Human Resource Management
BSc (Hons)

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Salford Business School

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Overseas study available
Work placement opportunity
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Human Resource Management at Salford

1.

Study a degree course which puts HRM at the heart of business

2.

Develop important skills in high demand from major employers connected to recruitment, training, employee motivation and performance

3.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

Course Summary

In an increasingly knowledge-based economy, an organisation's success is dependent on the quality and performance of its employees. People need to be recruited, trained, developed, paid and motivated to perform effectively, and human resource specialists have the capabilities to make this happen.

You will learn information which is industry relevant and career-focused, and will be taught by tutors who are experts in their field. You will have every opportunity to develop an exciting career as a human resource professional.

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), on successful completion of your degree course, you will receive the award of your undergraduate degree and the CIPD Intermediate Level Certificate.

This course is also available with a Professional Experience Year, giving you the opportunity to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding you have gained in the first two years of the course. There are different entry requirements and course codes for the Professional Experience Year option.

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Course Details

This course allows you to either specialise or follow an integrated route and the modular design gives you considerable choice.

Course Structure

Year 1

Provides a foundation in business disciplines necessary to support the subjects studied in the second and final year. Students from a wide variety of education backgrounds are taught subjects to a common standard during this first year. This allows us to accept students without specific subject requirements.

Year 2

The second year focus is on the management of business operations and functional areas; this will develop and deepen your understanding of the subjects in which you choose to specialise. You will take modules relating to core areas of management and continue to enhance your management skills as the course unfolds. You may also continue to study a language.

Optional Year

On completion of year 2 you may choose to undertake either a Paid placements, or study abroad for a year. If you choose to study abroad you will spend your academic year at one of our partner universities, enhancing your language skills and international business knowledge.

Year 3

You may wish to study a range of modules covering a number of major management functions.

Year 1

All business and management students study the same modules in the first year, after which you are given the flexibility to review and change your options depending on which subjects interest you the most. This approach gives you a vital foundation in key business disciplines to support the subjects you go on to study in your second and final years. It also means that all students achieve the same level of business and management knowledge at the end of their first year.

You will learn about the important contribution of Human Resource Management policy and practice to employee and organisational success in the UK and internationally.
This module gives you a theoretical and practical introduction to the basics of accounting, including how to prepare financial statements.
This module introduces you to the key concepts of modern economics, including how markets function as the foundation of contemporary economies.
You will receive an introduction to the theory and practice of marketing - an essential service to the long-term prosperity of organisations and businesses - and apply these principles to real life situations.
You will learn how to present, evaluate and interpret data as a basis for making business decisions. This will include an introduction to using mathematics, statistics and analysis to develop lines of argument and propose solutions to important business problems.

OPTIONAL MODULES

Choose one from:

This module will introduce you to the functional nature of organising and organisations in a global context.

OR

You will develop your knowledge and competence in a foreign language, while also learning more about the countries where it is spoken for professional purposes.

Year 2

In your second year, you will start to take specialist modules and build your knowledge in these areas. You also have the option to change your specialism and original choice of degree, or switch to any of the following degrees:

  • BSc (Hons) Business and Financial Management
  • BSc (Hons) Business and Management
  • BSc (Hons) Business and Economics
  • BSc (Hons) International Business
  • BSc (Hons) Business Management with Sport
  • BSc (Hons) Business and Tourism Management
  • BSc (Hons) Marketing
  • BSc (Hons) International Events Management

CORE MODULES

You will gain an insight into using interdisciplinary behavioural science to aid human resource management, performance and comparison between UK and international organisations. You will develop an understanding of interrelationships and behaviour between individuals, groups and within organisations. Practical case studies are used and advice is drawn from cutting-edge academic evidence, newspapers, media, and practising managers and entrepreneurs.
This module provides you with the knowledge required to successfully plan, execute and evaluate events. You will also gain the necessary experience to run your own event with support from your tutors.
This module will help you develop knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of effective project management in a global business context. You will become skilled in project management techniques, methods and tools, and their applications and limitations.
This module introduces you to the operation of global legal systems and the areas of law that underpin the practice of effective business management. You will develop a working knowledge of law relating to contracts and their effective negotiation in different business environments.
This module will enable you to plan and carry out appropriate professional development activities to increase your employability and performance. These include self-presentation, professional networking, project planning and implementation, team working, influencing and multimedia communication. You will gain all the necessary experience required to take advantage of global employment opportunities.

