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Human Resource Management
BSc (Hons)

2021/22 Full-time Undergraduate course


Bachelor of Science with Honours


Ulster University Business School


Department of Management, Leadership and Marketing


Jordanstown campus

UCAS code:

The UCAS code for Ulster University is U20

With this degree you could become:

  • HR Administraion Officer
  • HR Administrative Assistant
  • HR Administrator
  • HR Advisor
  • Assistant/Service Member
  • Graduate Post - Assistant Manager
  • Human Resources Officer

Graduates from this course are now working for:

  • Capita
  • Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • Diageo
  • Fujitsu
  • Grafton Recruitment
  • Pricewaterhousecoopers
  • FinTrU Ltd


This course develops HR professionals with the skills and expertise necessary to engage employees and contribute to organisational effectiveness.


Organisations need to be strategically managed if they are to survive conditions of global competition and continual environmental change. It is increasingly recognised that the quality of an organisation’s human resources and the way they are managed are major factors in its ability to gain and sustain competitive advantage.

The University regularly ‘refreshes’ courses to make sure they are as up-to-date as possible. The University calls this process 'academic revalidation’.

For the most up-to-date course and module information, please contact Mr Ian Smyth Course Director.

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About this course


This course meets the needs of those wishing to become human resource management (HRM) professionals and also provides a foundation for postgraduate study. You will undertake core management subjects as well as more specialist HRM modules. The main functions of HRM are explored throughout your four years on the degree programme, these being the recruitment and selection of employees, the training and professional development of employees, the relationship between employers and employees and the rewarding of employees. You will also study the ethical and legal dimensions of employing people in today’s environment. In addition, the course develops your skills in the communication of information and ideas and in the analysis of complex problems in managing people.

You will undertake seven compulsory modules in Year 1 and six in Year 2 of the programme. Year 3 comprises a professional placement in the area of HRM. In Year 4 you undertake five compulsory modules and one optional module. This allows you to tailor your final year studies.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Find out more about placement awards


Duration: Normally four years, which includes the placement year.

Attendance: This is a full-time course where you will normally complete three modules each semester, with class contact time approximately three hours per week, per module. You will be expected to undertake independent study to supplement that contact of around 10 hours per week, per module. You will have 9-10 class contact hours per week on the Jordanstown campus.

Start dates

  • September 2021

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

A wide variety of assessment methods are utilised such as essays, group work, exams, class tests, role plays and professional discussions, and teaching and learning has a significant applied emphasis.

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    The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.

    Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:

    • the relevant generic national Qualification Descriptor
    • the applicable Subject Benchmark Statement
    • the requirements of any professional, regulatory, statutory and accrediting bodies.

    Attendance and Independent Study

    As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until close to the start date and may be subject to some change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days and periods of attendance will be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.

    Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules (more usually 20) and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.

    The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.

    Postgraduate Master’s courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.

    Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.


    Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be a combination of examination and coursework but may also be only one of these methods. Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

    Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

    Normally, a module will have 4 learning outcomes, and no more than 2 items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.

    Calculation of the Final Award

    The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6, (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).

    Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Master’s degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.

    All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Master’s degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.

Academic profile

The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.

Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).

We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.

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    The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.

    Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.

    Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.


Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

Year one

Introduction to Management and Leadership

Year: 1

This module aims to provide an introduction to the study of leadership and management. Students will be provided with knowledge and understanding of the internal dynamics of an organisation, and the roles and functions which managers play in ensuring that it fulfills its mission or purpose. Students will also be encouraged to self-evaluate and reflect on their own management and leadership skills and competences, this will be introduced at the residential in week 2.

Fundamentals of Human Resource Management

Year: 1

This module introduces the student to the role of Human Resource Management and the application of, and responses to, people management activities by managers in contemporary organisations.

Academic Foundations for Business

Year: 1

This module provides students with the skills to analyse and organise quantitative data and an understanding of the core skills to communicate effectively with an emphasis on management and leadership / HRM issues.

