|Tuition fee type||Cost (per annum)|
|Full time home/EU tuition fee:||£9,250 per annum*|
|Full time international tuition fee:||£11,630 per annum|
*Subject to yearly increases
About your course
The professionally accredited BA (Hons) Human Resource Management at Liverpool John Moores University is taught by academics with direct professional experience of working in HRM roles.
- Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) with emphasis on real-world case studies and role play (skills practice) to enhance essential practical and academic skills
- Opportunities to undertake a year's professional placement or voluntary work and internships supporting the development of requisite skills for CIPD Associate membership
- High levels of personal support to help you achieve your full potential
- Diverse range of career opportunities, including HR business partner, recruitment consultant, training and development, employment relations adviser, coaching and mentoring, HR pay and benefit support, online HR practitioner services and equality advisor
- If you want to study on a part-time basis, we also offer BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management
- International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more
Taking the part-time route for my undergraduate and now postgraduate qualifications has been a positive and cost effective way of achieving my academic goals while working full-time in a demanding job. The end result is that I am now well qualified and have achieved this at a pace that balanced study, work and family while incurring no debt.
Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.
To give you a real taste of the world of HR, we strongly encourage you to spend a year on professional placement between your second and third years. This experience allows you to put into practice skills acquired on the course and conduct a piece of assessed research. If you acquire the appropriate employer-verified skills during your placement, you will be able to build your portfolio to upgrade your CIPD student membership to Associate member (Assoc CIPD).
If you choose not to take up the placement option, however, there will be the option of voluntary and intern opportunities and specialist modules to develop the skills and experience needed for CIPD membership.
This practical experience, together with CIPD membership, will prove invaluable when you first enter the highly competitive graduate job market.
Support and guidance
Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.
Networking is an effective way to make new contacts and improve your career prospects, and so the HR team at LJMU is currently bringing together a community of undergraduate and postgraduate HR students and practitioners who can learn from and support each other. We run a series of events throughout the year and invite all our students, from first year undergraduates to doctoral students.
During your studies you will also have the continual support of a personal tutor who will meet with you one-to-one to discuss assessments, monitor progress and help you to formulate your career plans. We also provide study support classes should you need extra help with assessments.
Human Resource managers need to be strategic thinkers as well as leaders and able to translate theoretical concepts into practical reality.
Their ultimate goal is to boost the morale of an organisation thereby reducing staff turnover and increasing productivity. For this they need high levels of interpersonal skills, self-motivation, adaptability and persuasiveness. If this sounds like you, the degree in Human Resource Management at LJMU is an ideal starting point from which to launch your career.
This course explores the legal aspects of business and employment, business management and employment relations. There is emphasis on case study and role play to enhance your practical as well as academic skills and 'working life' events give you a first-hand view of HRM in action, with regular input from professionals. We also include visits to employers to develop understanding of business operations and the vital role that HR plays in organisational success, and 'a day in the life of' sessions with current HR managers so that students have a broad understanding of the profession.
By the time you graduate, you will have developed the high-level leadership and management skills that enable you to make a significant contribution to organisations and the individuals who work for them.
We support a HR Community of programmes offering shared events and Master Classes to undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as HR professionals to encourage networking and development of professional practice. We have a Facebook site, 'LJMU HR students' and graduating students have continued to engage with the site offering advice and alerting current students to prospective job opportunities.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
- Introduction to HR
- Academic and Digital Skills
- Business Finance and Budgeting Skills for HR
- Organisational Behaviour and Psychology
- Social, Political and Legal Context of HR
- HR Practitioner Skills
- Management Practice
- Leadership and Management
- HR Professional Practice
- Development, Coaching and Performance
- Advanced Selection Practice
- Introduction to Research Methods
- Strategic HR Theory and Practice
- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
- Employment Relations and Legal Framework
- Organisational Development and Change Management
- Strategic HR Competencies
- Dissertation and Impact Report
The following option modules are typically offered:
- International HRM and HRD
- HR Consultancy
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.Programme specification document (PDF)
Teaching and learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources.
Teaching is delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and individual support meetings, plus e-learning support and email surgeries with tutors. We also encourage you to use our virtual learning environment, Blackboard, and networking opportunities provided through programme community meetings and Facebook.
As with any degree-level programme, private study is a significant and important part of your learning, as it will give you a wider perspective on your subject area as well developing the commitment to a life-long skill that will prove invaluable to your future career.
Professional practice and behaviours are part of the learning experience and you will have opportunities to get involved with CIPD events, support the management of events and master classes, and shadow Liverpool Group Committee roles. You will also be able to become a Friend of the Liverpool Group Committee, giving you access to a wide range of events and networking opportunities.
Expert tuition and support.
Your tutors have all worked in the field of human resource management and have an excellent record of developing HR professionals. We have been providing postgraduate education for HR professionals for over 40 years and have an excellent reputation with CIPD both at local group, branch and national level.
