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Overview

How do people function and flourish in a business? What ethical codes should businesses follow? Will the role of employees change as business, technology and society changes? These are the sorts of questions HR professionals seek to answer and that you'll address on this course.

All businesses need employees who understand people management, and this degree is designed to train you in HR for the professional environment.

It's accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development to ensure your skills will be relevant and recognised by employers, and we incorporate as much hands-on experience and professional training as possible; you'll network with professionals, learn from guest speakers, and have the chance to take a work placement module.

The University of East London fosters an inclusive and open environment, welcoming students from all backgrounds, including many mature students and students from all over the world.

Our extended Foundation Year course is perfect if you want a degree in Business Management but you don't have the standard entry requirements. We prepare you for your degree during the Foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject. You can then go on to study the full undergraduate degree.

What makes this course different

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Placement

You can opt to have a placement year to gain hands on experience in the real world and effectively connect what you will have learnt at University to the industry.

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CIPD Accredited

The BSc Human Resource Management is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, ensuring you learn the professional skills that employers really need.

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HR rooted in Business Management

The course not only teaches you the practical principles of HR, but also gives you a broader understanding of business – from marketing to economics – to make you a more rounded and versatile employee.

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Professional experience

We incorporate as much hands-on experience and professional training as possible; you’ll network with professionals, learn from guest speakers, and can opt to choose a work placement module.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

The course covers a wide range of topics, rooting fundamental HR principles in a contemporary business context. You'll learn about the core functions of a business alongside specific HR themes such as recruitment, professional development, ethics, employee relations, and employment law.

The degree is structured to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of human resource management, while allowing you to choose from a range of options. You'll be able to explore specialisms in different areas such International HRM and study in a highly practical way through work placement module – HRM Work-Based Reflective Practice.

In the first year, you'll study a number of general business management topics (fundamentals of economics and business accounting, foundation in marketing, business statistics and data analysis) and receive an introduction to the basics of people management. This ensures you understand the role of HR within the larger function of a business, connecting staff management to the successful running of an organisation.

In the second year, you will further develop your understanding of HR in a practical setting. You'll learn about coordinating the HR function within a business as well as rewarding and incentivising staff, employment law, resourcing and talent management, and employment law for HR professionals. There are also a number of optional modules to choose from in the second year; you can either opt for learning and development or International HRM or HRM work-based reflective practice. 

In the final year, you will look at strategic human resource management and leadership in organisations, business ethic, and develop additional skills in business research, which will be fantastic for your employability prospects and career development. You will also study employee engagement and employee relations, human resource information system, and you will undertake an applied project in HR. These HRM-tailored modules will furnish you with excellent knowledge that is required in the global world of work. 

MODULES

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    Developing Academic Skills for Business

    The move from college to university requires the demonstration of skills that many new students find challenging. This module is designed to equip you with the techniques necessary for you to successfully complete your degree.

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    Developing Academic Literacy

    Your assessments at UEL will require you to independently conduct research in a variety of media, develop an academic style of writing and structure your work in a specific format. This module will introduce you to the practices behind the production of successful coursework in order to help you make the most of your studies.

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    Inside Business

    This module is designed to give you a broad introduction to the main functions within a business, and assess how associated decisions are made. The aim is to provide you with an understanding of the relevance of these key topics in preparation for future studies in Business or its associated specialisms.

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    Connecting to Business and Employment through Volunteering

    This module provides you with the opportunity to engage in an activity as a volunteer in a social enterprise or charity. The experience will enable you to witness business processes practice and enables you to identify and try different styles of work. The activity itself will offer you with valuable networking opportunities, the development of employability skills, and experience that can enhance your CV.

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    The Global Business Enterprise

    This module aims to offers you with a sound base in business and enterprise and support further studies. The module is built around developing your knowledge of the environment within which business, enterprise and entrepreneurship operate and will give you a solid scaffolding for expanding their knowledge of the area.

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    Mental Wealth 1: Academic and Digital Proficiency

    The module will equip you to succeed in both your studies and subsequent career. This includes the development of individual non-cognitive intelligence; digital proficiency; and cultural intelligence.

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    Fundamentals of Economics

    The module aims to enable you to develop an understanding of the basic economic concepts, theories, ideas and tools and their real-world application.

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    Foundations of Marketing

    The main aims of this module are to introduce you to the fundamentals of the Marketing discipline, many of which are developed further in subsequent Level 5 and Level 6 marketing study.

