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Human Resource Management BSc by distance learning

36 months

Throughout this BSc course you'll gain a critical understanding of human resource management and training within organisations.  This distance learning degree gives you the flexibility to study from home, so you don't fall behind in your professional life.

Human Resource Management BSc by distance learning, 36 months

Throughout this BSc course you'll gain a critical understanding of human resource management and training within organisations.  This distance learning degree gives you the flexibility to study from home, so you don't fall behind in your professional life.

Course information

UK fee £9,900

International fee £9,900

Taught by School of Business

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Course description

Course description

As organisations are becoming increasingly complex, the role of human resource management has never been more vital.  In this degree, you'll study the relationship between employers and employees, making links between theory and practice, all without having to take a break from your career.

Over the course of the programme you take a focus on the theoretical basis behind the science of human resource management.  You'll be able to demonstrate how an understanding of the issues involved in human resource management can assist the human resource manager in managing staff effectively as well as discussing how effective employee development can impact upon an organisations performance.  Throughout your modules you'll assess the theory and practice of management considering the importance of leadership and the HRM function.

As you progress you will build upon the theories and topics covered while moving towards an in-depth focus on some of the key issues within human resource management, human development and organisational behaviour.  

In your dissertation you will bring together all your learning to produce an in-depth piece of research, supported by the formative training completed throughout the programme in research methods and academic writing skills to support your studies.  You will also have the benefit of being able to apply real-world examples to your learning.

By the end of your programme you will be able to:

  • Understand the key principles of high-performance working and critically review the links between performance and HRM practices.
  • Evaluate the tensions between the interests of employers and employees in the management of performance.
  • Identify recent trends and issues concerning flexible learning in the workplace.

We are accredited by, and an approved provider of CIPD qualifications, the professional body for HR and people development.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A relevant Level 4 academic qualification (e.g. Certificate of Higher Education; Higher National Certificate (HNC))


  • Significant work experience of at least three years in a relevant area, such as human resources, training, management or similar.  Applicants should be prepared to show how their experience has contributed to their learning as part of the application process.


English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

International Qualifications

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK Students

Starting in April 2024

  • £9,900

Find out more about how to pay and scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in April 2024

  • £9,900

Find out more about how to pay and scholarships and funding.



The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

The University of Leicester is a CIPD Accredited Programme Provider.

The CIPD has been championing better work and working lives for over 100 years.  It helps organisations thrive by focusing on their people, supporting our economies and societies.  It's the professional body fir HR, L&D, OD and all people professionals - experts in people, work and change.  With almost 160,000 members globally - and a growing community using its research, insights and learning - it gives trusted advice and offers independent thought leadership.  It's a leading voice in the call for good work that creates value for everyone.

When you graduate you can become a CIPD Associate Member and you can use the designation Assoc CIPD.

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Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Our Business, Management and Human Resources courses have been developed with the professional in mind and offer many opportunities for career enhancement.  Our courses are both intellectually stimulating and relevant to career needs, a fact endorsed by over 20,000 School of Business graduates from over 100 countries.

Studying for a distance learning qualification can help your career prospects - you will gain the deeper knowledge and high-end skills that will set you apart.  Studying with us gives a clear signal to employers.  It demonstrates that you have the spark, ambition and commitment to take your career to the next level.  YOur employer will also benefit directly from your newly acquired understanding and capabilities. 

Graduates from this course tend to move on to careers in human resources, training, management or industrial relations within organisations. The course also provides the opportunity to develop knowledge and research skills enabling students to progress on to Masters level study, particularly our MSc in Human Resource Management and Training.

Professional Support

Our dedicated School of Business Careers Team will support you to develop both personally and professionally.

Working closely with the programme team, we aim to equip you with the tools and knowledge to maximise career progression and business impact.

Our career and professional development support includes:

Business-Focused Events

We work closely with business contacts to give you opportunities to interact with industry professionals and alumni and gain insights into a wide range of business areas including sector insights, leadership essentials and journeys along a variety of potential careers paths. Through events, including our Career Development Exhibition, Investment Conference and Management Conference, you will have the opportunity to network with business representatives at all levels from SMEs to large corporates. Previous organisations represented have included J P Morgan, Santander, Lloyds, GSK, Goldman Sachs, Boots, NatWest, DPD, British Gas, National Grid, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Cummins, LinkedIn, Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ericsson and M&C Saatchi.

Career and Professional Development Resource

Our on-line resources contain a wealth of resources to inform and guide you at every stage of your career journey. There are links to available opportunities, upcoming careers and employability events, awards and competitions, together with recordings of careers sessions and seminars. A selection of interviews with industry professionals and University alumni provides a first-hand insight into a range of business sectors and career success stories. You will also find resources to support you in skills and career planning, including CV and application advice and interview tips.

Career Hub @ Brookfield

If you are ever visiting Leicester, our Career Hub @ Brookfield is open daily. The Hub provides an opportunity to talk about all things careers and employability-related and signpost you to available opportunities and further areas of support.

Business Start-up and Enterprise Support

We offer support if you are considering starting your own business, are in the early stages of business or how have an established business you wish to develop. Support includes events, online resources and our Entrepreneurs in Residence programme.

Lifelong Support

Our careers support to you is lifelong and continues even after you have completed your studies and we have welcomed you into our alumni community.

Our award-winning University Careers and Employability Team is here to support you – by email, phone or Skype – with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience and more. From registration to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course structure



  • Academic Skills
  • HRM in Practice
  • Management in Organisations
  • Workplace Learning and Development
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Equality and Divesity
  • Developing HR Practitioner Skills
  • The Future of Work
  • Strategic HRM
  • International Business
  • Labour Market Trends and Developments
  • Employment Relations in a Global Context
  • Big Data and People Analytics
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

At Leicester you will be taught by leading experts, who have both an excellent academic reputation and real-world industry experience.

We have over 30 years experience offering flexible, distance learning management and human resource management education.

Our flexible, distance learning courses have been developed with the professional in mind and offer you many opportunities for career enhancement. By combining study and work you can apply what you learn immediately, and use real-world examples in your assignments.

The School of Business attracts students and academics from all over the world, ensuring a truly global feel and letting you become part of an inclusive, diverse and professional international network.

Teaching and learning

Your programme content of recorded lectures and core materials will be delivered online via our virtual learning environment, Blackboard, accessed from anywhere in the world, allowing you to study in your time and space so you can combine achieving a qualification with work and family commitments.  In addition, you'll benefit from live drop-in sessions and assessment support sessions.

When you start you will initially complete an Academic Writing Skills portfolio which will introduce you to the study requirements of the course.

You'll be supported throughout your studies by a personal tutor and a dissertation tutor.

All of your modules (except from Academic Skills and the Dissertation) are assessed through 3,000 word assignments.  The Research Methods module requires you to put together a portfolio which will form your research proposal, leading to a dissertation of 8,000 - 10,000 words based on independent supervised research.



Key dates

Start date: 8 April 2024
Application deadline for April 2024 start: 11 March 2024

Start date: 7 October 2024
Application deadline for October 2024 start: 16 September 2024

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