of management-related subjects, designed to ensure you have a broad foundation and knowledge of Business management, joining with students from a range of business-related degree routes. You will consider the human, legal, economic, financial, marketing and technology-related issues HR and people managers are faced with, and the tools and techniques they use.

The second year focuses more specifically on key aspects of human resource management, such as HR key practices, employee development, employee relations,leadership and research methods as well as giving you the opportunity to choose from a range of other modules, to meet your particular interests.

The third year (or fourth, if you have taken the opportunity for a year’s professional placement after year two) moves to consider in greater depth the strategic importance of HRM in the creation and management of successful innovative organisations and key contemporary issues in HRM which interest you, as well as providing the opportunity of a ten-week work placement in an HR role, which can be used as the basis for the HR management research project which is a key feature of the final year.

Find out more

Are you interested in this course and want to find more? Come along to an Open Day. This will give you the chance to meet our Business School team, ask them questions and explore the campus. 

Alternatively, we are open all year round for campus tours, so why not book on and come and visit Chichester. 

Our facilities

From September 2021, this course will be taught on the Bishop Otter campus in Chichester. This is so we can balance teaching space across both campuses and ensure our students have the best experience.

Both campuses have modern lecture theatre spaces along with seminar rooms for smaller group work and discussions. Our Learning Resource Centres are at the heart of our campuses, providing students with PC and Mac access areas, journals, books and online resources. Your subject librarian is available to help you find the right resources, guide you through assessments and order in any materials you might need.

The Support and Information Zone (SIZ) will be able to assist with many aspects of University life including:

  • General IT and library support
  • Booking laptops and computers
  • Queries relating to Academic Registry or Finance
  • Arranging appointments to see a full range of dedicated student support services such as careers, academic skills service, disability and dyslexia, and more

Both our campuses have lots of options for drinks, snacks and meal including Otters Restaurants, Costa Coffee and the SU shop.

Take a look at our campus tour page for videos and a virtual tour of all our facilities.

Where this can take you

As a successful graduate, you will be equipped to enter a range of HR and people management roles in a wide range of business sectors.

Recent HRM graduates have joined organisations in both the private, public and charitable sectors, such as:

  • BAE Systems
  • NHS England
  • West Sussex County Council
  • The Goodwood Group
  • East Hampshire County Council
  • Virgin Active
  • Alzheimer’s Society

You will also be able to progress to higher level professional HRM qualifications with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and to post-graduate study at Masters level.

Here are some of our BA (Hons) Human Resource Management graduate stories:

Tamsyn Crago


Sophie Russell


Shingirai Benefit

Postgraduate Pathways

The Business School has a diverse and exciting range of full and part time postgraduate programmes including:

*Alumni receive 15% discount on postgraduate fees

Work placements

Our HRM and Business Management degrees have a strong vocational focus and are enhanced by our optional work placement programmes.  Work placements and internships give students the opportunity to implement skills and knowledge gained during their time on campus in a real-world setting and allows them to develop their employability skills.


"I feel that the work placement was an extremely valuable experience to me and would thoroughly recommend it to any student going into their third year. I think in order to do the placement you do need to be self-motivated, however the benefits are endless. The support from the University was good - it is always good to know people are there, the Placement coordinator has been a great support."

"If I hadn't done the work placement I wouldn't have had the confidence that I now have. It prepared me for the working world and I would advise anyone who has the opportunity to do one to take the opportunity. I recently accepted an offer for a job with another company but I think that one of the reasons that I got the job was because I was able to talk about my experience on placement."


All HRM students are able to take a 'Professional Placement' during their third year which is a one year paid internship. Great significance is placed on providing a learning experience that assists with the students understanding of HR practice and the context in which it takes place. The University is committed to working closely with business and the community, offering support, opportunities and facilities to both organisations and individuals in the local community, business and public services.


The majority of our HRM,Business Management and Marketing students take the opportunity to undertake a 10-week full-time work placement as they begin the final semester of their degree. Placements begin mid-January each year and run until the end of March.  Whilst on placement the students focus on an HRM or Business research project which is normally concerned with investigating an HR or People management issue within the organisation.  Many placement students are offered full time jobs even before their results are published and they believe that the placement was “Extremely beneficial to finding employment opportunities straight after completion of the course”. Recent 10 week HR placements have been with Bourne Leisure (Butlins), Montezumas, Huhtamachi, West Sussex County Council, NHS Wales,Pinks Vintage,Target Professional, Citizen’s Advice Bureau and St Wilfred’s Hospice.


The Business School has a dedicated placement officer who works with students and businesses to help them find their perfect match whilst ensuring that all placements are of the appropriate level and suitability for the students’ degree routes.

