BA (Hons) International Business and Human Resource Management (Year 3 entry)

Join the flagship International Business degree course in year three and prepare for a career in Human Resource Management (HRM). This direct entry HR and business degree is best suited to those with an understanding of business and the society in which it operates. During the two-year degree, you will develop essential leadership, management and communication skills and the global perspective you need to excel in a career in business and HRM.

You also have the option to join year one of BA (Hons) International Business and choose to study HRM in more depth in years two, three and four to provide you with a BA (Hons) International Business and Human Resource Management joint degree award on graduation. By choosing joint-honours in International Business and HRM, you will cover topics such as management issues, employment rights and responsibilities, managing people and diversity and managing and developing talent.

This degree is accredited by both EPAS and CIPD and provides you will a world-class qualification. As the University for the Common Good, we are committed to the ethics, responsibility and sustainability (ERS) agenda. Our graduates contribute to a society which is concerned about sustainable and ethical business.

Year 3

The Enterprise Value Challenge, Business Research Methods and Skills,International Business Strategy, Ethical Trade and International Market Entry Operations Management and an option, exchange opportunity available through application in Trimester B.

Year 4

Honours Dissertation and modules in Contemporary Issues in World Economy,Sustainability, Corporate Responsibility and Ethics in International Business and two other specialist modules (dependent on specialism selected).

"Initially I had considered International Business but then realised that HRM was an option and that suited me better as HR is the field I wish to work in the future and the good variety of modules are all relevant to my employability. The support from the academic staff and the learning development centre is fantastic, I've learned so much about my course and grown in confidence."

Laura-Jane Howard,
BA (Hons) International Business and HRM student

Study Options

  • 2021/22


Mode of study


Start date



BA (Hons)
Full Time
2 Years
28 Sep 2021
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BA (Hons) Full Time 2 Years 28 Sep 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Year 3
College HND: Business/Human Resource Management/Admin and IT - graded units AB/ABB

Priority will be given to applicants with at least two optional units in HRM, particularly those in HRM: Core Activities Unit. Other applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis

English language
IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 (or equivalent)

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Additional Information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International Pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2021/22

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
EU and International: £12,250

*Scottish student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from rest of UK will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

View undergraduate scholarships at GCU.

This programme has been awarded accreditation by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). EFMD is an organisation that promotes excellence in management development internationally and accredits programmes throughout the world that meet the high-quality standards it sets for programme delivery.

Find out more at EFMD

This course has been awarded five QS Stars as part of the prestigious QS Stars Business Schools rating system which covers over 30 areas of assessment.

Find out more about QS Stars awards

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is a leading HR professional body in the world and is 'increasingly recognised by large employers outside the UK as a standard for human resource practice' (CIPD, 2010).

Our BA(Hons) International Business and Human Resource Management is fully accredited by the CIPD as a Level 5 Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management.

For further information visit CIPD.

This course has been awarded five excellence stars by QS Stars.  This high rating from the prestigious QS Stars rating system assures the quality of the programme and is an international benchmark of excellence from which you can benefit. 

Our approach to learning, teaching and assessment is tailored to the needs of international businesses. We adopt a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that not only will you gain the necessary knowledge and understanding of the international business world, but also develop your intellectual and personal skills.

Assessment strategies involve traditional approaches such as exams and essays but also include more contemporary forms of assessment which are work related to prepare you for the workplace's style of reporting (for example, presentations/reports) or use digital technologies and mobile devices.

The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that the programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical and relevant to the needs of the student and employers. We've moved the focus to a more independent learning approach, where you will be encouraged to generate and critically evaluate theory and practice.

As well as the traditional lecture, seminar and workshop formats, we adopt a multi-platform approach to learning that includes a wide range of supporting material, including podcasts, webinars (internet-based seminars), discussion boards and independent (including web-based) study. In tutorials, we encourage students to participate and contribute to the learning environment through discussion and group work.

Throughout our programme, you will also engage in 'real world' scenarios through live industry projects, case studies and investigations and be encouraged to maximise industry links and work experience to put into practice the theoretical concepts and frameworks you're learning.

The range of modules from theoretical to practical and business-orientated is designed to equip you with a critical awareness of the role of business in society. You will develop the wide range of knowledge and skills necessary to excel as a leader in industry or to launch your career as a (social) entrepreneur.