Economic and Financial Awareness

Year: 1

The overall aim of this module is to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the concepts related to the financial aspects of businesses and to the economic environments in which they operate.


Year: 1

The supervised work placement for students is designed to enhance their understanding of the world of work within the area of Human Resource Management and to provide them with an opportunity to develop their personal and interpersonal skills. Therefore, this module provides a succinct background for students preparing to embark on industrial work experience.

Business and Society

Year: 1

This module helps students to develop an understanding of the relationships between business and society, exploring the ethical dimensions of global trade. Throughout the module students engage with critical inquiry, using questions as a tool to explore the concepts and issues that emerge from within the module. Students are actively encouraged to bring your own experiences as a citizen in to their discussion and inquiry. Assessment in this module comes in the form of a group debate and individual essay

Introduction to Employment Law

Year: 1

The importance of the relationship between employers, employees, unions and other statutory bodies and agencies is such that an outline knowledge of the context and aspects of the relevant substantive law is necessary for those involved in this area in any capacity. The module attempts to provide the basis for this knowledge and to put students in the position where they may not only have an understanding of the relevant law, but also be in a position to understand the need to use that knowledge prophylactically and in the solution of problems.

Year two

Personal and Professional Development

Year: 2

This module is designed to develop the students' knowledge and understanding of the skills and attributes placement and graduate employers are seeking. The module will also help the student to develop self-awareness so that they can plan their development and market themselves effectively in preparation for the placement application process

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Year: 2

This module will examine a range of theoretical and practical issues surrounding managing innovation and entrepreneurship. This will be important to understanding the concepts of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship and their linkages. The development of a business model by student teams will immerse students in key concepts of entrepreneurship and innovation. A series of video guest speakers from a variety of entrepreneurial backgrounds, creativity tools and case studies will be deployed to reinforce key concepts.

Business in Practice

Year: 2

In order to become effective managers and leaders it is essential that students are able to work with others and provide direction to achieve results. On completion of the module students will have demonstrated their ability to work effectively in a team environment and engage with organisations to apply theoretical learning by successfully delivering added value via agreed projects.

Learning and Development

Year: 2

The purpose of this module is to develop a board-based knowledge and understanding of the strategic impact of human resource development on individual competence and organisational effectiveness. A range of teaching and assessment methods will be used to enhance the learning experience.

Contemporary Issues in HRM

Year: 2

Students will study, debate and consider the latest thinking in the field of HRM in order to prepare themselves for placement and ultimately the working environment.

How to Manage People

Year: 2

This module is designed to enable students to acquire diagnostic knowledge and understanding of human behaviour in organisations. Additionally, students are required to become proficient in the practice of key management competencies. The module is taught by a combination of lectures, seminars and directed reading and is assessed by a combination of cumulative assessment and sessional examination.

Year three

Professional Practice

Year: 3

Placement provides students with 48 weeks of professional work experience in a Human Resource related work environment. The placement is a component to and extension of the work engaged in at the university and provides the opportunity for each student to satisfy learning objectives on organisational and personal development needs.

Year four

Leadership and Change

Year: 4

Managing change is an increasingly important aspect of the manager's role. This module equips students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to recognise and understand the need for change and the nature of the change required, and to deploy a range of measures (tailored to the diagnosis) to ensure that the change process is managed and led effectively and efficiently.

Advanced Professional Practice in HR

Year: 4

This module encourages students to develop a strong sense of self-awareness and helps them to develop a range of transferable skills, which are pivotal to successful Human Resource Management practice. The module helps students enhance their future employability by providing them with the opportunity and ability to develop their knowledge of HRM, acquire skilful HR practices and to reflect upon their learning and progress in transferable skills development.

Dispute Resolution

Year: 4

Whilst many theorists would claim that people are the most important strategic resource of any organisation, employees may not always be motivated and handled in the best possible way, due to a number of competing tensions between the objectives of organisations and the aspirations of the employee. This module examines different ways of resolving the conflict that can often arise from this situation.

