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Human Resource Management BA (Hons)

This course equips you with an awareness of contemporary human resource management (HRM) in readiness for being a future-thinking practitioner with cutting-edge knowledge.



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Course overview

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You explore key functions of HRM, from leadership and mentoring, and business psychology, to business ethics and corporate social responsibility. You gain knowledge and insight into the workings of an HRM department, exploring areas such as recruitment, payroll, employment policies, and benefits, in order to succeed in any modern business.

Organisations are only as good as the people who work within them – a successful HRM practitioner maximises employee performance, helping business to gain a competitive edge. Whether you want to work with international companies, start-ups or not-for-profit organisations, this course gives you the skills and expertise to accelerate your career in HRM and the wider field of business.

Top five reasons to study human resource management with us:

  1. Financial awards: study this course and you may be eligible for £2,000 off your accommodation in the first year, or a £9,000 Professor Jane Turner scholarship.
  2. Real-world experience: our final-year students run Teesside Marketing Clinic offering tailored real-world consultancy services to small businesses, social enterprises, sole traders and start-ups in the Tees Valley area.
  3. Industry input: we work with brands including Coca-Cola, Apple, Virgin Money, Volvo, and Microsoft, to give you experience of working with global organisations.
  4. Entrepreneurial opportunities: our students have created 500 new business start-ups through Launchpad – a start-up community who provide support and advice for students looking to start a new business venture.
  5. United Nations’ PRME initiative – we’re a proud signatory of the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, which aims to globally raise the profile of sustainability and responsible leadership to equip current and future leaders with the skills to deliver positive change for business and society.

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Course details

Year 1 focuses on providing you with the necessary underpinning in terms of broad human resource management knowledge and skills. It introduces key business and management concepts.

Year 2 lets you explore your own interests and deepening your insights as well as having more responsibility for your own learning.

The final year explores more advanced topics within human resource management and you develop your awareness of your own responsibility as a future leader of human resource management. Finally, you have the opportunity to put your knowledge into action by undertaking a self-managed independent project through the Dissertation module.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Contextualising HRM

Human resource (HR) professionals look after the greatest creators of value and risk in organisations, their people. Learn what HR means and how it helps organisations achieve business goals and strategic objectives. Explore the practice of HR and develop skills to help further your career.

This is a 30-credit module.

Organisational Performance and Strategy

Gain basic knowledge of business operations and strategy management principles, focusing on the external environment and identifying factors which may impact on internal capability and resources. You explore the importance of the business environment and the impact of organisational behaviour. As well as organisational resources, capability and competency, risk factors and management, leadership and management, organisational culture, structure and function.

This is a 30-credit module.

Professional Behaviour and Value in HR

You explore behaviour patterns that distinguish effective performance at work, analysing ethical practices and other core behaviours.

You look at how people professionals apply their personal and ethical values in creating ethical culture, leading to decisions that positively influence others and the organisation. Issues relating to inclusivity and collaboration at work are explained and the benefits that these have to the organisation and its people.

You also focus on analysing people development as they evolve in an organisation.

This is a 30-credit module.

The Future of Work

Technology in the workplace is changing at a fast pace, with organisations striving to utilise technology to develop efficient business models. You are introduced to emerging technologies and shifting attitudes in the workplace, examining how these new technologies are impacting business and identifying opportunities for the future.

This is a 30-credit module.


Year 2 core modules

Equality and Diversity Management

Beginning at the recruitment stage, commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) is key to building effective teams in organisations and is an essential aspect of good people management. You explore the practices, values and behaviours that underpin embedding EDI in the culture of organisations.

This is a 30-credit module.

Managing High-performance Teams

Motivation in organisations and teams is an essential part of a healthy positive organisation. Having a motivated workforce has advantages including lower levels of absence, employee retention and reduced staff turnover. Explore the fundamentals of human motivation and how organisations can develop a motivated workforce to improve workplace relationships, employee performance, and customer experience and service.

This is a 30-credit module.

Operating Globally

You develop your cultural awareness through a business lens, focusing on common humanity and equal worth. Explore a culture of your choice and consider the development of a new business or the expansion of an existing business into that culture.

This is a 30-credit module.

The Future of You

Examine the importance of lifelong learning and self-development, exploring your interests and potential careers through online short courses. You develop yourself in preparation for your future career including your personal branding and online presence.

This is a 30-credit module.


Optional work placement year

Work placement

You have the option to spend one year in industry learning and developing your skills. We encourage and support you with applying for a placement, job hunting and networking.