OPTIONAL MODULES

Choose one from:

This module focuses on developing an advanced appreciation of functions and processes in organisations and their impact and responsiveness on external environments.

OR

You can continue to study a language in support of your course.

Optional Year

On completion of Year 2 you may choose to undertake either a paid placement or study abroad for a year.

All of our BSc and BA students can apply for a one year professional placement, which takes place between your second and last years of study.

This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of and over the last five years 90% of Salford Business undergraduates taking a one year placement secured a 2:1 or 1st class Honours degree.

We will help you find out about vacancies and make the right connections with high profile employers through regular events and presentations.

Here is just a small selection of the companies our students have enjoyed placements with so far: NatWest, Barclays and The Cooperative Bank; BP, Esso and Shell; IBM, Hewlett Packard and Compaq; Ford, Vauxhall, Jaguar and Nissan; Marks & Spencer, Selfridges and Sainsbury’s; Eli Lilly, Glaxo and ICI; Fujitsu, Marriott and Virgin.

You can choose to undertake a study exchange abroad for one semester or one year during your second year. We provide you with extensive support through workshops, personal guidance, tests and interview practise to help this opportunity become a reality.

Graduates with international experience are increasingly sought by employers because they gain highly valuable skillsets living and studying in a different country.

Salford Business School study abroad opportunities are available across Europe and the rest of the world – don’t miss out on this exciting chance to learn while exploring new places and making friends from all over the world!

Year 3

CORE MODULES

This module provides you with a broad and comprehensive understanding of the way in which the employment relationship is experienced, regulated and contested in a variety of contrasting organisations in both the UK and internationally. Real-life practical case study examples are used and advice is supported by research and engagement with a range of external HRM managers and other employment relations practitioners.
This module gives you a broad outline of the core principles underpinning UK employment law. It uses practical case study examples about the implementation of employment law within the workplace.
This module offers an organisational perspective by exploring strategy techniques and processes. You will apply your knowledge and understanding of strategy to a variety of real world organisations, using analysis and enquiry techniques at the forefront of strategic research and practice. This will prepare you for a career in business and management and enable you to reach your potential as a next generation manager.
This module analyses key concepts, theories and models in employee resourcing, development and talent management. It critically assesses research evidence and improves your understanding of the links between employer branding, recruitment, selection, and organisational effectiveness.
You will learn about methods and techniques in recruitment, selection and talent identification, designing job descriptions and person specifications, internet recruitment and testing, and establishing reliability.
You will develop your understanding of the sourcing, evaluation and application of available business information in a variety of formats, while also improving your skills in the design and analysis of primary research methodologies. In particular, the module aims to develop your capacity to evaluate published business research and consultancy and prepare viable proposals for future research-based business consultation.

OPTIONAL MODULES

Choose one from:

This module gives you an insight into the distinct contribution of International Human Resource Management (IHRM) policy and practice to employee and organisational performance and success. You will learn about the dynamic nature of work relationships across a broad range of transnational companies, and the effective management of human resources and employment relations in different national contexts.
You will develop a detailed understanding of the implications of Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability in national and international organisations. You will also be encouraged to explore the ethical roles of social and technological innovation in global organisations.
You will continue to strengthen your knowledge of a foreign language and its use for professional purposes in the countries where it is spoken.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE Minimum of five at grade C or higher, to include English language and maths
UCAS tariff points BSc: 260-300 points
With Professional Experience: 280-320 points
GCE A level BSc: BCC with a minimum of two A2 passes
With Professional Experience: BBC with a minimum of two A2 passes
BTEC National Diploma DMM/DMM - DDM with placement
International Baccalaureate indicatively 24 points for International Baccalaureate Diploma (25 points with placement year)

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

For admission to programmes of study at the University an applicant whose native tongue is not English must possess a current qualification deemed acceptable by the University as evidence of proficiency in the English Language. For entry to level 4,5,6 such a qualification must equate to a minimum average score of 6 or above (and for each component 5.5 or above) from the Cambridge/British Council English Language Testing Service (IELTS) or alternative examinations as recognised by the University.

Applicant profile

This course offers great scope for any student wanting to learn how human resources management plays a vital role in business. Knowledge, expertise and the ability to discuss and contribute to solutions around these issues are highly sought after skills by employers across a wide variety of sectors.

This course will appeal to a wide range of applicants and there is no need to have studied these subjects before to be successful.

Each application will be considered carefully and judged on its own merits.

Equivalent qualifications will also be considered please contact admissions for further information

Teaching

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials using a wide range of learning activities. You will experience small group tutorials during your First and Second year module studies. This ensures you will be highly skilled in time for your placements, year abroad experience and final year studies.

Assessment

During your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.

Employability

Our comprehensive range of business and management undergraduate degree course are highly respected by leading employers and have been designed to maximise your opportunities for embarking on a career with organisations seeking high calibre business graduates.

You will gain valuable new skills which prepare you for work, graduate entry into management training programmes, or further study. Our recent graduates have gained employment with leading companies including:

  • Ernst & Young
  • Dixons Group plc
  • British Airways
  • Cooperative Insurance Services
  • BMW
  • American Express
  • BBC
  • Citibank
  • Ladbrokes
  • Numberica
  • Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman
  • KPMG
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Premier Travel Inn
  • BUPA
  • Thomson Holidays
  • BT
  • DTS Logistics
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • The NHS

Alumni Profile

BSc (Hons) Business Studies with HRM student, Danielle Drysdale, explains:

“My mum is a graduate of the University and she thoroughly recommended it because of the strong support and great facilities available. Both stood out when I attended an open day and Salford Business School really appealed to me. My studies at the University have been very interesting and the support from the teaching staff is great. My confidence and independence will really help me search for my ideal job. Looking to the future I’d like to move to Canada and apply for a job in the HR industry.”

Links with Industry

Our course team maintains excellent relations with local and national human resource organisations, commentators and employers.

Our teaching is industry-led, inspired by contemporary practice and developed in partnership with business leaders. Our academics are experts in their field and work closely with industry to ensure that our courses reflect the needs of business and provide you with that extra edge when it comes to securing a job.

We teach the skills that employers need and as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects.

The curriculum across our undergraduate courses balances academic teaching and professional experience, allowing you to apply theory in practice in a way that has been proven to produce highly employable, articulate business professionals who have forged the contacts that will help develop their future careers.

Placement Opportunities

Taking a placement between your second and final year helps to further develop your management skills and enhances your CV and employment prospects. A placement also provides a real context for the subjects studied on the course and helps in the preparation for your final year.

Students at Salford have been placed in a large number and wide variety of organisations, from global corporations to small enterprises, from financial services to manufacturing. You will receive considerable assistance from the industrial placements tutor and team in obtaining a placement.

Current and recent students have enjoyed placements with: NatWest, Barclays and The Cooperative Bank; BP, Esso and Shell; IBM, Hewlett Packard and Compaq; Ford, Vauxhall, Jaguar and Nissan; Marks & Spencer, Selfridges and Sainsbury's; Eli Lilly, Glaxo and ICI.

Other placements have included the NHS, the education sector, environmental, arts and cultural organisations.

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£9,000
Part-timeYour annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying
Full-time International£12,000

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

 

Facilities

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel campus in the newly refurbished Lady Hale Building, and the Chapman Building, offering state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s student learning community and just minutes from Manchester city centre.

Chapman is a stylish modern space with six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with panoramic views across the campus.

Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.