BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management

  • Award: Bachelor of Science with Honours
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Mode: Work Based Distance Learning
  • School: Lincoln Business School, University of Lincoln

Course Overview

The BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management programme is a work based distance learning programme designed to allow students to apply their professional knowledge and experience and previous learning within a Higher Education environment. 

The University of Lincoln’s BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management programme is a 'top-up' degree programme. You can receive accreditation towards the first two years of the programme through your existing academic qualifications and/or relevant professional experience. This distance learning programme can take between 18 months and 2 years to complete, depending on your individual circumstances and work commitments.

What you will study

Open to all qualified candidates, the final year study programme on the BSc (Hons) HRM degree comprises six modules designed to develop and enhance your appreciation and understanding of a range of key HRM concepts from both an academic and a professional perspective. Individual module content is outlined below.

Study Skills for Distance Learners

At degree level, learning moves beyond simply memorising facts to the confines of academic argument, where personal opinions and evidence are supported with academic references and citations. 

This module offers you the opportunity to acquire and develop a range of skills including transferable, personal, interpersonal, academic and subject specific skills, that should allow you to succeed in your academic studies. The module provides you with the opportunity to acquire the essential knowledge, tools and ability required to successfully complete the degree, whilst also making the most of the freedoms and disciplines involved in higher education and formal academic study. 
Subject specific skills are identified through reference to the relevant sector frameworks which are applied to the generic skill outcomes for final year undergraduate level. The module offers the opportunity to use reflective practice as a developmental tool. You will also be expected to demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the rigours and expectations of academic writing and critical analysis appropriate to final year undergraduate study. 

Integrating Professional Business Experience

Reflection as a learning technique for enhancing educational development is an important tool in a student’s professional development. Reflective practice involves learning and evolving academic understanding through an examination of the consequences of real-life experiences. A successful Human Resource manager must open their professional practice to the scrutiny of others, becoming a more effective manager as a result. At an organisational level, reflection is the basis for maintaining the appropriate alignment of an organisation and forms the basis for strategic planning and organisational change.

This module provides a basic framework within which you will be required to reflect on your experiences within an HRM context during previous formal management training and within your past/present business working environments. You will be encouraged to develop your own abilities to practice reflection in the practical arena by assessing your own philosophies against academic theories and models, which offers you the opportunity to challenge, perfect and increase your own individual management skills. This will be facilitated through the creation of a personal learning log, individual reading and study, and face-to-face or online dialogue with your module tutor.

Managing Change in a Human Resource Environment

This module aims to develop your workplace skills in the management of change through an investigation into your own or relevant organisation in relation to change management from a number of theoretical perspectives.

By considering your organisation’s business and market position, its structure and how it operates, there is the potential to develop an understanding of the context within which change happens. You will then consider how organisational structure and culture may enable or inhibit the process before critically investigating and evaluating change management theoretical models and exploring the impact of change upon people and the skills needed by effective change agents and organisations. Finally, you will use your learning to inform a study of change management in your organisation with particular reference to the HR function’s contribution to effective change management, making recommendations about change strategies for the future.

Developing Human Resource Professional Practice

This module will provide a distinctive opportunity for you to develop and demonstrate a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by Human Resource professionals, whether in a generalist or specialist role, and as described in the CIPD HR Profession Map.

As well as developing critical intellectual capabilities, the module is designed to target the key areas of human resource practice and procedure in which the demonstration of core skills is vital. It will support the CIPD concept of the ‘Thinking Performer’ - a practitioner who is knowledgeable and competent, forward thinking, and adds value through continuous challenge and self imposed improvement goals, and who seeks to consciously to develop these reflexive skills. 
By applying your acquired learning from research and exploration of academic and professional texts to your professional knowledge and experience, the module will encourage you to explore the competencies required by the HR professional.

Human Resource Management within the Organisational Context

Human Resource (HR) professionals need to understand key developments in the business and external contexts within which HR operates. This module will allow you to identify and review the business and external contextual factors affecting organisations and to assess the impacts of these factors on the HR function in your organisation. The module also examines HR’s role in strategy formulation and implementation and in ensuring that the appropriate mechanisms are in place to promote and support the concept of  ‘high performance working practices’. The module is designed to encourage you to adopt a critical perspective of these contexts and to provide workable organisational and HR solutions to address them.


This module offers the opportunity to demonstrate your capacity to work independently on a major project, utilising and building on skills and subject expertise developed in other modules of their degree programme. Working with your tutor, you will research, develop and present your independent study for assessment following the agreed formats prescribed by the Lincoln Business School and the University.

Entry Requirements

Each programme is designed to meet the needs of students in any business who want to upgrade their operations skills and progress their qualifications to degree level.

To qualify for direct entry to the top-up degree we normally look for a recent level 5 qualification (up to 5 years old) and on-going employment in a relevant field to the course subject area.

We may also accept candidates with a level 4 qualification or extensive work experience under certain conditions.
If you are unsure of your suitability for the degree, please contact our Admissions team.


Course Outcomes

Increasingly, employers are looking to recruit graduates who can demonstrate they have the necessary skills and abilities to succeed in their professional environment and the BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management degree qualification is designed to enhance those qualities and provide the basis for further career development. The benefits of the programme include:

For individuals:
• Academic recognition for learning that you have already achieved;
• Programme delivery at a pace and place to suit you, the potential to work towards the degree when work and personal commitments allow and to break off from the programme when other pressures take over;
• Individual learning programmes focused on job-relevant learning;
• Direct access to specialist expertise to support work-based projects and extend the scope of your activities;
• Immediate opportunities to apply theory in practice;
• Improved performance and the ability to respond to change.
For organisations:
• Improved performance and competitive edge;
• Increased motivation, confidence and creativity of the workforce;
• Immediate benefits from availability of expertise and advice on work based projects;
• Customised programmes to suit your organisation.

How you are assessed

The assessments are designed to address the learning outcomes of all individual modules, utilising a range of assessment methods including essays, portfolios, reflective logs and reports. There are opportunities for formative feedback to aid learning and prepare students for submission of assessments on an on-going basis throughout the programme.  
The academic staff who deliver the BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management programme are committed to encouraging students to engage with the programme, and aim to help you demonstrate and apply the potential benefits of enhanced learning and understanding. 



Programme delivery Work Based Distance Learning
UK/EU/International £7,000 fee for the duration of the programme
Payment Option 1  One instalment of £7,000 at enrolment 
Payment Option 2 Two instalments of £3,500, first at enrolment and second in 12th month of study
Payment Option 3  Four instalments of £1,750, first at enrolment and then every six months of study 

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