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BSc Business and Management (Human Resource and Organisational Behaviour)

At a glance

  • Gain a strong grounding across the main areas of business and management, as you specialise in the area of Human Resources Management and Organisational Behaviour
  • Develop the skills and competencies necessary to apply their knowledge to practice
  • Diverse ways of learning, from small group seminars to large lectures taught by academics and industry practitioners
Subject area(s)
Business & Management
Start Date
September 2024
3 years (4 years with placement year/study abroad)
Programme Director
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Dr Andrew Hull


People are at the heart of every organisation. On this course, we will introduce the current workplace trends and issues that are relevant to people management, and ensure you are equipped to shape and drive the workforce of tomorrow.

This flexible programme provides you with a firm understanding of the practice, concepts and theories of business management, human resources and organisational behaviour.

You will gain a deep understanding of the human resources and organisational behaviour aspects of business and management and well as the key issues and concerns regarding people at work.

Students have the option to choose a placement or to study abroad in their penultimate year.

While the programme ensures that students will acquire knowledge in all the fundamentals of management, it also offers a high degree of flexibility. Any student joining the Business and Management (Human Resources Management and Organisational Behaviour) programme can transfer to any of the other pathways at the end of the first year.

The programme is heavily focused on employability. We recognise that business is constantly evolving but we believe that equipping students with the knowledge of the core foundations of business and developing their business oriented and personal skills will ensure that they are well equipped to succeed in a rapidly changing environment. Consequently, the skills required to secure roles and then succeed in them are embedded in the curriculum.

Our BSc Business and Management pathways have been designed to allow you to focus your degree even further and tailor it to your specific interests. Here is a guide to help you understand them.

In year one of your studies you will focus on gaining core knowledge of Business and Management. The content of the first year will be the same for all pathways as well as the general BSc Business and Management degree. At the end of year one you will be able to transfer to a pathway of your choice or continue general programme. You are not tied to a specific pathway at this point.

Year of study % weight of modules
Year 1 100% compulsory modules (all pathways)

In year two you will gain a more in-depth understanding of Business and Management. You will now start to focus your degree further with modules that are specific to the pathway of your choice. Some pathways give you the opportunity to start to tailor your degree with optional modules. At the end of the second year, you will not be able to choose a different pathway again, although you will have the opportunity to transfer back to the general programme.

Year of study % weight of modules
Year 2 50% compulsory modules (all pathways)
50% mix of further compulsory and/or optional modules (pathway dependent)

Between your second and final year you will have the option to do a work placement or study abroad year. Opting for the year can be beneficial for your career prospects and considerably enhance your CV, setting you on the right path for a successful career.

Year of study
Work Placement/Study Abroad (Optional)

In your final year you will consolidate your knowledge, preparing you to enter the world of work. You will have more flexibility with optional modules, with compulsory modules still relevant to the pathway you have chosen.

Year of study % weight of modules
Final year 100% mix of optional and compulsory modules (pathway dependent)

Part 1

Compulsory modules Credits

This module introduces students to key ideas and debates that pertain to the study of business and management. It exposes students to the intellectual foundations on which many well-known management frameworks are built. In doing so it requires students to consider business decisions from different disciplinary perspectives including economics, psychology, history and law, and to recognise the value of these competing viewpoints.

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Professor Peter Miskell
40 Credits

The aim of this module is to provide students with a foundation in business and management practices and theories. These provide the necessary context when students specialise in their later studies.

The module will introduce students to the competitive environment, markets, strategy, marketing, operations, organisational behaviour and entrepreneurship. While students will learn the core concepts which underpin these areas, they will also gain an understanding of the inter-relationships between them.

While there is a strong emphasis on key theories and frameworks, students will be required to apply them to current business cases which will help them as they start their careers in whatever industry they choose.

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Dr Andrew Hull
20 Credits

The aim of this module is to provide students with a foundation in how businesses use accounting information. It will introduce students to management accounting and financial accounting, and it will provide the necessary foundation in accounting to allow them to specialise in their later studies

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Sian Weatherburn
20 Credits

Acquiring, managing, and analysing data is an important business activity that allows organisations to make strategic use of their data assets.

Analysing historical data can give companies insight on how to optimise a wide range of functions related to accounting and management. Furthermore, constructing predictive models can facilitate the process of classifying future events and making informed data-driven decisions. This introductory module aims to expose students to key concepts in data analytics by introducing two stages of data analytics (a) descriptive analytics and (b) predictive analytics, as well as visualisation techniques for qualitatively summarising data.

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Dr Markos Kyritsis
20 Credits

The module focuses on developing students’ understanding of the graduate and placement recruitment process from the perspective of the recruiter and the organisations. For that purpose, the module draws on the skills and learning from the first two terms to provide students with an experience of the recruitment process, beginning to end.

The module will enable the students to use their learning so far to appreciate the economics of recruitment, the context of different organisations (businesses and sectors), the different talent management strategies and needs, the rationale for employing specific process and procedures, and what are the next steps in developing a successful, high-performing and engaged workforce.

