BA Human Resource Management


Program Description


On the BA Human Resource Management programme you will learn how individuals are managed within an organisational context. You will be introduced to current human resource management theory and practice and you will be encouraged to think creatively and critically about the role of human resource management within the wider business world. You will acquire a range of intellectual, interpersonal, and technical skills that are relevant to the field, and develop an understanding of the frameworks used to manage employer and employee relationships.


International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System)in 2016 and 2018 respectively.

AACSB accreditation is a globally recognised standard for the highest quality in business education. Only five per cent of business schools worldwide have been awarded the accreditation.

The EQUIS accreditation is a quality certification system for business schools set up by the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development). It has become the most global authoritive and select business school certification body in the world with its comprehensive and rigorous review process. IBSS becomes the youngest business school in the world to have received both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation. There are only less than 100 business schools that have received both AACSB and EQUIS accreditation. This is an important milestone in becoming a world class business school and highlights the strength and significant influence of IBSS at the international level.

Why Should I Study Human Resource Management at XJLTU?

  • Human resource management is an essential area for the development of any organisation.
  • International Business School Suzhou at XJTLU provides a unique opportunity to study and understand both Chinese and international human resources systems.
  • IBSS has established ties with the many international companies in Suzhou, leading to opportunities for company visits and guest lectures.
  • IBSS has staff from both international and Chinese backgrounds who have extensive industry and teaching experience.
  • Earn two degrees: an XJTLU degree from the Chinese Ministry of Education and a globally recognised degree from the University of Liverpool, a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities.

Knowledge and skills

When you graduate from the BA Human Resources Management programme, you will:

  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of both human resource management (HRM) theory and general management theory and practice
  • understand the legal frameworks concerned with the employment of people, and the implications which these have for human resource management policies and functions
  • be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the ways in which individuals, groups, and organisations learn, and be able to relate this to individual and organisational change and development strategies
  • understand the challenges of changing work patterns and environments for human resource management
  • develop a range intellectual, interpersonal and technical skills that are relevant to HRM and business management.


Year One

UK degrees are three years long whereas in China they are four, therefore we do accept students with certain qualifications directly into Year Two, which is the start of the main academic programme. Most students, however, enter into Year One, which provides you with a range of interesting modules, language classes and core skills for your degree.

Year Two

In Year Two, you will develop a broad understanding of business principles through the study of:

  • Introduction to organisation and management
  • Fundamentals of marketing
  • Introduction to leadership
  • Introduction to financial accounting and accountability
  • Introduction to human resource management
  • Economic principles for business and markets
  • Foundations of finance
  • Introduction to international business and management.

Year Three

  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Learning, training and development
  • People resourcing
  • Market research
  • Qualitative research methods in management research
  • Business and employment law
  • Performance management
  • International development.

Year Four

  • Strategic management and business policy
  • Employee rewards
  • Managing the employment relationship
  • Diversity in organisations
  • International human resource management
  • Organisational change and development
  • Final year project.


Human resource management professionals work in every sector of the economy, so you will have many job opportunities available to you when you graduate. Roles include human resource management generalists, recruitment specialists, training professionals and change management positions as well as consulting and employment research work.

You may also choose to pursue further study in the form of a specialised masters, MBA or a professional qualification.

Entry Requirements

Entry into Year One

We welcome applications from high-quality candidates in all subjects with appropriate high school or equivalent qualifications. Students will normally be expected to have a high standing in their high school performance with a minimum ‘B’ average in all subjects as well as relevant subjects.

Entry into Year Two

Students who have completed A-levels or International Baccalaureate (or equivalent) will be considered for entry into Year Two, different programmes have different subject-relevant requirements.

  • A-level: BBB
  • IB Diploma: 30 points
  • Advanced Placement Tests/Subject SATS--High school diploma with a GPA of 3.0 or above, plus:
    • Redesigned SAT: 1280+ (students that took the SATs previous to 2016 will require 1800+) or ACT: 27, and 2 AP examinations: 4+ or 2 SAT subject tests: 600+ or
    • 3 AP examinations: 4+ or
    • 3 SAT subjects: 600+
Last updated Jan 2019

About the School

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in 2006. ... Read More

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in 2006. Read less