Management Project I

Year: 4

This module is part one of the management project in which students will be provided with the opportunity for work based learning that aims to further develop employability and research skills. In previous modules and placement, students will have undertaken structured project work in local organisations, designed to develop key management and leadership competencies.

Management Project II

Year: 4

This module is part two of the management project in which students will be provided with the opportunity for work based learning that aims to further develop employability and research skills

Occupational Psychology

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module is designed to enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding of the principles of occupational psychology, and the contribution that they make to effective human resource management. Additionally students will be required to become proficient in the practice of key occupational psychology competencies.

Managing Equality and Diversity

Year: 4

This module is optional

The module aims to explore contemporary thinking and practice in the area of equality and diversity within the UK and overseas, enhancing the students' ability to contribute to policy formulation in an applied context.

Employment law

Year: 4

This module is optional

The importance of the employment relationship between employers, employees, unions and other statutory bodies and agencies is such that a thorough knowledge of both the context and the substantive law is necessary for those involved in this area in any capacity. The module attempts to provide the basis for this knowledge and to put students in the position where they may not only have an understanding of the law both conceptually and substantively, but also be in a position to use that knowledge prophylactically and in the solution of problems.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BBB.

Applied General Qualifications

Overall BTEC award profile DDM to include Unit profile of 9 distinctions.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile H3, H3, H3, H3, H3.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBBCC.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CCC.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 26 points (13 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall Access profile of 70%.


GCSE Profile to include Mathematics with a minimum Grade C.

GCSE Profile to include English Language with a minimum Grade C.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Exemptions and transferability

Most students enter Year 1. However, if you can provide evidence of previous relevant HRM study you may be considered for advanced entry to year 2.

Careers & opportunities

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course are now working for:

  • Capita
  • Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • Diageo
  • Fujitsu
  • Grafton Recruitment
  • Pricewaterhousecoopers
  • FinTrU Ltd

Job roles

With this degree you could become:

  • HR Administraion Officer
  • HR Administrative Assistant
  • HR Administrator
  • HR Advisor
  • Assistant/Service Member
  • Graduate Post - Assistant Manager
  • Human Resources Officer

Career options

The demands being placed upon organisations today have heightened the need for effective HR professionals. As a graduate of the BSc (Hons) HRM degree, you may take up a position in a variety of roles with the HR function in public, private sectors (including manufacturing and service organisations) and not for profit sectors. These roles include personnel, recruitment, training, employee relations and business improvement. Additionally, the skills and expertise of HR professionals are in demand within the fields of managerial consultancy and employment law. You might also proceed to a more general management career in business or in the public sector, or go on to postgraduate study in HRM.

Work placement / study abroad

Students will undertake a one year professional placement in an HRM related role. This professional placement year will allow you to utilise the skills you have learnt from Ulster University and apply them within the workplace. The professional placement year gives students opportunities to test a career path before graduating, to increase their confidence in the workplace and also to allow students to discover new opportunities they hadn’t previously considered in HRM. Successful completion of the placement gives students the award of Diploma in Professional Practice.

Students may as an alternative to doing placement elect to study abroad for the year. Successful completion of this gains them the Diploma in International Studies.

Professional recognition

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).


Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

Start dates

  • September 2021

Fees and funding

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Year 1: Deans Award (for students averaging 70% or more).

Year 3: Lynas Award for Best Placement Student.

Year 4: Capita Prize for Best Final Year Student.

In the National Student Survey (NSS, 2014, 2015, 2017 & 2019) we were the highest ranked undergraduate HRM degree in the UK, in terms of student satisfaction.

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.


Admissions Office (for entry requirement queries):

T: +44 (0)28 7012 3210


International Admissions Office

T: +44 (0)28 7012 3333


Mr Ian Smyth, Course Director (for course content enquiries):

T: +44 (0)28 9036 8449


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Ulster University Business School

Department of Management, Leadership and Marketing


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