The module is designed to be delivered in the summer of part 1. The lectures and seminars run ahead of placements and internships applications. Therefore, it equips the students to make better choices and improved applications, strengthening their success rate of obtaining placements, internship and future jobs upon graduation.

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Dr Tatiana Rowson
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Dr Can Ererdi
20 Credits

Part 2

Compulsory modules Credits

This module introduces leadership concepts to those wishing to gain a deeper understanding of leadership models and concepts. There is no prior requirement for leadership knowledge and experience, as this module will introduce core models, along with encouraging discussion on the application of different models to different leadership contexts.

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Professor Jean-Anne Stewart

This is an advanced module in Strategic Human Resource Management, which examines how companies manage people at work, and appraises the relationships between strategy, HRM and performance. Decisions and choices in human resource management (HRM) have to take into account the priorities and objectives of the organisation, while also accommodating the needs and expectations of its employees. This module explores the tensions and dilemmas associated with trying to balance these two perspectives. It focuses on HRM options and choices that are ‘strategic’ because they involve thinking about how to respond to commercial imperatives, growth opportunities and business change. Students are expected to be able to understand links between the business models adopted by a firm, and the associated HR choices and activities.


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Dr Chul Chung
20 Credits
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20 Credits

Remaining 20 credits will be made up of optional modules available in Henley Business School or modules from elsewhere in the University.

Example modules include (please note that all modules are subject to change):

  • Marketing Essentials [20 credits]
  • Practice of Entrepreneurship [20 credits]
  • Firms in the Global Economy [20 credits]
  • Business Ethics 1 [20 credits]

Part 3

Compulsory modules Credits
This module is specifically aimed at giving students a comprehensive view on personal leadership development and how to plan their own leadership skills strategy. The students will be expected to examine the concepts, theories, and evidence needed to develop their understanding and competencies associated with leadership development and explore different approaches for leadership development planning and action. This includes developing self-awareness, contextual awareness and how to design a learning agenda.


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Dr Linghe Lei

This module examines how practices of managing human resources could be different across countries and explores companies’ approaches to managing their human resources in an international business context.

To introduce students to key concepts for understanding international human resource management, to explore the practice of managing human resources in international businesses and to consider variations in the practice of managing human resources in different countries and cultures.

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Dr Rita Fontinha
20 [10 ECTS credits]

You will also take 80 credits of optional modules in Part 3.

Example modules include (please note that all modules are subject to change):

Optional modules Credits

This module covers key concepts and theories within the area of service operations management. It is designed to introduce students to the particular challenges facing service organisations in an era where services contribute more to gross domestic product (GDP) than manufacturing.

This module is designed to provide the theoretical and practical grounding for those students wanting to work within service organisations or service business units within manufacturing organisations.

The aims of the module are to:

- Introduce core theories of service operations management;

- Describe the key concepts of service operations management, including, but not limited to, service design, service quality, service process improvement and managing service capacity and demand;

- Explore and critique service operations and service design methods and tools.

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Nigel Spinks
20 [10 ECTS credits]

Projects have become an important mode of organising work in many organisations and industries in response to the need to develop and deliver complex one-off goods and services and to manage change initiatives.

This module is designed to provide the theoretical and practical grounding for those working in and leading projects. The assignment includes project-based group activities to develop critical understanding of tools and techniques in practice.

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Nigel Spinks
20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module turns attention from companies with a single primary line of business to the strategies of multi-business firms, termed corporate strategy. Corporate strategy is concerned with the scope of the firm, requiring policy choices over the selection of industries and markets in which to compete.

It includes choices over diversification, vertical integration, acquisitions, and the allocation of resources among different businesses. Creating advantage at the corporate level requires differentiating from competitors rather than mimicking them, making corporate decisions in an integrated manner, and recognizing the trade-offs in organizational choices arising from the fact that multi-business firms can add value to their underlying businesses in many ways.

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Dr Angela Garcia Calvo
20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module provides an introduction to the variety of strategic issues confronting managers of multinational enterprises (MNEs), both within the firm and in the global marketplace.

Strategy and International Business helps students understand the classic components of a strategy and international business. It examines the factors that influence the development and the competitive positioning of multinational enterprises (MNEs). This requires an understanding of both the external international business environment and the internal nature of the firm, its strategy, structure and financial management. A firm’s strategy provides the context within which managers decid e what to do, and what not to do, with respect to resource allocation, market selection and organizational development.

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Dr Quyen Nguyen
20 [10 ECTS credits]

This is an interactive and practical module aiming to give students a comprehensive introduction to the social enterprise sector.

By the end of this module students will be able to:

• Understand the role of the social enterprise in society
• Recognise the impact of various stakeholders on the development, survival, and growth of such organisations

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Dr Amal Ahmadi
20 [10 ECTS credits]

There is growing recognition of the role business and market-based solutions can play in tackling complex ‘wicked’ global sustainable development challenges, including reducing poverty, protecting vulnerable ecosystems, and facing up to global climate change. Concurrently, barely a day goes by without media reports of corporate misbehaviour and scandal.

This module examines the role of business in society and the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

This module aims to develop students’ awareness and understanding of contemporary debates and practices of and to encourage their reflection on the wider role of business in society and global sustainable development.

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Dr Irene Garnelo-Gomez
20 [10 ECTS credits]

Information systems are the means by which people and organisations, utilising technologies, gather, process, store, use and disseminate information. Digital business makes effective use of information systems to enable organisations to create value throughout the value chain.

This module covers key concepts, theories, techniques, and issues towards an e-enterprise. It emphasises the importance of aligning business and IT strategies through an understanding of the structure and function of information processed by IT systems from both business and technical perspectives.

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Professor Keiichi Nakata
20 [10 ECTS credits]

*The module or course content descriptions set out on this page are correct for those being taught in the current academic year. Modules or course content marked as optional are indicative and may be subject to change. Please note, constraints in timetable scheduling may mean you are unable to take some optional modules at the same time as others.

Our undergraduate degrees are taught through a mix of lectures, group projects and interactive classroom lessons. This gives you the opportunity to discuss, explore and then apply the subject content in depth with your lecturers and fellow students.

Through exploring and tackling real-world challenges, you will also be able to develop your critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.

Modules are assessed through written assignments, in-class tests, group presentations and formal examinations. This helps you graduate as a rounded individual and develops your transferable skills, which are highly sought after by leading graduate employers.

Each academic year you will be required to complete a number of compulsory and optional modules, totalling 120 credits. A typical 10 credit module requires a total of 100 hours of study. This includes contact hours with lecturers as well as independent study.

Typical offer

A Level: ABB

International Baccalaureate: 32 points overall

GCSE: Maths and English at grade B (5).


Contextual offer

A Level: BBC

For more information on contextual offers, please visit the University of Reading webpage

Tuition fees for undergraduates at University of Reading are:

  • £9,250 a year, for the full course duration, for UK if you started your undergraduate course in September 2020 onwards*.

*This fee capped for the full duration of your course.

Your fees will be fully covered by a loan from the Student Loan Company, in line with its published repayment terms and conditions.

Government Funding

UK students can get government loans to help towards their living costs, known as ‘maintenance loans’. If you choose to take out both a fees loan and a maintenance loan, these will be rolled together and repaid only after graduation through the tax system, as a proportion of your income. To find out when you will start repaying your student loan, visit the government website for the latest information.

UK/Republic of Ireland fee changes

UK/Republic of Ireland undergraduate tuition fees are regulated by the UK government. These fees are subject to parliamentary approval and any decision on raising the tuition fees cap for new UK students would require the formal approval of both Houses of Parliament before it becomes law.

EU student fees

With effect from 1 August 2021, new EU students will pay international tuition fees. For exceptions, please read the UK government’s guidance for EU students.

You can apply online for all of our courses via the national admissions service, UCAS.

Find out more

Henley Careers

Our aim at Henley Careers is to empower and enable you to leave the Business School confident in being able to progress your career forward successfully.

We are committed to enable you to take a strong career leadership approach to your career planning. We will work with you to help you understand yourself better, as well as truly understand the obstacles and opportunities around you. Research both at Henley and other leading Business Schools shows that people who are self-reliant and usually achieve higher levels of success. We therefore encourage your job search to be driven by you and your needs, but along the way, we provide you with advice and insight regarding your strategy.

You can book a telephone or video appointment with your dedicated Careers Consultant to get support and advice for your career planning or professional development. We also hold numerous events to help you learn about different careers and develop your skills, such as Monday Night Employer Panels, Success Studios and Resilient You.

A work placement offers you an enormous range of benefits – both during your degree and beyond.

On most of our undergraduate courses you can choose to do a 9 to 12-month placement in your third year, before returning to complete your final year at the Business School. This will appear on your degree transcript and offers many of the following benefits:

  • Put your learning into practice
  • Enhance your CV by developing sought-after skills such as time and project management, teamwork, commercial awareness, and communication
  • Build a professional network - a successful work placement can lead to the offer of a permanent role with the same organisation upon graduation
  • Gain a wealth of knowledge, experience and transferable skills to set you on the right path for a successful career
  • Gain insight into the real world of business

How we support you

Our dedicated placement team, who all have a background in industry and graduate recruitment, will provide you with expert advice and guidance – from helping choosing the right Industry Placement through to supporting you while working during your third year.

You will start to consider what kind of work placement you would like to pursue in your first year. Students returning from their work placement will give presentations and share their experiences with you, providing a valuable insight into what you can expect.

You will receive ongoing support during your work placement, with your tutor visiting twice during the year to discuss your experience and performance. You will also develop and agree a training plan with your placement tutor and line manager.

Work placement destinations

Recognising that the majority of our students prefer to remain in and around Reading during their placement year we work with leading graduate employers in the region.

We also encourage and support students who wish to do their placement year in London, or other cities in the UK or abroad.

Study abroad

Most undergraduate students have the opportunity to benefit from our international links and spend time studying overseas. Find out more:

Contact us

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Telephone: +44 (0)118 378 5058

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