With accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), our BA (Hons) Business Management (HRM) gives you an excellent platform for career success. It signals to prospective employers that you’re suited for senior leadership roles and rapid promotion.
Build your professional profile
To give you an excellent start in your HR career, this distinctive course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). If you become a student member of the CIPD during the 2nd and 3rd year of your programme, you will become an associate member of this professional body on successful completion of your course, adding substance and credibility to your CV.
Modern HR professionals also need to match their HR skills and knowledge with strong business acumen, therefore we have also developed our course in close consultation with the premier professional body for managers, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
It is one of the few courses in the country where you’ll graduate with a highly regarded degree as well as the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership. The Diploma is the benchmark qualification for full CMI membership and takes you a step towards Chartered Manager status. There is no need to take extra exams or coursework to achieve the Diploma - our combined module and CMI assessments give you a smooth route to both qualifications.
Chart your future direction in HRM
Because we offer modules aligned to the CIPD standards and HR profession map, you will build up-to-date and relevant skills to help you become an effective HR professional. You’ll learn how to plan and implement HR policies and strategies in the workplace and will explore the contribution of HR in the wider context of talent management, employee engagement and business performance.
Themes covered include the recruitment, management and retention of employees; how employment law can be used to tackle workplace problems; discrimination, equality and diversity; development of effective management and leadership; the role of HR in high performance working; and an exploration of contemporary issues shaping the HR landscape in modern organisations.
Your choice of pathways
Flexibility is one of the most distinctive features of our Business Management suite of degrees. All students study the same modules in the first year to gain insights into the major business disciplines.
After your first year, you can choose to remain on this specialist pathway in Human Resource Management or – if you find your interests have changed – you can easily transfer to one of our other pathways in Marketing, Finance, Enterprise or International Business. Alternatively, you could choose the core Business Management route, drawing on our extensive list of optional modules to develop a broader skillset.
This course is offered as a four-year degree to include a placement year. You can, however, study on a three-year full-time basis, with opportunities for internships in the summer breaks.
Expert mentoring to help you achieve more
CMI accreditation for our course introduces you to a privileged network of contacts. You’ll be one of the first students in the country to have your own CMI mentor to guide you at every stage of your degree.
Your mentor will be a senior business person – either a Chartered Manager or Fellow of the CMI with a wealth of experience. From day one, they will advise and coach you from a business perspective, sharing their career insights and demonstrating how management theory can be applied in the workplace.
Throughout the degree, you will become an affiliate member of the CMI, at no extra cost, with access to networking events, guest lectures, online resources and additional benefits to support your career development and employability.
Practical experience all the way
Business simulations, topical case studies, employer-led projects and business games – all provide practical scenarios in which to test your ideas and hone your problem-solving, decision-making and leadership.
The course culminates in a live consultancy project with an employer, where you will harness your HR, research and project management skills to improve an organisation’s business performance.
Alongside your studies, you’ll work towards an additional qualification: the Futures Award in Business Work Experience. You’ll gain credits for extra-curricular activities which strengthen your development as a business professional.
Responsible business leadership
One of our priorities is to foster a new generation of responsible business leaders with a strong moral compass. Throughout the course, you will therefore look at the role of business in wider society, exploring issues ranging from environmental sustainability to child labour, ethical governance to responsible innovation.
Learn from influential HR professionals
Our extensive links with the business community enhance the practical focus and currency of this degree. You can draw on our contacts with leading employers and professional bodies like the CMI and CIPD to gain inspiration and insight. The Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire CIPD branch stages events at the University where you can make new contacts in a professional forum.
Guest speakers include influential thinkers like our Visiting Professor of Strategic HRM, Dr Linda Holbeche, and our Visiting Professor of Applied HRM, Professor Lynette Harris.
We pride ourselves on our global student community. This course not only attracts students from all over the world to Derby but is also delivered for our educational partners across Europe and Asia. It means your learning will be enriched by truly international perspectives.
To complete the BA (Hons) Business Management (HRM), you’ll study modules such as:
- Understanding People in Organisations
- Business Economics
- Marketing Fundamentals
- Finance and Business Performance
- Understanding the Global Business Environment
- Developing an Enterprising Mindset
You can choose to take an optional internship between stages one and two.
- Principles of Responsible Management
- Managing Performance through People
- People Resourcing and Talent Planning
- Employment Law in the Workplace
- Quantitative Skills for Business
- Applied Operations Management
You can choose to take an optional placement year or an optional internship between stages two and three.
- Developing Leadership and Management
- The Business Consultancy Project (double module)
- Managing Performance
- Contemporary Issues in HR Management
- Global Business and Strategy
We take a ‘scaffolded’ approach to learning, so you’ll have full support in the early stages of your course and can gradually move towards stronger understanding and greater independence.
Through your contact with personal tutors and CMI mentors – as well as your participation in University events – you’ll become more attuned to professional behaviour and will build your skills in critical thinking, creativity and self-reliance before immersing yourself in the wider business community.
The course incorporates formal lectures, sometimes involving guest speakers; tutor-led and student-led seminars; one-to-one and small group tutorials; work experience projects; work-related learning; self-directed study; optional placement and internship opportunities; and video discussions with overseas partner institutions. By stage three, you are expected to be more in charge of your own learning, with module tutors advising and directing your studies.
How you are assessed
You will benefit from an innovative variety of assessment modes. Assessment is mainly via coursework which can take forms such as traditional essays and reports, group project work, research and consultancy projects, presentations, posters, and design of digital materials. There are also in-class tests and computer-based assessments.
Who you'll meet
You will be taught by an experienced and highly qualified team with outstanding contacts in the wider business community.
They include our Programme Leader Sheena Bevitt who is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and has extensive practical experience of HRM gained in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors before pursuing her academic career. Since joining the University of Derby In 2005, she has maintained her professional links and delivered CIPD-approved qualifications at undergraduate and postgraduate level to hundreds of students at the University as well as running a number of workshops and masterclasses for CIPD branches.
Sheena keeps her subject knowledge up to date through a developing active research role. She is currently working on a project looking at the experiences of HR professionals as they transition into new and more senior job roles, which has seen her develop strong relationships with HR departments in two large local employers as well as with successful HR directors from a range of organisations.
When working with students in the classroom, Sheena encourages them to build on a firm foundation of theoretical knowledge with practical activities that simulate how academic knowledge turns into management practice in the workplace. Whether you are negotiating for your share of a salary pot, appraising an employee or designing and running a training and development session, expect to take an active role in her sessions.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DDM
- Access to HE Diploma - 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
Your qualifications will equip you for a rewarding leadership career in any area of business and management, but particularly in the field of HRM.
They will also mark you out as having the potential for rapid promotion to senior positions, someone who can work competently and ethically in global and cross-cultural environments.
Our former students now work in a wide range of companies, from major names in the HR field such as Hays Recruitment and talent management specialists EMBS to public sector organisations such as the NHS and local authorities. Some have gone on to use the skills and entrepreneurial spirit they gained during their degree to set up their own businesses after graduating.
If you’d like to take your studies to the next level, you can also progress to business masters programmes and get a 10% alumni discount on your fees.
† Additional information about your studies
4 with optional placement year
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Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.