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Human Resources Management degrees | course guide

Human Resources Management, or HR, is all about effectively managing people in an organisation. Use our subject guide to decide if the study of HR is for you.

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CONTENTS

  1. What’s Human Resources Management?

  2. What Human Resources Management degrees can you study?

  3. What do you need to get onto a Human Resources Management degree?

  4. What topics does a Human Resources Management degree cover?

  5. How will you be assessed?

  6. Why study Human Resources Management?

  7. What do Human Resources Management graduates earn?

  8. What jobs can you get as a Human Resources Management graduate?

  9. What are the postgraduate opportunities?

  10. Similar subjects to Human Resources Management

  11. Have any questions?

What’s Human Resources Management?

A degree in Human Resources Management (often known as HR) will give you the skills needed to succeed in business management roles.

You’ll learn how to understand people and manage them effectively, study the latest management theories and research, and gain a critical awareness of how people are organised in different kinds of companies.

What Human Resources Management degrees can you study?

Undergraduate Human Resources Management degrees on offer in the UK include:

  • Business with Human Resources Management MA
  • Human Resources Management BA
  • Management with Human Resources BSc

Most options include a year abroad or placement year as part of the course.

  1. GO TO
  2. Find a Human Resources Management degree 
  3. Types of undergraduate degrees

What do you need to get onto a Human Resources Management degree?

Most undergraduate Human Resources Management courses ask for around 112–153 UCAS points. Not every university will base an offer on UCAS points, and some courses may have lower or higher requirements.

  • A Levels: AAB–BBC
  • BTECs: DDM–DMM
  • Scottish Highers: AAABB–BBBB
  • International Baccalaureate: 34–26

Good subjects to have studied include:

  • Business
  • Mathematics
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Information technology
  • Sociology

Experiences that would look good on your application:

  • Shadowing or work experience in an office environment, ideally in an operational or admin role
  • Having a role of responsibility in a student group or organisation
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  2. Entry requirements
  3. About UCAS points
  4. Alternatives to A Levels

What topics does a Human Resources Management degree cover?

Typical modules for courses in this subject include:

  • Managing people
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Developing talent
  • Business ethics
  • Employment relations
  • Strategic management

How will you be assessed?

Depending on your modules, you could be assessed through:

  • Exams
  • Reports
  • Portfolios
  • Presentations
  • Essays
  • Coursework
  • Final year project

Why study Human Resources Management?

University departments often have long-established links with employers and HR specialists, so students benefit from expert guest lectures and industry experiences.

Career-specific skills:

  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Organisation
  • Analytical
  • Quantitative
  • Computing
  • Cultural and commercial awareness
  • Employment law

Transferable skills:

  • Interpersonal
  • Problem-solving
  • Project management
  • Sensitivity
  • Leadership
  • Strategic thinking
  • Numeracy

Professional accreditations:

  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

What do Human Resources Management graduates earn?

When starting as a graduate human resources officer, you can expect an entry-level salary of around £23,000.

The average salary for an HR manager in the UK is around £35,000. Salaries can be higher than £50,000 for those with lots of experience in high-level positions.

What jobs can you get as a Human Resources Management graduate?

Most businesses have people to manage, so Human Resources Management graduates go into a wide range of industries and sectors such as insurance, retail, manufacturing and recruitment. Examples of roles that graduates go into:

  • Human resources officer
  • Office manager
  • Payroll specialist
  • Training coordinator
  • Project manager
  • Marketing director
  • HR consultant
  • Compensation and benefits manager
  • Occupational psychologist
  • Business development manager
  • Customer success manager
  • Growth executive
  • Recruitment consultant

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

Examples of postgraduate courses available at universities in the UK:

  • Human Resources Management MLitt
  • Human Resources Management and Consulting MA
  • Human Resources and Organisations MSc

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