Business and Human Resource Management

Study a CMI-accredited Business and Human Resource Management degree that tackles real-life business issues and offers work placements.

Course detail

Start Date



4 years (full-time)

Award Title

BA (Hons)



Why study Abertay's BA (Hons) in 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.

Missed the 15 January UCAS deadline or changed your mind about where you want to apply? Don't panic, we are still taking applications through UCAS for September 2019 study.

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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 or equivalent.  National 5 ESOL is accepted in lieu of National 5 English.

Below are the literate subjects we accept for entry on this course:

  • Business Management
  • Classical Studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • ESOL
  • Geography
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Modern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies
  • Sociology

If there is a subject that does not appear, please contact our Admissions Office ( who will be able to confirm whether or not it would be considered for entry.

Please visit our Entry from College pages for suitable College courses.

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 Access 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 Entry from College pages list approved HNC courses
Qualification Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
HND - Our Entry from College pages list approved HND courses

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.

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.

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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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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 University degree programme.

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

Key Modules (2018/19)

The Business Environment (BMT102)

An introduction to a range of contemporary business issues and challenges that take place within national and global contexts. Module content includes: the business environment- the nature of the external environment, PEST; the economic environment; the competitive environment; stakeholder management; CSR and ethics.

Nature of Management (BMT101)

An introduction to the key theories, concepts and functions of management. Module content includes: organisational structure and work design; management theories; leadership theories; management in practice.

Introduction to Accounting (ANF101)

An introduction to the disciplines of financial and management accounting. Module content includes: accounting theory and practice; the key concepts in financial accounting and the regulatory framework of financial accounting; basic financial accounting practice.

Understanding the Customer (MKT101)

Provides students with an understanding of consumer behaviour and highlights the importance of consumer orientation to businesses in today’s economy. Module content includes: an introduction to the consumer oriented economy; approaches to consumer behaviour; concepts of market segmentation and customer profiling.

Managing People and Ideas (BMT103)

An introduction to the management of people and ideas and how different theories and practices can be used to enhance individual and organisational performance. Module content includes: management in context; people management; ideas management; using research in management practice.

Professional Practice Portfolio (BMT204)

An introduction to aspects of professional practice and standards of communication. Provides students with an understanding of different business communication styles, how and when to use them and how to create a compelling narrative.

Researching Business (BMT203)

An introduction to research methods for real world research. Provides students with an understanding of the principles of research methodology, the methods and processes for conducting research in business, and the skills to undertake an independent investigation.

Project Management (BMT202)

Provides students with an understanding of the complexity of project management and the tools and techniques to support successful management. Students will also carry out an investigation into a project failure and recommend alternative actions which could have been taken.

Operations and Supply Chain Management (BMT301)

Provides students with key knowledge and examples of operations and supply chains in many different settings and markets. Students have the opportunity to apply their analysis skills to a variety of operations and supply chain management problems in both the product and service industries.

The Future of Work (BMT303)

An examination of how the complexities, dynamics and uncertainties of the contemporary business environment impacts on the organisation of work and the contemporary employment relationship. Module content includes: the post-bureaucratic organisation; the new employment relationship and new forms of control; conflict in the workplace; human capital development.

Managing Across Cultures (BMT307)

An introduction to current thinking on the effects of globalisation and culture on management practice and how national cultures shape the processes of employee development and organisational performance. Module content includes: the theoretical background; managing in Anglo-Saxon, Asian, Western-European and less developed countries; contemporary issues of cross-cultural management.

Business in Society (BMT306)

Provides students with an appreciation of the challenges facing businesses in both their economic and social responsibilities. Students will develop skills to assess, analyse and evaluate the contribution of business and the third sector to social responsibility.

Employee relations and engagement (BMT308)

An overview of employee relations theory, practice and processes. Contributes to the knowledge and skills typically expected in HR and employee management professionals. Module content includes: the changing nature of employee relations; employee relations in context; the employment relationship; employee engagement.

Strategic Human Resource Management (BMT407)

Builds on earlier studies in HRM by considering in more detail the strategic aspects of HRM and how it relates to other management functions in a business in order to deliver organisational objectives.

Managing Transformational Change (BMT403)

An overview of organisational change and transformation in times of uncertainty. Students are provided with a conceptual framework for understanding how transformational change can be delivered for long term organisational improvements in complex operating environments.

Strategic Management and Leadership (BMT402)

An examination of the main concepts, approaches and tools of strategic management in contemporary business. Module content includes: competitive advantage of a firm; business level strategy; beyond competition; managing change through effective leadership; leadership.

Practice-based Innovation (BMT404)

Students undertake practical research in response to a current business need of a real company and produce a management report with recommendations. This develops advanced skills to support innovation and problem solving in real world business problems.

Contemporary Issues in Business (BMT401)

An in-depth examination of contemporary business and management issues that provides students with an understanding of current business and management thinking from both practical and theoretical perspectives. It will consist of a series of self-contained lectures given by a range of staff from across the division, each highlighting a topical or emergent issue in management research.

International Business and Management (BMT406)

Provides an understanding of the different approaches to management of organisational resources in different international settings and of the practical challenges of cross-cultural management.

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. 

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. 

Entrepreneurial Brains Made on Campus (EBMC)

In association with Stuttgart Media University in Germany, students are tasked with identifying a social or economic challenge and finding a solution to this which they then present back to former students and industry professionals. The top teams are invited to Germany to participate in the final.

Programme Fees for 2019

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. 


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.


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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