Human Resource Management (Open)

Key Information


18 to 24 months

Typical Offer

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Course Overview

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.

Why Choose Lincoln

A work-based distance learning programme

Utilises a range of digital and technological learning tools

Enhance your specialist knowledge and skills

Apply knowledge in real-world settings

Supported throughout by a module tutor and a range of resources

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How You Study

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.


† Some courses may offer optional modules. 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.

Communication and Professional Practice 2023-24MGW1518MLevel 42023-24CoreIntroduction to Academic Study Skills 2023-24MGW1001MLevel 42023-24The programme starts, as might be expected, with a traditional study skills module which is aimed at creating the opportunity for the students to build their own body of knowledge. The module’s aspiration is to introduce students to the various tools and techniques of study. At the end of this module it is expected that students will have a basic toolkit which they can draw on throughout their academic journey.CoreIntroduction to Marketing Concepts 2023-24MKW1102MLevel 42023-24CoreIntroduction to Organisational Behaviour 2023-24MGW1521MLevel 42023-24CoreManaging People 2023-24HRW1001MLevel 42023-24The Managing People module sees the students studying the development of the staff within an organisation. As part of the operational process people will be an important factor in delivering the operation. This module sets the scene for this approach by outlining the theory, practise and individual experiences of supporting and managing people to deliver the operation This module reviews the principles of HRM to understand how people can be developed to meet their own needs and those of the organisation.CoreAcademic Study Skills 2024-25MGW2001MLevel 52024-25Academic studies at level 2 returns to the tools and techniques of academic skills. Students, having practised initial learning skills at level 1 now focus on more advanced skills and in particular research skills that arm them with the tools and techniques they will need to explore the capstone module and the Operations Challenge.CoreLeadership and Management Development 2024-25HRW2001MLevel 52024-25The module Developing as a Leader and Manager moves past basic management skills and looks at the role of the individual in leading and managing a team within the operational context. It draws on level 1 study to review the role of the manager as a leader within a team within the operations setting.CorePerformance Management 2024-25MGW2281MLevel 52024-25CoreTeamwork and Mentoring 2024-25MGW2277MLevel 52024-25CoreWork Based Project 2024-25MGW2278MLevel 52024-25CoreCritical Enquiry Skills 2025-26MGW3265MLevel 62025-26This module aims to equip students with appropriate knowledge and skills to enable them to engage critically with their studies, and the Independent Research Project in particular.CoreEmployee Engagement and Communications 2025-26HRW3003MLevel 62025-26This module enables the student to develop and demonstrate a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by Human Resources (HR) professionals and people managers, specifically relating to developing and maintaining employee engagement and to develop and manage effective employee communications.CoreEvidence-based Decision Making 2025-26HRW3002MLevel 62025-26This module aims to give students the opportunity to develop and demonstrate an understanding of the evidence-based, decision making skills and knowledge required by human resources professionals and people managers. The module supports the CIPD concept of the Thinking Performer, a practitioner who is knowledgeable, competent, and forward thinking, and adds value through continuous challenge and self-imposed improvement goals. Students can explore the range of evidence and data available within organisations by applying their learning to their own work-based professional knowledge and experience. This will give them the opportunity to consider the relationships between human resources professionals and data specialist roles.CoreHRM Professional Impact 2025-26HRW3001MLevel 62025-26This module explores and critically analyses the impact that HR professionals have on the organisation in the achievement of its goals. It focuses on ways in which proactive, skilled people managers and HR professionals can develop business acumen, behaviours and skills that contribute to and demonstrate HRM's value to organisational health. The module also critically evaluates how HR practices contribute to a healthy, thriving workplace, ethical management, internal communication and collaboration . Students will apply their learning to their workplace environment and experience to contextualise the academic discussion.CoreIndependent Research Project 2025-26MGW3262MLevel 62025-26The Independent Research Project is the capstone project of the programme. It provides students with the opportunity to apply, integrate, and deepen the knowledge, insights, and skills that have learned throughout the programme of study. The focus of this project should be a real-world issue or a research topic. Whilst it is intended that most students will complete a work-based research project, in keeping with the ethos of our programmes, this module seeks to enable and facilitate innovation and creativity. Therefore, the format of the final assessment can be negotiated with the supervisor.CoreIntegrating Leadership and Management Experience 2025-26MGW3263MLevel 62025-26This module is designed to develop and assess students’ ability to reflect critically on leadership and management professional practice and experiences. The expectation is that academic theory and literature will be critically reviewed and applied to the professional experience and organisational context to allow for personal development planning.Core

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. In addition to the information provided on this course page, our What You Need to Know page offers explanations on key topics including programme validation/revalidation, additional costs, contact hours, and our return to face-to-face teaching.

How you are assessed

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.

Entry Requirements 2023-24

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 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.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, the FdSc Operations Management is designed as a pathway to help meet the level 6 requirements and give you the foundation in operational management necessary for any of the work-based distance learning degree courses we offer. Find out more at

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. To help support students from outside of the UK, we are also delighted to offer a number of international scholarships which range from £1,000 up to the value of 50 per cent of tuition fees. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Course -Specific Additional 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.


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.

What Can I Do with a Human Resource Management Degree?

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

Working in Partnership

Lincoln International Business School works with students and organisations to enhance the contribution of business to society. For students, that means developing their business skills and knowledge to improve their career readiness.The University of Lincoln is a member of AACSB, a global nonprofit association connecting educators, students, and businesses to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders.

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Get in Touch

If you would like to find out more about this course, then our friendly Work Based Distance Learning Team are here to help. You can reach them by email at

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.