Management and Human Resources

BSc Hons

  • UCAS code N600
  • Entry year 2025 or 2024
  • A level requirements ABB
  • Duration Full time 3 Years

Overview

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Introduction

BSc Management and Human Resources looks critically at the key management ideas and practices that shape the modern workplace. This is a rigorous programme of study accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the leading professional body for Human Resources (HR) practitioners in the UK and internationally.

Course overview

Studying Management and Human Resources at Lancaster will help you understand many current and critical questions about the changing nature of organisations, work, and people management practices. You will be taught by academics who are tackling the big questions of the day related to employment relations, wellbeing, managing diversity, business ethics, sustainability, artificial intelligence, and the implications of technology in society.

Human resources are crucial to an organisation’s success. This degree focuses on understanding people in workplaces – the way we work, how we shape organisations and how we are in turn shaped by them – primarily through social and psychological perspectives. Our teaching approach blends academic material with practical insight and exercises.

In your first year, you study Management and Organisational Behaviour alongside selecting a subject from the wider Management School.

In your second year, you study Human Resource Management and deepen your understanding by choosing from topics such as Organisational Psychology or Business Ethics.

The final year sees you selecting from options such as Work and Employment Relations and Organising in a Digital Age.

CIPD Accreditation

During your first year of study, you can opt in to the CIPD-accredited route through the degree. This route is more structured, covering the knowledge required to enable you to become an Associate Member. If you follow this route, you will also benefit from studying three professional development modules that will enhance your HR skills. The non-accredited route offers flexibility, with a range of second and third-year modules to choose from, meaning you can build a degree that makes the most of your strengths and interests.

Key facts

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body for HR and people development, allowing you to become a student member and enjoy the benefits and resources CIPD provides. On graduation you can become an Associate Member of CIPD, enhancing your employability in the HR field.

Throughout your studies, you will have support from our careers team to help with internships, placements and graduate employment. We will supply training in CV writing, interview assessment centres, and telephone interviews, helping you with your future career ambitions.

BSc Management and Human Resources is also available as a four-year course with study abroad or with a year in industry. Switching to one of these courses after you start may be possible, subject to availability, visa and other requirements.

Course outcomes

This degree gives you a critical understanding of the complex world of work and organisations. It can put you on the path to a career in human resource management or management more broadly, with graduates having gone on to work as business consultants and for Non-governmental organisations.

Course accreditation

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development logo

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is an internationally recognised professional body for HR and the accreditation means that students that register as CIPD student members and complete the necessary elements of the programme will become Associate Members upon graduation. This is increasingly attractive to prospective employers and can help you further stand out in the job market.

Learn more about the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development accreditation

Careers

Our graduates enter a wide array of jobs and careers, from mainstream human resource management in both public and private corporations to management consultancy and roles in the media and marketing. Others set up businesses on their own, both at home and abroad. The degree also opens up opportunities for further study.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with relevant life and work-based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability awareness, career development, campus community and social development. Visit our employability section for full details.

The Management School has an award-winning careers team that provides a dedicated careers and placement service offering a range of innovative services for LUMS students. Our high reputation means we attract a wide range of leading global employers to campus, offering you the opportunity to interact with graduate recruiters from day one of your degree.

Entry requirements

Grade requirements

A level ABB

GCSE English Language grade C or 4

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other qualifications

International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Merit

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualifications. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

International foundation programmes

Delivered in partnership with INTO Lancaster University, our one-year tailored foundation pathways are designed to improve your subject knowledge and English language skills to the level required by a range of Lancaster University degrees. Visit the INTO Lancaster University website for more details and a list of eligible degrees you can progress onto.

Contextual Offers

Our Contextual Offer Scheme recognises the potential of applicants whose personal circumstances may have impacted their exam results.

Contextual offers

Course structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and some which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.

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Fees and funding

We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2025/26 entry fees have not yet been set.

As a guide, our fees in 2024/25 were:

Home International
£9,250 £24,475

Fees and funding information

Scholarships and bursaries

Details of our scholarships and bursaries for students starting in 2025 are not yet available. You can use our scholarships for 2024-entry applicants as guidance.

Alumni profiles

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Melodie Fan

BSc Management and Human Resources , 2019

The Lancaster experience has helped me to develop extensive skills in writing, communication and an academic knowledge which will definitely be a significant factor for my future career development.
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Lauren Bentley

BSc Management and Human Resources , 2019

It's a close-knit community and you know where everything is, plus you're never too far from friends.

Important information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2025/2026 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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