2022/23 entry

BA (Hons) Human Resource Management

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Full time

Course Duration:

3 years, 4 years with placement

UCAS code:

N600

Points required:

104

Campus:

Mt Pleasant

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
£9,250
International (full-time):
£16,100
Placement (home student):
£1,850
Placement (international student):
£3,650
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090

Faculty of Business and Law:

0151 231 8080

busadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

International enquiries

international@ljmu.ac.uk

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Why study Human Resource Management at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • 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
  • 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
  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more
  • Top-up degree available for those with existing qualifications

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.

The goal of Human Resource Management is to boost the morale of an organisation thereby reducing staff turnover and increasing productivity. For this you 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 page, 'LJMU HR students' and graduating students have continued to engage with the page offering advice and alerting current students to prospective job opportunities.

Liverpool Business School has partnerships with business schools at universities and colleges across Europe, in the USA and in China.  Students on this programme are able to spend a semester in their second year at a partner university abroad as part of their studies.  Students can also choose to spend an additional year of study at one of our partner universities between the second and third years.  All study abroad opportunities are in English.  There are also many supported opportunities for activities at partner universities during summer vacations and Liverpool Business School provides places on language skills courses. 

"This course is excellent for individuals seeking to pursue a career in Human Resources or in Business Management. The modules cover many different areas of Human Resources and equip you in applying the knowledge and course content to real life situations. Most importantly, the support and guidance provided by the Lecturers was invaluable. The Teaching Team were very encouraging and helped me to achieve the best grade I could."

Elizabeth Olson, graduate

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.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)

Money

  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.

Employability

Career prospects in Human Resource Management related roles remain strong and our students do well even in a tough economic environment

Liverpool Business School has historically had an excellent employment record with graduates securing graduate-level positions with leading employers in public and private sectors.  These include Everton Football Club, Kellogg company, Santander and Deloitte.

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.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

Applicant key information

Course review and revalidation.

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

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What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.


Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 4

Core modules

Organisational Behaviour
20 credits

To provide a comprehensive foundation for theoretical and practical applications relevant to the management of behaviour in organisations. The topic will explore the theoretical, conceptual areas of Organisational Behaviour, as well as providing ample opportunities for students to work in groups dealing with problem solving and analysis across a range of cases and activities. The workshop will also facilitate and develop communication, learning and reflective skills. Formative feedback will be given throughout the course.

Academic and Business Skills
20 credits

This module will prepare you for academic life at university and to ensure that you can apply academic and digital skills online. You will develop awareness of the internal and external business environments and explore economic factors influencing business decisions. Also, you will develop awareness and skills in finance, budgeting and financial planning with particular respect to HR activities.

Introduction to HR
20 credits

This module will summarise and discuss the influences shaping HR policy and practice in the past, present and future. It will also discuss influences shaping HR policy and practice in the past, present and future.

Social, Political, Economic and Legal Context of HR
20 credits

This module will use 'lived history' case studies to demonstrate how history and sociology has impacted on HR practice and employee legislation. It will recognise the significance of the EU, state, trade union and employers and how they have historically shaped the contemporary employment relationship. It will explore how politics has sculptured HR practice over the decades and review who are the key actors/agencies.

HR Practitioner Skills
20 credits

The aim of this module is to develop key skills in HR practitioners to enhance employability and give a practical toolkit to support theoretical perspectives. You will be able to manage yourself and relationships at work in ways consistent with professional codes of practice, understand how to conduct interviews and meetings in respect of Job appointments; Performance Review; Employee engagement and Discipline and Grievance.

Management Practice
20 credits

The aim of this module is to develop an awareness of integrated business from a cross functional perspective, making you more business savvy.  You will blend theory and practice through the use of a business simulation role play in groups. You will learn aspects of organisation, strategy and integrated management and then apply this during a business simulation. Learning is consolidated through reflective practice and the creation of a portfolio.

Level 5

Core modules

Leadership and Management
20 credits

This module will introduce the theoretical concepts associated with leadership and management and to explore the wider practical implications within a changing and diverse work environment. It will help establish the links between HR's role in developing leaders and managers to support you in developing your own leadership and management capabilities.

