- Upon successful graduation, you will eligible for Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
- During your second year, you will complete a Professional Work Placement or Applied HR Consultancy Project, designed to develop your experience in managing real life issues in the workplace.
- Apply contemporary research to explore the latest HR issues, including talent management and embracing diversity.
- Develop the knowledge and skills that employers value and graduate ‘business ready’, with the ability to think critically, innovate, whilst adapting to volatile, ambiguous or complex situations.
- During your first year of study, your classes will start no earlier than 10am, and your teaching will take place on the same two days each week*. This gives you the time to travel to campus, and the flexibility to fit your study around other commitments.
- We offer all students the opportunity to apply for a one-year, paid work placement during their degree.
Our Human Resource Management programme will give you an excellent basis for a career in human resources in a range of organisations; both public and private. It is designed to make you a ‘business ready’ graduate: a confident, independent thinker, equipped with the skills to adapt rapidly to change.
The extended degree includes a foundation year, which provides students with a sound introduction to key elements needed for studying business at degree level. Our extended degrees in the Business School give students a thorough and supportive academic preparation for study. The foundation year is carefully designed to build confidence in students’ abilities, develop key academic and study skills, and provide the subject specific knowledge essential for success.
As a human resources specialist, you will learn how businesses get the most out of their employees, and the skills for successful people management. You will also gain an understanding of key concepts such as managing people, operations, marketing and finance. Additionally, you will learn how businesses can operate effectively and ethically in a culturally diverse environment.
In readiness for your future career, this course will help you develop a range of skills that employers value: the ability to identify and solve business problems and to effectively communicate your ideas. You will develop key attributes such as commercial acumen, self-reflection and emotional intelligence and gain skills in research and project management. This degree also includes an option for a semester-long Professional Work Placement during your second year, during which you will gain first-hand experience to develop your career and apply what you have learnt.
This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). On successful completion of your degree, you will be eligible for Associate Membership of the CIPD. During your studies you will have access to a wealth of resources through student membership. These include:
- Study guides
- HR factsheets
- CIPD research reports
- Business and learning and development journals
You will also be able to network with HR professionals at a number of CIPD events giving you the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills as well as your industry connections. The University of Roehampton will pay the joining fee and student membership fee for all BSc HRM students during your first year of study.
Our academics have a wealth of experience in organisations that will support you to connect your learning to the realities of business and management. You will be supported throughout by your Personal Tutor, who will work with you to map your career development and provide guidance on your learning. Belonging to the Roehampton Business School, gain access to our extensive range of employability events, including workshops, and employer exhibitions. Alongside this, we provide a wide range of other opportunities to develop and learn, including a career mentoring scheme, student-led Business Society and online careers portal.
You will graduate confident about your personal values, with knowledge and experience to solve business problems ethically and with an ongoing passion for continuous personal and professional development.
During the foundation year, you will take modules in English and Maths which will develop your core academic and study skills. The syllabus includes a year-long module relevant to your chosen degree subject, such as Business Essentials. This will provide you with a subject specific knowledge in Business which is essential for success in your degree.
Throughout your degree, we focus on supporting you to recognise, track and develop your own increasing ability to add value to organisations. This is achieved through our Business Readiness modules where, working with your Personal Tutor, you will gather evidence of your knowledge, skills and attributes. This will demonstrate to prospective employers how you can play a key role in their organisation.
In your first year, you will learn to recognise your personal strengths and weaknesses through a process of self-assessment and reflection, and understand your role in a team. You will practise these skills in a variety of team problem-based activities and scenarios. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to establish an overview of business organisations in a global context and be introduced to key areas of business such as finance, marketing and management.
In your second year, you will continue to develop your business readiness, and be introduced to the theory and practice of managing people and their careers. A key feature of the year is the opportunity to take a semester-long Professional Work Placement where you will be able to apply theory to practice and develop your employability. Other modules include Managing People & Careers, Contemporary Developments in Employee Relations, and Resourcing and Talent Planning.
In your third year, you will look at human resources management in an international context, and also develop an understanding of employment law. This will complement other modules such as Business Ethics & Responsible Management. You will also undertake a dissertation, focusing on an area of human resources management of your choice.