Students are ultimately responsible for finding their own placement, however the university placement office has built up many contacts and advertises opportunities from organisations many who come back to us each year looking for new students. 

While a large proportion of students secure placements in London and the South East we also have students who have travelled overseas for their placements for example, Bahrain, India, Singapore and Australia.


HRM students find placements in all types of businesses, some recent examples:

Human Resource Management – Bourne Leisure (Butlins), Montezumas, Huhtamachi,West Sussex County Council,NHS England, NHS Wales, Pinks Vintage,Target Professional, Citizen’s Advice Bureau and St Wilfred’s Hospice.

For further details please contact the University Placement Office.

Course accreditations

HRM students are eligible for CIPD student membership and on completion of the HRM degree with 1 year placement for Associate CIPD membership.

Indicative modules

Year 1:

Management and Organisations​
Students will explore ways of enhancing learning about management and themselves as managers. Management will be defined and the role of managers discussed. Students will be encouraged to develop their self-awareness in relation to their values and potential role as a manager. Group structures and processes will be introduced and the structures, functions and cultures of an organisation will be addressed. Students will explore how people are motivated, and relate this to job design factors. Power in organisations will be discussed, including theories of leadership and techniques to manage conflicts will be identified.. 

Enterprise Awareness

This module aims to provide participants with a practical introduction to thinking critically about the commercial realities underpinning organisations and how structured thinking and analysis can enable the development of an ‘enterprising mindset’ that can support informed, persuasive decision-making. The interplay between decisions around an organisation’s operations, sales, marketing and finance is explored through developing an understanding of business models. A primary module focus is about understanding how value is created (in particular the revenue streams and cost structures that underpin value creation) and then being able to develop and present business proposals and solutions clearly and concisely using ‘business language’. This requires a level of financial literacy, and a key learning outcome will focus on enabling students to construct, present and interpret financial information to support decision making.

Due to the nature of the module covering different areas of the business, this means that individual participants will have different experience through their previous studies and/or work experience. This provides the opportunity for students to ‘pool’ their experiences together and develop a wider understanding of the different types of decisions business make, but also how decisions in one business area affects others.

For students to get the most out of this experience, the tutor will support students in developing individual skills gaps and abilities to work in teams. Students will also be required to take responsibility for their own continuous learning.

Introductory Law for Managers
This module aims to introduce students to the subject of law relevant to the commercial world. It is not intended to make the students expert in the subject, but to provide them with sufficient understanding of it that as managers they are able to recognise its existence and effects within commercial activities that may require them to seek appropriate professional assistance.

Business Information Systems

This module is designed to introduce all management students to business information systems and how they are used to support businesses effectively. It is the first part of an information systems theme running through the course that will be undertaken by all IT Management for Business (ITMB) and Software Development for Business (SDfB) students.

Social Media Campaigns

This module is designed to introduce marketing and digital marketing students to social media from a business and professional perspective. It is framed within the context of the marketing mix but explores the trend with this tactical aspect and more current ideas around the concept of digital consumers and engaging brand experiences. Students will explore the history, development and future of social media as well as looking at tools to manage roles, teams and campaigns.

Entrepreneurial Mindset

This module aims to deepen student’s knowledge through applying an ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ to solve a social enterprise case study. Students will normally work in small groups to develop a proposed solution to the problem, and in parallel with this the task will enable students to develop further (and reflect upon) their confidence, resilience, autonomy, negotiation/influencing, team-working, problem solving and creativity skills.

In today’s competitive working environment, graduates require strong employability skills, good enterprise awareness and be the ability to be entrepreneurial. This module aims to develop these competencies and improve understanding of how different functional areas interconnect when making decisions; and their impact on the business as a whole.

Academic and Professional Skills 

The module aims to assist in managing the initial transition to a university undergraduate degree programme with a particular focus on the development of skills relevant to underpinning your academic and professional skills development.  The module encourages reflection on and planning for personal development, with an emphasis on students taking responsibility for their learning in parallel with valuing the learning to be gained from, and support that can be provided to, peers.  Two key themes underpin the module: support for the development of academic skills; and focus on the development of personal, interpersonal and team working skills.

Marketing Principles & Practice

This introductory marketing module explores the role of marketing in the modern business environment and familiarises students with the core tools and concepts of marketing, introducing the marketing priciples of the extended services mix, buyer behaviour, segmentation and market research. The module will also explore business aspects such as contemporary society, digital innovations and disruptive business models. The content is structured around real world examples, in class discussion and marketing briefs & activities that will enable participants to understand the principles of marketing and consider these in practice whilst developing problem solving and analytical skills.

