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Become a human resource management professional with our BA Business & Human Resource Management programme.

Underpinned by contemporary academic theory, the BA Business & Human Resource Management programme will equip you with the practical skills and critical thinking required to make a positive impact in this professional area or to continue on to postgraduate study.

This programme covers a variety of key human resource management topics, including:

  • Talent management
  • Critical employment relations
  • Managing performance and reward
  • Human resource strategy
  • Human resource management research design
  • Equality and diversity
  • International human resource management
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Our Programme Leaders have recorded Zoom sessions to help you discover all there is to know about our courses. From professional accreditation to programme modules and career opportunities, our Programme Leaders will help answer all your questions. You can find them on our YouTube Channel or by clicking the link below. 

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  • UWS was the first Scottish university to offer an undergraduate human resource programme accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) – which ensures that the educational experience we provide meets the highest professional standards.
  • On successful completion of the Honours programme, you’ll obtain a Level 5 (Intermediate) qualification from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).


The BA(Hons) Business & HRM programme aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop requisite knowledge, critical thinking and professional skills. Underpinned by academic theory, the programme will prepare graduates for the workplace, ready to start their careers as HRM professionals or enter postgraduate studies.

The curriculum covers key HRM areas, including; Talent Management, Critical Employment Relations, Managing Performance and Reward, Human Resource Strategy, HRM Research Design, Equality and Diversity and International HRM – and much more.

what our students say

“I feel that most lecturers and tutors are very approachable and are willing to help whenever needed.”

“Getting the CIPD qualification is great when studying HR.”

“Opportunity to work with and meet other individuals.”

(NSS 2019 — Overall Student Satisfaction)

We work towards creating a supportive community within the HRM programme. The HRM society connects, supports, engages and entertains students, as a ‘Society for HRM students, by HRM students’.

Study Abroad

UWS has an extensive number of partner institutions around the world which offer our students the opportunity to study abroad. During the first term of year 3, students are encouraged to explore abroad study and gain international insight and knowledge into different cultures and practices. Restrictions and limitations apply.

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of all UWS graduates in work and/or further study 6 months after graduating

Daniel - BA (Hons) Business with HRM student


Work experience opportunities help our students gain important skills which are transferable to future careers. UWS pro-actively helps students obtain internships, placements, work experience or part-time work through strong industry and alumni connections.

The dedicated HRM Alumni Network continues to work with UWS to help create opportunities for students, including work-placements, guest lecturers and networking events.

As part of the programme, students have the opportunity to be awarded with 20 credits for HRM-related work experience (with successful completion of the Professional Development Experience module), undertaken during 2nd and/or 3rd year.


UWS prides itself on being a Widening Access & Participation University, offering educational opportunities to people from all backgrounds. This is also reflected in the invested level of support our students receive, particularly through our personal tutoring approach:

  • Providing academic, pastoral and developmental support and guidance for everyone.
  • Advice and guidance available for students on study skills, employment and overcoming personal issues outside of UWS, including mental health and welfare support.

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

Scottish, UK, EU and international students are all considered on an individual basis. A range of factors are considered when assessing applications, and alternative combinations of qualifications and experience are accepted.

Check the Undergraduate Entry Requirements page for more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Accelerated Entry

As a Widening Access & Participation University, we can offer students accelerated entry. This can give students the opportunity to enter into second or third year, depending on qualifications. Due to the professional accreditation of the programme, direct fourth year entry is unavailable.

Year 1

  • Scottish Highers: BBBC (102 UCAS Tariff points) including English, plus Maths at SQA National 5 (Grade C, or above), SQA Intermediate 2 (Grade C, or above), SQA Standard Grade (Credit)
  • A levels: CCC (96 UCAS Tariff points) plus GCSE English Language and Maths (Grade C, or above)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H4, including English, plus OL Maths 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (4 at HL)
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP): Access to Humanities BBB

Other international qualification may be accepted, if equivalent to Scottish Highers / British A-levels.

