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Human Resource Management (with placement year)

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2018: BBB / 120 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: N601
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Management & Law


Our 4-year BSc (Hons) programme in Human Resource Management gives you the skills you need to operate effectively in the contemporary global business environment.

As a graduate, you'll be equipped to:

  • provide ethical leadership
  • generate sustainable value through people for both business and society
  • thrive in a range of business environments and sectors

You'll get a broad overview of core business disciplines in year one, giving you a firm foundation for your degree. You will then specialise in Human Resource Management through core specialist modules. You'll also have the flexibility to choose additional optional modules related to your interests and career aspirations.

Employability and enterprise skills fundamental for your employability and career development are integrated strongly throughout the programme, improving your critical awareness and career prospects.

Our academic team are research active and industry experienced. This means that the teaching you receive reflects the latest thinking and professional practices.

We also offer a three-year version of the programme, without the placement year in industry.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".

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 Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) accredit this programme. This means that, by successfully completing your degree, you are eligible for exemptions from some ACCA fundamental level examinations.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the leading UK professional body for HR specialists, accredits our programme in recognition of the fact that it meets rigorous academic and professional standards. The programme provides the underpinning knowledge required to achieve professional levels of CIPD membership. On successfully completing your degree course you will be eligible to receive the CIPD Intermediate Level Diploma in Human Resource Management which leads to associate membership of the Institute. More information is available on the CIPD website.


Why Bradford?

The School of Management is the oldest University based business school in the UK, and has been an international leader in education, research and knowledge transfer for more than 50 years.

We offer excellent facilities, a highly trained, professional faculty, and comprehensive support services.

Our courses are shaped by the School of Management International Advisory Board, made up of leading figures in industry who advise our management team on the skills and competencies needed in the current and future workplace. This feeds into the design and delivery of our courses, ensuring our students gain knowledge and experience that is valued by employers. Members of our International Advisory Board include individuals from organisations such Google, the BBC, KPMG and Harvard Business School. Our visiting lecturers include directors from well-known companies who provide first-hand experience of management decision-making at a strategic level.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBB / 120 UCAS points

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS Tariff of 122 — 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 Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management or our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

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.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

This programme aims to prepare managers of the future, equipping them with the knowledge and skills that will allow them to operate effectively in the contemporary global business environment specialising in Human Resource Management.

Year One:

  • Foundations of Marketing (20 credits) core
  • Introduction to Accounting (20 credits) core
  • People Work and Organisations/Work in Context (20 credits) core
  • Principles of Management (20 credits) core
  • Operations and Information Systems Management (20 credits) core
  • Business Economics (20 credits) option
  • Sustainability and Social Responsibility (20 credits) option
  • Introduction to Finance (20 credits) option
  • Principles and Practice of International Business (20 credits) option

Year Two:

  • Employability and Enterprise Skills (20 credits) core
  • Human Resource Management (20 credits) core
  • International Business Strategy (20 credits) core
  • Business Law and Ethics (20 credits) core
  • Organisational Design and Analysis (20 credits) core
  • Management Accounting (20 credits) option
  • Strategic Management (20 credits) option
  • Multinational Finance and Investment (20 credits) option
  • Integrated Marketing Communications (20 credits) option
  • Management of Information Systems (20 credits) option
  • European Business and Management (20 credits) option
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management (20 credits) option

Year Four:

  • Project/Dissertation (40 credits) core
  • Leading and Managing People (20 credits) core
  • Reward Development and Talent Management (20 credits) core
  • Contemporary Development in Employee Relations (20 credits) core
  • Business Ethics and Social Responsibility (20 credits) option
  • Services Operations Management (20 credits) option
  • Multinationals in Emerging Economies (20 credits) option
  • Cross Cultural Management (20 credits) option
  • Innovation in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (20 credits) option

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Teaching involves a combination of:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • case studies
  • practical insight from HRM practitioners

Your learning is supported by our Virtual Learning Environment – Blackboard.

Assessment comprises of coursework (individual and group), presentations and examinations.


The Faculty of Management and Law has an excellent network of organisations that offer placements including:

  • IBM
  • Vauxhall
  • NHS
  • GE Money
  • Pace
  • Enterprise Rent A Car
  • Cummins
  • Peugeot

The placement year is a great way to develop your professional experience, build industry contacts, and gain insight into the day-to-day work of a HR professional. Your experience will be monitored as part of your degree.

Study Abroad

As a student at University of Bradford School of Management, you'll have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions around the world. This gives you exposure to different cultures, and opportunities to network with students from other leading business schools.

Study Tours

Students have an opportunity to broaden their international experience by taking part in study tours embedded alongside our programmes throughout the year. These tours are provided by the Faculty where all expenses are covered. Previous tours have included trips to Bahrain (Ahlia University) and Qatar (Qatar University).

These tours help our students to gain knowledge about international business and entrepreneurship, as well as providing opportunities to practice and develop communication and interpersonal skills. Students are given a hands-on opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained in class, all whilst becoming more aware of diverse cultures and strengthening international relationships.

Students take part in a dynamic mix of both theory and practice-related activities including: interactive problem-solving workshops, company visits, talks by guest speakers (from the public and private sector), cultural visits, and social activities

Career support and prospects

During your time studying at the Faculty of Management and Law you will have the opportunity to take part in our distinctive career booster programme throughout the duration of your course. The programme is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and graduate attributes to be job-ready when seeking employment with leading innovative organisations. The Career Booster Programme offers you the opportunity to gain certificates in:

  • The European Computer Driving License (EDCL) - the benchmark for digital literacy
  • Sage 50 Accounting and Sage 50 Payroll - training that will allow you to develop leading accounting and payroll software skills
  • Project Manager Professional certificates - giving you the edge when seeking to become a Certified Project Manager
  • Big Data analysis and reporting skills - using Software and Services (SAS) that will lead to certification.

In addition, the programme will also include activities to promote teamwork, confidence, communication and many other skills sought by employers.

Developing a portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates will demonstrate to employers that you are not only ambitious but also take responsibility for your own professional development.

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 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

Employment statistics

100% of our 2016 graduates in Human Resource Management 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 2016 School of Management graduates was £20,116.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Study Support

You'll be allocated a Personal Academic Tutor, who will provide you with personal guidance and support.

Module leaders and tutors are accessible, providing office hours and appointments supporting your learning beyond class contact.

The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the Faculty of Management and Law, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (e.g. assignments and examinations) as well as help overseas students adapt quickly to UK academic requirements.

The ELS provides a 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.

These are in addition to the wide range of students support that are offered by the University of Bradford at the City Campus.


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
  • International: £14,950
  • International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,500

* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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