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    People and Organisations

    This module will introduce you to the variety of work organizations. You will also understand and explore the psychological, sociological and economic explanations of human behaviour in organisations.

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    Fundamentals of Business Accounting

    This module will develop and prepare you for entry into the professional workplace or further studies in accounting and finance. As part of this module, you will learn and develop a sound basis of theory and principles, accounting techniques and skills necessary as a foundation for further study and practical experience in accounting.

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    Mental Wealth 2: Graduate Employment Competencies

    This module will provide you with the opportunity to document the development of core employability skills and allow students to acquire tangible evidence to support your employability narrative at interviews.

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    Resourcing and Talent Management

    People resourcing and talent management is a specific field of HRM that is concerned with the mobilisation of the workforce; taking responsibility for ensuring that the organisation is able to access the skills it needs at the time and in the places that it needs them to drive sustained organisation performance. The module aim is for you to understand and critically evaluate the various strategies employed by organisations for managing people and their performance.

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    Employment Law

    The purpose of this module is to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to brief organisations on the consequences of current and future developments in employment law,and to give up-to-date, timely and accurate advice concerning the practical application of legal principles at work in different jurisdictions. The module will provide you with the key principles that underpin UK (or Irish) and EU employment law, their purpose, the major defences that employers are able to deploy when defending cases, and the potential organisational costs and reputational risks associated with losing them. Moreover, the focus is on situations that occur relatively regularly in workplaces rather than on more uncommon or obscure legal scenarios and on advanced knowledge of legislation or case law. Employment law continues to expand both in terms of volume and complexity and the amount of regulation covering the employment relationship and the workplace has grown substantially in recent years, including additional duties placed on public bodies to actively promote equality. While organisations can source specialist advice on more complex and unprecedented issues from legal advisers, senior human resource (HR) professionals need to be sufficiently aware of major, current and coming developments in the regulatory environment to ensure organisations are fully prepared and also able to anticipate legal problems associated with proposed decisions or plans before they are implemented. In the context of increasing numbers of claims to employment tribunals, they take a leading role in handling issues and disputes at work and in leading an organisation’s response when a formal legal claim is contemplated or pursued, including preparing and presenting responses to employment tribunal claims and they need to fulfil each of these requirements to a professional standard. The module promotes critical reflection on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.

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    Reward Management

    This module examines total rewards in an organisational and international context. The module provides you with the knowledge of reward professionals plan; how to implement and evaluate employee reward policies to support strategic organisational goals. You will acquire both theoretical and normative understanding of the diverse approaches to reward management and you will be able to critically reflect on the strengths and limitations of these approaches in promoting individual and organisational performance in a fair, reasonable and equitable way. You will also be furnished with the knowledge of the foundations for pay and benefits management in modern organisations in the private, public, and third sectors and how these traditions can be integrated into appropriate strategic designs. You will be able to comprehend the relationship between traditional, contingent, and developmental choices of rewards, the use of diagnostic and evaluative skills in designing flexible approaches to reward and the challenges of international and executive pay arrangements. You will be able to critically reflect on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint and for continuous professional development.

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    Learning and Development

    The main aims of this module are to provide you an appreciation of the factors to be considered when implementing and evaluating inclusive learning and development (L&D) activities within varying organisational.

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    International HRM

    International human resource management is specifically concerned with managing work and people in international context. Globalisation and the changing economic, demographic, and political landscape mean that what constitutes effective HRM and how it may best be practiced continues to develop and requires an international orientation. This module provides critical topics within the realm of IHRM that will enable you to understand the professional development of HR practitioners, which will help you in managing across national borders. The module combines the latest theory and research and opportunities for the application of knowledge to real-life, international HR issues. The module aim is to give you the knowledge, understanding and skills required by HR professionals operating within global organisations. In doing so, the module will introduce you to topics such as MNCs, international assignments and resourcing; training and development: developing global leaders and expatriates; global performance management; work-life balance within an international context; global rewards management, among others.

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    HRM Work-Based Reflective Practice

    To provide you with experience of work including familiarisation with the professional work environment. The module will be underpinned by employability skills training, reflective assessment and support from the Module Leader. You will reflect through their assessment allowing all parties to engage with the process and progress before, during, and after the placement. During the placement you will be supported by your module leader to ensure that the aims and outcomes of the placement are met.

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    Optional placement

    This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge. 

    The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.