Year 2:

Key HR Practices

This module builds upon the Level 4 module, Management and Organisations, and aims to provide and develop students understanding of key issues concerning human resource management (HRM). It outlines the theory and practice of HRM and reviews the skills that are needed to manage people within various types of work organisations. The workshop learning activities and literature provide a structure through which to locate HRM within both the context of organising and the field of contemporary management from a national and international perspective.

Employee Development

This module is designed to provide a thorough evaluation of current thinking and practice in the development of employees. The aim is to critically examine the contribution that learning and development makes to individual and organisational performance. The module will also provide a range of frameworks and approaches for students to build their practice in developing people within the context of overarching human resource and business strategies.

A range of approaches to the application of learning and development within organisations will be investigated and critically evaluated. The module aims to develop students’ knowledge of: the national and international context of learning and development; the role of employee development as part of business strategy; the role of learning and development in career management; the practical aspects of implementing development programmes and different approaches to learning for individuals and organisations.

Employee Relations

Key areas in the module will include: - Unitary and pluralistic frames of reference - The role of the trade union - The history and development of trade unions - The main actors in industrial relations - Industrial conflict and the resolution of collective disputes - The nature of industrial conflict - Different types of dispute - Resolving conflict - Collective bargaining and negotiation - The nature and scope of collective bargaining - The collective bargaining process - Negotiation processes - Employee participation - Consultation and employee participation - Industrial democracy and employee participation - Shift from industrial relations to employee relations - Employee involvement techniques - The role of empowerment


This module invites students to explore the challenges of leadership in organisations through a critical examination of theory, practice and possible future directions. It encourages students to avoid simplified prescriptions for effective leadership and encourages them to expand their thinking on alternative strategies as they look forward to their future role as potential leaders in organisations.

Research Skills

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the field of business and management research with the express aim of preparing them for their final year management project, or equivalent personal study. The module will take the students on a structured and applied journey, looking at the rationale and contextualisation for use of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. The first part of the module will focus on the philosophical underpinnings and basic elements of research design and how they shape and inform the research process. Within this part of the module, students will be introduced to qualitative methodologies. The second part of the module will introduce students to the use of computer-based statistical techniques for the analysis and presentation of quantitative data using SPSS. Whilst students will engage with the philosophical issues of research, emphasis will also be placed on developing a well-constructed research approach, which maximises the benefits of a ‘mixed methods’ approach, capitalising on the advantages of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Students will work collaboratively on a small scale research project.

Professional Graduate 

This module is designed to support students in developing a critical understanding of the concept of professionalism and how it relates to being a graduate in the workplace. A practically led module that will support students in advancing strategies that enable them to articulate and market effectively the skills, knowledge and experience that they have developed both within and outside of University.

The module is of particular value to students seeking to undertake a placement as part of their programme of study although it is relevant to all students as a means of enabling them to reflect on, and subsequently develop further, their employability skills.

And two options.

Year 3:

Strategic HRM

A series of workshops will provide the environment in which practical and conceptual frameworks will be considered. These sessions are designed to be participative and will use a range of learning methods, including: Case studies Directed reading/research with subsequent presentations or feedback Self-reflection and research Visits to and speakers from external organisations Workshop exercises and mini-discussion groups Simulations and activities to reflect typical scenarios where students analyse, problem solve and generate a solution with full justification.

Contemporary Issues in HRM​

The aim of this module is to provide students with an opportunity to select, research and critically assess a range of contemporary HR issues in depth. Examples of such issues might include surveillance, emotional intelligence, aesthetics, discrimination in the workplace, the changing psychological contract, harassment and bullying at work, incivility in the workplace, ‘healthy’ organisations, and the intensification of work. Enquiry-based learning methods will be used to explore the nature and implications of these issues and particular emphasis will be placed upon how the HR function can contribute to the effective management of them.

The module will further focus on developing independent research and study skills to instil the qualities of an independent learner and thinker in the students.

Business Strategy

The module encourages learners to think critically about business strategy. It is designed for students that may have little or no personal experience of strategic management, whom may not go directly into roles that require strategic management skills. The Business Strategy module aims to deliver strategic management for non-strategic managers. Learning and teaching take a student-centric orientation, to pull together core themes from business and management disciplines covered in previous modules. Learners will design business strategies, based upon tools and models, to analyse the strategic context. Consideration is given to the effectiveness of corporate vision, the application of strategic tools, models and concepts (such as value chains and approaches to segmentation), the processes of strategy, and critical success factors in the delivery of competitive advantage and customer value.

Management Research Project

The module has a crucial role within the programme of study in that it provides the opportunity for students to research an area of particular interest within an appropriate business, public sector or third sector context. The module is designed to make a major contribution to the professional and intellectual development of students. Students are prepared for the project through the Business Research module (BML201) in level 5 where they are introduced to different approaches to research. Students will also be familiar with different types of research associated with disciplines studied previously in their chosen pathway.

