Do you believe that people are at the heart of a business? Do you agree that managing people within the workplace cannot be successful without some consideration of the psychological issues surrounding working life?
This course provides you with an insight into exploring the psychological issues in work and links to the HR profession as it also teaches you to effectively work with managers from a variety of backgrounds so they can perform to their full potential through their people resources and hence contributing to the business.
It may be that you are attracted to an HR career pathway and would enjoy constantly handling new issues, ensuring that the company is focusing on the best interests of the diverse mix of employees, and attracting and retaining the right people using psychometric profiling. Or maybe that you are keener to follow a less business orientated route and follow a stronger psychology pathway.
This course offers a structured pathway to help you achieve this and ensure that you are an attractive proposition to employers whilst you are studying and on graduating.
Many of our students gather work experience whilst they are with us in part –time positions and/ or a placement year. In the initial year you will gain a foundation of business and psychology studying the theories and techniques of managing people in the workplace.
On this course you can:
HR offers an exciting and varied career path. It is a really flexible discipline especially as every business is different and the way their HR function operates is different. Roles in HR range from more generalist positions that touch on a lot of different activities to specialist areas which are associated with psychology such as psychometric testing, performance management and reward. There is also a strong chance of progression especially with the CIPD qualification.
Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:
Maybe you are attracted to focus on career in psychology. This would still be an option potentially with further study.
The fact that you can complete a year in industry is the best part.
Ryan Mills, BA (Hons) Human Resource Management with Psychology student
Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:
This common first year among some of our business courses provides you with a broad understanding of how business operates as well as providing you with a sound grounding of Psychology.
Core units in this year include:
Develop your understanding of business and develop your understanding of human resource management. Also begin to tailor your degree through our range of options including relevant psychology units which will increase your knowledge as an HR practitioner.
Core units in this year include:
Specialise further in a range of specific business disciplines and the aspects of HR that particularly interest you. You will also have a choice for your final year project from either a dissertation, work-based learning project or a business research project.
Core units in this year include:
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
Our teaching approach involves a varied structure of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. We aim to provide a stimulating environment that encourages use of IT teaching methods as well as participation in group discussions and projects, alongside individual study.
The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:
We ensure a balance in assessment approaches to suit differing learning styles. Here’s how we assess your work:
The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
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Take advantage of our Placements Office. Providing you with a huge portfolio of employers offering great business-related placement opportunities, the experienced team is always on hand to offer advice on everything from producing high quality applications through to preparation for a company assessment day.
ASK will help you become a successful university student. Our workshops are designed to improve a number of essential academic skills from essay writing and understanding plagiarism to revision and exam techniques. This is a great way to enhance your academic performance and make a smooth transition into university study.
We have invested heavily in open access computer suites across campus. Great working spaces with high-spec PCs (multimedia and CAD), Macs and printing facilities. There is also more specialised software and equipment available such as large format printing, audio-visual equipment and language laboratories. Should you need any assistance, there are specialist technicians on hand to support you in using the facilities.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.
As people form the essential part of any business, small or large, this course allows you to consider a wide variety of opportunities, from setting up your own business through to working as part of a small business team or working in a major business or international business operations.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
Boost your degree with the opportunity to undertake a one-year placement working in a paid full-time role which offers progression and a suitable level of responsibility. You will benefit from the contemporary business experience that employers demand, making you highly employable upon graduation.
With employers now seeking key business competencies and experience alongside a good degree, work experience is more vital than ever. Due to its very nature a placement year is the best and most involving type of work experience you can do during your time at university. As such, a placement will help ensure you are as employable as possible upon graduation.
To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.
Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.
My placement lasted for over a year with a company called CELEXO, who are a catering facilities management company. I secured a role with them as HR co-ordinator on their Olympic project. I was there every day – living and breathing the Olympics. It was a once in a life time opportunity and I am so glad that I could be part of it.
Alexis Barclay, BA (Hons) Human Resource Management with Psychology student 2013
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To apply, you'll need this course's UCAS code, which is at the top of this page, and the University of Portsmouth institution code – P80.
After you apply, we'll invite you to an Applicant Experience Day where you’ll get to speak to lecturers and meet your future classmates.
Come to an Open Day and explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.