Here are some of the varied modules we currently offer:
Optional extended professional placement
All students will have the option to apply for a 12 month full-time Extended Professional Placement, in a role with graduate level learning opportunities. Students will complete this between years 2 and 3 of the programme.
Required zero-credit module
Business Readiness (Year 2)
Optional Extended Professional Placement
From September 2018, all new students starting an undergraduate business degree will have the option to apply for a 12-month full-time professional placement in a role with graduate-level learning opportunities. Students will complete this between years 2 and 3 of the programme.
Required zero-credit module
What is business readiness?
Whether you want to work for a multi-national, SME or public sector organisation, our courses equip you with the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to succeed in business management. Each of our undergraduate business degrees is underpinned by the idea of ‘business readiness’. While with us, you will engage with a three-year compulsory Business Readiness module. It will ensure that when you graduate, you will be able to demonstrate to employers the value that you can add to their organisation.
Why do I need to be business ready?
It is critical that you are able to stand out in the graduate job market. You will be able to evidence the knowledge, skills (including critical analysis, problem solving and expressing ideas verbally and in writing), and values, (your work ethos and resilience). These things combined make you ‘Business Ready’
Employers desire evidence of professional experience in the role that you are applying for. You will have a wealth of experiences gained through your course and through volunteering, part-time work experience, student projects, and other activities. The Business Readiness module, guides you in crafting experiences into a personal narrative that evidences the knowledge, skills and attributes that you could contribute to an organisation.
How do I become business ready?
Business ready is designed into all Roehampton Business School programmes, where every module has opportunities for you to practice and simulate business readiness and employability skills. Each module has three key components:
- Knowledge and Understanding – Theories and concepts
- Intellectual Skills –Applying theories and concepts to business situations
- Transferable Skills – The practical skills that employers value
The compulsory Business Readiness modules incorporate discussion and reflection. You will compile a list of the skills you are gaining and chart your development in a way that articulates how you can enrich the organisations that will employ you.
You will be encouraged to take advantage of opportunities beyond the classroom, run by the Business School and the broader University. These include:
- Developing industry connections. Meeting fellow students and executives, managers, entrepreneurs and other professionals - many of whom are Roehampton alumni. With students from more than 140 countries on campus, and the opportunity to study abroad, you will be able to widen your network beyond the UK.
- Presenting yourself to recruiters. As part of your degree, you will learn how to pitch yourself, how to evidence your attributes and skills, and how to highlight the added value you can offer organisations. You will get practical support with CVs and guided interview simulations.
- Guest speakers. Over the course of your degree, you will hear from a range of guest speakers. Recent speakers have come from Haymarket Media Ltd, Santander and KPMG. You will also have the opportunity to visit companies and meet with business leaders.
- Business Advisory Board. Our board of senior business leaders works to support the development of the Business School, ensuring that your degree reflects latest business.
- Volunteering. Our students' union has an extensive volunteering programme, through which large numbers of our students work on projects that benefit our local community. There are also opportunities to get involved on campus, including as a programme rep, flat rep, student council rep, or on one of the sports teams.
- Professional Body events. You will be encouraged to attend events organised by professional bodies, such as ACCA, CMI and CIPD, who accredit our degrees.
- Roehampton Business Society (URBS). The URBS is a student-run society that brings together business students and professionals, provides opportunities to attend business events (both on campus and in London), and enter into national business competitions.
The Roehampton Business School offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement.
A placement year is the perfect opportunity to implement the ‘business readiness’ skills you will learn in year one and two, whilst gaining valuable work experience.
If you successfully secure a work placement, you will develop your CV during the year, and will be provided with access to the University’s support services and regular academic guidance from the Business School.
The opportunity to make connections in your chosen industry will greatly improve your career prospects and equip you with the experience you need to secure a graduate-level job with a higher graduate salary.
The Business School will offer support in applying for placements, however a placement cannot be guaranteed.
This course will prepare you to work in HR roles such as recruitment and selection specialist, employee relations or personnel manager, training and development advisor, diversity and equal opportunity advisor or performance management specialist.
*This currently applies to students in their first year only.