Running a business wouldn’t be possible without employees. If you’re interested in business management from an HR perspective, this course is for you. BA (Hons) Business Management and Human Resources is ideal if you’re keen to explore the specialised study of HR as part of your business management degree.
During the course, you'll develop a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of the developing human resources management role, with a focus on diverse work contexts, and learn to take a global perspective on issues in HR. This course covers employability, human resource management, business ethics, resourcing and reward, business negotiations, UK employment law and strategic management and leadership.
On successful completion of this course you will not only have an undergraduate degree but will also gain Associate membership of CIPD; a valuable status that will make you very attractive to employers.
Our focus is on application, so we include live case studies, guest lectures and speakers, and you have opportunities to put your skills in to practice with consulting and taking part in competitions. We also have a dedicated Business School Commercial Experience and Employability Team, helping you get access to the career opportunities you want. You can also choose to take this course with a one year placement; a great way to boost your networks and employability.
Why Business Management at LSBU?
We are ranked 5th among Modern London competitors for Business Management (Complete University Guide, 2022).
We are an esteemed member institution of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), sister brand to the AMBA.
We hold Centre of Excellence status with the IOEE, recognising our entrepreneurial culture and practice.
We offer outstanding facilities and access to the software widely used in industry: Bloomberg, SAGE, FAME, Nvivo and SPSS.
You'll have the opportunity to complete an extra year in a paid professional work placement.
You could study in Europe during the second semester of the second year, with semester abroad opportunities in the USA or Australia too.
If you do not meet the entry criteria above we also review any previous skills, knowledge or experience you have gained outside of your education and are happy to talk through any extenuating circumstances you feel relevant.
If you do not have the required English and Maths qualifications needed to satisfy the entry requirements for this programme, we have courses available at our partner College that you can take to upskill in these areas. Find out more at Southbank College site.
If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.
Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.
Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.
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Prepare to start
After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.
Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.
Finance and the Economy This module introduces you to a range of economic and financial topics and shows how these can be applied to understand the world around us. The module develops your understanding of the external environment businesses face, and aspects of finance relevant to the business context.
Principles of Marketing The module introduces you to the theories and practices of marketing, and provides you with a foundation in the subject of marketing. It acts as an introduction to the fundamental topics in the marketing discipline, these principles include the marketing environment, the marketing mix, marketing research, buyer behaviour and marketplace ethics.
The LSBU Discovery Project In this module you will be utilising business project frameworks, problem solving skills and ideas generation techniques that will support you through the key stages required to complete a business small business project from concept to delivery. Throughout the stages of your project, and by incorporating a facilitated coaching process, you will be supported to develop key skills vital to successful leadership and management.
Data for Decision Making The module examines a range of ways of handling, analysing and presenting quantitative information. The underlying theme is to look at data in a variety of forms, to determine the ‘story’ that this data is telling, and to use that ‘story’ to justify decisions.
Management and Organisations This module introduces you to the basic concepts of management in organisations. It gives you an appreciation of the complexities of organisations that affect employee behaviour within them. It introduces you to human resource management strategies to manage people in organisations. The module incorporates key management, organisational behaviour and people management theories and practices.
Principles of Strategy This module introduces you to the basics of strategy in an international context. Strategic thinking and the ability to apply strategic evaluation models are important skills for organisational growth. You will be exposed to different elements of strategic analysis, decision-making and aspects of strategy implementation in business.
The Business Professional This module provides comprehensive insights into graduate employability and career development for Business Management students. It teaches you essential techniques of self-awareness building, career exploration, job search, succeeding in recruitment and selection processes and teamwork, enabling you to secure employment and thrive in the world of work. In addition, the module covers specific skills of particular relevance to Business graduates, esp. digital, research and communication skills that are valued and highly sought after by relevant employers. The module is taught as a mix of lectures, practitioner guest lectures and hands-on skills seminars. The portfolio assignment consists of two reflective pieces, encouraging you to embark on your own exploration and learning journey, relating the content covered in this module to their own individual careers.
