Course Description

BA (Hons) Business (HRM)

Dublin Business School (DBS)


The BA (Hons) in Business (HRM) degree programme incorporates a balanced mix of specialised business modules, geared toward students who, whilst wishing to study for a general business degree, choose to focus especially on the Human Resource Management (HRM) component throughout the duration of their studies.
Aims & Objectives

The overall aim of the BA (Hons) in Business (HRM) is to provide students with an integrated, balanced and flexible business education.

On completion of the programme students should be able to:

• Understand a range of business functions and the multi-disciplinary nature of business

• Apply appropriate academic theories and concepts to a range of business and management issues

• Demonstrate a range of skills required by managers

• Understand the influence of the international context of business and management

• Have an insight into the importance of the human resource management function within organisations and to appreciate the various critical issues facing human resource management within organisations

• Develop a human resource perspective with respect to the management of people in organisations.


All EU nationals aged 23 years before 1st of January in the year of application are classified as ‘mature applicants’. Mature learners can apply directly to the college and will be assessed on basis of age, work experience and educational attainment as outlined in the DBS Quality Assurance Handbook (QAH).


Course Content

The BA (Hons) in Business and HRM programme has the following content and is typically completed over 4 years part-time.


Stage 1

  • Maths and Stats for Business
  • Business Context and Organisation
  • Marketing Essentials
  • IT Essentials
  • Economic Perspectives
  • Learning to Learn
  • Introduction to Business Finance


Stage 2

  • Management
  • Financial Management
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Ethics and Research Practice
  • Advanced Economic Perspectives
  • Employee Relations and the Law
  • Organisational Behaviour for Managers


Stage 3

  • Strategic Management
  • Global Business
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Resource Development
  • Contemporary Performance Management
  • Capstone Project


Teaching and Assessment

Student assessment will be based on a combination of continuous assessment and end of year examinations. Continuous assessment will include essay writing, case studies, presentations, literature reviews and projects, and students will be required to work individually as well as in groups. End of year examinations are typically held in late April/early May. Level 1 subjects may also include an in-class assessment usually held in December.



Stage 1 – Seven mandatory subjects provide foundation knowledge in core business areas and include employability and personal development modules which run throughout the programme.

Stage 2 – Student knowledge in the key business disciplines is further developed and they are introduced to behavioural and legal aspects of work that will underpin subsequent studies.

Stage 3 – At stage 3, students study Strategic Management alongside a range of specialist human resources topics including performance management and development.


Career Opportunities

The world of business now offers many career opportunities to a graduate specialising in human resource management. The programme is primarily for students who wish to follow such a career, either in general human resource management, or in more specialised fields such as industrial relations or training and development. It is also ideal for those who may favour working for a trade union or in the field of equal opportunities. Alternatively, the degree provides the basis for further study at postgraduate level.



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College Name Dublin Business School (DBS)
Course Category Business, Human Resources & Personnel
Course Qualification Honours Bachelor Degree
Course Location Dublin, UK
Location Postcode Dublin 2
Course Duration 4 Years (Part-Time)
Awarding Body QQI
Title of Awarding BA (Hons) in Business Studies (Human Resource Management)
Entry Requirements Entry Requirements The minimum entry requirements for the BA (Hons) Business (Human Resource Management) are: • Leaving Certificate – Applicants must obtain a minimum of 2H5s and 4 O6s/H7s, to include English or another language, or • FETAC – A full Level 5 FETAC Award (i.e. 8 modules) with at least 3 distinctions, or • A-Levels / GCSE – Applicants must obtain a minimum of 4 GCSE passes at grade C to include Mathematics and English or another language, plus 2 A-Level passes at grade C or higher, or • BTEC – Applicants must obtain a minimum of a BTEC National Diploma in a cognate area. • For applicants whose first language is not English and who have not previously undertaken a degree taught through English, evidence must be provided of proficiency in English language equivalent to B2+ or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). This must be evidenced through a recognised English Language test such as IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, PTE or DBS English Assessment. Test certificates should be dated within the last two years to be considered valid.
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