Human Resources Management

BSc single honours or in combination with another subject Human Resource Management 2020/21

Year of entry

Human Resource Management is concerned with the recruitment of employees, their development and reward, commutations, and performance management.

You will develop knowledge and skills in a broad range of subjects that impact directly on business performance and competitiveness. You will also gain an understanding of leadership and how the behaviours of individuals and teams contribute to the success of organisations.

You will explore areas including:

  • contemporary business issues
  • employee development and employee relations
  • management and leadership.

Human Resource Management is concerned with the selection and recruitment of employees, their learning, development and reward, communications, teamwork and performance management. It is also concerned with understanding management and leadership, and the ways that the behaviours of individuals and teams contribute to the success of organisations.

The benefits of studying Human Resource Management at Canterbury Christ Church University include the opportunity to work on real business issues and case studies, and develop knowledge and skills in a broad range of business subjects which impact directly on business performance and competitiveness.

The course enables you to go on to study professional HRM qualifications with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development with us on the Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management.

A knowledge and understanding of managing people is important for anyone planning a career in management, and especially for those wanting to work as a human resource professional. All of our degree courses in the Business School have an emphasis on employability and links to professional bodies and Human Resource Management is no different. It has been designed to enable you to gain professional body qualifications. On successful completion of the course, you will meet the professional expectations of prospective employers.

Studying HRM at undergraduate level will provide you with a good foundation for future professional studies and can open up opportunities to network with local employers.

Year one provides a varied and interesting introduction to the business environment in the key areas of management, financial accounting, marketing, economics, and quantitative analysis. It provides the essential foundation to the whole course whilst allowing flexibility to choose a variety of pathways in the second and third years of study.

In year two you will study human resource management, employment law and employee development, combined with a choice of optional modules taken from the Business School Framework, including management and leadership and project management.

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

more info


Year three will involve the study of strategic human resource management, and employee reward and resourcing, together with a range of optional modules chosen from the Business School Framework, including service management, business ethics and strategic management.

Work experience

The programme provides students with the opportunity to take a work-based learning module in year two and the opportunity for a placement year between years two and three. Students have undertaken a variety of interesting placements and are often given responsibility very early on in their placement years.

All Modules are 20 credit modules with the exception of the Dissertation in Year 3 (Level 6) which is 40 credits (as indicated)

Year 1

Accounting and Finance for Business (Semester 1)

Accounting and Finance for Business introduces students to key accounting and finance topics. They are introduced to financial statements, and use a number of case studies to understand the role of finance in the business environment.

Business Analysis (Semester 1)

This module is designed to help students to develop a range of statistical and computing skills that will be valuable to them during the course of their academic programmes and in their future careers in business. Although there are not pre-requisites for this module it is assumed that students have basic mathematical skills.

Contemporary Business Issues (Semester 1)

This module prepares students for the academic study of business by developing a knowledge of contemporary and emerging business issues to support students’ personal, academic and professional development to prepare for work in the modern business environment.

Economics (Semester 1)

The aim of the module is to introduce students to the fundamental economic issues stemming from the scarcity of resources. The relationship between business and the economic problem is analysed by means of micro and macro-economic models to equip students with an understanding of decision-making at the levels of the market, the firm and the nation.

Marketing Principles and Practice (Semester 1)

The aim of the module is to provide students with an introduction to marketing, its fundamental concepts and an overview of marketing practice. Students will cover the development of the marketing concept and examine the ways in which it differs from the production, product, and sales approaches to business. This will develop into a wider understanding of the differences between the operational role of marketing and how it is applied as an organisational focus.

People Management in the 21st Century (Semester 1)

This module focuses on the behavioural aspects of people management in organisations. This is a vital area of study because the ability to understand behaviour in the workplace is a necessary prerequisite for making informed choices and for influencing organisational action such as decision making regarding organisational objectives, and leading and influencing the behaviour of others in order to see that the decisions are implemented. It is anticipated that by the end of the module students will be able to evaluate objectively and understand organisational behavioural situations and determine the best course of action from a range of perspectives.

