BCom Human Resource Management

The BCom (Human Resource Management) degree introduces students to the key disciplines of:
  • Industrial and Organisational Psychology: Using knowledge of the psychology of human behaviour to ensure that people work “better” in the workplace.
  • Human Resource Management: Managing people using workplace policies and procedures to ensure that they are effective and productive.
  • Labour Relations Management: Implementing Labour Relations programmes and acting as mediators through advising and counselling in the workplace.

A great benefit of this programme is that in addition to learning about the core human resource content, students also gain a wider knowledge of business by studying BCom modules, which will make graduates marketable for any number of business job opportunities. The undergraduate degree provides the necessary foundation for students to later specialise in Industrial and Organisational Psychology, Human Resource Management and Labour Relations Management at the postgraduate level.


The BCom (Human Resource Management) degree is accredited at the South African Board for People Practitioners (SABPP).

Characteristics of students who excel in this programme are:

  • Effective communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Comfortable making hard decisions
  • Multi-tasker
  • Kindness and understanding
  • Strong ethics

Most companies have a human resource (HR) division and opportunities exist for a graduate with experience to start their own company providing services based on their specialisation.

For more information visit www.up.ac.za/hrm


Career Opportunities

Human resources practitioners, human resources consultants, mediators, labour relations specialists, human resources managers, personnel managers, training officers, liaison officers, psychometrists and industrial psychologists. In their capacity as human resources practitioners, graduates will be responsible for matters such as developing human resource strategies and policies, human resource planning, recruitment and selection of employees, training and development of staff, labour relations and personnel administration.

Programme Code


Closing Dates

  • SA – 30/06/2023
  • Non-SA – 30/06/2023

Admission Requirements

Important information for all prospective students for 2024

The admission requirements below apply to all who apply for admission to the University of Pretoria with a National Senior Certificate (NSC) and Independent Examination Board (IEB) qualifications. Click here for this Faculty Brochure.

Minimum requirements

Achievement level

English Home Language or English First Additional Language








Life Orientation is excluded when calculating the APS. 

Applicants currently in Grade 12 must apply with their final Grade 11 (or equivalent) results.

Applicants who have completed Grade 12 must apply with their final NSC or equivalent qualification results.

Please note that meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission.

Successful candidates will be notified once admitted or conditionally admitted.

Unsuccessful candidates will be notified after 30 June.

Applicants should check their application status regularly on the UP Student Portal at click here.

Applicants with qualifications other than the abovementioned should refer to the Brochure: Undergraduate Programme Information 2024: Qualifications other than the NSC and IEB, available at click here.

International students: Click here.

Transferring students

A transferring student is a student who, at the time of applying at the University of Pretoria (UP) is/was a registered student at another tertiary institution. A transferring student will be considered for admission based on NSC or equivalent qualification and previous academic performance. Students who have been dismissed from other institutions due to poor academic performance will not be considered for admission to UP.

Closing dates: Same as above.

Returning students

A returning student is a student who, at the time of application for a degree programme is/was a registered student at UP, and wants to transfer to another degree at UP. A returning student will be considered for admission based on NSC or equivalent qualification and previous academic performance.


  • Students who have been excluded/dismissed from a faculty due to poor academic performance may be considered for admission to another programme at UP, as per faculty-specific requirements.
  • Only ONE transfer between UP faculties and TWO transfers within a faculty will be allowed.
  • Admission of returning students will always depend on the faculty concerned and the availability of space in the programmes for which they apply.

Closing date for applications from returning students

Unless capacity allows for an extension of the closing date, applications from returning students must be submitted before the end of August via your UP Student Centre.

Minimum duration of study

3 years, full-time

Faculty Notes

All modules will only be presented in English, which is the University's official language of tuition, communication and correspondence.

The Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences aspires to be at the cutting edge of economic, financial and management education, as well as research and community engagement within the national, African and global context. Our mission is to advance relevant knowledge and develop employable, innovative and diverse graduates to co-create value for society.

  • Disclaimer: This publication contains information about regulations and programmes of the University of Pretoria. Amendments to or updating of the information may be effected from time to time without prior notification. The accuracy, correctness or validity of the information contained here is therefore not guaranteed by the University at any given time and is always subject to verification. The user is kindly requested to verify the correctness of the information with the University at all times. Failure to do so will not give rise to any claim or action of any nature against the University by any party whatsoever.

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