Systems, work processes and regulatory frameworks are fundamental to any business, so too is the management of employees in organisations. This is why the study of business management and human resources management is valuable in contemporary organisations. Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), this course will educate you in a diverse and insightful range of topics linked to people in the workplace and management principles, including subjects such as Introduction to HRM, Global Business Issues, Reward Management, Employment Law, Managing Change and Employment Relations.
The dual focus of this degree helps equip you with a wide spectrum of knowledge and skills, with the opportunity to follow a general business pathway alongside a specialised focus on Human Resource Management (HRM). As part of this you’ll gain a strong understanding of fundamental business concepts practices and methods.
You’ll also be able to acquire a thorough knowledge of key management topics and techniques, alongside studying modules such as Politics in Business, Employment Relations, Business Research Issues and Analysis and HRM in the Workplace.
- Thanks to its accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), industry developments and practices are reflected in our teaching.
- Upon successful completion of the course you can gain associate membership of the CIPD, helping you to get ahead in your professional career.
- As part of this programme you’ll have the opportunity to combine your study in areas as diverse as marketing, finance and strategy, alongside specialising in HR subjects such as managing change, employment relations, culture, motivation and leadership, so you can develop a broad range of skills.
- Gain valuable international experience as part of your studies with our DMU Global programme. Previous trips have taken students overseas to destinations such as Copenhagen, New York, Berlin, San Diego and Toronto.
- During this course you will have the option to complete a paid placement year, an invaluable opportunity to put the skills developed during your degree into practice. Students have previously enjoyed placement opportunities with local, national and global organisations including the NHS, Marks & Spencer, Siemens, Lidl, and Rugby Borough Council.
- Our graduates have gone on to work for many leading brands in graduate roles such as HR adviser at Dunelm Head Office, learning and development manager at Miss Selfridge, HR consultant at Jaguar Land Rover and recruitment coordinator at BUPA.
Structure and assessment
Teaching and assessment
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test, which is typically weighted as follows in your first year:
- Exam: 30%
- Coursework: 70%
These assessment weightings are indicative only. The exact weighting may vary depending on option modules chosen by students and teaching methods deployed by the academic member of staff each year. Indicative assessment weighting and assessment type per module are shown as part of the module information. Again these are based on the current academic session.
Teaching contact hours
This is a full-time course and in total you should be prepared to devote approximately 38 hours a week to your studies. In the first year, you will typically have up to 14 contact hours of teaching most weeks. Teaching is through a mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars and lab sessions and the breakdown of these activity types is shown in each module description.
Other: In addition each module provides a two hour surgery each week for individual consultation with the lecturer. You will also have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor and careers and/or subject meetings scheduled throughout the year.
Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to use our on-line resources, participate in flipped or virtual classroom discussions on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study and revision for approximately 25 hours per week.
Subsequent years follow a similar pattern, however, the contact time will vary depending on your subject mix and options chosen, and the teaching methods appropriate to the module. Further details are contained in each module description.
Facilities and features
Hugh Aston Building
You will be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million.
Facilities also include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
The current home of De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), Campus Centre, has been completely refurbished to create a state-of-the-art environment for DSU improving the student experience.
The new-look Campus Centre is the hub for student life, on the ground floor is a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and SUpplies, DSU’s shop, selling art supplies stationary and clothing, and offering printing and binding services
Opportunities and careers
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Our #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).
An optional paid placement year offers invaluable professional experience.
We can help you secure a placement through activities such as mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and you will be assigned a personal tutor to support you throughout your placement.
We advertise posts in all locations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including some international posts.
Our students have taken placements with companies including Panasonic, Walt Disney, IBM, Barratt Homes and Volkswagen.
The course will prepare you for a career in business and management in the public, private or voluntary sectors, as all of these require skilled managers with a clear understanding of systems, efficiency and operational issues.
Recent graduates have progressed to careers such as HR Assistant at PwC, HR Consultant at Jaguar Land Rover, HR Manager at Royal Mail and Senior HR Analyst at Ford.
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