This industry-accredited degree allows you to study human resource management (HRM) using a combination of economic, political, psychological and sociological methods.
You’ll develop analytical, quantitative, computing and other transferable skills required by employers as well as a mature understanding of the modern economy, the nature of business and the role HRM can play within it. Optional modules will allow you to study diverse topics such as corporate social responsibility, diversity management and business ethics among many others.
Leeds University Business School is a leader in the field of HRM and one of the few Russell Group universities to offer the subject at undergraduate level.
We are proud to be one of a select number of universities to hold professional accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), meaning you will be eligible for Associate membership of the CIPD once you have completed your degree.
We are proud to be one of only a small number of universities to hold professional accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), meaning you will be eligible for Associate membership of the CIPD once you have completed your degree. See Additional costs below for details of CIPD membership fees.
- Course content
Our degrees have a modular structure. This means that compulsory modules provide you with the core knowledge and skills that you need, while optional and discovery modules allow you to shape your course to suit your personal interests and career aspirations.
A suite of compulsory modules in Year 1 will give you a broad introduction to the nature of businesses and those who work within them. You’ll study organisational behaviour, the sociology of work, organisation theory and an understanding of the nature of leadership. At the same time, you’ll put this into the context of the broader economy and the institution which directly impact on business and employees.
You’ll build on this foundation in the following year, when you’ll examine how the principles of organisational behaviour work in practice. Compulsory modules will also consider management culture, the reshaping of the organisation in the 21st century, industrial relations and the legal and economic context in which businesses operate and recruit and retain employees. Optional modules will give you the chance to examine a broader topic like corporate social responsibility or marketing.
When you reach your final year, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of employment law and examine the challenges and principles of human resource management. In addition, you’ll select from a wider range of optional modules on topics from management consulting to gender and equality in the workplace, or employment relations around the world. The culmination of your studies is your dissertation – an independently researched project on a topic of your choice that allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Year 1
- Enterprise in Action 10 credits
- Leadership in Business 10 credits
- Personal Tutorials for HRM 10 credits
- Economic Institutions (Labour) 10 credits
- Economic Institutions (Industry) 10 credits
- Business and Society (Combined) 20 credits
- Organisational Behaviour 20 credits
- Economics for Management 20 credits
- Year 2
- Management, Work and Organisations 10 credits
- Contemporary Industrial Relations 10 credits
- Contemporary Human Resource Management 20 credits
- Labour Economics 10 credits
- Business and the Legal Environment 20 credits
- HRM Research Practice and personal tutorials 20 credits
- Year 3
- Human Resource Management Dissertation 40 credits
- Strategic Human Resource Management 20 credits
- Employment Law 20 credits
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
You’ll be taught using a range of methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops. The rest of your time will be spent in independent learning, which allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis. Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.
You’ll also benefit from dedicated academic counselling from your Head of Year, a lecturer in your subject area who will meet you individually during the year and act as a personal tutor.
We use a variety of assessment methods to help you develop a range of transferable skills that you’ll need in professional life. These are likely to include coursework, exams, oral presentations, group reports and dissertations.
- Entry requirements, fees and applying
Mathematics grade B/5 and English Language grade B/6 or equivalent, or an appropriate English language qualification.
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications for this course.
- Access to HE Diploma
We consider the Access to Higher Education Diploma to be suitable for mature UK/EU applicants (21+ at the start of the undergraduate programme) who have been out of full-time education and have not passed or completed qualifications that would allow them to study at degree level (for example, an applicant who has left school after completing GCSEs).
Applicants must complete a Business-related diploma of 60 credits with 45 credits at Level 3. A minimum of 30 Level 3 credits must be awarded at Distinction level and 15 at Merit.
Applicants are expected to meet the GCSE Maths and English Language minimum requirements for their chosen degree programme.
Please note, all who apply with the Access to Higher Education Diploma are interviewed and must present a recent piece of academic writing for review.
