BSc Human Resource Management (HRM)

My placement year helped me take everything I had learnt in my first two years at university and apply them to a real world business.

Joshua Berg 

Entry requirements

A Level Entry: AAB/ABB

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.

Integrated placement year
Learn how psychology can impact the workplace
Aston Business School holds triple accreditation status
Aston is ranked within the top 30 universities (The Complete University Guide & The Guardian 2017)

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: 35/34 points. Minimum scores of 6, 6, 5 at Higher level. 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..

Tuition fees: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,630 (£2,500 during placement year) for International students (2017). More on fees

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 modules are:
  • Principals of Financial Accounting 
  • Introduction to Management Accounting
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • International Perspectives in Organisations
  • Law for Business
  • Introduction to Marketing Management
  • Foundations of Business Analytics
  • Principles of Operations Management
  • Information Technology for Business
  • Economic Environment for Business
  • Topics in Applied 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 modules are:

  • Strategic Finance
  • Theories and Practice of Human Resource Management
  • Psychology and Work
  • Effective Teamwork
  • Developing Creativity at Work
  • Strategy for Future Leaders
  • Business Game
  • Business Policy
  • Business, Government and Society

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. This 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 modules are:
  • Strategic Management*
  • Global Working
  • Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management*
  • Theory and Practice of Leadership*
  • Strategic Aspects of Organisational Performance
  • Business Ethics
  • Employee Relations and Legal Issues in HRM*
  • Learning, Training and Development in Organisations

* Double module


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 external 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

Kathy Daniels
I first joined Aston Business School in September 1999, as a Sessional Lecturer. I continued in this role until September 2012 when I was appointed as a Teaching Fellow, working on a part-time basis.

Prior to joining Aston I worked as Head of HR in a large manufacturing organisation. I then left to set up my own consultancy business, which I still run. 

Associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development is open to Human Resource Management graduates. You can also claim exemptions from the examinations of a number of professional bodies.

At present exemptions are available from:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

  • Association of International Accountants

Our integrated placement year course allows you to undertake a professional paid placement, where you gain valuable practical management experience within accounting, finance or management

We have links to over 1000 different organisations and advertise around 3000 posts each year to our students.

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 placement year at ABS.

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.

Kathy Daniels Human Resource Management Aston University
Kathy Daniels, Course Director

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