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Human Resource Management

Duration: 3 months
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: Module
Not suitable for international students
Start date: View attendance dates
Faculty of Health Studies


This module is an option module for:

The aim of this module is:

  • To provide students with the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of human resource management (HRM) theory and practice
  • To provide students with the opportunity to explore and analyse different approaches and techniques to human resource management

The learning outcomes for the module are to enable the student to:

  • Critically analyse different theories and approaches to human resource management
  • Critically analyse and evaluate different HRM techniques
  • Critically evaluate HRM theories and tools to effectively manage human resources
  • Analyse and apply different HRM developments and practices in the health and social care sectors
  • Develop skills in the analysis of Human Resource issues and the formulation of appropriate HRM responses

Entry requirements

The University welcomes applications from all potential students regardless of their previous academic experience; offers are made following detailed consideration of each individual application. Most important in the decision to offer a place is our assessment of a candidate's potential to benefit from their studies and of their ability to succeed on this particular programme, and your application will be based on a combination of your formal academic qualifications and other relevant experience.

The University of Bradford has always welcomed applications from disabled students, and these will be considered on the same academic grounds as are applied to all applicants. If you have some form of disability you may wish to contact the programme leader before you apply.

Applications are welcome from candidates with non-standard qualifications. Those who lack academic qualifications but who have significant relevant experience will be considered. Please talk to us if you do not fit the standard pattern of entry qualifications.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

The syllabus for the module includes:

  • An introduction to the different theories and models of Human Resource Management
  • HRM in health and social care
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Human Resource Planning and factors affecting this; workforce issues (eg planning the future dementia workforce), recruitment, selection
    and retention policies and procedures
  • Human resource management and labour market analysis, the concepts of flexibility, alternative ways of working; skills mix and skill substitution
  • Managing equality and diversity
  • Learning and development
  • Strategic aspects of performance, performance management and reward; performance review, performance development plans, managing absence and attendance, managing difficult performance
  • Developing and sustain employee engagement
  • Emerging issues in HRM; work-life balance, the future of work; sustainable HR management practices

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

A 4000 word applied written assignment which allows a student to critically analyse a chosen aspect of HRM.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The module sits within programmes designed to meet the needs of existing (middle or senior) or aspiring managers in health or social care organisations, social enterprises and the voluntary or independent sector who wish to develop strategic management skills.


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £1,500 (standard 30 credit module fee)


  • Home/EU: £1,545 (standard 30 credit module fee)

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

Funding for eligible staff within the region will be reviewed by Health Education England (HEE) in the coming months for the 2017/18 academic year. We advise all applicants to apply as normal for 2017/18 courses and further information will be provided as soon as it is available.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

If you wish to apply for a module at the Faculty of Health Studies please download our module application form below:

Return completed forms to the FoHS recruitment team via email.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.