BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management

The BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management degree is a Work Based Distance Learning (WBDL) programme which aims to bridge the gap between learning at work and learning at university. The programme takes into account the high levels of skills and learning that are demonstrated every day in the workplace and provides a degree framework to support and accredit this learning.

This is a final year top-up degree course with years one and two being accredited through previous academic qualifications and/or relevant experience. All applicants should have a relevant Level 5 qualification such as a Foundation Degree, HND, CIPD or CMI Level 5 or similar. There are two routes to completion of this degree depending on your rank and experience as follows:

Personnel Support (AGC), Branch (RAF) and Logistics (RN) Officers

Programme code: HRMMILUB

The University of Lincoln has recognised the high standard of phase one and two training received by Personnel Branch/Support (Army/RAF) and Logistics (RN) officers through formal accreditation of the first 2 years of study of the undergraduate degree programme. In addition, through an agreement with the Defence College of Logistics, Personnel and Administration (DCLPA), the University of Lincoln has accredited elements of professional phase 2 training against three of the modules (marked*) in the modules tab. This leaves successful RN ILOC, AGC Det Cdrs and RAF PBOFC graduates who have completed their military training within the 5 years prior to enrolment on the degree programme, needing to complete a further 3 final year modules (Study Skills for Distance Learning, Management of Change and Dissertation) with the University of Lincoln to gain the award of BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management degree.

Applicants should have a relevant Level 5 qualification obtained within the last 5 years such as a Foundation Degree, HND, CMI Level 5 or similar.

Officers who completed phase two training prior to 5 years before enrolment will be required to complete the six modules as described under the modules tab.

Human Resource/Personnel WOs, SNCOs and by exception JNCOs

Programme code: HRMHPTUB

The University of Lincoln has recognised the high standard of phase one and two training received by Human Resource WO’s and SNCO’s through formal accreditation of the first two years of study of the undergraduate degree programme. This leaves WOs, SNCOs, and by exception JNCOs who can evidence a level 5 qualification obtained with 5 years prior to enrolment needing to complete the 6 final year modules of the degree as described under the modules tab.

Benefits For Students

  • Flexible - Study whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. Fit the course around your family and work commitments
  • Affordable - Use your Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC)
  • Transferrable - Transfer your Military skill sets and experience to the civilian marketplace
  • Supported - Easy access to tutors for expert guidance throughout your studies
  • Study Skills - Each degree has an integrated module aimed at equipping students with essential skills for study - ideal if this is your first experience with Higher Education, or you have been out of education for a while

Benefits for the MoD

  • Tailored Course - These programmes have been specially designed with the MoD in mind with many of the programme delivery team made up of ex or existing MoD staff
  • Minimal Disruption - Distance learning is conducted almost entirely off campus
  • Tangible Benefits - Student work has been utilised by the MoD to realise measurable operational improvements, budgetary savings and to drive future policy and strategy
  • Staff Development - The WBDL programmes are designed to equip staff with skills, understanding and knowledge that can be put to immediate use

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) General credit of 120 CATS points is awarded to students who meet the minimum entry criteria of an HND, Foundation Degree or equivalent.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) General credit of 120 CATS points is awarded to students who meet the minimum entry criteria of an HND, Foundation Degree or equivalent and have proof of relevant or current professional work experience.

Study Skills for Distance Learners

The module provides students with a structured framework within which to develop the essential skills for distance learning. You will be encouraged to take personal control of your learning and to balance the freedoms and disciplines inherent in a distance learning environment. Using models of theory and practice embellished by your personal experience, you can develop your ability to self-motivate, manage your own studies and reflect on how you learn. You will have the opportunity to evaluate theories and practical models to challenge and to expand on received wisdoms to support both your academic and practical development.

*Integrating Professional Human Resource Experience

Reflection as a technique for aiding and reinforcing learning is a powerful tool in professional development and a wide range of learning environments. Reflective practice is about learning and developing, through examining what we think happened on any occasion and how we think others perceived the event. The manager must open their professional practice to the scrutiny of others, becoming a more effective manager as a result. At an organisational level, critical reflection is the basis for maintaining the appropriate alignment of an organisation and forms the basis for strategic planning and organisational change.

This module aims to provide you with a structured framework within which to reflect on experiences during previous formal managerial training or within past and present HR working environments. The course encourages you to develop your own abilities to practice reflection in the practical arena by critically evaluating your own ideas against academic theories and models, challenging and expanding your own individual management skills. You are encouraged to facilitate this process through the production of a personal Learning Log, individual reading and study, and face-to-face or online discussion with your tutor.

