In such a competitive time for businesses, and as organisations continue to grow and develop, getting the best out of a workforce is integral to success. Those with an understanding of how people can shape and influence an organisation are in a great position to help businesses succeed.
This course will introduce you to the principles and practice of successful human resource management (HRM). Modules such as HRM in the Workplace will focus on analysing the application of HRM practices within contemporary organisations. Managing Equality and Diversity will explore and debate the concept of equality in the workplace against a backdrop of growing diversity within the labour force.
Study core modules, such as Global Business Issues, People Management, Critical HRM and Employment Relations, and choose from a range of optional modules, including, Organisational Management and Business Ethics, to tailor your learning to your interests.
Many of our academic and teaching-staff draw on years of industry-experience, bringing real-world techniques into the classroom.
- Our course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), giving you the opportunity to pursue a degree pathway leading to Associate membership of the CIPD.
- Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in globally renowned organisations, including Telegraph Media Group, Jaguar Land Rover, PwC and Mondelez.
- Our DMU Works team will offer support to help you gain the skills and qualities that today’s employers are looking for through placement opportunities with local, national and global companies. Previous students have worked for Airbus, Ametek, IBM, Marks and Spencer, DHL and the NHS.
- Enjoy an international experience linked directly to your studies with our DMU Global programme. Past students have had the opportunity to broaden their understanding of HRM on visits to Berlin, San Diego and Toronto.
- Benefit from our strong industry links, as well as insight and learning support from guest lecturers, which keeps your studies relevant to current practice and developments. Guest speakers have included DMU’s Chief Operating Officer Ben Browne and Simon Allen, Senior Adviser at ACAS.
Reasons to study Human Resource Management at DMU:
- Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Approved Centre
ensuring you learn the latest developments and practice relevant to the profession
- Gain a CIPD Intermediate Qualification and Associate membership of the CIPD (Assoc CIPD)
upon graduation, subject to module choice
- Benefit from the expertise of our lecturers, many of whom have worked in business
and bring real-world experience into the classroom
- Real-world experience and internationally renowned research in the classroom
Through lecturers who have worked in industry and produced renowned research in the areas of Work, Employment and Organisation
- Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
trips have included Copenhagen, New York, Berlin, San Diego and Toronto
- Placement opportunities with local, national and global companies
including NHS, Marks and Spencer, Siemens, Lidl, Rugby Borough Council
- Our alumni are employed by leading brands in graduate roles
including Employer Relations Executive at Thomas Cook, Talent Resource Co-ordinator at Telegraph Media Group, HR Consultant at Jaguar Land Rover and HR Manager at the Royal Mail
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: 28%
- Coursework: 72%
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, with a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks on the ground floor. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets, as well as 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.
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 in HR with companies including O2 (Telefonica), IBM, the NHS, Marks and Spencer and Siemens.
A degree in HRM is an excellent starting point for a career in HR, training and development, industrial relations or other areas of management and professional administration.
Your career prospects will also benefit from our strong links with the CIPD.
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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