Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: Up to 6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

120* (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



Joint Honours

Start date



Derby Campus

What is Joint Honours?

A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.

You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.

Course description

Highly skilled human resource managers are valuable in any organisation. This course enables you to combine HRM with one of many relevant subjects, opening the doors to a wealth of career opportunities. 



If you would like to study a single honours course, why not consider our BA (Hons) Business Management (HRM).

This course will set you on the path to a rewarding career in human resource and people management ­ – or any roles where attracting, selecting, nurturing and retaining the right talent is critical to business success.

A broad foundation of knowledge

You will gain a thorough understanding of the effective management of people. By combining HRM with another subject, you will also be able to broaden your knowledge further still and direct your studies to the professional roles which most excite you.

The first stage of the course offers a grounding in key functional areas of business. You’ll therefore study disciplines such as business economics and marketing alongside HRM. In the second and third stages, you’ll focus on the main facets of HRM policies and practice, placing them within wider contexts such as internationalisation, strategic direction and sustainable business.

You can take HRM Joint Honours as a four-year degree to include a placement year. Or study on a three-year full-time basis, with opportunities for internships in the summer breaks.  

Build your practical experience

Real world learning is a hallmark of our approach. Throughout the course, you will take part in work-related projects and practical scenarios to give you fresh perspectives on what it is like to work in the profession.

Employers are closely involved in delivering this course, so you’ll hear from some of the stars of local industry on how strong and effective HRM has influenced their own business success stories. We also introduce you to relevant case studies provided by real organisations so that you are kept up to date with the most pressing issues facing the profession today.

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 professional development, including consultancy projects, volunteering, fundraising and networking.

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Become part of the business community

We have strong links with employers across the spectrum, from SMEs to major multinational firms, local authorities to charitable organisations. These valuable networks will help you to raise your professional profile and enhance your career prospects.

There is the chance to attend guest lectures, business conferences, recruitment fairs and major networking events. You can also make the most of our partnership with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) to gain inspiration and insight. The Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire CIPD branch stages regular events at the University where you can make new contacts in a professional forum.

Joint Honours subject combinations

Because Joint Honours gives you the flexibility to cover two subjects in one degree, you will be able to demonstrate to potential employers that you are versatile and adaptable, with strong organisational skills and the capacity to work to deadlines.

You can study HRM as a major, joint or minor pathway. This means you can select the number of HRM modules you want to take in your degree, and find the ideal study balance with a complementary subject. Find out what you can combine this subject with.

What you will study

You can study Human Resource Management as either a joint, major or minor subject. This will determine how many modules you’ll study at each stage. Please check your other subject to ensure it is possible to create your chosen combination.


Modules include:

  • Understanding People in Organisations
  • Marketing Fundamentals in Business
  • Business Economics
  • People Resourcing and Talent Planning
  • Employee Development
  • Quantitative Skills for Business
  • Employment Law in the Workplace
  • Applied Operations Management

You can choose to take an optional placement year or an optional internship between stages two and three.

  • Independent Studies
  • Comparative International HRM
  • Managing the Evolving Employment Relationship
  • Global and Strategic Issues
  • Managing Performance
  • Developing Leadership and Management

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

You will learn through a vibrant mix of lecture formats, expert speakers, group work and discussions, workshops, interaction with real businesses, case study analysis and computer lab work.

All modules involve the discussion and application of underlying concepts and you are expected to present your ideas in a variety of formats. As you advance in your studies, you’ll harness a broad range of tools and techniques to analyse and interpret information. In stages two and three, there is an increasing emphasis on independent learning, with more student-led seminars and self-directed learning.

How you are assessed

You will benefit from a broad variety of assessment modes so that you develop the full range of transferable skills that are needed in professional life. These include coursework, exams, tests, oral presentations, research projects and both individual and group management reports. 

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 Subject Lead Dave Lees who specialises in teaching leadership and management, coaching, strategic HRM and managing change. He also has a keen interest in performance management, cross-cultural and international management, and employability modules. His key interests lie in professional and ethical coaching and his current research spans various leadership and management themes. He has published on the provision of quality electronically mediated feedback for higher education students and has presented conference papers on online coaching and leadership and power.

A former manager in the pharmaceutical industry, Dave has also run his own coaching business and business consultancy specialising in the development and growth of SMEs.  Bringing a wealth of practical experience to his teaching, he is an Academic Member of the CIPD, a Member of the Association for Coaching and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  He is committed to combining theory and practicality to provide an excellent learning experience for students.

Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120* (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

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.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*

£1,155 per module*


£14,045 per year


* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Studying Human Resource Management as a Joint Honours subject prepares you for a range of graduate careers in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. It is anticipated that there will be an increasing demand for high-calibre, forward-thinking business and HRM managers over the next ten years. So, with further professional development, you could advance swiftly to senior roles.

To support your employability, we work closely with the University’s Careers and Employment Service to deliver informative sessions which focus on issues such as career planning, building networks, CV development and interview techniques.

Our graduates have gone on to work with leading companies operating in the HR field such as Hays Recruitment and talent management specialists EMBS.  They have also taken up roles with international companies, SMEs and local authorities.

If you would like to take your studies to the next level, this course is an excellent platform for progression to programmes such as our Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and our MSc International Business and HRM. You can even benefit from a 10% alumni discount on your fees.

Contact us

Course: Dave Lees (Programme Leader) +44 (0)1332 591679

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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† Additional information about your studies

4 years with optional placement year

Up to 6 years part time

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

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.

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