Year 2

  • Scottish Advanced Highers: BBB (144 UCAS Tariff points), including English
  • A levels: BBB (120 UCAS Tariff points), including English and Maths
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Degree: 28 points
  • SQA HNC: Human Resource Management
  • SQA HNC: Business - applicants who possess all of the following units will be considered for Year 2 entry; if not, then you will be considered for Year 1 entry: HRM: An Introduction / HRM Core Activities / Managing People and Organisations

Other international qualification may be accepted, if equivalent to HNC with relevant HRM knowledge.

Year 3

  • SQA HND: Human Resource Management
  • SQA HND: Business - applicants who possess all of the following units will be considered for Year 3 entry; if not, then you will be considered for Year 2 entry: HRM: An Introduction / HRM Core Activities / Managing People and Organisations / Business Culture and Strategy / Behavioural Skills for Business
  • Other international qualification may be accepted, if equivalent to HND with relevant HRM knowledge

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)


IELTS Score Exceptions (Research degrees, Nursing & Midwifery degrees with NMC registration, Certificate of Higher Education, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS or Occupational English Test (OET)*.

For such courses, the IELTS score is as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • score of at least 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking and no less than 6.5 in writing

* Note that the Occupational English Test (OET) will now be accepted in addition to IELTS as proof of a Nurse's English Language Competence (Nursing & Midwifery Council, 2019). 

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5



TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.


West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.


Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

    • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
    • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
    • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Find out more about our English lanaguage Courses.

Course details

A well-developed understanding of how to manage and develop people is an internationally-tradable commodity. Business leaders rely on human resources to help make informed decisions that contribute to the future success of organisations.

With the BA Business & Human Resource Management, you will gain a mix of specialist and transferable skills essential for a career in business and HRM. A variety of teaching and learning approaches are used, including lectures, tutorials and workshops, all of which are focused on the practical aspects of business and human resources.

High quality and experienced teaching staff, supported by industry guest speakers, will deepen your understanding of business and HRM. Tutors will help you to navigate the range of career options and professional accreditations that will be available to you upon completion of the programme.

Year 1

Develop a broad understanding of human resource management (HRM) and its importance within successful organisations. You will gain overviews of key business disciplines and the business environment; as well as developing employability skills essential to launching your career.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Introducing People Management: Foundational understanding of key areas within HRM;
  • HRM in Business Context: The role of HRM in organisations;
  • General Business Modules: Including areas such as accounting, marketing and economics.

Year 2

Further develop your knowledge and understanding of HRM by studying various HRM-based core modules. Optional business modules will help you develop an understanding of management knowledge and skills.

Year 2 modules include:

  • Talent Management: Key approaches to learning, development & training;
  • Facilitation Skills: Skills development for leading meetings and workshops;
  • HR Professional Practice: Focus on professional skills development in HRM;
  • HR Service Delivery: HR contributions to organisations.

Year 3

Discover and learn the critical role of employment relations and the strategic part HRM plays within organisations, as well as performance and reward management. Fundamental research skills will be developed in preparation for year 4 and professional practice.

Year 3 modules include:

  • Performance & Reward: Approaches to managing performance and rewarding staff;
  • HRM Research Design: Key skills in developing and conducting research;
  • Employment Relations: Explore the relationship between staff and the organisation.

Year 4

The final year of study includes completing a research dissertation on a topic of your choice, as well as various HRM-related subjects.

Year 4 modules include:

  • Equality & Diversity: Understanding equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace;
  • The HR Function: Advanced understanding of HRM’s contribution to organisations;
  • HR Strategy: Understanding the strategic role of HR in organisations;
  • International HRM: Understanding the national and international context of HRM.

Learning a language (Optional)

The BA(Hons) Business & HRM also gives you the flexibility to choose a language module which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from beginner to fluent speaker level.

Teaching & Assessment

Teaching is conducted through traditional lectures and small-group workshops and tutorials.

