BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management


Program Description


Human Resource Management is a vital part of every business, and impacts everyone from junior members of staff to CEOs. With a recognised qualification in HR from the University of Stirling, you’ll gain far-reaching expertise in organisational success and unlock a wealth of professional opportunities.

The course will prepare you to make an impact on key areas of business such as recruitment methods, staff development, performance management and career progression. You’ll also be equipped to enhance an organisation’s adaptability by broadening the skills of its workforce and understanding its broader social and economic environments.

When you study HR at Stirling, everything you’ll learn is rooted in research and contemporary developments in the business world. The course reflects the rapid changes in employment practices, markets, technology and law – ensuring you graduate with the front-line knowledge you need to succeed. 95% of our Human Resource Management students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating, and we’ll give you all the practical and academic tools you need to follow in their footsteps.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 We're 3rd in Scotland for Human Resource Management (The National Student Survey 2017)

#2 95% of our HR students in employment or further study within six months of graduating (Unistats 2017)

#3 Gain an essential balance of contemporary subject knowledge with key transferable skills

Prizes or awards

Human Resource Management Undergraduate Dissertation Prize

A research-based prize of £200 is open to all students writing a Human Resource Management dissertation and is awarded to the student who submits the best undergraduate dissertation. The prize may be shared if more than one dissertation achieves the highest mark.

Course details

You can study Human Resource Management as a four-year single-honours degree or take it in conjunction with one of six other subjects to earn a combined honours degree and broaden your career opportunities. The first two semesters of your course are designed to give you a solid grounding in the general principles of business, management, marketing, HR and more. You’ll also have a chance to take modules from other courses that complement your HR studies – including Business Law and Sociology.

From Year 2 onwards you’ll focus in on specialist modules that cover the wider labour market, the latest changes in Human Resource Management, employment relations and how Human Resource Management impacts on individuals. Every step of the way, your course will be delivered by expert teaching staff who understand the rapidly-shifting nature of business and the broad range of factors that impact on the evolution of Human Resource Management.


We encourage you to think critically and examine organisational policies, as well as claims made about employment and the labour market more widely. As such, HR “best practice” is questioned throughout the course. Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars and practical work. In the advanced modules, there is more opportunity for group work, case study analysis and skills development.


Assessment is by a combination of coursework and formal examinations. You’ll also complete a dissertation in your final year on a topic of your choice – strengthening and testing your research, communication and critical-thinking skills.

Work placement opportunities

An internship is an opportunity offered by an employer to students over a fixed, limited period of time, which lets you gain practical experience. Our Careers and Employability Service has details of internships available around the world with large private sector organisations, as well as opportunities with smaller local businesses which are promoted through the Third Sector Internship Scheme, the Saltire Foundation, and our very own Stirling Internship Programme.

Six reasons why you should consider an internship:

  • Boost your CV and stand out from the crowd in order to have an edge in the graduate job market
  • Make professional connections which may lead to the offer of a job upon graduation
  • Test your career choices – internships can ease your transition into future careers
  • ‘Real world’ business experience, letting you put theory into practice
  • Develop transferable skills such as communication, team working, problem-solving, decision-making, initiative and creativity
  • Help fund your studies by earning a full-time salary during the vacation periods

Find out more about Internships

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to broaden your horizons and study abroad through our well-established connections with several international universities.

Find out more about studying abroad


Dr Anastasios Hadjisolomou, Course Director

+44 (0) 1786 468207

Fees - 2021/22

  • Overseas students (non-EU): £ £15,100
  • Scottish students: £ 1,820
  • Students from the rest of the UK: £9,250
  • EU Students: £15,100*

*For EU students starting studies in academic year 2021/22, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

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