HR Professional Practice
20 credits

The module will introduce you to professional HRM Practice and combine academic theory and practitioner skills to core concepts such as; HRM approaches, dimensions of HR strategy and HR policy.

Employability
20 credits

The aim of this module is to provide you with the practical skills necessary to secure undergraduate work experience placements/summer internships and/or graduate employment.

Development, Coaching and Performance
20 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce theoretical concepts of development, coaching, and performance. It will provide you with the practical skills needed to manage development and performance.

Introduction to Research Methods
20 credits

The module aims to develop skills in the research process. This module will introduce you to the processes involved in undertaking a research project. This will involve selecting a research topic; critically reviewing the relevant literature; designing qualitative, quantitative or mixed-method research; preparing data-collection tools and collecting, analysing and presenting the findings. The assessment requires you to prepare a research proposal. 

Advanced Selection Practice
20 credits

The aim of this module is to design and deliver Assessment Centre activities to measure core competencies and to create effective feedback on performance in the activities undertaken.

Level 6

Core modules

Strategic HR
20 credits

This module aims to teach you how to use academic literature to critically appraise an organisational context and make recommendations using a Strategic HRM framework.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
20 credits

This module aims to enable you to think critically about individual and organisational approaches to equality, diversity and inclusion. You will understand the underpinning social concepts such as stereotyping, discrimination etc. and how these operate within the workplace. Also, critically appraise the competing drivers for diversity influencing organisational strategy and policy in this area.

Employment Relations and Legal Framework
20 credits

The aim of the module is to analyse the development of, perspectives on and practice of employment relations and employment law.

Organisational Development & Change Management
20 credits

You will gain knowledge about issues and dimensions of organisational development in order to recognise the importance of people change factors in determining appropriate organisational development intervention to improve an organisation. You will also be able to apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations involving an organisation's responses to organisational development.

Dissertation and Impact Report
20 credits

In this module you will produce an impact project that investigates a HR Management issue, by using a body of contemporary knowledge to identify the impact that the research can or has made to the HR Management arena.

Optional modules

International HRM And HRD
20 credits

The aim of this module is to explore different approaches to managing people in an international arena. The purpose of this module is to explore the management of people in international contexts and gain an understanding of the varying worldwide policy and practice.

Consultancy
20 credits

You will analyse consultancy practice and evaluate appropriate consultant responses to client requirements.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

Teaching is delivered via a combination of lectures, online activities, 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, Canvas, 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. 

Work-related Learning

Early in your second year of study you can decide whether to undertake a paid 48-week work placement in the UK or overseas.  You would do this placement between your second and third year of study.

This experience allows you to put into practice skills aquired on the course and conduct a piece of assessed research. If you aquire the appropriate employer-verified skills during your placmeent, you will be able to build your portfolio to upgrade your CIPD student membership to Associate member (Assoc CIPD).

Previous HR students have completed placements with organisations as diverse as Liverpool John Lennin Airport,  Liverpool Football Club and Vauxhall Motors.

If you choose not to take up the placement option, there are intern and voluntary opportunities available. Specialist modules will also enable you to develop skills and experience needed for CIPD membership.

 



 

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

The Liverpool Business School is a supportive environment in which to study and the 'student-centred approach' of your tutors will ensure that you are given the support and guidance you need. 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.

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.

 

Assessment

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include 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:

  • reports
  • essays
  • exams
  • 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.

Facilities

What you can expect from your School

The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, a café and a roof terrace with far reaching views of the cityscape and welsh hills. It is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: 104


GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 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

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Average A Level offer: BCC
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D from a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National 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

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • 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

Alternative qualifications considered

​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.

Will I be interviewed?

Mature and non standard applicants may be invited to attend interview

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.

International entry requirements

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Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

​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 presented
  • A questioning mind
  • Good analytical skills
  • Good reading and information retrieval skills - obtaining information from a range of sources and using it to support analysis
  • The ability to construct and critically assess arguments

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

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