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Human Resource Management

BSc (Hons)

School - Salford Business School

Subject area - Business and Management

UCAS Code: N1N6 (three years), N1NP (four years with placement)

Start Date(s): September


Three years full-time
Four years full-time with placement year


UK - £9,250 per year

International - £13,740 per year

In Brief:

  • Learn how to help create successful businesses through their people by supporting recruitment, training, employee rights, motivation and performance
  • Develop important skills in high demand from major employers in all sectors
  • This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) (subject to re-accreditation 2018)
  • Overseas study available
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Regardless of the sector an organisation operates in, individuals that can get the most out of its employees, whilst protecting it from non-compliance, are highly sought after. As well as being accredited by CIPD, our Human Resource Management programme is designed around its national framework. This means that the modules you undertake have been developed to reflect industry best practice and the current needs of employers.

The lecturers who deliver our Human Resource Management programme have a wealth of academic and professional expertise. Throughout the course, you’ll benefit from their support, experience and industry connections.

At Salford Business School, we make industry relevance a priority. So, as well as gaining the knowledge required for a successful career in business, you’ll develop the professional skills to help you make an impact in those all-important interviews.

Read current student Hatty Ruddick's Made in Salford blog about studying BSc Human Resource Management, her journey to Salford and her experiences as a Salford Business School rep. 

This degree is also offered with a Foundation Year, visit for details.

For information on in-country delivery in Sri Lanka, see our IPM page.

"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.”

Danielle Drysdale, BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management

Awards and Accreditation

Course Details

The Human Resource Management programme will begin by improving your knowledge and understanding of key business concepts. You’ll build upon this foundation by specialising with modules that suit your interests or the direction in which you hope to steer your career.

A real-world focus is present in all modules and at all stages of the programme. With a project-based assessment which involves solving a real organisational issue, recurrent use of international case studies and the opportunity to take part in a paid work placement, you will graduate prepared to enter a high-level career.

In your final year of study, you will have the opportunity to work on a real-life organisational HR issue. Through the initiative, you will work on a brief provided by Salford City Council and present your proposal to a joint University and council panel. Students with the most compelling proposals can even go on to secure a year-long work placement with Salford City Council.

Year 1    

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 about the important contribution of Human Resource Management policy and practice to employee and organisational success in the UK and internationally.      
This module will introduce you to the functional nature of organising and organisations in a global context.      
This module gives you a theoretical and practical introduction to the basics of accounting, including how to prepare financial statements.    
In this module, you’ll develop the digital and business skills essential for a high level career. You’ll gain experience of specific digital tools as well as practicing professional skills such as self-management, presenting and communication.  As part of the module you will follow a series of online challenges and events to complete the iDEA award - the Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (find out more at    
This module focuses on helping you develop an appreciation of the functions within business operations, the key processes within the organisation and their impact on responsiveness to the external environment in which they operate.

Year 2    

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.  

This innovative module has been nominated for the Course and Curriculum Design award in the 2018 Guardian University Awards.  One participant commented “It was thanks to this module that I gained a much better understanding of what employers are looking for and where I stand in comparison to that from the marks and feedback received… This proves to me I do have the experience and competencies sought after by employers. Realising this has really boosted my confidence.”
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.      
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 practicing managers and entrepreneurs.      
Through Employee Engagement and Rewards, you will learn how to apply theory relating to employee engagement in organisational settings. You will explore and critically analyse the appropriateness in variations in pay and reward systems in UK organisations.
This module aims to offer you a holistic view of the Human Resource Management function and an introduction to managing and coordinating its key functions. It also establishes the aims and objectives of HR departments in contemporary organisations.


Enhancing Professional Practice enables you to identify and discuss the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by the HR professional. Using a CIPD framework, it addresses contemporary challenges that HR professionals face and equips you with the skills to be able to perform effectively in future roles.
You will continue to strengthen your knowledge of a foreign language and its use for professional purposes in the countries where it is spoken.  

Optional Year    

All of our BSc 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 School 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.

Year 3

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.      
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 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.      
In Human Resource Data and Analysis you will work independently to design and manage a piece of original project work. You will use different methodologies, methods and forms of analysis to produce a suitable research design and present the findings of your project in a written report.

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
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
Maths and English at grade C or grade 4
UCAS tariff points 104-112 points
With Professional Experience: 112-120 points
BTEC National Diploma DMM
International Baccalaureate Indicatively 30 points for International Baccalaureate Diploma (31 points with experience 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 for whom English is not a first language 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 excellent scope for any student wanting to learn how human resource 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 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.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Full-time International £13,740 per year

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £13,320 per year

Additional costs

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


I like the human-side of my course, people have emotions and need to have a work-life balance, and most importantly, people need to know how to motivate other people! I have good management skills from studying modules like Management of Business Operations. These modules are really good to get a grasp of those essential planning skills.

Hatty Ruddick, BSc Human Resource Management

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 provides you with that extra edge when it comes to securing a job.

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.


Over the duration of 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.


You will gain valuable new skills which prepare you for work, graduate entry into management training programmes, or further study.

Our Human Resource Management graduates have gained employment with leading companies including:

  • Ernst & Young
  • Dixons Group plc
  • British Airways
  • Cooperative Insurance Services
  • BMW
  • American Express
  • BBC
  • Citibank
  • Ladbrokes

Career Prospects

During your time at Salford Business School, as well as developing academic and industry knowledge, you’ll have chance to refine your professional skills through our Professional Development module.

Human Resource Management graduates have gone on to enjoy careers at organisations of all shapes and sizes, including Thomson Holidays, BT, DTS Logistics, Greater Manchester Police and The NHS.

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.

In your final year of study, you will have the opportunity to work on a real-life organisational HR issue. Through the initiative, you will work on a brief provided by Salford City Council and present your proposal to a joint University and council panel. Students with the most compelling proposals can even go on to secure a year-long work placement with Salford City Council.

Placement Opportunities

You can enhance your career options with a year-long work placement giving you the opportunity to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding you have gained in the first two years of the course. 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.  

You will arrange your work placement with support from the School’s dedicated Employability Hub and from your industrial placements tutor both before and during your placement.  The placement year gives you an additional 60 credits towards your final results.

During this year, you will not pay fees to the University and will earn a wage for the work that you do.

There are different entry requirements and course codes for the Professional Experience Year option.

Further Study

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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.

All University of Salford students also have access to the MediaCityUK campus including its study facilities.  MediaCityUK is home to major BBC and ITV departments and over 80 businesses across the creative and digital sectors.  It is recognised as one of the most innovative developments in Britain and is a vibrant place in which to live, work, socialise and study.

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