*Managing Change in a Human Resource Environment

This module aims to enable you to develop your workplace skills in the management of change by investigating your own organisation in relation to change management from a number of perspectives. You will have the opportunity to consider your organisation’s business and market position— how it is structured and how it operates—to understand the context within which change happens. In addition, you can consider how organisational structure and culture may support or inhibit change as well as evaluating management of change theoretical models.

You will have the opportunity to explore the impact of change on people and the skills needed by effective change agents and organisations. Throughout this module you can use your learning to inform a study of change management in your organisation with particular reference to the HR function’s contribution to promoting and achieving effective change.

Upon completion of the module, you can use your learning to inform a study of change management in your organisation from an HR perspective and to make recommendations about change strategies for the future.

*Developing Human Resource Professional Practice

This module aims to provide a distinctive opportunity for you 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, as described in the CIPD HR Profession Map (HRPM).

As well as developing critical intellectual capabilities, you can consider key areas of human resource practice and procedure in which the demonstration of core skills is vital, exploring the principles underpinning a concept described by the CIPD as the ‘Thinking Performer’ – “an HR professional who applies a critically thoughtful approach to their job so as to make a contribution to the survival of their organisation, profitability, vision and strategic goals (Whittaker, 2004)”.

The module encourages you to consider the competencies required by the HR professional when collaborating and working with others, and when functioning efficiently and effectively in an organisational context. You will also have the opportunity to consider and assess your individual strengths and identify a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) plan, based on the capabilities required for ethical, business-focused and interpersonal professional conduct.

Human Resource Management within the Organisational Context

As a Human Resource professional it is important that you understand the key developments in the business and external contexts within which HR operates. This module will enable you to identify and review the business and external contextual factors affecting your organisation and to assess the impacts of these factors on the HR function. You can explore the forces shaping the HR agenda within your organisation and will examine HR’s role in strategy formulation and implementation.

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.


The dissertation provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your capacity to work independently on a major piece of research and to utilise and build on skills and subject expertise developed in the promotion of your professional and personal skills within the field of HRM. You can demonstrate your ability to analyse problems and to apply appropriate professional and self-developmental skills.

You have the opportunity to work with your tutor to research, develop and present your study for assessment following the agreed formats prescribed by the University.

BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management  17/18 Tuition Fees 
Open Route - HRMHPTUB £5522 for 2 years of study
Closed Route - HRMMILUB £2761 for 2 years of study
Additional Year of Study £583

Fees quoted will be for the whole programme but these can be broken down into individual years of study and can be paid annually using Enhanced Learning Credits through the ELCAS funding system.

The University of Lincoln ELCAS Provider Code is: 1283

Contact Details for Further Enquiries

Email | Telephone 01522 835514


Additional Costs
For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and your meals may be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional you will normally be required to pay your own transportation, accommodation and meal costs. With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

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

The effectiveness of any military force depends on its people. In today’s constantly changing environment Human Resource Management sits at the heart of the complex array of organisational and operational changes that are taking place across the Armed Forces. This means that military HR professionals must be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to allow them to contribute directly to organisational efficiency and operational effectiveness. The University of Lincoln recognises that this requirement calls for a high level of managerial and professional competence. The BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management degree, a final year ‘top up’ course, is designed to build on HR military professionals’ skills, linking practical experience with academic theory to provide them with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and expertise in Human Resource Management. The first and second years of the degree are accredited through previous academic qualifications and/or relevant professional experience.


Flexibility is a key feature of this programme and University of Lincoln regulations do permit military students to formally interrupt their studies, at no extra cost for a period of up to 24 months in light of Out of Area or other such commitments. In effect students can stop the clock on their studies until they are in a position to continue.

How You Study

Students have up to ten hours contact time with their tutors with the remainder being self-directed study. A range of teaching and learning methods are used on the BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management including using Blackboard which is an online teaching and learning resource. Teaching on the course is through a range of methods such as podcasts, wikis and blogs with the aim to facilitate a community of practice learners. Blackboard is also used for assessment purposes.  

How You Are Assessed

The course and associated assessments are at final year degree level hence, applicants should be prepared to offer the commitment and dedication to produce work of an appropriate standard. Throughout the programme assessment methods are designed to enable you to develop your potential and are based on the development of close working relationships between tutor and individual student. Assessment strategies will reflect the focus of the course on independent self-managed learning. Feedback on assessments should be within three to five working days for formative assessments and fifteen working days for summative assessments.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – no later than 15 working days after the submission date.

Methods of Assessment

The way you will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.


Typically, students are expected to take 18 to 24 months to complete the programme but this will vary according to each individual's personal circumstances and work commitments.