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    Mental Wealth 3: Global Enterprise and Consultancy Practice

    This module will develop core employability skills and allow you to develop and demonstrate skills in (i) the analysis of a problem (ii) planning and organising a task, including time management (iii) exercising judgement in the light of observed and published data (iv) compiling a report, (v) teamwork and collaboration and (vi) use of appropriate technologies.

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    Applied HR Project

    This project allows you to take a critical and analytical approach to an organisational problem within a rapidly changing and uncertain environment. You will conduct a project from conceptualisation of the problem through to reporting of the problem, and making recommendations for change.

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    Employee Engagement & Employment Relations

    This module aims to facilitate your critical understanding of the approaches and underlying values of managing people within organisations, through the analysis of models and applications of employee engagement.

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    Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS)

    HRIS plays a key role in the development, implementation and maintenance of systems associated with the collection, retrieval, accessibility and usage of employee information for HR department planning and activities. You will develop skills and competencies to identify areas of opportunity to improve existing HRIS processes, functionality and work flow, and maximize technological capabilities to reduce manual processes (i.e. annual performance review process and other systems) and to improve data management and efficiency.

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

We use a huge range of teaching methods to ensure you develop new skills and techniques as well as the specialist HR knowledge you'll need in your career. We care about your employability, so our staff provide exceptional support throughout your degree.

Here are some of the ways you'll learn throughout the course:

  • Lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops.
  • Role-plays: e.g. playing the role of employer/trade union in a mock negotiation. This may be filmed to enable you to reflect and receive feedback.
  • Practical tasks: e.g. designing, delivering and evaluating some training, or writing a job description and person specification.
  • Independent study, supported by our specialist business library and a selection of digital materials, handbooks, notes and other resources.
  • Working in a team to share ideas and insights.
  • Guest speakers representing a cross-section of business and HR expertise.

There’s also a fantastic opportunity to travel abroad, where you'll work on a social enterprise project with fellow students from other countries. In previous years, our students have travelled to Bahrain, China, the United States and Thailand, to name a few.

You'll develop key skills in every module you take and we'll also support you with the latest thinking from our business research centres.

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

Foundation Year - 100% coursework.

Assessment will be based on practical and vocational skills as well theoretical knowledge. As a result you will be assessed through a variety of methods, ensuring different aspects of your skill set are acknowledged and rewarded – these methods include; coursework, essays, examinations, industry-related practice, presentations, project work, practical reports, portfolio development and group work.

The variety of assessment techniques also ensures you are exposed to different ways of working that will be useful in your future career; keeping a portfolio and working on projects are natural ways of working in industry that will be encouraged during your studies.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

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WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Dr Toyin Ajibade Adisa

Course Leader for the BSc HRM programme. Dr Adisa undertakes research in the field of HRM/OB and teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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What we're researching

At the University of East London we are working on the some of the big issues that will define our future; from sustainable architecture and ethical AI, to health inequality and breaking down barriers in the creative industries.

Our students and academics are more critically engaged and socially conscious than ever before. Discover some of the positive changes our students, alumni and academics are making in the world.

Please visit our Research section to find out more.

Why Choose UEL?

Adeola Lawal chose UEL because it allowed her flexibility to study whilst being a mum.

As a mature student, I really enjoyed my time at UEL and the incredible learning experience. I would not be where I am today without UEL.

Pamela Thompson, Business Management (Human Resource Management), BA (Hons)

YOUR FUTURE CAREER

The course is ideal preparation for a career in HR – you will learn the specific, practical skills that employers need, while also learning about broader business topics that can be applied in a variety of roles and industries. The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, demonstrating to employers that your knowledge of HR will be comprehensive and up-to-date.

You will also have the option of studying an entrepreneurship module that will be valuable for students who want to start their own businesses – our very own Knowledge Dock is an on-campus resource that can help you incubate your business ideas and secure funding.

Our location in east London gives us access to some of the most iconic, innovative and dynamic businesses in the world; from the established financial centre of Canary Wharf, to booming Stratford and the surrounding area known as the 'Silicon Roundabout'. We host events, conferences and workshops at UEL in partnership with many of the businesses that are right on our doorstep and give students the opportunity to gather experience and contacts during their degree.

This business-led approach extends all the way through the course, with the opportunity to take a work placement module, learn from business leaders in the region, visit local organisations and network with professionals.

We place emphasis on a vocational approach to teaching, allowing you to develop a wide range of employability skills through experience and training. We also have a superb employability team that works with students to find placements, projects, graduate schemes and full-time employment, combining careers advice with practical training in interview technique and CV writing.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.