- Maureen Royce is the Programme Leader for the suite of HR Programmes and is the CIPD Education and Development Officer for Merseyside and North Cheshire
- Dr Mina Beigi is an HR researcher and teaches International HR
- Jason Bogh is Level 5 Personal Tutor and teaches Leadership, Performance and Research Methods
- Dr Peter Cureton works nationally with CIPD in the field of quality enhancement and he is Level 6 Personal Tutor, teaching Resourcing and Talent Management and HR Strategy
- Dr Trisha Harrison is the Level 4 Personal Tutor and works with students on developing resilience
- Dr Lilian Otaye teaches Equality and Professional Pactice
- Dr Rachel Robins manages the part-time programme and teaches Organisational Development
- Greg Sheen is Year One Tutor for the part-time programme and teaches Business and Finance and Learning and Skills
- Charlotte Tommins specialises in Employment Relations at both undergraduate and postgraduate level
The team are active researchers who regularly present their findings at national and international conferences, so you can be confident that the curriculum is directly informed by the latest research and trends in HR.
All the tutors have experience and expertise both in academic attainment and the world of commerce and this is reflected in the teaching we do on the programme.
Assessment and feedback
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, usually a combination of exams and coursework.
We understand that each student performs differently depending on the way they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. These include:
- case studies
- summaries of e-discussions
- group and individual presentations
- poster presentations of research practical assessments, such as mock interviews
- records of learning
Many of our modules use formative assessment providing informal opportunities for feedback before the assessment is submitted.
Your tutors will aim to provide assessment feedback within 15 working days, and will happily discuss it with you one-to-one. This is particularly important as it gives you a chance to identify your strengths as well as the areas that may need further attention. We adopt the ethos that assessments are an essential part of your learning experience. You demonstrate your progress and development to yourself and us. We have tutors and sessions in place to offer additional support in key areas if this is required.
Furthermore your graduate skills and World of Work Skills Certificate details will be published in your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), providing employers with extensive evidence of your development as a professional as well as your academic achievements at LJMU. We will actively support you to complete your World of Work bronze award. Additional awards in Equality and Mentoring are being developed to further support the development of your skills.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications
Application and selection
The following criteria are desirable but not essential. We will use them to rank applications. Please demonstrate your development of these attributes in the personal statement included in your application:A critical interest in how societies are constructed and the issues and challenges presentedA questioning mindGood analytical skillsGood reading and information retrieval skills - obtaining information from a range of sources and using it to support analysisThe ability to construct and critically assess arguments
GCSE and equivalents
- •Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
- Is general studies acceptable? Yes
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Average A Level offer: BCC
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D from a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken
- Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM in a relevant subject required if no other Level 3 qualification taken
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: At least 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits, or any other combination that equates to 104 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: 104 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level
Additional entry requirement information
Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.
International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.
Mature and non standard applicants may be invited to attend interviewIELTS
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
NoIs RPL accepted on this programme? International requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
Finance and fees
Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.
Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.
LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.
LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.
The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.
In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.
If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.
The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.
Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.
As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.
For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:
- Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
- Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
- UK field trips
- Educational visits
- Student exchanges
- Criminal Records Bureau checks
- Professional sector regulatory body membership
- Governing body awards
In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.
The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.
Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.
For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance
Paying back your student loans
Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.
The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.
Career prospects in Human Resource Management related roles remain strong and our students do well even in a tough economic environment
The skills in communication, self-motivation, adaptability and persuasiveness that you will acquire through this course open up a diverse range of careers in this popular field. They range from consultancy, general human resource or personnel management, training, learning and development, recruitment, talent and resourcing, online and phone-based HR support, equal opportunities and diversity, reward, pay and benefits, employment law advice, coaching and mentoring services, performance management, health, safety and wellbeing, welfare and employment policies, communication systems, information systems for HRM, and work psychology.
Recent graduates have enjoyed considerable success despite the recession, gaining HR roles in companies as diverse as London Underground, Toyota, Wirral University Teaching Hospital, Siemens and Morrisons.
We also have progression routes to postgraduate study so that your knowledge can develop as your career progresses. The MA Human Resource Management at LJMU develops the professional knowledge and skills to support Chartered Membership of CIPD.
The World of Work and graduate skills agenda forms an integral part of the BA Human Resource Management programme. Students are encouraged through Personal Development Planning and specific feedback in each of the modules to understand how the skills and knowledge they have acquired supports the role of HR practitioners in the real world. Students work with the CIPD Behavioural mapping from first year on to position themselves and show personal development in the key behaviours and skills valued in the marketplace.
Professional accreditation / links
This degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). If you successfully complete this programme, you will also achieve the Intermediate Level Professional Standards for CIPD leading to Associate Membership.
You will be enrolled as a student member of CIPD at the end of Level 5, with your fees being paid by LJMU for both your placement year and Level 6 (final year).
We have excellent links with the CIPD, both nationally and locally, which enable us to maintain our high standards of teaching, learning and assessment. Prizes are awarded annually from CIPD Liverpool Group and local employers to students who excel in both the academic and the practitioner elements of the programme.
Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.
Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.
For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.
International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes
LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/
English language qualifications
All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.
This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.
Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.
For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.
To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.
|Type of Programme||IELTS||Pearson|
|International Foundation Programme||4.5||50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)|
|Undergraduate degrees||6.0||50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)|
English language support to improve IELTS
If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.
International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.
When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.
In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £7,200 to pay for their living costs (or £800 per month).
LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £7,200. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £4,800.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)
If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.
You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/
Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (firstname.lastname@example.org)for guidance.
Your visa application
As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.
Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:
- A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
- Evidence of financial support for the programme
- Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
- All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
- A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes