For businesses today, managing people is crucial. Human Resource Management (HRM) deals with the management of an organisation’s workforce, from the most junior member of staff to the chief executive.
Organisational success depends upon developing appropriate methods of recruitment and selection, motivation, reward, training and development, grievance and discipline, performance management and career progression.
HR specialists work closely with operational managers to manage the employment relationship, enhance individual and team performance and ensure that workers are fairly treated. Indeed all managers need to possess HRM skills. HRM also attempts to increase the organisation’s ability to adapt within its environment through broadening the skills of the workforce. As such, HR specialists also need to have a good understanding of the labour market and their organisation’s wider social, economic and political environments.
The UG HRM degree aims:
a) To develop a critical understanding of the complexities of the management of the employment relationship. In educating students who may become tomorrow’s Human Resource Managers, there is an obvious responsibility to keep up to date with contemporary developments in both practice and research and to develop a critical understanding of how Human Resource Management is related to the aims of businesses and impacts upon individual employees and the wider society.
b) To introduce students to the approach and methods of applied social science. Management education is a discipline in which our understanding has to be based on research and evidence. In this, it differs from the instant management books and the pronouncement of management 'gurus'.
c) To be contemporary. Rapid changes in employment practices, markets, technology, and employment law mean that we cannot see the subject as a static body of knowledge but rather as a set of processes with differing manifestations and consequences.
The learning outcomes associated with the UG HRM Degree are:
Knowledge and understanding
Subject-specific skills and other attributes
Generic skills (e.g. information skills, communication skills, critical, analytical and problem solving abilities) and other attributes
The University of Stirling’s HRM degree takes an approach which provides students with the essential critical thinking and analytical skills needed to manage and thrive in today’s organisations. The degree is not prescriptive and encourages students to critically 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 degree. The Working Lives Group, within the Management, Work & Organisation Division, which houses the degree, has a focus that goes beyond traditional businesses to include the public and non-profit sectors, community organisations and employee-owned organisations.
A research-based prize of £200 is open to all students undertaking the 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.
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INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for those international students who do not meet the required academic and English-language criteria. These courses offer a route to study at the University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in the high-quality study facilities on campus.
Successful completion of the International Foundation in Business, Finance, Economics and Marketing to the required standard provides direct entry to year two of this degree.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
More information on our English language requirements
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 11,555.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 11,845.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years|
Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
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In Semesters 1 and 2 you will be taught core modules alongside students from Business Studies, Management, Marketing and Retail Marketing. These early modules are designed to give you a solid grounding in the general principles of business, management, marketing, human resources and organisations. In these first two semesters, additional modules are taken from elsewhere in the University; many students take modules in related subject areas, such as: Business Law, Economics, Psychology or Sociology.
Year 2 entry is available for suitably qualified candidates who can expect a seamless transition into Semester 3.
From Year 2 onwards, students take specialist modules in Human Resource Management covering areas such as techniques and policy within HRM; strategic HRM; learning and development; employment relations; and contemporary issues and change in HRM, work and employment. The teaching is comprehensive, covering the wider labour market and political environment, how HRM operates within organisations and the implications of HRM for individual workers. In addition to specialist HRM modules, optional modules are chosen from Business Studies, Management or from one of the other subjects for which you are qualified, e.g. Marketing. Students are encouraged to take electives in Accounting & Finance for Managers and Economics for Managers.
Students complete a dissertation on an HRM issue of their choice in their final semester, alongside developing their employability skills.
You will have numerous opportunities to develop appropriate work-related skills at every stage of your studies, culminating in the Professional Development and Practice module in Semester 8 which helps you prepare for entering the workplace.
Teaching is by 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. In the final semester (Year 4), all students complete an Honours dissertation which allows concentration on areas of particular interest.
For additional information on each subject included in Combined Honours courses, refer to individual subject entries.
(For a Combined Honours degree the higher entrance requirements of the subjects usually apply.)
General texts which may be of interest include:
Beardwell, J and Claydon, T. (2010) Human Resource Management a Contemporary Approach (6th edn.), London: FT Prentice Hall.
Gilmore, S., & Williams, S. (2009) Human Resource Management, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Grey, C. (2009) A very short, fairly interesting and reasonably cheap book about studying organizations (2nd edn.) London: Sage.
