Human Resource Management is all about ensuring that people are managed and treated fairly. By recruiting, retaining, and developing the talent in a business, you can keep ahead of the competition.
To ensure future success, companies are constantly on the lookout for skilled and qualified HR advisers and managers. Employers want graduates who are not just academically qualified, but are also work-ready with professional skills in management and leadership.
This course will help meet this need and equip you with the skills to become a confident and successful HR manager.
For the new generation of managers, change is the only consistency. This programme equips you with not only the knowledge and understanding of contemporary best practice in strategic HR management, but develop the personal skills required to prepare you for your first roles in management.
Our degree will help you gain an understanding of contemporary HR theory and practice, but also recognise the key issues which impact on organisations. This will allow you to build up a full picture of the business needs which will prove invaluable when you graduate.
It is aimed at those who wish to develop a strong understanding of the nature of business and HR management in a world of volatility, uncertainty, change and ambiguity.
A key feature of the programme is to blend both academic study and skills development in order to enhance the employability of our graduates.
You will gain opportunities to develop key skills, such as empathy, problem solving and creatively, which will ensure you are well placed to enter the employment market.
Academics who teach on the programme have a wide range of experience in the HR sector and ongoing links with industry. With smaller, more intimate class sizes, we give our students one-to-one teaching and support.
You will have the opportunity to collaborate on projects and live briefs with students from other business management degree programmes, gaining the practical and transferable skills you need for your career.
The course focuses on the ability to think critically and will enable you to develop and evaluate solutions to complex, real-life problems.
We focus on equipping you with the knowledge of contemporary management theories, but of equal importance, the opportunity to apply and integrate that knowledge in live projects.
The programme’s practical aspects are intrinsically linked to the study of new and emerging theories in Human Resources and general business, both in the UK and internationally.
We use live project examples wherever possible so that you can apply your learning and see how it all fits within the business world. Guest lecturers will be used throughout the programme to also demonstrate the relevance of the teaching in a business context.
Our students are often asked to develop solutions for a wide-range of businesses. This allows you to gain real-world, hands-on experience while businesses benefit from having dedicated consultants to carry out research and offer advice tailored to their needs. We’ve had students consulting major companies as well as helping start-ups to get their businesses on the move.
Some of the large companies we have worked with include Dreams, Softcat, Enterprise-rent-a-car, Sacla, Dow Chemicals and the NHS. We have also worked with local businesses such as Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and KVA Digital.
Who is it for?
The BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management programme has been designed for students who are primarily interested in the Human Resources function in an organisation, but who would also like to learn about other business aspects and functions.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
This programme provides a strategic and global view with recurring themes of problem solving, creative thinking and developing empathy
The programme takes into account the wide range of skills now required in the HR profession. It allows you to engage in studying the highly practical skills specific to human resources, but also other skills specific to other business functions such as marketing and finance.
Additionally there is a specific focus on developing those skills which will be needed in a changing business environment. In a world where we rely increasingly on AI, it is vital that we equip our students with skills in personal resilience, self-management, empathy, creativity and problem solving.
We have excellent links with industry and have used our knowledge of their requirements for graduates to help shape this programme. We will also introduce key business speakers and live briefs as assessments throughout the course.
In year 1, you will learn about the fundamentals that provide a sound basis for your study of HR. You will learn about the business and management context of human resources, including marketing, business environment and finance. Core modules include finance, marketing, contemporary business environments, HR, leadership and management skills.
In year 2, you will focus more on HR specific modules, specifically resourcing, employee engagement and international HRM. You will gain a more strategic understanding of business issues, and in particular work with live clients to support them in implementing changes to their business. This will help enhance your professional knowledge and expertise.
In the final year, there is an ongoing emphasis on leadership skills, particularly within a changing business environment, and a key emphasis on HR Strategy. Change management and organisation development are also included at this level, which are key strategic issues facing HR within all organisations. You will be expected to integrate, apply and evaluate the knowledge they have gained through independent study on your dissertation or a consultancy project. The dissertation or a consultancy project will be a key focus this year and will allow you to specialise on your area of interest. This will prove invaluable when you graduate, allowing you to showcase your particular area of expertise at job interviews.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 80. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
What are my career prospects
On successful completion of this degree, you will be able to pursue a range of opportunities and careers in HR and general management, or to develop your own businesses.
The Big Deal
At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.
We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK. It’s a big deal!