Human Resource Management

Course type: Dual Honours, Major.
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 Years/ 4 years with placement, Full time/Sandwich
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Business and Management, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Overview

This programme at Keele offers a superb insight into the multi-faceted relationship between the worker and the organisation.

You’ll learn about formal and informal ways of regulating the employment relationship in the public, private and voluntary sectors, including legislation and industrial relations. You’ll explore how organisations function as part of their wider context, how they’re managed, and how they plan their future needs. While developing effective skills in listening, negotiating and persuasion, you’ll become adept at problem solving and decision making. You’ll explore and apply theories about the nature, management and experience of employment in its local and global contexts. Since you’ll combine your studies with another subject, your choice might include business management, psychology, sociology, economics, politics or history.

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Course content

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Dual Honours Course Information Document (PDF)

Looking for a more complete list of modules? You can view the module list for 2016 entry on our Module Catalogue. Please note this is not a guaranteed module list for future intakes:

Module Catalogue

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

Every organisation involves people, and success for both the organisation and the individual depends heavily on their relationship – which needs careful and effective management. This means that human resource management skills are always in demand. When you graduate, your skills and in-depth understanding of employment will prepare you for a variety of specialist roles, perhaps as a human resources manager or in a trades union. You might take up a career in training and development, equality and diversity, recruitment, occupational psychology, management consultancy or counselling.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

For overseas students who do not meet direct entry requirements, we offer the opportunity to take an intensive International Year One in Business and Management leading to second year degree entry

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Human Resource Management with Foundation Year: N6L3 View Unistats for this course

Students are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) (BA Hons) if their two Principal courses are in humanities and/or social science subjects.

All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

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Study abroad

Semester Abroad

On the Human Resource Management programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from your destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if you study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination. 


International Year

The International Year is an excellent opportunity for students to enhance their degree. Students are encouraged to add to their areas of study with complementary subjects. For example, a Law student may decide to do Politics or International Relations, a Criminology student might like to do Psychology, a Maths or Computer Science student might like to do Business Studies. Students are also encouraged to study a language. The International Year allows students to create their own bespoke degree, a bonus when looking for a job upon graduation. This year is recognized in the student’s degree as “XXX with International Year”. Currently, Keele students apply for the three year degree and then change to the International Year when they are accepted on the programme in their 2nd year at Keele.

Explore, go on an academic adventure; consider a research project or an internship. Discover countries with amazing culture and history. Travel, gain confidence in the wider world and gain a Global Perspective.

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The BA HRM (Hons) programme is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) against the CIPD Intermediate Level Diploma in Human Resource Management. Successful completion of this programme will give students CIPD Associate membership. This is the CIPD's first level of professional membership; it means that you can use the designatory letters Assoc CIPD after your name and you will automatically become an Associate and professional member of the CIPD (Assoc CIPD).

Work Placements

All our undergraduate programmes can be studied either over three years or for four years with a placement year between the second and final years.

You will be able to arrange your own placement, with support from a placement tutor, which will give you the freedom to choose when and where you undertake your placement and to have control over your potential living costs and travel expenses.

We will help you to prepare for your placement through specific modules including working on company projects, enterprise modules and professional practice modules. You will also receive support with preparing CVs, writing covering letters and receive guidance on how to find a placement.

Your academic tutor will be available to you via email, telephone or face-to-face contact throughout the placement.

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Kieran Weller, UK

Kieran Weller, UK

"The thing which really set Keele apart for me was the chance to study a dual honours degree."

Business Management and Human Resources Management Graduate, 2015

Jack Bourne

Jack Bourne

"The personalised level of teaching is enjoyable and truly enhances your experience at Keele University."

Human Resources Management Graduate, 2015

Emily Swatman

Emily Swatman

"I would highly recommend Human Resources at Keele University!"

Human Resources Management Graduate, 2015