Human Resource Management (with placement year)
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Management & Law
Employment is one of the most important activities people engage in, and the job a person holds affects their income, social life and lifestyle.
Our degree in Human Resource Management studies the complex nature of people management and regulation, and teaches you the value of being able to handle employees well in the modern working environment.
A number of professional accountancy bodies give exemptions for examinations taken at different stages of their professional qualification, including ICAEW, ACCA, AIA and CIMA, and CPA Australia. Depending on specific accounting modules taken, this programme may entitle students to be eligible for exemptions.
The course offers you the chance to develop a systematic and detailed knowledge of work, employment and HRM regulations and practice; study human resource management topics in the broader context of business and management; and gain good communication, negotiation, leadership and teamwork skills through group work and team-building activities.
Our highly skilled academics will give you good practice examples which can be applied to a range of modern organisations and will teach you the disciplines required by a modern manager.
As Human Resource Management shares a common first year with the School of Management's other undergraduate courses, you may transfer to another degree such as Business and Management Studies, Accounting and Finance or Marketing at the end of your first year, if you feel that your interests lie in another area of business.
You can also choose to take the course over three continuous years or over four years with a year of practical work experience.
You can also combine your passion for learning and travelling by studying abroad at one of our partner institutions in Europe, Canada, Australia, North America or Hong Kong.
Financial Times rankings for the School of Management:
- University of Bradford School of Management is ranked No.1 in Yorkshire, 11th in the UK and 42nd in Europe in the European Business School rankings 2015
Typical offer: BBB / 120 UCAS points
New UCAS tariff
We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.
The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.
All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.
Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).
There are no specific subject requirements.
BTEC Extended Diploma:
DDM — there are no specific subject requirements.
Applicants on Access Programmes:
Meet UCAS Tariff of 120 — there are no specific subject requirements.
Plus minimum of:
GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).
Additional entry requirements:
If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Social Sciences and Management with Foundation Year course or our Social Sciences and Management with International Foundation Year.
English language requirements:
Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.
|Foundations of Marketing||core|
|Introduction to Accounting||core|
|Operations and Information Systems Management||core|
|People, Work and Organisations||core|
|Quantitative Methods in Information Management||core|
|Employability and Enterprise Skills||core|
|The Transformation of Work||core|
|Business Information Systems||option|
|Capital Markets, Investment and Finance||option|
|Company Law and Administration||option|
|Econometrics and Business Forecasting||option|
|Economics of Industry||option|
|Fundamentals of Decision Support||option|
|Integrated Marketing Communications||option|
|Management of Service Operations||option|
|Marketing Management and Strategy||option|
|Principles of Personal Finance||option|
|Resource Planning for Operations||option|
|Human Resource Development||core|
|Human Resource Management||core|
|International and Comparative Employment Relations||core|
|You in the Workplace (4-year programme only)||core|
|Applied Strategic Management||option|
|Contemporary Issues in Accounting||option|
|Creativity and Innovation||option|
|Creativity in Marketing||option|
|Decision Support A||option|
|Decision Support B||option|
|Enterprise and Innovation in Practice||option|
|Ethics in Business and Society||option|
|European Employment Policy||option|
|Global Business Environment||option|
|International Business Strategy||option|
|Managing Business in Europe||option|
|Marketing and Entrepreneurship||option|
|Personal Financial Planning||option|
|Portfolio Investment Management||option|
|Strategic Information Systems||option|
|Sustainable Operations Management||option|
|The Financial Services Sector and its Environment||option|
|Understanding Strategic Management||option|
|World Class Operations||option|
All our four year programmes offer you the opportunity to take a year's work placement in industry during the third year of the course, and this is assessed as 20 credits of your degree.
Placements are real, paid jobs in a wide variety of organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and offer you a valuable opportunity to experience firsthand how business and management concepts are applied in practice and to give you direct exposure to real issues in the workplace.
The placement year is a vital part of your learning and will add significantly to your personal development, self confidence, planning, communication and business acumen skills. Statistics show that students who have undertaken a placement year benefit from a better graduate job, higher graduate starting salary and a better degree outcome.
In a competitive graduate market, valuable experience and employability skills gained from a year’s work placement will differentiate you from the thousands of other graduates seeking work. We find that students return from their placement year with their confidence and personal skills enhanced and ready to implement their focused plan for the future.
The School of Management has an excellent network of organisations that offer placements including IBM, Vauxhall, NHS, GE Money, Pace, Enterprise Rent A Car, Cummins and Peugeot.
Together we ensure your placement is appropriately challenging and that you can make a real and positive impact on the business.
Your experience will be monitored and assessed through a credit bearing work based learning module that will count towards your final degree.
This module is portfolio based and will develop your ability to reflect on professional work related experiences and recognise the impact on your career development planning.
Placements are not guaranteed, and students will have to invest considerable time and effort in their 2nd year in securing one, with the support of the dedicated Careers team.
There are opportunities for School of Management undergraduate students to study abroad. This is usually in Year 2.
Career support and prospects
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
Additionally, the School of Management has its own dedicated careers team based on the Emm Lane Campus, with support including:
- One-to-one support
- Careers workshops
- Opportunities to meet employers and recruiters
- Online resources
- Job opportunities
92% of our 2015 graduates in Human Resource Management found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.
Our HRM graduates – aware of the complex nature of people management and regulation – will be able to demonstrate the value of being able to handle employees well in the modern working environment. Career opportunities exist in human resources, recruitment and general management.
Among the organisations recently to have employed our graduates are Asda, Horton Housing and even the University of Bradford.
The average starting salary for our 2015 Human Resource Management graduates was £27,720.
The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the School of Management, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (eg assignments and examinations) as well as help overseas students adapt quickly to UK academic requirements. The ELS is run by Martin Sedgley, supported by Amy Allhouse, and provides a huge range of services, including various workshops run during term time, 1-1 consultations and vast printed and online resources to cater for every possible development area.
Fees, Finance and Scholarships
- Home/EU: £9,250*
- Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
- International: £14,250
- International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,430
* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.
See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
See our Fees and Financial Support website.
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Download the programme specification for Human Resource Management (with placement year)
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