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 Year 2 you will also take a module to enhance your employability skills as you progress through your course in support of graduate employment opportunities.
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
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.
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.
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.
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published
on the website. For more information, please visit our
Changes to programmes