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.
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.
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.
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:
- Information technology
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
Typical modules for courses in this subject include:
- Managing people
- Organisational behaviour
- Developing talent
- Business ethics
- Employment relations
- Strategic management
Depending on your modules, you could be assessed through:
- Final year project
University departments often have long-established links with employers and HR specialists, so students benefit from expert guest lectures and industry experiences.
- Cultural and commercial awareness
- Employment law
- Project management
- Strategic thinking
- Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
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.
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
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
Other subject areas that might appeal to you include:
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