Human Resource Management with Psychology BA (Hons)

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Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2018


Are you interested in using the scientific principles of psychology to get the best out of people and learning established practices of human resource management?

On this professionally accredited BA (Hons) Human Resource Management with Psychology degree course, you’ll develop your abilities in both fields. You’ll learn sought-after skills in HR and get a deep understanding of what makes people tick in the workplace so you can get the best out of them.

When you complete the course, you’ll have the skills for roles across HR, business, recruitment and occupational psychology. You'll also be eligible for Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

What you'll experience

On this degree course you'll:

  • Get a strong grounding in psychology, business and human resource management
  • Tailor your degree, by selecting units that match your interests and career aspirations
  • Benefit from small class sizes and strong support from expert lecturers who have experience in the industry

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build links with businesses in the local area.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Previous students have completed work placements at organisations such as Honda Motor Europe Ltd and GEO Oil and Gas.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Careers and opportunities

With this Human Resource Management with Psychology degree, you can consider a variety of careers when you graduate, across businesses of any size. You'll also be eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the CIPD when you graduate.

Past graduates have gone on to pursue roles in areas such as:

  • occupational psychology
  • psychometric testing
  • performance management
  • recruitment consultancy
  • human resource management (HRM)

Roles they've gone on to include:

  • HR assistant
  • HR officer
  • recruitment co-ordinator
  • training officer
  • HR trainee manager
  • recruitment consultant
  • benefits analyst
  • human resource officer
  • human resource systems manager
  • personnel adviser
  • training and development co-ordinator

You could also set up your own business or do further training to become a Chartered Psychologist.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

Professional accreditations

We’re an approved centre for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), so your qualification will be highly respected by employers, giving you the edge when you apply for roles.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.

2018 start

112 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2018 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,200 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

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.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.
Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Managing People in organisations
  • Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis
  • Introduction to Business Operations and Systems Management
  • Business Accounting
  • The Psychology of Everyday Life
  • Introduction to Psychological Science
  • Personal and Professional Development

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Approaches to Psychology
  • Human Resources for the Professional
  • Human Resource Development
  • Contemporary Employment Relations
  • Employability, Research and Professional Development
  • Contemporary Issues in Psychology

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Strategic and Comparative Human Resource Management
  • People Resourcing
  • Work Psychology

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Self and Subjectivity
  • Language and Communication

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.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops
  • practical sessions

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There's no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Your workload

The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 24% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 76% studying independently
  • Year 2 students: 21% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 79% studying independently
  • Year 3 students: 15% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 85% studying independently

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • individual and group coursework
  • examinations
  • online activities
  • presentations
  • your choice of independent research

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

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:

Year 1 students: 58% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 35% by coursework
Year 2 students: 32% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 60% by coursework
Year 3 students: 25% by written exams and 75% by coursework

Admissions terms and conditions

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.


Want to start this course this year? There are still a few places available. To discuss your options and secure your place, give us a call on (+44) 23 9284 8090 or ask us to call you back.
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