Effective Business Negotiations Negotiation is a core business skill integral to some degree in the vast majority of commercial and even non-commercial business activities. Successful negotiation is a process that involves a number of essential soft skills including effective questioning, effective listening, critical thinking and empathy. In addition, planning, situational analysis and the ability to recognise and evaluate the shared, differing and conflicting interests of the parties involved is key. A vital and integral component of your learning journey in developing your negotiation practice, is the opportunity to apply your learning, in a safe environment, through a series of guided interactive and applied workshops.
Human Resource Management The module will give you a thorough understanding of how human resource management works in an organisation from both a practical and theoretical approach.
Responsible Business The corporate responsibility agenda of the 90s was about ticking boxes. Now, companies are more progressive with a shift in focus towards social value, and understanding that responsibility is a commercial imperative, embedded in strategy to provide a competitive advantage. This module outlines some of the resources and strategies adapted from management and leadership across industries. With a focus on sustainable development the module introduces you to sustainability narratives and challenges stemming from the scarcity of resources, and the inherent concerns from the complexity of the leadership issues involved towards an adaptive and assimilated sustainability planning.
Learning and Talent Development Learning and Talent Development is an essential part of an organisation’s strategy to ensure staff have the appropriate knowledge and skills for their roles. You will learn the importance of identifying, designing, delivering and evaluating learning interventions. You will learn the practical skills involved in delivering learning and development sessions and will reflect on your own practice leading to identification of further continuous professional development (CPD).
Digital Transformation This module introduces you to the basic theory, concepts, and techniques of digital business transformation. It focuses on developing the thought processes and practical skills needed to identify, analyse, evaluate and apply digital technologies in order to address real-world business problems. In addition, this module will enable you to explore the multifaceted nature of digital transformed business, its models, infrastructure, context, and strategies, developing an awareness and appreciation of the key issues that business practitioners need to grapple with in the 21st century.
Resourcing and Reward This module investigates and analyses current practice and developments in employment resourcing with full regard to context. It addresses the breadth of resourcing issues and includes all the activities essential for the acquisition, management and retention of people through to the termination of employment. It also considers how reward plays an important part in resourcing strategies and you will learn about decision making in reward and how to put this into practice.
Leadership, Strategy and Change This module examines the scope and nature of leadership, strategic management and change and approaches to establishing organisational objectives. It demonstrates the link between strategy, resources, markets, innovation, technology and finances available. The impact of the size and structure of organisations as well as external factors impacting strategy including globalization and sustainability are also considered.
Comparative International Management In an ever broadening set of interdependent relationships among countries, the need to recognise the opportunities and restrictions presented by different world markets has gained significance. This module is designed to impart you with the analytical skills to assess the socio-economic differences between countries, and to identify how these differences impact business and management behaviour across countries through comparative studies. It is based on the rationale that your understanding as a manager will be expected to analyse and compare market and business environments in different countries to attain business success. The module develops your understanding of business practice in different regions and acquaints you to apply analytical management tools and qualitative research methodologies to critically evaluate and gain an understanding of comparative international management practices.
Aspects of UK Employment Law An introduction into the key areas of employment law focusing on the impact that this has on HR practice including contract, equality, working time regulations, health and safety and dismissal. This covers current UK and EU regulations. This module has been mapped to the CIPD Intermediate Certificate and would form part of the requirement needed to achieve the additional qualification along with Associate Membership of the CIPD on successful completion of the degree.
Choose one of the following:
Research Project This final year module allows students to consolidate their learning over the whole of their degree by undertaking an independent small-scale research project, with a business or management focus.
Applied Project This final year module allows students returning from their undergraduate placement year to consolidate their learning on their degree and industrial experience by undertaking an applied project. The Applied Project is only available to students on a four-year sandwich degree and can be drawn from any applied area of business and management within the workplace.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
On successful completion of this degree you’ll be prepared for a career in business, management and HR. Throughout the duration of the course, employability skills are promoted – with guest speakers from industry, business insights, graduate start-up and entrepreneur schemes. Our graduates have gone onto jobs such as:
Administration Assistant at NHS
Talent Intelligence Manager at Talent Intelligence
CEO at BoxUp Crime
HR Advisor at UK National Audit Office
Operations and Administration at The Rose Theatre
Assistant Events Officer at Birkbeck, University of London
Customer Service at Santander UK Corporate & Commercial
Administration Assistant at Mars Capital
National Manager at Elevation Networks
Business Controller at L'Oréal Luxe Travel Retail Monde
: The programme is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).This means on successful completion of the Undergraduate Diploma or (BA Hons) you'll become an Associate member of the CIPD. In addition the programme provides you with the knowledge to upgrade to either Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow levels of professional membership, providing you meet the respective criteria as set by the CIPD.
