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

Y002

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

Joint Honours

Start date

September

Location

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

Module availability and the number of modules you are required to take will depend on whether you choose this subject as a major, joint or minor.

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Code: 4AG500

Finance and Business Performance

This module will assume no prior accounting knowledge. You will learn how to prepare accounts for small businesses and then apply that knowledge to larger organisations.

Numbers by themselves can be misleading and you will progress to examining accounting statements to assess just how well a business is performing. Managers cannot improve the performance of a business unless they make correct interpretations of situations and learn how to diagnose problems.

Business costs will be identified and analysed to aid decision making relating to the control and viability of projects. Sources of finance will be identified and discussed. This basic financial knowledge is essential to anyone wishing to pursue a career in business, whether on a self-employed basis or in a larger corporation.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 4EC501

Introductory Microeconomics

This module explores how markets work and how firms develop pricing strategies from an economic perspective. All students of business and management need to consider the external market context in which business and management decisions are made.

This module develops your understanding of economic information found in news reports and economic and marketing reports and develops your ability and confidence to create your own independent analysis. Take a look at the BBC website and see how much of the business news is about markets and economics. This type of information and analysis affects business decisions and business strategy. Economics is also a model-based discipline which will help you to develop more rigorous analytical skills required in levels 5 and 6. It also provides the disciplinary context on which many other subjects draw at these levels, including strategic management, management operations, enterprise, marketing and finance.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 4EC508

Business Economics

Economics is all around us, present in almost every aspect of our lives. Knowledge of economics will therefore provide you with an essential insight in to how markets work and how firms and consumers make decisions in market economies.

Knowledge of economics is important to businesses as it helps them identify opportunities and potential threats they may face in the environment they operate. Therefore, this module aims to develop your understanding of the core principles of micro and macro-economics.

You will use economic models, theories and ideas to investigate current economic issues. The module will help you develop your understanding of economic information and will enable you to develop your ability and confidence to create your own independent thoughts around current economic issues.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 4HR503

Understanding People in Organisations

This module introduces organisational behaviour (OB) theory and research to help you gain an understanding of the range of individual, group and organisational factors which can influence the way that employees behave in the workplace.

You will practice applying the theory to case study organisations to explore how it can be used as an analytical tool to gain a clearer understanding of the complex causes of workplace behaviour in order to develop effective management interventions.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 4LO500

Managing Performance in Operations

As you are aware, the modern organisation cannot stand still. Performance needs to be constantly evaluated and improved, against the standards expected in a changing marketplace. The modern business environment is highly volatile and intensely competitive, and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.

You are certain to be involved in some aspect of operations management as you enter the workplace – and therefore you will find this module very useful in helping you to excel in whatever career you choose to follow in the future.

As you explore the role of the operations function in an organisation; you will start to appreciate how organisations actually source, produce and deliver goods and services to demanding customers, and now this becomes a key contributor to superior performance and customer satisfaction.

The module provides you with a framework, to understand the crucial role of operations to business success. You will be able to demonstrate skill and understanding of the systems and processes whereby, people, capital, materials, equipment, knowledge, technology, information and time are combined to produce superior goods and services.

You will get an overview of the key areas of operations management, particularly in maintaining and improving the quality of goods and services and making sure that this is also reflected in the organisations performance.

For those of you who are students on BA Business Management, this module contributes to achieving your CMI Level 5 Diploma under the dual accreditation arrangement.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 4MK510

Business Acumen and Entrepreneurship

Understanding the way in which a business works and all the elements that lead to its success are the basis for this module. Whatever your ultimate role in Marketing management, the wider creative industries or as a self-styled entrepreneur, an understanding of fundamental business principles will enable you to devise and execute realistic, successful campaigns.

The module provides the opportunity to develop a new business concept from the inception of a company through to the launch of a new product/service idea which requires external investors to take it to the next phase.

The module will explore how and why companies are structured as differing legal entities, the need for communication and interaction between departments and other external agencies.

It examines broad areas of business which are vital for the business acumen of marketers working within established companies or entrepreneurs developing a new start up company. Business finance, budgeting and costing approaches will be considered.

Case studies and business simulation will be used to examine problem-solving and business decision making, bringing an insight into how and why real business objectives are formulated.

This module gives students an understanding of business strategy, competitor analysis, brand development, customer personas, financial forecasting, budgeting and profitability, plus an appreciation of underlying business processes from research and development through to operation and project management. These enable you to develop a new business concept, supported with marketing frameworks in order to establish an investment proposal which could attract external funding.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 4MK514

Marketing Fundamentals

This introduction to the “fundamentals of marketing” module will provide you with a basic understanding of the current and emerging marketing principles and techniques within the business environment.

It seeks to establish that sustainable market success within a highly competitive environment can only be achieved by developing products or services based upon an understanding of the external environment and customers’ needs and wants.

During the module you will not only consider how to add value for customers and other stakeholders but also learn to assess the impact that marketing activities have on consumers’ lives.

Your assessment is coursework-based, designed to enable you to demonstrate your ability to approach a business challenge as a marketer and business manager. The assessment methods used on this module will also help you to develop key skills desired by employers, for example digital and visual communication and presentation skills, and business report writing.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5EC511

Quantitative Skills for Business

This module develops key skills for your future employment in business - the ability to use spread sheets for quantitative analysis, and the skills to interpret and communicate the results of data analysis. These are key skills required by the Chartered Management Institute.

The skill base developed gives you the confidence and experience to prepare an analysis of real data to inform a business decision or underpin a business strategy. These skills also prepare you for evidenced based analysis required in other modules within your programme including finance, marketing and strategy. This module contributes to the CMI accreditation for BA (Hons) Business Management students.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5HR506

People Resourcing and Talent Planning

This module explores approaches to talent planning and resourcing adopted by organisations in response to different labour market conditions and strategic business needs.

You will analyse the range of human resources (HR) tools and techniques used to manage the attraction, retention and departure of employees within the UK legal framework. By the end of the module, you will be able to describe HR planning, recruitment and retention methods and demonstrate skills required to undertake many of these in the workplace.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5HR507

Employee Development

Employee development is regarded as important to individual, organisational and national growth and success. As organisations change and develop to meet the demands placed upon them by customers, competitors and the changing market place employees need to develop new knowledge, skills and attributes to keep pace.

You will explore the learning and development context within which organisations form their development strategies and plans and critically evaluate a range of development methods to make effective choices in the design, delivery and evaluation of employee development programmes.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5HR512

Employment Law in the Workplace

This module explores the key principles and policies which underpin employment law with a particular emphasis on the regulation of the employment relationship in the workplace. Students will explore primary sources, journal articles and leading texts and engage in problem solving and application of the law within tutorial activities.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5LO507

Applied Operations Management

The modern business environment is highly volatile and intensely competitive, and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. The role of the operations function - how the organisation actually sources, produces and delivers goods and services to demanding customers - becomes a key contributor to superior performance and customer satisfaction.

The module provides a framework, to understand the crucial role of operations to business success. This module will provide an understanding of the systems and processes whereby, people, capital, materials, equipment, knowledge, technology, information and time are combined to produce goods and services.

This module will also provide you with opportunities to experience real workplace operations scenarios where their skills and knowledge can be applied in a practical way with real organisations or in valid case study situations.

It provides an overview of the key areas of operations management, particularly in maintaining and improving the quality of goods and services and making sure that this is also reflected in the organisations performance. The modern organisation cannot stand still, performance needs to be constantly evaluated and improved, against the standards expected in a changing marketplace.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA539

Employment Law in the Workplace

The focus of the module is the changing nature of the contemporary workplace and the legal issues this raises. In particular, the changing nature of the labour market with an increasing trend to non-standard working, the impact of globalisation and job insecurity. The module is designed to introduce you to the political and legal nature of the workplace by examining the practical implications of government policy and judicial interpretation both from the UK and from Europe.

This module focuses on the practical application and implications of law in the contemporary workplace, examining legal issues in and around the topics of the contract of employment, termination of the employment relationship, health and safety, equality, diversity and discrimination. This module is available to both students at stage 2 and stage 3 of their undergraduate studies.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6EC513

Global Business and Strategy

This module studies the global business using a combined strategic and economic approach. As part of this module, you will explore the recent major global economic shifts and analyse current international business events.

You will study the key theoretical underpinnings, trends and challenges of international trade and foreign direct investment. You will analyse the importance of government and institutions in controlling/regulating international business behaviour. This will allow you to consider the long-term sustainability of businesses in the ever-changing, and often hostile, global business environment and help you understand the critical role played by strategic management. You will learn how to weigh up a range of complex issues like culture, leadership, corporate governance and others when developing a strategy for an international business.

Throughout this module, you will develop critical practical skills valued by employers and professional accreditation bodies. These include selecting and interpreting data, problem-solving and decision-making, positioning analysis, and developing and evaluating strategic options. Such skills are vital for successful careers in a variety of international and domestic organisations.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6HR507

Comparative International HRM

As companies need to become more established in the international environment, the challenge to create, establish, maintain and develop effective policy and practice in managing a more culturally diverse workforce is seen as a pivotal component of business success. The module explores, examines and compares different approaches to HR and how these opportunities available to organisations can facilitate entry or help confirm their position in the global market.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6HR508

Managing the Evolving Employment Relationship

This module explores a range of contemporary employment issues that cover individual and collective aspects in organisations. Theory, application and skills development are all components of the module.

Trade unions remain strong in the public sector. This is partly through the existence of institutions of collective consultation, reinforced by continued reliance in many cases on industry-level bargaining and the public policy emphasis on ‘partnership’.

The collective aspect of the employment relationship is too often regarded as being synonymous with disruption, conflict and contradiction, but this is not necessarily the case and a range of viewpoints will be examined. Additionally, trade unions and collective employment relationship mechanisms are also evident in other countries and the reasons for this will also be explored as part of recognising the global aspects of managing the employment relationship.

Despite instances of industrial action and workplace conflict the emphasis on employee relations continues to embrace concepts of the psychological contract, employee voice and employee involvement, commitment and engagement.

CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) suggest that evidence shows that the informal workplace climate appears to have a stronger influence than collective consultation machinery on employee satisfaction and commitment levels.

Employers should also pay attention to the mechanisms that contribute to good employee relations, such as effective approaches for employee voice including two-way communications, project teams and joint consultation, together with electronic media, attitude surveys and 'partnership'.

The employment relationship is a vital component of the workplace jigsaw and how this is understood and managed is vital to the organisation and the well-being of the individual and society at large.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6HR509

Managing Performance

This module explores how organisations can analyse performance issues from an holistic perspective to diagnose possible causes and develop strategic, integrated management solutions. It introduces the concepts of high-performance working (HPW) and analyses barriers to the effective implementation of high performance work systems including the challenges of managing organisation and culture change. By the end of the module students will be able to critically evaluate the role of HRM in the management of performance within organisations.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6HR510

Developing Leadership and Management

This module is about the concepts of Leadership and Management. It explores the similarities and differences in the roles and responsibilities of leaders and managers in the workplace and the development of leadership theoretical approaches as well as the practical application of these within organisations. Students will analyse the skills and competencies of effective organisational leaders and examine alternative methods of leadership development to enhance these.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6IM998

Independent Study

This module gives you the opportunity to make a personal choice regarding the topic and format of your study. You may wish to extend aspects of your final and previous year subjects to more depth along with refining your research skills by means of a traditional research project.

Alternatively you may choose to examine a business situation in depth, develop a creative advertising campaign or develop a marketing plan with ideas for creative execution. You could analyse and test the theories, principles and concepts addressed in the classroom environment in the reality of a private, public or community sector organisation by means of a pathway related report. The independent study is an individual piece of work completed under the guidance of an academic supervisor. The subject of study will normally be in your particular area of specialism, and this is an important opportunity to build your expertise and knowledge in that area.

In the course of your studies, you may discover an area that is of particular interest to you, or which has specific relevance to your intended professional orientation. This module gives you the opportunity to extend aspects of your coursework or professional interests in more depth, including topics that have not otherwise been available as formal modules. You will also refine and develop your skills in research, critical evaluation, analysis and production of professional documents.

This module differs from other modules because it relies on independent study rather than formal classes, and the initiatives to choose a topic and organise the study come from you. The skills you develop during this module will prepare you not only for future employment but for higher-level study. If you choose to work with a particular organisation then the opportunity for engaging with that organisation will provide insights into professional practice. If you choose to work in a more academic or creative setting your work will align with the recommendations of professional bodies in your field.

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Coursework

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
PortfolioN/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

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year*

£1,155 per module*

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

* 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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Careers

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

 
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Course: Dave Lees (Programme Leader) d.lees@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1332 591679

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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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