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Human Resource Management

BA (Hons) - single

Business School

On this wide-ranging and flexible course you will develop the knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in human resource management (HRM) in a range of organisational settings. You will learn how organisations manage, motivate, reward and empower their people in today's globalised business environment.  

You will make decisions in complex and unpredictable contexts, become familiar with the complexities of organisational life and of business and commercial environments, and develop understanding of the significance of the HRM function to organisational success.

You will develop your specialist knowledge and understanding of human resource management (HRM). Through a selection of modules, you can complement your HRM expertise with electives from a range of business areas. Alternatively, after the first year you can change to a different degree in either Business and Management, International Business Management or Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship*. 

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*To switch to Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at the end of your first year you need to have completed The Entrepreneur module as a first year elective.

Typical offers

UCAS points: 120

Available start dates

September 2017 / January 2018 / September 2018

Teaching location

Headington Campus / Wheatley Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years, or 4 with work placement
  • Part time: up to 8 years

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • You will be taught by staff who write leading textbooks on HRM and who bring considerable HRM experience and links with industry to the school. In addition, leading professionals give guest lectures, providing you with an insight into today’s dynamic global business environment.
  • Oxford Brookes University Business School is known internationally for its learning and teaching. You will receive an engaging and vibrant learning experience which will prepare you for future employment in business.
  • It is an exciting time to join our Business School - in 2017 we are planning to relocate the School from its current home in Wheatley to the Headington Campus. As part of the relocation we will be investing £30 million into buildings in Headington especially for Business School use. The redevelopment will provide new teaching and learning facilities for our students, and will enhance opportunities for collaboration with departments across the University.
In Year 1 you will learn about the business and management context of human resources, focusing on the international context and the application of theory to practice. Core modules examine contemporary business issues and draw on the insights offered by economics and accounting. The development of core management capabilities begins in the first year and includes problem solving, communication and IT skills.

In Year 2, you can focus more on acquiring the subject knowledge and developing your ability to learn autonomously. The core compulsory modules build on the knowledge you gained in the first year and prepare you for honours-level (final-year) study. You will select optional modules in consultation with your adviser. 

In the final year, you will be expected to integrate, apply, extend and critique the knowledge you have gained, using a largely self-directed approach. This will prepare you for employment or further study.

Study modules

Please see the course structure chart.

As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you choose from may differ from those shown here.

Work placements

You can spend your third year on a work placement, which is a great opportunity to enhance your CV, preparing you for future employment. You will gain commercial and practical experience, and many students are offered graduate positions by their placement employer.

Students have enjoyed inspiring and challenging positions at IBM, Aldi, BMW, Dyson, Ernst & Young, GlaxoSmithKline, Nestlé and PayPal.

During your placement there is a fee which is paid to the university. It covers the cost of your placement tutor, and the support we provide whilst looking for a placement position and during your placement role.

Whilst on your placement you will still be classed as a student. You will be paid a financially sustainable salary which will vary depending on your role, company and location.

For more information about the fees please go to the Fees/Funding section.

Study abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year.

Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:

  • Improving your employment prospects within an international market
  • Boosting your language skills
  • Building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • Improving your knowledge of different cultures

While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.

We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.

There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Essential purchases

It's your responsibility to purchase core texts and cover print/binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.

Teaching and learning

On this course your learning experience will be exciting as well as challenging. You will have the opportunity to be take part in problem-solving classes, assessments working in virtual teams, sessions engaging with local employers, and workshops with actors to develop presentation skills. We want you to enjoy developing the skills you will need to succeed in the competitive business world. The course also provides opportunities for you to work with business professionals, for example with guest speakers or on live cases from the business community.

Approach to assessment

We use a wide variety of assessment methods and we pay particular attention to when and how feedback is given to support your learning. We make use of a range of feedback methods including audio and face-to-face as well as written feedback.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2017/18: £9,250

Home/EU - cost per module: 2017/18: £750 per single module

Home/EU - sandwich placement fee: 2017/18: £1,380

International - full time: 2017/18: £13,100

International - sandwich placement fee: 2017/18: £3,840

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS points: 120

A-level: BBB or equivalent

International Baccalaureate: 31 points


AS-levels will be recognised in place of a maximum of one A-level (may include a 12-unit vocational A-level). Key skills are not required but would be a positive feature of an application, as would free-standing AS-levels such a Critical Thinking.

A new UCAS Tariff point system is being introduced for students applying to start university in September 2017, which uses  a qualification’s size and grades to calculate total Tariff points under a brand new system. Therefore the Tariff points for 2017 entry for this course, calculated on the same A-level equivalence for BBB, are 120 points. Please visit the UCAS website for more information.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics (grade B preferred), English (grade C or above)

The programme welcomes for consideration applications from applicants with non-standard qualifications.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

International and EU applications

Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help students meet the academic and English language entry requirements for their courses and also familiarise them with university life.

Find out more about the international foundation pathways we offer and our pre-sessional English language courses.

Country specific entry requirements

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information and local representatives who can help you to apply, please have a look at our country specific information pages.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.

Part-time students should apply directly to the university.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

As one of the most famous cities in the world, Oxford is a great place to be a student. One in five people in the city is a student, so places, events, amenities and facilities are geared towards university life. Find out all about being a student in Oxford on our Student Life pages. 

Oxford has a growing hi-tech community with many businesses located in the city and surrounding area. It is just over an hour from the hub of business life in London, The City, with easy access to international airports. The Business School is currently located at the Wheatley campus, which is easily accessible on the inter-campus Brookes bus.

Specialist facilities

At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. Set at the heart of our Headington campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and has transformed the experiences of our students and the entire University community. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.

We're investing over £30m in the Clerici building, creating modern teaching and learning facilities and creating a new home at Headington for the Faculty of Business.

Set to be complete in 2017, you'll see:

  • the Faculty of Business brought together in a modern, professional environment
  • 30 teaching rooms and a collaborative lecture theatre
  • a new Main Hall with soundproof wall, perfect for teaching and events like graduations
  • social learning spaces and a cafe
  • a new gateway into the Headington Campus.

At the Wheatley campus our current facilities include the Simon Williams Undergraduate Centre, an innovative learning space. It provides a bright, open area, filled with up-to-date technology. Here students and staff can interact, collaborate and share ideas. There are workstations and areas for collaborative learning, as well as facilities for practising group presentations.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Career prospects

This course will enable you to secure positions in a range of settings, such as business, a major charity, education, health care or government, nationally or internationally. Many graduates go on to graduate traineeships in international companies such as AC Nielsen, IBM, Virgin Mobile, Intel, Yell Ltd, Aldi, O2 and Dell. Our Careers Centre will provide support in finding the right job for you.

Related courses

  • Business and Management
  • Business Management
  • Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Events Management
  • International Hospitality Management
  • Course downloads

  • Undergraduate Business Degrees brochure 2017 - PDF
  • Course Structure Chart: Human Resource Management