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BA (Hons) Human Resource Management

Offered by: Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)
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Exam BodyAPU Malaysia Degree
Course Duration3 Years (6 Semesters)
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Fees (International Student)99,500
FacultySchool of Marketing and Management
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryMalaysia
Level of StudyBachelor's Degree Level
Field of StudyBusiness Management & Administration

Upon completion of BA (Hons) Human Resource Management, students are eligible for exemptions in the below Professional Recognition of APU Degree Programmes.

The Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (MAISCA)
(9 papers exemptions out of 16 papers)

APU degrees enable graduates to satisfy educational requirements of professional registration. Upon successful completion of Bachelor Degrees in Business Management, Human Resource Management and International Business Management, students are eligible for 9-10 subjects (out of 16 subjects) exemption from the MAICSA Professional Diploma in Corporate Administration (PDCA) and MAICSA International Qualifying Scheme (IQS). The Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (MAICSA) was founded in 1959 as an affiliated body to The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) in the United Kingdom. It is now one of the nine Divisions of ICSA worldwide, having achieved a Division status in 2001. Malaysian Government has gazetted MAICSA as a prescribed body under Section 139(A) of the Companies Act 1965, which means that Associate and Fellow members of MAICSA can automatically act as company secretaries without having to apply for a licence from the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM).

Malaysian Association of Company Secretaries (MACS)
(10 papers exemptions out of 16 papers)

Upon successful completion of Bachelor Degrees in Business Management, Human Resource Management and International Business Management, graduates are eligible for 10 papers (out of 16 papers) exemptions from Malaysian Association of Company Secretaries’ Professional Examination. Malaysian Association of Company Secretaries (MACS) is an independent, self-regulating local professional body established and registered under the Societies Act 1966 on the 30th November 1989 and has been an approved body under Fourth Schedule of the Companies Act, 2016. Fellows and full members of the Association are qualified to practise as Certified Company Secretaries.


Course Description

This programme is specifically designed to provide:

  • An understanding of the context, nature, role and significance of management activities undertaken by managers of Human Resource Management (HRM) in a range of organisations.
  • An opportunity to develop well-researched, logical and integrated solutions to multi-faceted problems in uncertain and dynamic contexts.
  • Vocationally relevant exposure enabling you to become operationally effective in human resource management.
  • A wide range of employment skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and interpretive skills, effective written and oral communication, using IT and business applications, and the ability to conduct research into human resource management issues.


Students will gain a basic understanding of the context within which businesses operate, covering areas such as Management, Law, Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, and Marketing. In addition, students will be exposed to business and communication skills, computing and IT skills, quantitative skills, and independent learning. All Business Management programmes have a common first year to provide a solid grounding in business management theories and practices.

Common Modules

  • Accounting Skills
  • Business and Communications Skills
  • Digital Thinking and Innovation
  • Introduction to Management
  • Marketing
  • People Management
  • Quantitative Skills
  • Business Law
  • Business Economics
  • Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship


Students will be exposed to more advanced curriculum, including behavioural science, business ethics and governance, critical thinking in management, and international culture and communications. An in-depth understanding of the discipline and core practices of human resource management will be developed. Students will also gain further insight into core business processes through industry-leading software supported by SAP. The programme will nurture their independent learning to prepare them for the workplace and further research.

Common Modules

  • Behavioural Science in Organisation
  • Business Ethics and Governance
  • Business Research Methods
  • Delivering Customer Value
  • Innovation Processes
  • Social Psychology

Specialised Modules

  • Employee Development
  • Employee Relations
  • Employment Law
  • International Culture and Communications
  • Occupational Safety and Health

Elective Modules (Choose 1)

  • Critical Thinking in Management OR
  • Enterprise Resource Planning with SAP Platform


Students will undertake an Internship/Industrial Training for a minimum period of 16 weeks to prepare them for a smooth transition from the classroom to the working environment.


Students will use their previous studies and industrial experience to extend their familiarity with practical and modern issues in human resource management. Modules will facilitate the application of job-related skills and knowledge in human resource management. Leadership and strategic management skills will be taught to groom students as global business leaders. A final year project requires them to explore a topic individually, demonstrating their academic and practical abilities in their chosen area of study.

Common Modules

  • Strategic Management
  • Venture Building

Specialised Modules

  • Human Resource Management Project
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Investigations in Human Resource Management
  • Leadership Theory and Practice
  • Managing People and Performance
  • HR Analytics
  • Contemporary Issues in HRM
  • Strategic Human Resource Management

Elective Modules (Choose 2)

  • Managing Change OR
  • Building Customer Relationship
  • Human Factors Psychology OR
  • Corporate Restructuring

MQA Compulsory Subjects*

  • Appreciation of Ethics and Civilisation (Malaysian Students)
  • Malay Communication Language (International Students)
  • Philosophy and Current Issues
  • Workplace Professional Skills
  • Integrity and Anti-Corruption
  • Co-Curriculum

(*All students are required to successfully complete these modules as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency)

Entry Requirements



  • 2 Passes in STPM with a minimum Grade C (GP 2.0) and a Pass in English and Mathematics at SPM Level or its equivalent.


  • 2 Passes (Grade A-D) in A-Level with a Pass in English and Mathematics at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE or its equivalent.


  • 5 Grade B’s in UEC with a Pass in Mathematics and English.


  • Passed Foundation programme (minimum CGPA of 2.0).



  • Successful completion of the APU Diploma or
  • Successful completion of studies in another recognised institute with academic credits equivalent to Level 1 of an Honours Degree (Subject to the approval of the APU Academic Board).

*The requirement to pass Mathematics and English subjects at STPM, A-Level and UEC can be waived should the qualifications contain Mathematics and English subjects with equivalent/higher achievement.



  • IELTS: 5.5
  • TOEFL IBT: 46
  • Pearson (PTE): 51
  • MUET: Band 4

Please note that under Ministry of Higher Education regulations, only students who have achieved the minimum requirement in the English Language proficiency assessment as indicated above will be allowed to continue their studies in the main study programme. Students who do not have the required English Language achievement may apply for a student visa on a conditional basis and are allowed to enrol in an English Language Certification programme at APU upon arrival in Malaysia and, subsequently, appear for the IELTS/TOEFL/PTE/MUET assessment.

Students who are unable to obtain the required level of English Competency during the maximum 12 months’ period will not be allowed to pursue their studies in the main programme and will have to return to their home country.

Students from English-speaking countries and those with qualifications taught in English (IGCSE, A-Levels, IB, American High School Diploma, etc.) are exempted from English requirements. Applications for exemption must be accompanied by supporting documents.

Note: The above entry requirements may differ for specific programmes based on the latest programme standards published by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

The qualification and entry requirements for the programmes will be determined based on the "Comparison List of Equivalency of International Qualifications with SPM (O-Levels equivalent) and STPM (A-Levels equivalent)" published by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

Intake Months
  • 25 Jul 2024
  • 24 Sep 2024
  • 21 Nov 2024
Career Prospects
  • Compensation & Benefit Manager
  • Employee Relations Manager
  • HR Manager
  • Performance Management Manager
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Recruitment Manager
  • Training & Development Manager
  • HR Analyst
  • HR Consultant
  • HR Director
  • Employment Manager
  • Talent Champion
  • HR Data Analyst
  • Compensation Analyst

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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