BSc Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management Aston university
Aston Business School is world renowned, and I liked the location, feel and atmosphere of the university in general. My placement gave me real work experience at a huge, global company.”

Jessica Chan 

Entry requirements

A Level Entry: AAB/ABB*
(*variable offers are available)
BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD

This degree examines the role of the individual in an organisation as well as aspects of organisational structure culture and change this will prepare you for a successful career in HR. Our graduates go on to work at companies such as Aston Martin Lagonda, Mercer and BMW.

This course offers a double degree option. Achieve two degrees for the price of one, and study abroad at one of our partner institutions.

Integrated placement year
93% Overall Satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2018)
On average, employed Aston business graduates see their wages increase by £11,700 (49%) over a five year period after graduating
Ranked Top 30 (Complete University Guide, 2019)

Course information 

Entry requirements 

4 year with integrated placement year / 3 year course without integrated placement year option only available for non-EU students

UCAS Code: N600

Typical offers:
A Levels: AAB - ABB 
IB: 32 points overall in the IB diploma with 6,6,5 - 6,5,5 at HL. Minimum scores of 5 in English and maths at Standard level.
BTEC, Access & other: BTEC Extended Diploma DDD. Access to HE students are eligible to apply for this course.

Further requirements: 
5 GCSEs grades A*- C to include:
GCSE Maths – grade C/4
GCSE English – grade C/4
Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

UCAS applicants who select this course as their Firm choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.
Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above).

Tuition fees: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,950 (£2,500 during placement year) for International students (2018). More on fees

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Understanding the human side of organisations is central to their performance and effectiveness. As organisations change, grow, divide, develop and operate internationally, professional knowledge of the part played by their people is essential at both operational and board levels.

Our degree course considers how people, processes and structures interrelate. It focuses on the crucial part played by individuals and groups in organisation processes, such as decision making, planning and managing new technology. You will develop an appreciation of the central importance of human resource strategies for all organisations.

Year 1

In your first year you will study a range of topics, designed to give you a solid foundation for your business degree. 

The core modules are:

  • Introductory Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Skills for HRM
  • Law for Business
  • Introduction to Marketing Management
  • Principles of Operations Management
  • An Introduction to Business Economics

Year 2

From your second year, you will begin to specialise in human resource management issues. You will also develop theoretical knowledge to consider the ways in which people behave and contribute to organisations. The core modules are:

  • Employee Resourcing 
  • Psychology and Work
  • Fundamental Strategy 
  • Virtual Business Simulation 
  • Effective Teamwork
  • Developing Creativity 
  • Business, Government and Society 
  • Solving HR issues 

Year 3

You will spend this year in a professional placement or you may choose to take up an international study opportunity at one of our partner institutions. The placement year is compulsory for all UK and EU students.

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Final Year 

You will explore how organisations relate to their wider context from both a socio-psychological and socio-economic perspective. In particular you will examine how changes in the external environment (social, financial, competitive and legislative) relate to the processes of management. The core modules are:

  • Strategic HRM 
  • Employment Law for HRM 
  • Employee Relations 
  • Learning and Development 
  • Global Working
  • Strategic Management 
  • Theory and Practice of Leadership
  • Contemporary Issues in HRM 


You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. 

Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials. 
For example all business students undertake the Business Game module and compete in teams in a computer simulation exercise that culminates in a presentation to a panel of internal employers.


Assessment is provided by a mix of coursework and examination.

Students who are made an offer will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions. 

Course Director

Sudeshna Bhattacharya

Phone:+44(0)121 204 3727
Email: s.bhattacharya1@aston.ac.uk

Associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is open to Human Resource Management graduates. Graduates may be able to claim exemptions from a number of CIPD professional examinations.

Exemptions are also available from:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Accreditation is a stamp of quality and prestige for a business school and its programmes. Aston is proud to be among 1% of business schools worldwide with triple accreditation. 

Our four year course with an integrated placement during the third year gives you the chance to put theory into practice, gain relevant work experience, and develop professional and transferable skills.  

We have a dedicated Employer Team within our Careers and Placements department who have links with local, national and international organisations and advertise vacancies to students through an online platform exclusively for Aston students and graduates. 

The opportunity to undertake a study placement with one of our international partner institutions is also available if you would prefer.

Find out more about the Aston placement year, and view the careers and placements page.

Human Resource Management graduates are in demand from a wide range of organisations that are in need of managers who understand the human side of the enterprise.graduates have gained employment in a variety of organisations and positions including:

  • Medical HR Assistant - Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Talent Analyst - Mercer
  • Team Member - Hilton Worldwide
  • HR Consultant - Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd
  • Human Resource Management Co-ordinator - BMW
  • International Office Assistant - Aston University

I'd love to hear from you.

Sudeshna Bhattacharya Human Resource Management Aston University
Sudeshna Bhattacharya, Course Director

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