Legge, K. (2005). Human Resource Management: Rhetorics and Realities. (Anniversary Edition). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Noon, M., & Blyton, P. (2007) The Realities of Work (3rd edn.) Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan
Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).
January entry also available - see semester dates
The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.
|Year||Semester||Subject 1||Subject 2||Subject 3|
||1||The Global Business Environment: An Introduction||Any module||Any module|
|2||The Management Challenge: An Introduction||Any available module at the appropriate level||Any available module at the appropriate level|
||3||Fundamentals of HRM||Any available module at the appropriate level||Any available module at the appropriate level|
|4||Work, Employment and Society||Any available module at the appropriate level||Any available module at the appropriate level|
||5||HRM Techniques||Contemporary Employment Relations||Management School Option at Level 10|
|6||Contemporary Issues in HRM||Learning and Development||Management School Option at Level 9 or 10|
||7||Strategic HRM||Management School Option at Level 10||Dissertation|
|8||Professional Development and Practice||Dissertation|
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
The reputation of our research at Stirling Management School was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), where the School was placed in the UK’s top 25 institutions for Business and Management, out of 101 business schools. In Scotland, the School was ranked in the top five. 64% of our research outputs were classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigour and we were ranked 14th in the UK in terms of research impact with over 60% of our research impact judged to have outstanding reach and wide-ranging impact on the policies of public, private and governmental organisations.
Teaching provision in Business and Management has been assessed by the Scottish Funding Council and rated as 'highly satisfactory'.
The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.
You have the opportunity to study abroad through Stirling's well-established connections with several international universities. Recent HRM students studying abroad have studied in locations as diverse as the United States, Hong Kong, Canada and the Netherlands.
The HRM degree critically examines HRM and employment policies, where these don’t work as they should and how they may be improved. The degree focuses on the wellbeing of employees as well as organisational success and considers a number of different organisational forms, as well as the wider labour market. Staff come from a number of academic and employment backgrounds and bring a rich variety of perspectives to their teaching.
At least 94% of our graduates are in work or further studies within six months of graduating. Many of our alumni are now working in leading organisations across the world.
Dr Belgin Okay-Somerville is a work psychologist. She studied Psychology at undergraduate level at the University of Nottingham and later specialised in Industrial/Organisational Psychology (Work Psychology) during her masters education. Belgin completed her PhD in Human Resource Management at the University of Strathclyde. Her previous roles prior to joining University of Stirling include Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Strathclyde (Department of HRM) and Lecturer in Management at the University of Aberdeen Business School. Belgin’s research interests centre around labour market issues, in particular the implications of skills (under)utilisation for career development and well-being, at the employee level, and for organisational outcomes, e.g., employee attitudes and organisational performance, at the organisational level.
Human Resource Management graduates are contributing to the performance of a range of private, public and third sector organisations including:
Recent graduates from Stirling’s Human Resource Management degree have started their careers in the following roles:
Graduates who left Stirling up to ten years ago have now forged careers in the following areas:
An HRM degree from Stirling is a solid foundation upon which to build a career in HR. Some of our more established graduates are currently employed as the following:
Some of our graduates have used their Human Resource Management degree as a basis upon which to progress into some potentially less obvious careers including: Policy Officer (Scottish Government), Senior Business Support Officer (Glasgow City Council), Careers Advisor (University of Stirling), Marketing Consultant (Elementary Solutions), Communications Advisor (BAE Systems), Business Development Manager (Heineken UK) and Management Accountant (Kerry Goods Ltd).
The Careers Mentoring Scheme is open to all Year 3 and Year 4 students across Stirling Management School. Mentoring is widely recognised as an effective tool for enhancing your career prospects and of ensuring informed choice, and this scheme is designed to provide additional support as you progress through your studies, as well as preparing you for progression into your desired professions. Mentors are all former students of Stirling Management School who know what it is like to be unsure about your future career plans. They are keen to pass on tips relating to potential careers and applying for jobs.
The benefits of the scheme include:
An internship is an opportunity offered by an employer to students (or interns) over a fixed period of time, which enables the student to gain practical experience. The Career Development Centre 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 both the Third Sector Internship Scheme, the Saltire Foundation, and our very own Stirling Internship Programme. As a student, you will automatically be registered onto the University’s Vacancy & Events System which means that you will receive regular updates regarding new opportunities as they become available.
Six reasons why you should consider an internship: