Human Resource Management and International Business 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

The Human Resource Management and International Business combined honours course provides you with a flexible range of study options so you can tailor your learning to suit your interests.

Combined Honours

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.


Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
Placement year
3 Years/ 4 years with placement

UCAS code: NN61

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Course Overview

The Human Resource Management and International Business programme is a critical and globalised study of management theory and practice in its global context. You will explore how organisations function, how they manage their workforce and make decisions on terms and conditions of employment and pay.

To enable you to take these skills into the global employment market you will also learn about the difficulties and benefits of managing across cultures and languages. You will have the option to study abroad or to take a placement year as part of this programme, building your skills and experience further to prepare you for working life after graduation.

What will this mean for my future?

Taught by friendly and approachable tutors and accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), this course enables you to advance your knowledge of business while developing a wide range of transferable skills that will equip you for a management career in the global job market.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Management in Context
  • Foundations of HRM
  • Global Business Environment
  • Introduction to International Business
  • British and Global Economy

Second year

  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Managing in the Multinational Corporation
  • Employee Resourcing
  • Developing Professional Knowledge & Practice in HRM
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Employment Relations
  • Operations and Quality Management
  • International Supply Chain Management

Third year

  • Business Strategy
  • Comparative Business Cultures
  • Pay and Performance
  • International Business Strategies
  • Managing International Projects
  • Researching Contemporary Issues in HRM
  • Discrimination and Equal Opportunities at Work
  • International HRM

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

Human Resource Management In years 1 and 3 you MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Human Resource Management achieved by taking two compulsory modules and one optional module. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject. Your remaining 30 credits may be selected from the list of Human Resource Management optional modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of elective modules provided by other disciplines.

In year 2 you MUST take four compulsory modules and one optional module.

 

International Business  Each year you MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in International Business achieved by taking two compulsory modules and one optional module. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject. Your remaining 30 credits may be selected from the list of International Business optional modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of elective modules provided by other disciplines.

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Human Resource Management Year 1 (Level 4)

IMPORTANT: To qualify for CIPD you MUST complete and pass ALL modules with an asterisk *

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

SEMESTER ONE

 

SEMESTER ONE

 

British and Global Economy ECO-10025*

15

Management in Context MAN-10018*

15

   

Introductory Microeconomics ECO-10028

15

   

Quantitative Methods 1 ECO-100261

15

   

Marketing Principles MAN-10019

15

   

Accounting Principles MAN-100152

15

   

Business Law LAW-10027

15

   

Global Business Environments MAN-10022

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 1) ENL-900036

15

SEMESTER TWO

 

SEMESTER TWO

 

Foundations of Human Resource Management HRM-10007*

15

Managing in a Changing Society

15

   

Quantitative Methods 2 ECO-100273

15

   

Financial Accounting MAN-100274

15

   

Introduction to International Business MAN-100236

15

   

MNE Business Perspectives MAN-100265

15

Notes:

* Required for CIPD accreditation

  1. Not available for students with A-Level Maths (or equivalent). For students without A-Level Maths, wishing to take Quantitative Methods 2 (ECO-10027), you will need to take this module
  2. You will need to take this module if you wish to take Financial Accounting MAN-10024
  3. Prerequisite of either A Level Maths (or equivalent) OR Quantitative Methods 1 (ECO-10026)
  4. Prerequisite Accounting Principles MAN-10015
  5. Live company project, recommended for those wishing to take a Placement Year
  6. Open only to non-native speakers of English and successful completion of ENL-10031 (EAP 1) with a score of over 60%, or ENL-90006 (EAP 2), or equivalent or by recommendation of the Language Centre.  Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year

 

International Business Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Global Business Environments MAN-10022

15

Management in Context MAN-100181

15

   

Quantitative Methods 1 ECO-100262

15

   

Introductory Microeconomics ECO-10028

15

   

British and Global Economy ECO-10025

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 1) ENL-900034

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 

Introduction to International Business MAN-10023

15

Foundations of Human Resource Management HRM-10007

15

   

Multinational Enterprise Business Perspectives MAN-100233

15

   

Introductory Macroeconomics ECO-10029

15

Notes:

  1. Required for students wishing to take Social Enterprise and Alternative Organising MAN-20093 in Year 2
  2. Not available for students with A Level Maths (or equivalent).
  3. Live company project, recommended for those wishing to take a Placement Year
  4. Open only to non-native speakers of English and successful completion of ENL-10031 (EAP 1) with a score of over 60%, or ENL-90006 (EAP 2), or equivalent or by recommendation of the Language Centre.  Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Human Resource Management Year 2 (Level 5)

IMPORTANT: To qualify for CIPD you MUST complete and pass ALL modules with an asterisk *

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

SEMESTER ONE

 

SEMESTER ONE

 

Employee Resourcing HRM-20017*

15

Organisational Behaviour MAN-20055

15

Developing Professional Practice (long thin 15 credit module which spans Semesters 1&2) HRM-20019*

15

Business Ethics MAN-20091

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 1) ENL-900031

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900042

15

SEMESTER TWO

 

SEMESTER TWO

 

Managing Human Resources HRM-20015*

15

Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility MAN-20082

15

Employment Relations HRM-20018*

15

Social Enterprise and Alternative Organising MAN-200933

15

Notes:

* Required for CIPD accreditation

  1. Open only to non-native speakers of English and successful completion of ENL-10031 (EAP 1) with a score of over 60%, or ENL-90006 (EAP 2), or equivalent or by recommendation of the Language Centre.  Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.
  2. Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business 1) with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year
  3. Prerequisite Management in Context MAN-10018

 

 

International Business Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Managing in the MNC MAN-20084

15

Business Ethics MAN-20091

15

 

 

Professional Development MAN-200901

15

   

Organisational Behaviour MAN-20055

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 1) ENL-900033

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900044

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 
   

Choose a minimum of ONE of the following:

 
   

Operations and Quality Management MAN-20053

15

   

International Supply Chain Management MAN-20083

15

   

Researching Business Management MAN-200962

15

   

Social Enterprise and Alternative Organising MAN-20093

15

Notes:

  1. Recommended for those considering a Placement Year
  2. Note you must do an ISP/Dissertation in  year 3 in either this subject or the other subject area - if wishing to do the Management ISP Managing Diversity then this module is compulsory.
  3. Open only to non-native speakers of English and successful completion of ENL-10031 (EAP 1) with a score of over 60%, or ENL-90006 (EAP 2), or equivalent or by recommendation of the Language Centre.  Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.
  4. Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business 1) with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year

 

 

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Human Resource Management Year 3 (Level 6)

IMPORTANT: To qualify for CIPD you MUST complete and pass ALL modules with an asterisk *

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

SEMESTER ONE

 

SEMESTER ONE

 

Pay and Performance HRM-31119*

15

SME Live Project

15

   

Employee Development HRM-30029

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900041

15

   

Academic Business English ENL-900052

15

SEMESTER TWO

 

SEMESTER TWO

 

Research in Contemporary Issues in HRM ISP HRM-31120*

15

Discrimination and Equal Opportunities HRM-30030

15

   

International HRM HRM-31118

15

Notes:

*Required for CIPD accreditation

  1. Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business 1) with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.
  2. Open only to THIRD-YEAR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH on successful completion of AEB2 or EAP4; or AEB1 or EAP3 with a score of over 60%; or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.

 

 

International Business Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Business in Emerging Economies MAN-30066

15

Managing Diversity  (ISP across 2 semesters)1

30

   

Comparative Business Cultures MAN-30056

15

   

Business Strategy MAN-30048

15

   

SME Live Project

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900042

15

   

Academic Business English ENL-900053

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 
   

International Business Strategies MAN-30055

15

   

Managing International Projects MAN-30065

15

Note:

  1. Prerequisite Researching Business Management MAN-20096. Note you must do an ISP/Dissertation in either this subject or the other subject area. This ISP is a year-long (30 credit module)
  2. Open only to non-native speakers of English and successful completion of ENL-10031 (EAP 1) with a score of over 60%, or ENL-90006 (EAP 2), or equivalent or by recommendation of the Language Centre.  Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.

Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business 1) with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic ye

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in Human Resource Management in your final year you will study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

SEMESTER ONE

 

SEMESTER ONE

 

Pay and Performance HRM-31119*

15

SME Live Project

15

   

Employee Development HRM-30029

15

   

Leading Change and Entrepreneurship MAN-30036

15

   

Identity, Culture and Organisation MAN-30040

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900041

15

   

Academic Business English ENL-900052

15

SEMESTER TWO

 

SEMESTER TWO

 

Research in Contemporary Issues in HRM ISP HRM-31120

15

Discrimination and Equal Opportunities HRM-30030

15

   

International HRM HRM-31118

15

Notes:

* Required for CIPD accreditation

  1. Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.
  2. Open only to THIRD-YEAR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH on successful completion of AEB2 or EAP4; or AEB1 or EAP3 with a score of over 60%; or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.

 

Students may choose to study elective modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other subjects closely related to Human Resource Management.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest.
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for Academic Purposes.
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin).
  • Modules related to the development of graduate attributes, student volunteering, and studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme.

 

 If you choose to specialise in International Business in your final year you will study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Comparative Business Cultures MAN-30056

15

Business Strategy MAN-30048

15

Business in Emerging Economies

MAN-30066

15

What’s wrong with entrepreneurship? MAN-30036

15

Managing Diversity (ISP across 2 semesters)1

30

Identity, Culture and Organisation

MAN-30040

15

   

SME Live Project

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900042

15

   

Academic Business English ENL-900053

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 

Managing International Projects MAN-30065

15

Enterprise Business Plan

15

International Business Strategies MAN-300551

15

Contemporary Issues in Management MAN-30047

15

Notes:

(1) Prerequisite Researching Business Management MAN-20096.

 

Students may choose to study elective modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other subjects closely related to International Business
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for Academic Purposes
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Modules related to the development of graduate attributes, student volunteering, and studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az

 








Jack Bourne

Jack Bourne

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

Human Resources Management Graduate, 2015