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Management and the Human Resource BA (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    This industry-accredited degree offers you a detailed study in strategic business management with a specialist focus in human resource management (HRM). It’s perfect if you’re looking for a semi-vocational degree which allows you to work towards a professional qualification while gaining wider skills and knowledge in the other key business functions.

    Throughout the course you’ll gain a thorough knowledge of key topics in management and HRM, such as organisational behaviour, industrial relations, management decision-making and the economic environment for businesses.

    You’ll have the opportunity to select further specialist modules covering a wide range of topics from strategic management to gender and equality or diversity management. Or you could explore other areas of business through modules that reflect all the subject areas studied and researched within the Business School, including industrial economics, marketing, and or financial accounting.


    We are proud to be one of only a small number of universities to hold professional accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), meaning you will be eligible for Associate membership of the CIPD once you have completed your degree. See Additional costs below for details of CIPD membership fees.

  • Course content

    Our degrees have a modular structure. This means that compulsory modules provide you with the core knowledge and skills that you need, while optional and discovery modules allow you to shape your course to suit your personal interests and career aspirations.

    Compulsory modules in your first year will give you the broad foundation you need to study management at this level, and specifically HRM. You’ll gain an understanding of basic accounting practices and economic principles, as well as organisational behaviour and the environment in which contemporary businesses operate. In addition, you’ll learn about the theory and practice of setting up a business of your own and examine the relationships between business and societies.

    You’ll build on this in Year 2, where you’ll examine how the theories of organisational behaviour relate to real-world situations and learn more about the research and analytical methods used in HRM research. At the same time, you’ll study industrial relations and labour economics, as well as business topics such as decision-making, the legal environment for businesses, corporate social responsibility and marketing. An optional module will allow you to focus on a topic such as usage of information or supply chain management.

    When you reach your final year, you’ll develop your management skills with compulsory modules in strategic management and leadership as well as gaining a firm grasp of employment law. You could explore topics such as managing innovation or take the Contemporary Management Consulting module, which gives you the opportunity to register with the Chartered Management Institute. If you successfully complete the module after this, you’ll gain the CMI Level 5 Certificate in Professional Consulting.

    The course culminates with your dissertation, an independently researched project that you submit in your final year, allowing you to apply your research and analysis skills to a topic of your choice.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Leadership in Business 10 credits
    • Personal Tutorials for HRM 10 credits
    • Economic Institutions (Labour) 10 credits
    • Accounting for Managers 10 credits
    • Economic Institutions (Industry) 10 credits
    • Business and Society (Combined) 20 credits
    • Organisational Behaviour 20 credits
    • Starting Your Own Business 10 credits
    • Economics for Management 20 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Contemporary Industrial Relations 10 credits
    • Principles of Marketing 10 credits
    • Labour Economics 10 credits
    • How Managers Make Decisions 10 credits
    • Business and the Legal Environment 20 credits
    • HRM Research Practice and personal tutorials 20 credits
    • Organisational Behaviour in Practice 10 credits
    • Corporate Social Responsibility 10 credits

    Optional modules

    • Management, Work and Organisations 10 credits
    • Managing in the Digital Workplace 10 credits
    • Operations and Supply Chain Management 10 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Strategic Management 20 credits
    • Human Resource Management Dissertation 40 credits
    • Strategic Human Resource Management 20 credits
    • Employment Law 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Digital Information at Work 10 credits
    • Contemporary Management Consulting 20 credits
    • Applied Management Decision Making 10 credits
    • Current Issues in Decision Making 20 credits
    • Leadership in Organisations 10 credits
    • Managing Innovation and Technology 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Management and the Human Resource BA in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    You’ll be taught using a range of methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops. The rest of your time will be spent in independent learning, which allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis. Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.

    You’ll also benefit from dedicated academic counselling from your Head of Year, a lecturer in your subject area who will meet you individually suring the year and act as a personal tutor.


    We use a variety of assessment methods to help you develop a range of transferable skills that you’ll need in professional life, These are likely to include coursework, exams, oral presentations, group reports and dissertations.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAB

    GCSE: Mathematics grade B/6 and English Language grade B/6 or equivalent, or an appropriate English language qualification.

    • Access to HE Diploma

      We consider the Access to Higher Education Diploma to be suitable for mature UK/EU applicants (21+) who have been out of full-time education and have had no previous access to higher education. Applicants must complete a Business-related diploma of 60 credits with 45 credits at level 3. At least 30 level 3 credits must be at Distinction and 15 at Merit. All applicants taking this qualification will be interviewed.

    • BTEC

      We will consider BTEC qualifications alongside academic A-levels. Read more about our BTEC entry requirements.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3,M1,M1, excluding the Cambridge Pre-U certificate in Global Perspectives and Independent Research.

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 overall (17 higher), including 5 in Mathematics at studies, standard or higher level and English at standard or higher level. For those candidates who meet our Mathematics and English requirements through another qualification, 5 points will not be required within the IB Diploma. We are unable to accept Literature and Performance in place of English.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      AAAABB. Mathematics and English Language will be accepted at ordinary level on a grade for grade basis.

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      AAAABB (taken across Levels 5 and 6) OR AABBB (A at advanced level) OR AABBB (AB at advanced level) OR AAB at advanced level. Intermediate 2 / National 5 Mathematics and English are acceptable in lieu of GCSE requirements on a grade for grade basis.

    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications for this course.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.


    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

    Foundation year

    If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

    University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY)

    Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK)

    Study Group Leeds International Study Centre (LISC)

    If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    The deadline for international students to apply to Leeds University Business School courses is 30 June.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    Leeds University Business School Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £18,500 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    An additional fee is payable to fulfil CIPD accreditation. Whilst studying the course you will have the option to join as a Student Member and once you have graduated you will be eligible for Associate Membership. CIPD membership is optional and you are not required to join in order to complete the course. Please visit the CIPD website for the most up-to-date fee information.

    All students who choose to take the final year optional module Contemporary Management Consulting will have the opportunity to register with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). For 2017/18 academic year the fee is £189, but may change for future years. By paying this fee you will be registered with the CMI and if you successfully complete the module you will receive the CMI Level 5 Certificate in Professional Consulting.

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    This degree is semi-vocational, as our CIPD accreditation ensures it prepares individuals for a career in human resource management, and other management roles that demand an understanding of the human element of business. Because you’ll be eligible for Associate Membership of the CIPD, you’ll be able to use the designation Assoc CIPD to demonstrate this to employers.

    Over the last few years graduates from our Human Resource Management and broader Management degrees have gone into jobs such as a Human Resources Manager, Business Development Manager, Recruitment Consultant, Information Technology Risk Consultant, Sales Executive, and Marketing Assistant.

    Find out more about Careers and Employability in Leeds University Business School

    Careers support

    You will be supported throughout your studies by a dedicated employability team in the Business School who will help you develop and demonstrate the professional skills and experience that top employers are looking for through one-to-one support, workshops and lectures from employers such as L’Oréal and Unilever.

    The team also works with a large network of experienced professionals from companies such as HSBC, M&S and KPMG, who take part in our innovative Nurturing Talent Mentor Scheme. With around 170 places available, this scheme offers Business School students the chance to receive free one-to-one advice and mentoring for a year during their studies.

    In addition, Leeds University Business School students also have full access to the University Careers Centre and Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Studies. Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Study abroad

    On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.

    Read more about Study Year Abroad

    Year in Industry

    Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to spend a year on placement with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors, in the UK or overseas.

    Read more about the Year in Industry

    Year in Enterprise

    EU students with a viable business plan have the opportunity to apply for a year in enterprise as part of this course. During this year you will start your own business with support from the University including advice, office space and living costs allowance.

    Read more about the Year in Enterprise

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