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Human Resource Management BSc | Brunel Business School

Course code


N131 with placement

Start date


Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time

4 years full-time with placement



UK £9,250

International £17,875

Entry requirements

BBB (A-level)


30 (IB)

2021/22 changes

Click here to read about how your course will be delivered and supported from September 2021.

This course is closed for 2021 entry.

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The Human Resource Management degree will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of current theory and practice relating to employment relations and Human Resource Management (HRM).

You will learn to combine theory and practice to perform effectively and responsibly as an HRM practitioner, understanding the purpose and key objectives of the HRM function in contemporary organisations. The course will further equip you to implement sustainable HRM strategies and practices that raise levels of employee recruitment, training, talent development, engagement, wellbeing and performance in a specific organisational context.

You will further learn of the complexities of employment regulation and the way it informs practice to ensure staff are treated ethically when they are at work, as well as how to promote equal opportunities and manage workplace diversity and inclusion. For a career in HRM you will also develop competencies in analysing key contemporary global labour market trends and their significance for workforce planning in both domestic and international organisational contexts

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Course content

This course can be studied 3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with placement, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.

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Careers and your future

A human resource management degree has versatile qualification that is applicable to most organisations in every sector.

Primarily focused on hiring, training, development and general people skills, an HRM degree will equip you with many other sought after and transferable skills including in communication, people management, research and analysis, organisational management and problem solving. Recognising that you can enhance your career prospects in human resource management by gaining work experience in positions that involve working with people in organisations, Brunel offer the opportunity of an optional work placement year.

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

  • Human resources officer
  • Office manager
  • Training and development officer

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

  • Careers adviser
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Life coach
  • Management consultant
  • Mediator
  • Operational researcher
  • Recruitment consultant
  • Risk manager
  • Trade union research officer

Employers of human resource management graduates come from a wide range of industries, as every major organisation has a Human Resources department. Employment opportunities can be found in healthcare, banking and finance, education, local authorities, leisure and tourism, manufacturing, media and consultancy firms among others.

The BSc HRM programme is currently under the process of seeking CIPD accreditation from 2021-22 academic year. The CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) is the world’s largest Chartered HR development professional body. As an internationally recognised brand with over 135,000 members across 120 countries, the CIPD supports and develops individuals responsible for the management and development of people within organisations. CIPD membership will provide you with the resources and networking opportunities to develop your knowledge and progress your career.

For inquires on how to apply for membership please contact CBASS TPO. Alternatively you can contact CIPD here.

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UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBB.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM in Business or Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DM in Business, Enterprise & Entrepreneurship or Personal & Business Finance with an A-level at grade B (other subjects may be considered on a case by case basis).
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D with A-levels grade BC.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 with Maths Standard Level 5 or Higher Level 4. GCSE English equivalent SL 5 or HL 4 and Mathematics SL 4 or HL 4.
  • Obtain a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma in  Business, Business and Management or Business and Law with 45 credits at Level 3.

A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 and GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4 or GCSE English Literature grade B or grade 5.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 63% (min 58% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 90 (min 20 in all) 

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2021/22 entry


£9,250 full-time

£6,935 part-time

£1,385 placement year


£17,875 full-time

£13,405 part-time

£1,385 placement year

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

Modules typically combine weekly lectures supported by a series of small group seminars, whilst some provide workshops and/or a tutorial component.  Some modules make use of two-hour participatory lecture sessions, in which learning is facilitated through an appropriate range and mix of learning opportunities that include lectures, group work, individual work, case study and break-out sessions.  Large class sizes in core modules require modern, audio-visual teaching aids and electronic delivery of teaching materials.  Thus, students learn quickly how to access on-line materials provided and how to make the best use of databases and search engines.

Seminars provide small-group contact with opportunities to review, discuss and debate topics.  They frequently require students to make informal presentations to the peer group and the tutor, individually or as part of a team.

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Assessment and feedback

Forms of assessment are geared to evaluate individual capabilities in relation to each module’s aims and contents. Assessment of knowledge comprises formal examinations, written coursework assignments such as individual essays, reports and case study analyses, group reports, presentations and the final year Project.

Assessments are designed to appraise individual capabilities fairly and consistently.  We use clear, descriptive assessment guidelines (made available to students) to grade coursework and examinations and to aid classification.  Lecturers communicate their expectations clearly to students and use explicit schema to facilitate consistency of marking within and between modules and to ensure good feedback on individual performance.  All examinations and coursework assessments that contribute to degree classifications are subject to scrutiny by External Examiners.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.