Successful candidates also achieve an Intermediate Certificate Level 5 in HRM which is considered highly valuable in the career prospects of those wishing to enter HR management, Learning & Development, or other management and business roles.
In recognition of the School’s entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice, it has Centre of Excellence status: the IoEE’s (Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs) flagship organisational accreditation for organisations that promote and deliver enterprise skills development.
LSBU Business School is an esteemed member institution of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), an international membership and quality assurance body of world-leading and high-potential Business Schools who share a commitment for responsible management practices and lifelong learning, and are looking to provide positive impact on their students, communities, and the economy as a whole. BGA is the sister brand to the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the world's impartial authority on postgraduate management education.
As a BGA member institution, students of LSBU Business School are able to access BGA's individual membership, which offers a range of tools and resources designed to support the professional and personal development of business students and graduates, free of charge. This includes CV building services, a job search function, skill assessments, thought-leadership, partner discounts and much more.
One of the most exciting parts of this course is the opportunity to undertake a one year work-placement in your third year. The course team work closely with both our Schools Placement Officers, central employability team in the Student Centre and Enterprise Centre to ensure you are placed in suitable working environments. You'll be given guidance and assistance with respect to finding a placement, CV preparation and the application process. Most placements are within the London area. Or, if you have an idea for a new business you’d like to work on, you can spend your third year developing this in our Enterprise Centre.
After this course, you can progress onto a PG course (MSc International Business Management, MSc International Human Resource Management).
Teaching and Assessment
Your learning materials are available on the Virtual Learning Environment so you can access them any time. Seminars make use of group-work and discussions, workshops and computer lab work.
Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures and seminars
Business students benefit from a number of facilities and software available within LSBU Business School, but are also host to a whole number of extracurricular activities that help prepare students for the world of work.
Below is a list of extracurricular activities which students can get involved in, utilising the facilities which we have available, to make the learning process at LSBU much more practical and hands-on.
MyMathLabGlobal– a global online learning tool that enables students to learn online, undertake tutorials and assessments, ultimately encouraging student success.
The BE Programme – our BE programme provides a whole range of activities
Institute of Directors (IoD) – our close relationship with the IoD results in regular networking events with senior IoD members, entry into the Young Director of the Year award, membership with the IoD, and access to all of their great resources.
Business Solutions Centre - put skills in to practice as a student advisor in the Business Solutions Centre, whilst making a positive impact in the business community.
Live Projects – students benefit from live projects with real businesses who present problems and students have to suggest solutions. In 2017, they worked with London Met, and this year they worked on a English heritage clothing company, just to name two.
Hackathons – an event, which brings students together to solve a business problem over a short period, you will need to think fast and work as a team to come up with an innovative solution!
ILX courses – We provide a number of accredited courses, which prepare students for project management, a crucial skill respected within the business sector.
Learn a language – students will have the opportunity to learn another language, an invaluable skill in a global city. Another language is just another skill we can support you with, supporting you for future career success.
As an undergraduate student in LSBU Business School, your personal development and wellbeing is very important to us, so we have developed a personal tutoring system that is tailored to your individual and group needs.
Firstly, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will be available to you on a 1:1 basis as well as facilitating group personal tutoring sessions which will be designed to enhance your academic and personal development within your degree programme.
In addition to an allocated personal tutor, there will also be a personal tutor available ‘on call’ in a designated room, called ‘Talk’, for confidential 1:1 pastoral care meetings every day of the academic semester from 9am to 8pm. This personal tutor can be seen by appointment or within a few minutes in order to assist you with any concerns that you may have.
Our personal tutoring motto is that we want you to "Achieve, Succeed & Excel".