Human Resource Management and Psychology 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Human Resource Management and Psychology.

Combined Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: CN86

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Course Overview

The Human Resource Management and Psychology course offers a superb critical insight into the multi-faceted relationship between the worker and the organisation by building a detailed understanding of the reasons why humans feel, think and act in the ways they do. Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) for the Human Resource Management element and the British Psychological Society for its psychology modules, this course is an excellent intellectual platform for a number of people-focused careers in management.

In the Human Resource Management modules, you will 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 economic and political context, how they are managed and how they plan their future needs.

In the Psychology modules, you will find out what the latest research tells us about human behaviour in a biological and cognitive framework. In our well-equipped laboratories, you will learn how to design and conduct your own psychological studies using a range of quantitative and qualitative techniques. The emphasis is on understanding how psychology impacts on everyday life; from developing a sense of self and negotiating personal relationships to influencing judgements about matters of global significance.

What will this mean for my future?

Accredited by both the British Psychological Society and the CIPD, this course can be a stepping stone to further develop into either of these spheres or give you the grounding for a wide range of careers relating to them. You may choose a career in training and development, equality and diversity or recruitment, or as a clinical counsellor, occupational therapist or sports psychologist.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Individuals and Society
  • Management in context
  • Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • British and Global Economy
  • Introduction to Applied Psychology
  • Foundations of HRM
  • The British and Global Economy

Second year

  • Development and Social Psychology
  • Employee Resourcing
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Developing Professional Knowledge and Practice in HRM
  • Social Psychology in the Modern World
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Employment Relations

Third year

  • Pay and Performance
  • Psychology Project
  • Researching Contemporary Issues in HRM
  • Key Readings in Cognitive Psychology Discrimination & Equal Opportunities at Work
  • International HRM
  • Individual Differences and Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology


Jack Bourne

Jack Bourne

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

Human Resources Management Graduate, 2015