Human Resource Management (with placement year)

BSc (Hons)
Entry requirements: BBB / 300 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: N601
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Management & Law
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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.

89% of our 2015 Human Resource Management graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating


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.

Why Bradford?

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
  • Our Full-time MBA is ranked 31st in Europe in the European MBA rankings
  • Our Full-time MBA is also ranked 9th in Europe for % Salary Increase
  • Our Executive MBA is ranked in the Global Top 100, No.1 in Yorkshire and No.5 in the United Arab Emirates in Executive MBA rankings
  • Our Distance Learning MBA ranked 8th in the world, 3rd in the UK in Online MBA rankings
  • Our Distance Learning MBA is also ranked 1st in the world for career progression and 2nd in the world for value for money
  • We are ranked 7th in the UK and 61st in the world for Masters in Management

Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBB / 300 UCAS points

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Access to Higher Education Diploma, to include 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 30 Level 3 credits at Merit.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or equivalent.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.


Module name Type
Year 1
Business Economicscore
Foundations of Marketingcore
Introduction to Accounting and Financecore
Operations and Information Systems Managementcore
People, Work and Organisationscore
Quantitative Methods in Information Managementcore
Student Self-Developmentcore
Year 2
Option modules cover specialist areas of Accounting, Financial Management, Marketing, Psychology, Production and Operations Management, Human Resource Management, Information Management and Business Information Systems, International Business and Strategi
Business Lawcore
Employability and Enterprise Skillscore
Employee Relationscore
Organisational Analysiscore
Organisational Designcore
Psychology at Workcore
The Transformation of Workcore
Year 4
Option modules cover specialist areas of Accounting, Financial Management, Marketing, Psychology, Production and Operations Management, Human Resource Management, Information Management and Business Information Systems, International Business and Strategi
European Employment Policycore
Human Resource Developmentcore
Human Resource Managementcore
International and Comparative Employment Relationscore
Organisational Changecore
You in the Workplace (4-year programme only)core

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.


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.

Study Abroad

There are opportunities for School of Management undergraduate students to study abroad. This is usually in Year 2.

Career support and prospects

Career support

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 Development 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 web site

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 Development 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 

Employment statistics

89% of our 2014 Human Resource Management graduates (most recent data) found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

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.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2014 Human Resource Management graduates was £15,200.

Study Support

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

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,000 per year
  • Home/EU: Sandwich Placement Year Fee: £900
  • International: £12,950 per year
  • International: Sandwich Placement Year Fee: £1,300


  • Home/EU: £9,000 per year
  • Home/EU: Sandwich Placement Year Fee: £900
  • International: £12,100 per year
  • International: Sandwich Placement Year Fee: £1,210

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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Student ambassador

Get in touch with our student ambassador Tazafia Mahmood, who is currently studying BSc Human Resource Management, to find out more about her Bradford experience.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.