You gain experience favoured by graduate recruiters and develop your technical skillset. You also obtain the transferable skills required in any professional environment, including communication, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, organisation, confidence, self-reliance, problem-solving, being able to work under pressure, and commercial awareness.

Many employers view a placement as a year-long interview, therefore placements are increasingly becoming an essential part of an organisation's pre-selection strategy in their graduate recruitment process. Benefits include:

· improved job prospects
· enhanced employment skills and improved career progression opportunities
· a higher starting salary than your full-time counterparts
· a better degree classification
· a richer CV
· a year's salary before completing your degree
· experience of workplace culture
· the opportunity to design and base your final-year project within a working environment.

If you are unable to secure a work placement with an employer, then you simply continue on a course without the work placement.


Final-year core modules

Final Project

Utilising the skills acquired throughout the course, you work on an individual project, investigating a practical business issue, a relevant issue of academic interest, or a live problem-solving project related to the subject. You conduct research to validate hypotheses, test solutions, create outputs, make recommendations and present conclusions. The project is relevant to a business client or industry partner and is an individual piece of work, developed with supervisor support.

This is a 60-credit module.

Responsible HR

Consider the focus of modern human resource management (HRM), exploring the care of employees, care of the environment and social dialogue. You enhance your understanding of all elements of long-orientation within the profession, including a shift to sustainable or 'green' HRM.

This is a 30-credit module.

Talent Management and Future Leaders

Examine the theories of leadership, exploring how organisations can facilitate employee development and progression. You study how businesses build a high-performance workplace, managing talent strategically to foster a learning climate, add value to their brand and improve diversity management.

This is a 30-credit module.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

Modules are taught by lectures, seminars, practical workshops, work-based activities and group work. Teaching staff adopt a range of web-based technologies to deliver module content, assess, provide feedback and communicate with students.

How you are assessed

The programme is assessed via a variety of methods including assignments, examinations, group work, presentations and live practical projects.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 80-104 tariff points from at least two A levels, T levels or equivalent.

We welcome applications from mature students without conventional entry requirements. We take into account any alternative qualifications or other experience you may have.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Work placement year

Career opportunities

We provide an environment that allows you to develop the extra practical employability characteristics that make you more attractive to employers in the job market.

Our staff use their extensive business connections to provide many and varied opportunities to engage with potential employers through fairs, guest lecture sessions, live projects and site visits. In addition we offer a series of workshops and events in the first, second and third year that ensure all students are equipped with both degree level subject knowledge plus the practical skills that employers are looking for in new graduate recruits. We also offer extensive support for students to find and secure industry-year placements which have been shown to make have significant positive impact on a student’s career prospects on graduation.

Our award-winning careers service works with regional and national employers to advertise graduate positions, in addition to providing post-graduation support for all Teesside University alumni.

Through collaborative projects with our international partners, you gain the skills and confidence to succeed in the world of work on a global scale. You work with SMEs and large corporate organisations, developing practical business skills by formulating solutions to real-world challenges. We ensure that you acquire a unique mix of ability, knowledge and experience to secure the perfect role.


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Professional accreditation

Chartered Management Institute

With dual accreditation at Teesside University, as well as the degree you will receive a Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), which is the only chartered professional body for management and leadership. Dual accreditation means you will automatically receive a second professional qualification upon successful completion of your programme. By adding this CMI qualification to your University qualification, you’re really on the road to success.

• You instantly become more employable when you receive a CMI professional qualification that is industry-recognised
• You will gain access to exclusive CMI networking events
• You will have the opportunity to attend lecturers from top level CMI industry-expert members
• CMI’s qualifications sit on the RQF framework and are recognised by the European Credit Framework
• CMI qualifications fast-track students into the next stage of training to become Chartered Managers
• During your students you will become a CMI Affiliate member, giving you a host of additional benefits to support your development and employability.

Other course routes

Foundation year

Study this course with a foundation year if you need additional preparation or if you don't have sufficient grades to join Year 1.

BA (Hons) Human Resource Management (with Foundation Year)

Work placement

Study this course with an optional work placement year, at no extra cost. Alongside this, you can gain valuable experience and engagement with the sector through our shorter work placements, internships and work experience opportunities.

Work placements


Entry to 2024/25 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£17,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years (or 4 with a work placement)
  • UCAS code: N2N6 BA/HRM
  • Start date: September
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 80-104 tariff points

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