BSc Human Resource Management (Open)

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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.

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.


Module 1 - Critical Enquiry Skills

Critical Enquiry Skills

Module Synopsis

This module aims to equip students with appropriate knowledge and skills to enable them to engage critically with their Level 3 studies, and the Independent Research Project in particular. Students will have been introduced to the nature of academic research and writing through the precursor modules at Levels 1 and 2.

This module builds on existing student understanding of enquiry methods and academic writing in order to enhance competency in argumentation and capability in research design. Students are introduced to core skills of literature review: critical thinking, organisation, reflection and evaluation. Literature reviews serve a variety of purposes but are often the starting point in the arguments of discovery and advocacy associated with enquiry and investigation. The RAE (2008) definition of research can be used as a starting point : ‘Research is to be understood as original investigation undertaken in order to gain knowledge and understanding’. The ‘Student As Producer’ definition (User Guide, 2010-2011, 6) directs that progressively ‘What matters is that in certain research-engaged teaching and learning situations is less the originality of the research outcome than the manner in which it is acquired’.

In the context of WBDL it is important to recognise the value of multi-modal ‘texts’ and settings, both as integral to the research environment and sources of valid information. Moreover, students will build a critical understanding of different research designs in order to evaluate existing knowledge as well as inform their own investigations.

Enquiry is presented as a ‘messy’ rather than prescriptive process involving a series of choices and dilemmas, including those associated with ethics and responsible management. Whilst students are introduced to the range of research designs, the module places particular emphasis on those relevant to work based research enquiry: case study, mixed method, action research and systematic review. Progressively, in line with ‘Student As Producer’ principles and practices of discovery, evaluation and uncertainty, the new student will gain a legitimate contribution to the research process in Higher Education, and an authentic experience.


The assessment comprises a portfolio of work which may include: a short written evaluation of relevant published academic research; annotated bibliographic work; problem identification tasks and outline research designs; resolution of ethical dilemmas.

The portfolio will be the equivalent of 3000 words (+/- 10%)

Module 2 - Integrating Leadership and Management Experience

Integrating Leadership and Management Experience

Module Synopsis

This module is designed to develop and assess the 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.

Reflection as a technique for aiding and reinforcing learning is a powerful tool in professional development and a wide range of other learning situations and environments. Reflective practice is essentially about learning and developing through examining own perceptions of what happened and considering how the event may be perceived by others. At an organisational level, critical reflection is the basis for maintaining the appropriate alignment of an organisation with its environment and as such, forms the basis for strategic planning and organisational change. It can, if used correctly, act as a catalyst for continual development in the essential management disciplines of: people, resource, performance, conflict, and change, in a rapidly changing leadership and managerial environment.

There are many different approaches to reflection. This module will utilise the format of a structured Reflective Learning Log as a useful tool for reflective practice. A Reflective Learning Log is more than a simple diary of events: it is intended to chart progress, thinking and development, and knowledge construction. The thought and discipline associated with the writing and production of the Reflective Learning Log, supports the overall aim of learning through reflection


This module requires a written report of 6000 words (+/- 10%) comprising 4000 words in the main body of the report and a 2000 word Reflective Learning Log in the report appendices. The achievement and assessment of all the module learning outcomes will be through the submission of the one report. The Reflective Learning Log offers the opportunity for critical reflection of the student's leadership and management professional practice and provide opportunity for development of a professional development plan. The main body of the report will be based on management themes arising from the 2000 word Reflective Learning Log. The submission should demonstrate the student's ability to understand, analyse and apply academic theory and thinking to a practical leadership and managerial environment, evidenced by appropriate academic rigour.

Module 3 - HRM Professional Impact

HRM Professional Impact

Module Synopsis

This 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.

Module 4 - Evidence Based Decision Making

Evidence Based Decision Making

Module Synopsis

This Evidence-based Decision Making module explores how HR professionals can develop an evidence-based approach to their work through the use and application of evidence, including organisational data, research, stakeholder insights and their own professional expertise and knowledge. This module reflects the rising demand for HR professionals to understand and manage people analytics.

Module 5 - Employee Engagement and Communication

Employee Engagement and Communication

Module Synopsis

This 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.

Module 6 - Independent Research Project

Independent Research Project

The dissertation is the capstone project of the programme. It provides the student the opportunity to apply, integrate, and deepen the knowledge, insights, and skills that have learned throughout the programme of study. The student will have the opportunity to demonstrate their capacity to work independently on a major project, the nature of should be negotiated with their Programme Leader and Dissertation Coordinator. However, the focus of this project should be a real-world issue or a research topic, executed in a manner consistent with the core philosophy and values of Lincoln International Business School (LIBS). Moreover, the student will work under supervision of an academic tutor to research, develop and present their study for assessment following an agreed format. Whilst it is envisaged that most students will complete a work-based research project, in keeping with the ethos of a LIBS programme, this module seeks to enable and facilitate innovation and creativity. Therefore, the format of the final assessment can be negotiated with the supervisor, Dissertation Coordinator and Programme Leader.


A Learning Plan will be agreed between students and tutors, which will ensure mutuality of intent, process, practice and format of assessment.

The module will be assessed by:

  • The initial project plan and proposal (coursework) will be the equivalent of 1000 words (10%) and will form the basis of an agreed Learning Plan.
  • The project submission will be equivalent 10,000 words (90%). Within the final submission there will be a reflective piece of 1000 words that addresses the CMI questions relating to learning gained from studies.

What We Look For In Your Application

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 have completed a Senior Management Development Programme at USB:ED within the last 5 years in order to be eligible.

Entry Requirements

Each programme is designed to meet the needs of students in any organisation who want to upgrade their operations skills and progress their qualifications to degree level. To qualify for direct entry we request the completion of a Senior Management Development Programme at USB:ED within the last 5 years, and on-going employment in a relevant field to the course subject area in order to qualify.


The current fees are £4,050 for the full two year programme. 

Application Deadlines and Programme Start Dates

Application Deadline Enrolment Deadline Online Induction W/C Course Start Date (First day of teaching)
08 January 2024 12 February 2024  12 February 2024  19 February 2024 
15 April 2024  13 May 2024  13 May 2024   20 May 2024 
23 September 2024  21 October 2024  21 October 2024  28 October 2024 

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