We will accept the BTEC National Extended Diploma in Business with Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction* (an academic A Level is not required). We will consider other BTEC qualifications alongside academic A-levels. Read more about our BTEC entry requirements.
- Cambridge Pre-U
D3, M1, M1. Please note that this requirement excludes the Cambridge Pre-U Certificate in Global Perspectives and Independent Research. We also consider applicants who offer a combination of Pre-U and A-Level qualifications. Please contact email@example.com for further advice.
- International Baccalaureate
35 points overall including 5 in Standard level/Maths Studies or 4 in Higher level Maths and 5 in English (Standard or Higher Level), with 16 points from Higher Level subjects.
For those candidates who meet our Maths or English requirements through another qualification, these minimum points for Maths or English in the IB Diploma do not apply. If you are presenting Literature and Performance as one of your International Baccalaureate subjects, you will need to present a separate English qualification.
- Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
Applicants must obtain 4 H2 grades and 2 H3 grades in the Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level). Maths and English Language will be accepted at Ordinary level in lieu of GCSEs. A grade of O3 is required for GCSE B/5 (Maths) or GCSE B/6 (English).
- Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
Scottish Highers and Scottish Advanced Highers are acceptable for entry onto our degree programmes in the following combinations: six Highers at AAAABB or one Advanced Higher at A with five Highers at AABBB, or two Advanced Highers at AB with five Highers AABBB. We will also accept three Advanced Highers at AAB. Intermediate 2 / National 5 Maths and English are acceptable in lieu of GCSE requirements on a grade for grade basis.
Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.
Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.
If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:
If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
How to apply
Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
The deadline for international students to apply to Leeds University Business School courses is 30 June.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £19,750 (per year)
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250.
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 will be £9,250.
The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.
The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
Additional cost information
An additional fee is payable to fulfil CIPD accreditation. Whilst studying the course you will have the option to join as a Student Member and once you have graduated you will be eligible for Associate Membership. CIPD membership is optional and you are not required to join in order to complete the course. Please visit the CIPD website for the most up-to-date fee information.
All students who choose to take the final year optional module Contemporary Management Consulting will have the opportunity to register with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). By paying this fee you will be registered with the CMI and if you successfully complete the module you will receive the CMI Level 5 Certificate in Professional Consulting.
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.
- Career opportunities
This degree is an excellent qualification for individuals seeking a career in human resource management and other management roles that demand an understanding of the human element of business. Because you’ll be eligible for Associate Membership of CIPD, you’ll be able to use the designation Assoc CIPD to demonstrate this to employers.
Over the past few years graduates have used this flexible degree to go into jobs such as a Human Resources Manager, Business Development Manager, HR Consultant, Advertising Executive, Business and Solution Analyst, Purchasing Manager, Brand Management Trainee, Sales Executive, and various leading graduate schemes.
Find out more about Careers and Employability in Leeds University Business School
You will be supported throughout your studies by the Business School’s dedicated Employability and Opportunity team who will help you develop and demonstrate the professional skills and experience that top employers are looking for through one-to-one support, workshops and lectures from graduate employers, including PwC, L’Oréal, Mars, Unilever and SMEs.
The Employability and Opportunity team also work with a large network of experienced professionals from companies such as Barclays, M&S and KPMG, who volunteer as mentors on our Nurturing Talent Mentor Scheme. Applying for the scheme is a competitive process and it offers Business School students a wide range of benefits as they are mentored on a one-to-one basis for one academic year.
In addition, Leeds University Business School students also have full access to the University Careers Centre and Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Studies. Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
- Placement opportunities
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Read more about Study Year Abroad
Year in industry
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to spend a year on placement with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors, in the UK or overseas.
Read more about the Year in Industry
Year in enterprise
EU students with a viable business plan have the opportunity to apply for a year in enterprise as part of this course. During this year you will start your own business with support from the University including advice, office space and living costs allowance.
Read more about the Year in Enterprise
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