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Business and Human Resource Management (with Placement Year)

Coventry University
On campus
 1073 Points
4 Years

Program Description

All forms of business require human resources professionals. This human resources course aims to teach you about managing and treating employees fairly.

Relying on Human Resource Management (HRM) and Development (HRD) professionals, successful organisations recognise the importance of being able to recruit, select, develop, motivate, performance manage and reward their employees efficiently and effectively in order to realise their business goals.

Coventry University has delivered HRM courses for over 30 years. This course is designed to develop a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by HRM professionals today, and is focused on supporting you as you look to develop a potential future career in managing and leading people, across any number of business sectors.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will not only obtain a degree, but you can achieve the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Intermediate Certificate or Diploma in either HRM or HRD. You will have to pass certain CIPD Modules to gain credits to obtain the certificate or diploma, and this is subject to additional requirements. Please refer to the Accreditation and Professional Recognition tab for further information.

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Program Benefits

  • As a student member of the CIPD, opportunity to attend a CIPD Mock Tribunal, local CIPD Branch events and a CIPD Student Conference (subject to availability, and additional costs may apply). For more on our CIPD accreditation, please refer to Accreditation and Professional Recognition section of the Overview tab.
  • Provides the opportunity for a progression path to study for an MBA in subsequent years following appropriate experience of work. Please note that further study opportunities are subject to competitive application, availability, meeting any applicable visa requirements and additional fees will apply.
  • £350m investment in facilities across Coventry University, with a single site campus with excellent learning facilities all of which should be within easy walking distance.
  • Industry-led seminars, which in the past has included Employment Law updates by leading employment lawyers from Eversheds, Brethertons and Wright Hassall (subject to availability).
  • Regular guest lectures (subject to availability), which previously included one of the leading authors in the area of International HRM, who shared his expertise and inspired our past students to become future global leaders.
  • Industry field trips to organisations within a range of sectors and industries and diversified HR functions, with past visits to Jaguar Land Rover, Ironbridge, Warwick Castle, Cadbury’s and Coventry City Council (Field trip opportunities are subject to competitive application, availability, meeting any applicable visa requirements, and additional costs may apply).
  • During your course, you will be supported by a Progress Coach, who will be available for drop-in and one-to-one sessions on academic progress, and our Faculty employability team, the Talent Team, who will be able to support you with exploring and applying for potential future graduate career options (subject to availability).


In your first year you will study a range of modules designed to underpin your knowledge and practice of HR and business management, such as examining the financial underpinnings of HR, or how you can begin to shape your CV to enhance your potential future career options.

During your second year, you will have the opportunity to further your knowledge in key areas of HRM, as well as having the opportunity to select an optional module to pursue an area of interest.

You have the option of taking a placement/study abroad year, allowing you to apply for a paid work placement and spend a year in industry after your second year. This enables you the chance to put into practice the skills you have acquired so far on the course, providing you with the opportunity to gain direct experience of HRM and enhance your appeal to potential future employers. Alternatively, some students choose to study abroad, to give them the opportunity to enhance their global perspective by taking advantage of our links with the likes of, for example, the University of North America in USA.

If you wish to undertake the optional study abroad/placement year, you will take either the Placement Year module or the Study Abroad Year module which both typically run for a full academic year between years 2 and 3 of your course. You are able to progress onto the relevant module if you have successfully completed the first two years of the course (i.e. having accumulated 240 credits) and have a confirmed opportunity two weeks prior to the start of the academic year, however we encourage international students to confirm their placements earlier to ensure they are able to meet any applicable visa requirements.

Students opting for either the work placement or study abroad module will be registered on a non-credit bearing module and therefore no additional tuition fees apply. While the modules do not bear credits, they do require completion of a marked assessment reflecting on your placement/study abroad or work placement experience. Following successful completion of this assessment, the module selected will appear on your final academic transcript. Students will thus graduate with 360 credits in total, assuming successful completion of their final year.

In your final year, you will have the opportunity to conduct a project into a specific area of HRM, as well as have a further chance to select an optional module to tailor your studies to your interests.



Year 1

Academic and Professional Skills in Business and Management

Exploring Work Psychology

Understanding HRM

Global Business Context of HRM

Financial Aspects of HR

Contemporary Issues in People Management

Add+vantage module

Year 2

Critical Employment Awareness and Developing your Career

Using Data in Business

Resourcing, Talent Planning and Employer Branding

Strategic and International Reward

Improving Organisational Performance

Add+vantage Module

Optional Modules

Placement Year

Work Placement Abroad Year

UK Work Placement

Year 4


Managing Change and Innovation

HR Analytics for Strategic Decision Making

Business Governance, Leadership and Sustainable Ethics

Employment Law

Add+vantage Module

Optional Modules


Over the past decade many of our previous students have been successful in obtaining HRM positions in a number of public and private organisations. Roles secured include as:

  • an Assistant Recruitment Officer
  • a HR Assistant
  • a HR Advisor
  • a HRD Officer
  • a HR Manager
  • a Payroll Officer
  • a Recruitment Consultant
  • a Training Manager

Other past students have become:

  • Business Development Analysts
  • Marketing and Sales Assistants
  • Business Centre Managers

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