BSc Human Resource Management (Open)

Please note: This degree is a Work-Based Distance Learning (WBDL) programme.

The Course

Our BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management is designed to provide a distinct academic and practical route into the specialist area of human resource management. Students can apply and develop their knowledge and skills as HR practitioners while exploring HRM from a strategic perspective.

This work-based distance learning programme is designed to provide an opportunity for academic recognition to those who are already employed within the discipline of human resource management, or one of its specialist areas, but who have yet to gain academic and professional recognition of their skills and experience.

The programme will seek to develop student’s professional competence and enable them to enhance and embellish specific knowledge, skills and abilities relating to their chosen speciality.

The BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management is informed by the latest CIPD intermediate level professional standards. In order to achieve professional standing in the HR field great importance must be placed upon professional skills development and the application of knowledge into a distinct range of practical situations. As a result, the teaching team will take as its underpinning delivery strategy the ‘student as producer’ concept, and will actively encourage and expect students to develop their own approaches to assessment tasks through the application of theoretical concepts to their own working environment.

This flexible learning programme can be tailored to individual needs and circumstances and provides an academically rigorous learning environment within which students have the opportunity to extend skills, expertise, knowledge, vision and personal/career development by:

  • engaging in independent learning, reflective debate and practice, supported throughout by a module tutor and a range of resources
  • focusing on theoretical aspects of business and management, offering the opportunity to apply theories and concepts to the
    workplace, developing knowledge in addition to a range of skills and abilities
  • gaining an understanding of the dynamic nature of modern organisations and the environment within which they operate by applying module content to management situations within the workplace in increasingly integrated and systematic ways

The programme presents a framework within which students may engage in personal and professional development by integrating the acquisition of knowledge, skills and experience, whilst simultaneously contributing to organisational effectiveness. This programme is designed to be flexible and dynamic enough to reflect and absorb change and encourage the development of a range of skills and knowledge that may be needed to rise to the challenges of the contemporary workplace.

The programme presents a distance-learning framework to enable individuals to complete the programme within a two year period - the duration reflects personal circumstances, accredited experience, prior learning and work commitments.

Developing Human Resource Professional Practice (Core)
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Developing Human Resource Professional Practice (Core)

This module provides an opportunity for students to develop and demonstrate a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by Human Resources (HR) professionals, whether in a generalist or specialist role, and as described in the CIPD HR Profession Map (HRPM).

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 seeks to consciously to develop these reflexive skills.

Dissertation (HRM) (Core)
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Dissertation (HRM) (Core)

This module provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their capacity to work independently on a major project and to utilise and build on skills and subject expertise developed other modules of the programme. Students can work with their tutor to research, develop and present their study for assessment. Students will be encouraged to be innovative in their approach and the work may take a variety of forms ranging from the traditional dissertation to work based projects.

HRM and the Management of Change (Core)
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HRM and the Management of Change (Core)

The aim of this module is to enable students to develop their workplace skills in the management of change. Therefore allowing students to investigate their own or relevant organisation in relation to change management from a number of theoretical perspectives.

Human Resource Management within the Organisational Context (Core)
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Human Resource Management within the Organisational Context (Core)

This module is designed to enable students 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 their 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 students to adopt a critical perspective of these contexts and to provide workable organisational and HR solutions to address them.

Integrating Professional Human Resource Experience (Core)
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Integrating Professional Human Resource Experience (Core)

This module is designed to develop and assess students' ability to reflect critically on their professional practice and experiences within a HR environment/workplace.

Study Skills for Distance Learning (Core)
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Study Skills for Distance Learning (Core)

The Study Skills module aims to equip students both to respond to the requirements of distance-learning study and also to develop essential skills for work and career development. It also aims to equip students with essential skills for academic study so as to successfully complete their degree with the intention of helping them make the most of the freedoms and disciplines involved.

†The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

The programmes centres around work-based learning, which is not just about the development of knowledge and a set of technical skills, but reflection and learning from experience.

Application to context and evidence of application is central to the learning process as learning is seen as arising from action and problem solving within a work environment, centred around live projects and challenges to individuals and organisations.

Assignment briefs will detail the intended learning outcomes and requirements relating to assessment. The work-based focus of any project or assignment will involve negotiation and agreement between the student and the module tutor.

Work-Based Distance Learning students need to be in employment and have some management responsibilities, this can be management of people or resources. You will need to evidence that you can practically apply level 5 knowledge, this can be achieved by providing evidence of qualifications undertaken or professional body membership.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

2017/18 Entry Part-time
Home/EU £7,000*
International £7,000*

* Fees of £7000 are for the whole programme based on completion within two years following initial enrolment (excluding any periods where study has been interrupted). There is an additional administration charge of £583 for an additional year of study.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [] []

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Other Costs

Optional on-campus days may be available to you. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, University of Lincoln provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost.

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 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.

Your Future Career

This programme is designed to help students advance their careers by furthering their management competence and general employability. The course is designed to enable students to extend their skills, knowledge and vision and to provide them with opportunities for personal and career development.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.