Human Resource Management

UCAS codes

  • N600 -

Course contact

Kirstine Collins
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

  • BA - 3 Years
  • BA Hons - 4 Years


Start date(s)

  • September
UWS is currently the only Scottish university with Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) approval for an undergraduate programme. You will graduate with an honours degree and a professionally recognised qualification.
  • SQA Highers: BBBC inc English over 1 sitting; ABBCC/BBBCCC inc English over 2 sittings
  • GCE A-Levels: CCC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: BBBC2 inc English
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (4, 4 HL).
  • SQA Advanced Highers:  BBB relevant subjects, + H English 
  • GCE A-Levels: BBB relevant subjects
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Human Resource Management
  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND / Foundation Degree: Human Resource Management

Most organisations know their people are their most important assets. Managing people is at the heart of business and this degree provides you with the skills and knowledge to operate successfully in a professional capacity in Human Resource Management.

The BA (Hons) Human Resource Management covers specialised areas of human resource, general business and management, and employability skills ensuring you have the flexibility to pursue a generalist management or specialist human resource (HR) role.

Year 1

An introduction to the study of HRM to develop an awareness of its contribution to organisations. You will also gain an overview of other key business disciplines and the business environment and begin to develop key employability skills.

Year 2

Your knowledge of HRM is developed through the study of core HR topics including recruitment, retaining people and learning and development. Additional modules such as Accounting and Finance and Business Law ensure your functional specialism of HRM is supported by general management knowledge and skills.

Year 3

Studies include core HRM topics – performance and reward management, employment relations and the role of HRM in organisation development. Entrepreneurial and research skills are developed in addition to your specialist subject.

Year 4 (Honours)

You will undertake an Honours dissertation, allowing in-depth investigation of a key HRM issue. You will also continue to study the core HRM subjects of HR strategy, international HRM and equality and diversity.
Graduates are equipped to pursue careers within an HRM function while the business modules will provide you with the knowledge and skills to begin your career in general management. Recent HRM graduates are now employed in organisations including Ford, Motorola, IBM, Scottish Enterprise, local authorities and the NHS. You may have the opportunity to study abroad while gaining credit towards your degree at one of our 80 educational partner organisations.

CIPDApprovedCentrelogoThe CIPD is the HRM professional body. Students successfully completing the degree programme will be eligible for Associate Membership of the CIPD.

“I had family who had previously studied at UWS and this was a major factor in my decision to study at the University. The course is challenging and interesting and with guest speakers from large corporations, you can relate to how theoretical knowledge can be applied within organisational situations. I feel the lecturers genuinely want their students to excel and will do everything to support us.”
Shaun Callan, Human Resource Management student