The project provides a vehicle for students to demonstrate the extent to which they have managed the final transition from a tutor-led approach to student centred learning. The issue is chosen, investigated and published by the student, with the support of a supervisor. It enables students to demonstrate their capacity for sustained independent thought, learning and critical reflection in a major piece of work.

The subject chosen will normally be concerned with the investigation of one or more management issues within the context of a public or private sector organisation. For students undertaking the 10 week work placement the project will usually be set in the context of the host organisation. For students remaining in the university it is expected that students will approach and identify a suitable organisation as a focus for their project. The university has a range of external contacts that may require specific projects but it is within the nature of the module, even in these cases, that students must approach the organisation and agree suitable terms of reference. Another context for the management project is to pursue research in a range of organisations or identify specific groups of people to study in relation to a management issue.

Whilst the topic might well be one that is of interest the end product must have findings that are generalisable and capable of broad application. A library based dissertation may also be acceptable, but it must consider the management implications of the study, and cannot be purely literature based.

10 Week Work Placement

This is a double weighted module aims to provide an opportunity for students to gain valuable experience of working in an organisation for 10 weeks in Semester 2 of their final year. Students will typically be conducting their Management/Consultancy Project in parallel with this module whilst on work placement. The primary aim of the module is to enable students, within the context of their working environment, to focus on areas of personal development with a view to enhancing their employability skills

  • OR Two from the following;

Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

This module aims to raise awareness of ethical considerations relevant to many business practices and issues, and of corporate social responsibility. It introduces students to the concepts, theories and techniques used in addressing such ethical consideration, and develop students’ skills in critical analysis and argument, in particular ethical reasoning. Students will also critically discuss  current business and government policies relating to corporate social responsibility, and also reflect on their own moral values, attitudes and behaviour.

Contemporary Issues in Global Business

This module introduces you to a range of current global issues that businesses need to be aware of to successfully compete and grow in an increasingly competitive international business environment. The module focuses on specific business issues that will broaden your understanding of the challenges and opportunities that organisations face when working with overseas clients, operating global supply chains and working with people of different nationalities and cultures. The module aims to enhance your existing business knowledge and build on it further by exploring a range of global issues you may not have had the opportunity to fully evaluate until now. There are many global business and economic issues that businesses face in today’s rapidly changing political and economic environment, with some of the main ones explored in‐class and through guided learning.

Small Business Enterprise

The module aims to focus on the environmental factors that are directly relevant to a small business context, and to allow students to develop a critical understanding of the entrepreneurial process. The module has a very practical emphasis that draws upon students’ earlier business related studies or discipline specific self-employment options. Whilst relevant to business studies students in general, it is designed to be of particular use to those students that desire studying business as either a joint or minor element in combination with another degree programme.

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

We work with our students in small workshop groups to create a learning community which operates in a friendly, supportive and highly interactive way. You will not get lost in huge lectures; our learning spaces have been specifically designed to facilitate our small group-based approach. We believe this enables us to meet your personal interests, needs and aspirations in a more effective way, and supports your development as a well-motivated,confident learner, and ultimately highly employable HRM graduate.

You’ll build your subject knowledge and practical experience through core and optional  modules appropriate to the breadth of the curriculum.

Your learning encompasses development of core knowledge and skills intrinsic to HR professional practice and HR research.

Learning is supported by mini lectures, workshops,Guest speaker sessions, seminars and tutorials to encourage theoretical and critical inquiry, debate and practical skills. You will also have opportunities to work with organisations on current HRM/business problems and projects; these experiences are used to provide the basis for assessments that enable you to apply your learning within authentic real-life situations.


Assessment takes formative forms such as in class debates and discussions, group and individual presentations, quizzes and problem solving applying analytical techniques.

Summative assessment involves a wide range of activity such as business reports, essays, individual presentations, e-portfolios, case study timed tasks, journal articles and blog creation.

Throughout your degree, modules are delivered in a variety of ways including:

  1. Standard module: A single module scheduled over one semester (15 credits normally) examples: Management and Organisations, Key HR Practices, Employee Development
  2. Triple modules: A triple module is spread over two semesters (45 credits normally) to enable you to develop and conduct original HR research towards your dissertation under supervision for example: the Management Research Project in year 3
  3. All modules: Allow you to begin to develop and to expand core subject knowledge and research skills necessary for degree study. Teaching is delivered through workshops, mini lectures, and seminars, linking HRM theory to professional practice in the workplace. There are Guest speakers from the HR profession in all the specialist HRM modules.

Additional Costs

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