Year 2

Employee Development and Employee Relations (Semester 1)

This module will examine the development of Learning and Development practice, government policy interventions in Learning and Development for competitiveness; coaching and mentoring, L&D tools, techniques and delivery mechanisms available to the practitioner. The module also focuses on the nature of the employment relationship and employee relations in the UK, concepts of employee voice and engagement and power in organisations, trade unionism in the UK; collective bargaining and organisational downsizing and redundancy.

Employment Law (Semester 1)

This module provides you with a platform for understanding the legal frameworks which underpin people practices and policies in organisations and to appreciate the context within which these frameworks operate.

Research Methods (PR) (Semester 2)

This module is designed to enable you to develop your skills and expertise in quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and to independently design and conduct an effective piece of research.

Work Based Learning in HRM (Semester 2)

The aim of the module is develop your skills in seeking and obtaining a paid work placement of a minimum of three weeks’ duration. It will also develop your skills in learning from work experience and apply your HRM academic learning to the work place.

Year 3

Dissertation (40 Credits) (Semester 1 and 2)

The aim of the module is to provide you with the opportunity to focus on an area of HRM of particular interest to you, develop your research skills and apply the theory of the subject to a business oriented issue.

Employee Reward and Resourcing (Semester 2)

This module aims to provide a critical understanding of the core human resources’ principles, theories and concepts supporting the effective acquisition and reward of employees in the modern organisation.

Strategic Human Resource Management (Semester 1)

This module aims to equip you with the ability to critically evaluate the strategic nature of HRM within the changing context of work and to evaluate effective management of people strategies.

Strategic Management (Semester 1)

The aim of the module is to provide you with an understanding of the impact of the business environment and the resources of the organisation, both human and material, on strategic planning and choice. This will enable you to consider strategic alternatives, evaluate their suitability and make you aware of the complex issues involved in implementing strategy and managing strategic change.

All Modules are 20 credit modules with the exception of the Dissertation in Year 3 (Level 6) which is 40 credits (as indicated)

Year 2

Accounting for Business (CMI) (Semester 1)

Accounting for Business extends the scope of financial accounting for professionals to more advanced topics in financial accounting. It aims to develop knowledge and skills in understanding and applying accounting standards particularly in the preparation of financial statements of entities, including groups. Understanding the theoretical framework and how to analyse and interpret financial statements are essential.

Developing Sustainable Enterprise (Semester 1)

The aims of the module are to introduce students to the relationship between business and the challenges and opportunities of business sustainability, and to encourage the development of enterprising skills to meet these challenges.

e-Business (Semester 1)

The aim of this module is to explore the business paradigm shift that arises from application of emerging information and communication technologies. The module is aimed at anyone wishing to gain an understanding of business activities and interaction between business and the business environment (customers, suppliers…) and how technologies can be deployed to enhance these activities.

Human Resource Management (CMI) (Semester 2)

This module aims to equip you with the ability to understand and analyse core HRM concepts, operational Human Resource activities and responsibilities and relate these to a range of organisational contexts.

Project Management (APM, CMI) (Semester 1)

This module aims to examine critically the role of project management within a contemporary business context. It also explains how specific project management applications play an important role in producing successful business outcomes and examines the philosophies, principles, structures and methodologies of project management.

Year 3

Business Ethics (Semester 2)

The module will consist of a broad syllabus addressing practical considerations of the nature of ethics, progressing through learning of a range of traditional and post-modern ethical theories, and the appreciation of these theories in the practical setting of modern business processes. You will study topics such as corporate social responsibility, sustainability and the environment, professionalism and integrity, ethics and technology, financial scandals, whistle-blowing and other emerging issues, by reference to case studies.

Knowledge Management (Semester 2)

The module will cover the nature of knowledge. Epistemological issues, including typologies of knowledge, and the distinction between tacit and explicit knowledge will be examined as will the sources of knowledge. Knowledge as an intangible asset will be explored as will the measurement and evaluation of the contribution of knowledge to the strategic management of the organisation and the role of knowledge in business functions. In addition, the module will examine ethical issues in knowledge management and the nature and protection of intellectual property.

