Business and Human Resource Management | Abertay University

Business and Human Resource Management
BA (Hons)

Our joint honours degree combines business and HR, producing graduates ready to enhance organisational productivity, performance and profit.

Course detail

Start Date



4 years (full-time)

Degree Classification

BA (Hons)



Why Study Business and Human Resource Management?

Individuals with impeccable business and human resource management skills contribute significantly to companies worldwide. This joint honours programme dovetails business and HR, producing graduates ready to improve organisational productivity, performance and profit.

People are the lifeblood of any organisation, which is why it’s vital for businesses to make sure employees are happy, healthy and able to work to the best of their abilities. In order to prosper in an aggressive, global economy, companies must effectively guide, nurture and manage their workforce.

This exciting and industry-relevant degree combines business with human resource management, arming you with a broad knowledge base, sought-after employability skills, and flexibility in your choice of career.

You’ll learn from tutors with Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) membership and extensive human resource experience at a management level, as well as guest speakers from both the public and private sector – Adecco Recruitment Consultancy and Perth and Kinross Council, for example – designed to enable you to develop a specialist knowledge of human resource management, along with a broad range of core business skills.

Your Journey Starts Here

Human resource management involves helping businesses get the best out of their staff, while business skills are critical to the success of any organisation. If you're keen to combine both areas of expertise, this is the degree for you.

Entry Requirements

Please note: All applicants must have English and Maths/Lifeskills Maths in any of the following - National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4.


Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Higher BBBB Literate subject
A-Level CCC Literate subject
Irish Highers H3H3H3H3 Literate subject
International Baccalaureate 28 Points Literate subject at S5 or H4
BTEC Extended Diploma MMM Business (all pathways), Enterprise & Entrepreneurship, IT (Business), Travel & Tourism
AHEAD - Successful completion of the relevant stream of our AHEAD programme
SWAP BBB Access to (one of the following):- University Study, Community, Education & Humanities, Arts & Social Science and Primary Teaching, Languages with Business, Languages, Arts & Social Science, Arts & Humanities & Primary Education, Arts & Humanities, Humanities (Teaching), Degree Studies
Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Advanced Higher BBB Business Management
A-Level BBB Business Studies
BTEC Extended Diploma DDD Business, Business Management or Business Marketing
HNC - Our Coming from College pages list approved HNC courses
Qualification Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
HND - Our Coming from College pages list approved HND courses

Information for International Applicants

Please provide certified proof of your English language level. Our accredited International English Foundation Course can help. To further enhance your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your potential.

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Not sure if you're eligible for entry?

If you have the potential and motivation to study at university, regardless of your background or personal circumstances, we welcome your application.

We understand some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university, which is we consider the background in which your academic grades have been achieved when making an offer.

If you expect to receive passes in three Scottish Highers (grades A-C) and have either ...

  • been in care
  • participated in a targeted aspiration-raising programme such as LIFT OFF, LEAPS, FOCUS West, or Aspire North
  • no family background of going to university
  • attended a school or lived in an area where not many people go to university

... we encourage you to submit an application.

Key Modules (2017/18)

The Business Environment (BMT102)

This module will introduce students to contemporary business issues

Nature of Management (BMT101)

This module introduces students to the

Introduction to Accounting (ANF101)

An introduction to the disciplines of financial and management accounting.

Understanding the Customer (MKT101)

To examine factors underlying consumer behaviour. To highlight the importance of consumer orientatio

Managing People and Ideas (BMT103)

This module will introduce students to the management of people and ideas and discuss how differen

Resourcing and Talent Planning (BMT205)

This module examines and evaluates the management issues related to the process of attracting, recru

Professional Practice Portfolio (BMT204)

This module introduces you to aspects of professional practice and standards of communication

Researching Business (BMT203)

An introduction to research methods for real world research.

Project Management (BMT202)

This module examines the tools and techniques associated with managing projects. Students will also

Operations and Supply Chain Management (BMT301)

The module allows students to gain an understanding of key areas of the subject from existing li

The Future of Work (BMT303)

This module examines how the complexities, dynamics and uncertainties of the contemporary bu

Managing Across Cultures (BMT307)

In this module students will be introduced to current thinking on the effects of globalisation and c

Business in Society (BMT306)

The module `Business in Society? aims to provide the student with an appreciation of the challeng

Employee relations and engagement (BMT308)

This module presents an overview of employee relations theory, practice and processes. It combines

Innovation for Global Growth

As part of this degree, Innovation for Global Growth challenges you to come up with solutions to real business problems set by organisations from a range of business sectors, including food and drink, banking, textiles, and telecoms. Working in small teams, you must apply your studies to practical problems currently being faced by those businesses, before pitching your solution back to the company. 

How the Course Works

During your Business and Human Resource Management degree, you can take part in our renowned Innovation for Global Growth (IGG) event and pitch business solutions to companies like Bank of Scotland, Heineken and BT. An optional work placement in third year also allows you to gain valuable industry experience.

For more information on the course content, download the Programme information - BA with Honours in Business and Human Resource Management.

Learning and Assessment

A variety of leaning methods are used in the programme including traditional lectures and tutorials, participation in role plays and scenarios, engagement with external organisations as well as independent learning. Assessment methods include presentations, examinations, poster presentations, and business reports. 

About Your Modules

The module information shown here describes the modules our students are taking this year. The modules do change over time to keep our programmes up-to-date and relevant. This means the exact modules you take could be different. If you receive an offer to study with us, you will receive a Programme Information document that sets out exactly which modules you can expect to take as part of your Abertay degree programme.

Please note: As well as Key Modules outlined above, you may also be required to choose Elective Modules.


Rest of UK Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

International Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from international countries (outside of the EU) to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

In addition, we offer a range of corporate/philanthropic scholarships shown below, which are available to all students to support your studies with us. 

The Lothian Family

A £5,000 award for undergraduate students with financial or social difficulties which may prevent them from studying at Abertay.

The Robert Reid Bursary

Two £500 awards for students who have overcome challenges to attend university.

Programme Fees for 2018

Scottish & EU students


Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students


Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

International Students


Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 


This programme prepares you for a range of careers within all of the sectors – public, private and non-profit. Graduates grounded in human resources and business management offer a broad range of skills that can slot into many jobs.

You can go on to work as an HR officer or recruitment consultant, as well as in a myriad of management roles.

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Programme Leader - Business and Human Resource Management

Mrs Shona Grogan

Mrs Shona Grogan

Dundee Business School | Lecturer

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