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

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.

The BA Human Resource Management provides you with the skills and knowledge to operate successfully in a professional capacity in human resource management (HRM).

BA Human Resource Management - University of the West of Scotland

SQA Highers: BBBC including English
GCE A-Levels: CCC
Irish Leaving Certificate: HL: H3 H3 H3 H4 including English
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (including 4, 4 at HL)

SQA Advanced Highers: BBB in relevant subjects, plus HG English

GCE A-Levels: BBB in 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 that 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 (HRM).

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

Year 1

You are introduced 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

Your 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.

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

You are required to join the CIPD as a Student Member at the start of your qualification. This ensures you receive access to CIPD resources and support throughout your study. It also ensures your CIPD qualification is recognised towards Associate Professional Membership of the CIPD.

Further information can be found at:


“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

Useful Information

  • 96% student satisfaction (NSS 2015)

    94% of students in work/further study six months after graduating (HESA performance indicator 2014/15)


    Additional costs

    The cost of joining the CIPD as a student member is £130.  This comprises £40 for admission and a £90 subscription.