Service Management (Semester 2)

The module will acquaint students with the complex demands made upon service management organisations and the challenges that staff within them face. An understanding of the environments in which they operate will be developed and an appreciation of the different constraints placed upon them will be explored. The module will exam the range of alternatives that organisations can draw from and will include an investigation into the issues associated with service management across a wide range of situations. This will include the process of servitisation, managing the service encounter, service quality, service level, customer management and capacity management.

Students can go on to study professional Human Resource Management qualifications with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) or pursue a postgraduate Masters degree, both of which are study options available at Canterbury Christ Church University Business School.

Successful graduates are equipped to enter a range of professional and business roles which has included roles such as learning and development specialist, HR partner, recruitment consultant and HR outsourcing consultant.


Tuition Fees for 2020/21 have not yet been finalised. Course webpages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once these have been agreed.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Each module will involve 200 hours of work with 50 of these being contact time (lectures and seminars) and the rest self­-directed study which includes preparation for and the production of assessments. Delivery of modules will typically consist of a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar per week for each of the six modules being studied each year.

On average, you should expect to study for 35 hours per week during term­time.

You will study modules to the value of 120 credits each year:

  • For HRM single honours students these will all be in the Business School.
  • For HRM combined honours students in year one, these will be 60 credits in HRM and 60 credits from the other part of their degree.
  • For HRM combined honours students in year three, these will be between 40 and 80 credits in HRM and 80 and 40 credits from the other part of their degree
  • For HRM combined honours students in year three, these will be between 40 and 80 credits in HRM and 80 and 40 credits from the other part of their degree.

Academic input

The majority of staff have worked as practitioners, hold membership of the professional body for HR specialists the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and bring a wealth of experience to student learning.

As well as teaching, the team is also actively involved in research, knowledge exchange and cross­cultural teaching at institutions in other parts of Europe. The Business School is a CIPD Approved Centre, delivering the postgraduate courses in HRM.

The Business School is also a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Centre, delivering degree and postgraduate level qualifications in management and leadership. It is also an Approved Centre for the Association for Project Management (APM) and modules on the HRM degree are accredited by these professional bodies.

You will be assessed by a number of methods including reports, essays, presentations, computer­based projects, reflective logs, time constrained assessments and case studies as a group and individually. The emphasis is on coursework although some core modules include examinations. 

The Business School recognises the importance of professional body accreditation, to ensure that not only do we deliver well­researched courses, but also that our students meet the professional expectations of prospective employers and have the opportunity to gain professional body qualifications. This includes modules accredited by the Association of Project Management (APM). Our Project Management module was the first from a university to gain accreditation and exemption for its teaching and assessment.

The Business School has accreditation with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The year two modules of Management and Leadership, Project Management and Human Resource Management are accredited by the CMI and on successful completion you will be eligible for CMI Level 5 qualifications in Leadership and Management.

You will have access to our Christ Church Trading Floor. This offers you the chance to gain practical experience of trade floor activities and financial market analysis. We are one of the few universities in the UK offering direct use of Bloomberg data, information and analytics in a dedicated trading room which provides a simulation of what it is like to work on a real trading floor in the financial district.

We work with industry stakeholders aligned to the continued development of our teaching programme, research and knowledge exchange. Some of these come in as guest lecturers and we also have masterclasses by visiting professors chosen for their continuing expertise in business and management. These established links have helped some of our students to secure placements.

A Business School Advisory Board has been established which includes representatives from across the private and public sector. This encourages employer engagement as the Board engages in discussion about technical content of the curriculum and the development of wider employability skills, the provision of work placement opportunities, guest speakers, live case studies, and workplace visits.


Full-time study

Apply via UCAS

Part-time study

Apply directly to us


Full-time study

Need some help?


For advice on completing your application please contact the Course Enquiry Team:

Tel:+44 (0)1227 928000 (0)1227 928000


Contact our International Team

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • NA32 Human Resource Management
  • N601 with Professional Placement
  • N60F Human Resource Management with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 3 years (or 4 years with Professional Placement) full-time

    6 years part-time


  • September 2020

Entry requirements



Last edited 26/06/2019 09:57:00

Save, Print or Share this page

Connect with us

Last edited: 26/06/2019 09:57:00