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Become a Human Resource Management professional

A well-developed understanding of how to recruit, retain, manage, develop and inspire people is crucial to every organisation’s success - and the BA Human Resource Management degree can set you up for a great career.

The BA Human Resource Management course has been developed in partnership with employers to provide the mix of practical skills, knowledge and understanding of theory that will help you meet the challenges of a stimulating and rewarding career in HR.  

The School of Business & Enterprise has a team of knowledgeable, experienced and enthusiastic staff that provides a supportive learning environment and a flexible approach to study.

Our degree is the only Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) accredited degree in HRM currently on offer in Scotland. Upon graduation you will be eligible for Associate Membership of the CIPD, saving you time and money.


Placement Opportunities

In year 2 students will undertake an in-depth research project into a HRM problem. This can be completed at UWS or with a local employer. As part of the research project you will collect and analyse data, and present your present findings, conclusions and recommendations.

This is an excellent opportunity for you to begin building a relationship with an employer which will help to improve your job prospects upon graduation.

Study Abroad

Broaden your horizons, learn a new language and prepare for the best international opportunities available with study abroad at UWS.

The School of Business & Enterprise

The School of Business & Enterpriseat UWS offers professionally focused courses, providing students with sought-after skillsets to succeed in commerce and industry.

We place a high value on promoting entrepreneurship, partnering with the Princes Trust to support our students to become self-employed or to set up their own business.


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

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Year 3

  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Human Resource Management including the following modules: Managing People & Organisations, Behavioral Skills for Business, Business Culture & Strategy and HRM Core Activities/HRM: An Introduction

If you do not have all the modules listed above you may be able to enter Year 2 of our BA (Hons) Business & Human Resource Management course.

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


IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, 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 score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

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


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).

Course details

The BA Human Resource Management is designed to equip you with industry-relevant knowledge, skills and experience needed for a successful career in HR. The course offers a comprehensive understanding of human resources and includes options in business management, strategy and law to broaden your knowledge of the types of operational issues you are likely to encounter as an HR professional.

Year 3

In year 3 you will study core HRM topics including performance and reward management, employment relations, and the role of HRM in organisation development.  You will also study entrepreneurship and develop the research skills you’ll need for your Honours year. 

Learning and teaching: 

  • Scheduled learning: 33% 
  • Independent study: 67%  



  • Written: 15% 
  • Coursework: 67% 
  • Practical: 18% 

Year 4

In year 4 you will study HR strategy, international HRM and equality and diversity.  You will also complete a dissertation on a HRM  topic of your choice 

Learning and teaching: 

  • Scheduled learning: 22% 
  • Independent study: 78% 



  • Written: 6% 
  • Coursework: 72% 
  • Practical: 22%

Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops. 

There will also be group work and independent learning to ensure you develop transferable skills such as research, presentation, communication and working as part of a team. 

Our HRM degree is mainly assessed using a variety of assessment methods including:


  • Written examinations 
  • Coursework 
  • Practical assessment

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

Career prospects


The UWS BA (Hons) Human Resource Management degree has been developed in partnership with some of the UK’s top employers and is designed to equip you with the skills you’ll need for a successful career in HR. Recent HRM graduates are employed in a range of organisations including Ford, Motorola, IBM, Scottish Enterprise, local authorities and the NHS. 

Further study

Upon graduation you will have the option to further your studies in a number of postgraduate courses at UWS and at other universities. You can also pursue advanced HRM qualifications accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. 

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, BA (Hons) Human Resource Management

Undergraduate Tuition Fees 2017/2018

Scottish campuses non-lab-based 2017/18

Scottish & EU

£1,820 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 per year of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£9,250 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£12,300 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

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

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, 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.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

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.

Find our more.

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.


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

UCAS codes for UWS

  • Institution name: UWS
  • Institution code: U40


If you are applying from a non-EU/EEA country for entry to one of our Bachelor’s degree courses in September, and have not applied already via UCAS, or have not applied to another UK university, then you may apply via our dedicated online application system.

For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide.

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


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Course Leader

Kirstine Collins

Business & Enterprise


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