As part of the programme, you will have the opportunity to participate in group projects and independent learning. Both styles of learning will help develop your transferable skills in areas such as research, presenting, communication and team working.

The programme’s modules utilise a variety of assessment methods and tools, including:

  • Written coursework
  • Presentations and facilitation assessments
  • Written examinations and multiple-choice tests
  • Role-play assessments and poster presentation.

Course Structure

The BA (Hons) Business & HRM programme is designed around the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF), with a focus on developing valuable graduate attributes to ensure our students are industry-ready on completion of the degree.

Please visit our ‘Programme Specifications and Module Descriptors (PSMD)’ page for more information on the aims and structure of the programme, and the teaching modules, assessments and course information.

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Career Prospects


Upon completion of the programme, our graduates are equipped with the professional knowledge, skills and understanding to pursue careers within human resources. The business modules arm our graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to explore careers in general organisation management.

Recent Business & Human resource management graduates are employed across the public, private and third sector in industries such as recruitment, NHS, BP, IKEA and local authority.


UWS offers various postgraduate qualifications which can help graduates further develop their knowledge and understanding of business and HRM. MSc HRM & Pathways, MSc International Management, and Master of Business Administration (MBA) are only a few of the options available to graduates of the BA(Hons) Business & HRM programme.

Graduates looking to pursue research or education may wish to consider an academic career and apply for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree.

Undergraduate Tuition Fees

Undergraduate fees for this course 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£1,820 cost per year of study (paid by the Scottish Government via SAAS*)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750

International (Non-EU)

£13,000 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

2021/22 Undergraduate Tuition Fees - Full-time


£1,820 Cost of study per year (paid by the Scottish Government via SAAS)

Rest of UK (English, Northern Irish, Welsh)

£9,250 Cost of study per year (for four years but you will not pay more than £27,750)

Republic of Ireland

£9,250 Cost of study per year (for four years but you will not pay more than £27,750)

International (including EU)

£13,325 Cost per year of study

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Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career. 

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Undergraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs - Updated October 2020

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials and textbooks, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Note: The library will hold some copies of the textbooks but not enough for every student. Students can purchase second hand copies when possible or use older versions if advised by the module cordinator. Students can also sell their copies after the course. This helps manage the cost.

Year 4

Dissertaton / Thesis (Mandatory)
Two copies of the 4th year dissertation must be printed, bound and submitted and this can cost from between £15-25 depending upon the content.

Institute Membership (Optional) 
In order to obtain the CIPD qualification and membership upon successful completion of the BA(Hons) Business & HRM, students are required to join the CIPD as Student Members. This occurs additional cost of £40 (one-off) Joining Fee and an annual member ship fee of £98 (as of April 2020). For more information, please visit the becoming a member section of the CIPD website.

Tuition Fees* & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as an undergraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

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Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

How to apply

Full-time (domestic & EU/EEA)

All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, should apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service)

The on-time application deadline for 2021/22 entry is 29 January 2021, 18:00 (UK time). For some courses it may still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining. The final deadline for late applications via UCAS is 30 June 2021, 18:00 (UK time). Beyond this deadline, you may be able to apply via ‘UCAS Clearing’ if the course you are interested in has remaining places.

Please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide for domestic & EU/EEA to find more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS.

Apply on UCAS

Full-time (non-EU/non-EEA), Part-time & Online (all students), Erasmus & International Exchange

Students from non-EU/non-EEA countries can apply directly to UWS via our dedicated online application system. The latest we can process your application is 6 weeks before the course start date to allow for visa processing times. For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our International Undergraduate Application Guide.

For part-time & online study, you should apply directly to the University through our online application system, not through UCAS. Please select the part-time mode of study when submitting your application. Before you begin your application, it is important to read the part-time application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.

To come to UWS as a visiting student on a study abroad or exchange programme, you must apply entirely through our online system.


An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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