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Course summary

Overview People are a vital business asset and getting the human side of a business right leads to competitive advantage. Human resource management is the strategic approach to the employment, development, training, retention and wellbeing of people. As a human resource manager you'll be vital to your company. You'll formulate policies that address key modern workplace issues such as flexible working, remote working and equality and diversity. You'll be leading on strategy to recruit and retain the right workforce. With this degree you'll get a head start on employability as you you'll be able to apply for Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) when you graduate, something that's often only available after postgraduate study. Course highlights

  • Develop a holistic understanding of how businesses operate as you explore operations, business finance, marketing and data analysis alongside your human resource management modules
  • Gain the confidence to lead as you apply your learning to real-world situations and take part in our Business Consultancy Project
  • Practise your skills by setting up recruitment campaigns and getting involved in simulated interviews, selection panels and employment tribunals
  • Learn the human resource management skills you need in a post-Covid world, focusing on workforce retention and talent management, managing equality and diversity and developing creativity and business improvement
  • Be taught by a team of practitioners with entrepreneurial, academic and industry experience who are part of a dedicated Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management research group
  • Benefit from an active programme of specialist and industry talks
  • Increase your employability with an optional paid placement year at a company such as IBM
Accreditation This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This means, if you successfully complete all the required modules, you'll be able to apply for Associate Membership of the CIPD when you graduate. This membership is sought-after by employers and is likely to give you an advantage when looking for your first job. Please note that you will need to pay a membership fee when you apply for your membership. Careers and opportunities As a human resource manager you can work in any sector that you're passionate about, whether that's sport, charities, manufacturing, or maybe the arts; all sorts of different businesses need effective workforce management. It's also a role that could take you overseas. Your CIPD accreditation means you're likely to earn more money and have more job options than your non-accredited peers (Reed UK). Best of all is that this qualification opens up many possible career routes. You might want to specialise in workplace training and development, become an expert in employment law, or lead on business development. As you progress you'll be able to map a career to your interests. Previous graduates of this course have secured jobs at companies such as:
  • Peninsula Group Ltd HR Consultancy
  • Santander
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Aldingbourne Trust
  • JRL Construction
  • Wartsila (Marine and Energy) UK Ltd
  • Henkel
  • UK Atomic Energy Authority
  • Finsbury Foods
Graduates of this course have secured jobs as:
  • HR executive
  • learning and development coordinator
  • human resources business partner
  • HR and employment law consultant
  • internal auditor
  • project manager
  • police officer
  • buyer
(Data sourced from HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey.) Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry when you finish the course. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.


Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Business Accounting
  • Business Operations and Systems Management
  • Managing People in Organisations
  • Marketing Principles and Practice
  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Introduction to Business Analytics
There are no optional modules in this year. Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Human Resource Development
  • Human Resources For the Professional
  • Leadership, Ethics, Governance and Sustainability
  • People Resourcing and Talent Management
  • Business and Law Undergraduate Work Placement Event
  • Employability, Research and Professional Development
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
  • Business and Employment Law
  • Business Analysis and Decision Making
  • Modern Foreign Language
Placement year (optional) On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year. Year 3 Core modules in this year include:
  • Contemporary Employment Relations
  • Strategic and Comparative Human Resource Management
  • Dissertation - Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
  • Business Consultancy Project
  • Cross Cultural Awareness For Business
  • Discrimination and Conflict in Employment Law
  • Business Improvement & Creativity
  • Managing Equality & Diversity At Work
  • Responsible and Sustainable Business
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through: Individual and group coursework Examinations Online activities Presentations Your choice of independent research You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future. The way you're assessed will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous academic year of how students on this course were typically assessed: Year 1 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework Year 2 students: 15% by written exams, 17% by practical exams and 68% by coursework Year 3 students: 27% by written exams and 73% by coursework

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Personnel and Development, Chartered Institute of

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £17200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Placement Year and Year abroad: UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 | EU – £925 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £1,900. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to Students will need to be in active membership of CIPD in order to gain the Associate membership at the end of the course in addition to their academic qualification. Student membership of CIPD is £100 per annum.
Business and Human Resource Management at University of Portsmouth - UCAS