BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management (Military)

Key Information

Part-time Duration: 13-24 Months

School: Lincoln International Business School

Campus: Lincoln Campus [L]

Validation Status: Validated

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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, 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 pause 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) Engineering Management (Aerospace Engineering and Airworthiness 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 and students study and are assessed completely online.

How You Are Assessed

The course and associated assessments are at final year degree level and, 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. The course enables you to consider the application of general theory to your specific working environment and assessment strategies can include reflection, essays, reports, portfolios and a short video. Exams and group work are not utilised.

Assessment Feedback

You can receive written comments and a score for summative work. Feedback will be designed to help you to develop and improve for the next assessment. 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 portfolio development, or presentations.


Typically, students take between 13 - 18 months to complete the programme but this will vary according to each individual's personal circumstances and work commitments.


This module aims to equip students with appropriate knowledge and skills to enable them to engage critically with their studies, the Independent Research Project in particular.

The aim of this module is to enable students to develop their workplace skills in the management of change. Students start by considering their organisation’s business and market position, it’s structures and how it operates, to develop an understanding of the context within which change happens. They will explore theoretical models and the skills required by effective change agents and organisations.

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 aims to support the Chartered Institute Personnel and Development (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 develop these reflexive skills. 

The Module introduces students to the study of the disciplines associated with Royal Navy Financial and Human Resource Departmental Management and how it is defined in relation to a military operational environment. Students focus on the development and principles of management and the roles of financial and business managers. The application and importance of management issues within organisations are also considered.

The module introduces the student to the daily management principles and responsibilities required by an AGC HR officer in the execution of their duties on a busy UK or overseas military base. Focusing on the management and coordination of the HR Function, the module aims to enable the student to understand and critically analyse how the HR function contributes to organisational efficiency and effectiveness within the business context presented by the British Army and wider UK military.

Across the full spectrum of military operations, in all conditions and in any environment, the RAF HR Officer will be expected to coordinate and control the HR function in support of the efficient fulfilment and provision of organisational need and performance. Students can develop the analytical skills necessary to aid HR related decision-making, and feasible HR service delivery strategy and plan.

Human Resource professionals within the Royal Navy need to understand the key issues affecting the function within the organisational context including the diversity and breadth of knowledge expected of a junior Royal Navy Human Resource Officer and what will be required of them in the first stages of their career. This module provides students with the opportunity to combine their learning in a practical environment demonstrating an understanding of the breadth of factors that underpin the Human Resource function within the maritime and wider organisational and practical environments.

The AGC HR Officer is expected to deliver the HR Function and to contribute to organisational effectiveness and performance in all circumstances and conditions be they combat, combat support and/or combat service support arms. 

This module aims to develop the analytical skills necessary to aid decision making in an HR context, enabling the student to develop the knowledge and skills required to produce a coherent, tested and viable HR service delivery strategy and plan.

The module will enable the student to understand and critically analyse how the HR function contributes to organisational efficiency and effectiveness within the business context presented by the RAF and wider UK military. Through effective employee engagement and the development, coaching and mentoring of military staff, students can gain an understanding and demonstrate a critical appreciation of the moral, physical and conceptual components of the RAF HR Officer in relation to HR service delivery and the generation of military operational capability whilst improving overall operational performance.

The dissertation 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.

Benefits for Students

Students may benefit from the following features of the course:

  • Flexible – All of our awards are studied via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) so as long as you have access to a reliable internet connection, you should be able to study regardless of where you are in the world
  • Affordable – Qualifies for Enhanced Learning Credits
  • Transferable – Recognised professionally and academically
  • Supported – One to one tutor advice and guidance throughout the programme
  • Study Skills - Each degree has an integrated module aimed at equipping students with essential skills for study - ideal if this is your first experience of Higher Education, or you have been out of education for a while.

Benefits for the MoD

The MOD may benefit from the following features of the course:

  • Tailored Course - These programmes have been specially designed with the MoD in mind, and are delivered by staff with strong military experience or knowledge
  • Minimal Disruption - Distance learning is conducted entirely off-campus
  • Tangible Benefits - Student work may be utilised by the MoD to realise measurable operational improvements, budgetary savings and to drive future policy and strategy
  • Staff Development - The Work-based Distance Learning programmes are designed to equip staff with skills, understanding and knowledge that can be put to immediate use.


This programme has been accredited by the CIPD against the level 5 Certificate in HRM, entitling students to Student Membership of the CIPD during their studies and to apply for Associate Membership of the CIPD on graduation.

Entry Requirements

This is a final year top-up degree course with levels four and five being accredited through previous military experience.

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 two levels 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 two of the modules (marked*) in the modules tab. This allows RN ILOC, AGC Det Cdrs and RAF PBOFC students the option to enrol on the BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management degree. 

Within five years of completing phase one and two training students can complete a further 4 final-level modules (Critical Enquiry Skills for Distance Learning, HRM and the Management of Change, Developing HR Professional Practice and Independent Research Project) with the University of Lincoln to gain the award of BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management.

Individuals who have not enrolled within four weeks of starting their phase two training will not be eligible for this programme.

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 five years prior to enrolment needing to complete the 6 final-level modules of the degree as described under the modules tab.



BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management 24/25 Tuition Fees
Open Route - HRMHPTUB £5936**
Closed Route - HRMMILUB £3286**
BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management 23/24 Tuition Fees
Open Route - HRMHPTUB £5660**
Closed Route - HRMMILUB £3100**


*Subject to annual review of fees.

**The price reflects that current or previous serving members of the UK Military are eligible for a Military fees scholarship. In order to qualify for this, you must provide a Statement of Service/Military ID or any other formal evidence of your service with your application pack. The scholarship will be offset at Enrolment, against the tuition fee payments for each academic year of study. Our ELCAS provider number is 1283.


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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. 

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 can enable students to extend their skills, knowledge and perspective 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