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MSc Intelligence Systems

2 years School of Computer Science Lincoln Campus [L] Validated

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The MSc Intelligence Systems is a work-based programme that has been developed to specifically provide the opportunity for Armed Forces personnel (both serving and retired) to validate aspects of their service history through a recognised higher education route.

Teaching on this programme is a combination of different techniques including a “hands on” practical approach to scenarios and workshops, debates, lectures and independent research. Example modules for study include advanced intelligence systems management; complex signals analysis; electronic warfare and information operations; and managed intelligence databases.

The programme is only available to those applicants who are currently serving military officers or those who have recently left the armed forces but are employed in an associated relevant profession. In some circumstances, it can be offered to civilians who have worked closely with the armed forces for a significant length of time.

Please contact us for further details:

Bruce Hargrave:

Postgraduate enquiries +44 (0)1522 886244

How You Study

Contact and Independent Study

Students on this programme should expect the equivalent of 12 hours per week of contact time (work-based learning) and the equivalent of 25 hours per week (work based learning) of independent self-study.

How You Are Assessed

The course is primarily assessed through coursework, projects and portfolios of work.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Key Contacts

Bruce Hargrave

+44 (0)1522 886244

Master's Level

Advanced Intelligence Systems Management (Core)

This module is designed to develop an expert knowledge and understanding of all Intelligence Systems capabilities and activities across a Joint environment. This includes asset management and deployment in times of tension and in Peace Support Operations (PSO).

Complex Signals Analysis (Option)

The field of Signals Analysis is complex and evolving. This module attempts to foster a comprehensive understanding of Communications Electronic Support Measures (CESM) through technical knowledge and understanding of Low/High/Very High and Ultra High Radio Frequency spectra in respect of its appropriate use and analysis in tactical as well as Peace Support Operations (PSO). Development of that knowledge base as well as evidence of analysis techniques underpins the syllabus.

Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) Advanced Transition to Industry (Option)

This module assesses and examines the development of the use of tactically deployed Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Devices (RCIED) as a mechanism of global and strategic significance. The emphasis of the module is an understanding that previous reactive approaches need to become proactive and considers industry response to counter terrorist threats. Assessment of worldwide Radio Frequency (RF) trends and research of the current technical developments underpin the module.

The module endeavours to bridge between Industry requirements and the operational and decision making experience of CREW systems in the defeat of RCIED. This module will assess current technological tactics and trends in use as well as future radio frequency and communication systems development. Additionally aspects of industrial best practice, including manufacture, repair and overhaul, basic supply chain management, quality control and quality assurance (QA/QC) will be appraised.

Electronic Warfare (EW) Staff Officers and Information Operations (Option)

This module is designed to develop a Tactical Intelligence Systems understanding from an operational management perspective. This includes Electronic Warfare planning, training and Electronic Warfare staff responsibilities in an EW Co-ordination Cell.

Electronic Warfare Land Operations (Option)

This module is designed to challenge existing knowledge of Intelligence Systems in Land Operations. The module looks to develop an operational and technical understanding to evaluate current Intelligence systems in Land operations and advance this comprehension to enhance students’ ability to make recommendations for future management of such systems.

Intelligence Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) assets have evolved into key components of the Operational Commanders Intelligence Management Plan. This module seeks to explore the increasing relevance of Intelligence Systems within ISTAR with regards to appraisal of its development and emerging techniques in support of the ISTAR process.

Land operations, whether conflict or Peace Support require extensive Battlespace and Spectrum management to be effective. Commanders Battlespace and Spectrum Management Courses of Action (CoA) are dependant on the EW operators/Analyst/Supervisor or Staff Officer advice and this module seeks to explore the individual’s ability to offer critical analysis in this area.

High Frequency (HF) Electronic Support Measure (ESM) (Option)

This module requires students to capitalise and extend existing knowledge and understanding of Electronic Support Measure High Frequency Communications systems and their relevant application and use in a range of joint operational environments. Subject areas such as asset management and asset deployment are key considerations for critical assessment in different scenarios ranging from deployment in times of tension through Peace Support Operations (PSO).

Intelligence Analysis (Core)

This module is designed to develop a knowledge and understanding of Intelligence Analysis in order to carry out the roles and responsibilities of an Intelligence Analyst within any tactical or Strategic operational environment.

Intelligence Systems Foundation (Core)

This module is designed to develop a knowledge and understanding in the foundation principles of Intelligence Systems and explore the application of this technology in times of tension and Peace Support Operations (PSO).

Intelligence Systems Fusion Management (Option)

This module is designed to elicit knowledge of Intelligence Systems and the complex management and analysis of assets in order to carry out an advanced role as an EW Officer and or experienced EW Analyst in a Tactical and Strategic environment.

Intermediate Intelligence Systems Management (Core)

This module provides the opportunity to develop a knowledge and understanding of management principles and strategies within Intelligence Systems and the wider use of this technology in times of tension and Peace Support Operations (PSO).

Managed Intelligence Databases (Option)

This module seeks to develop advanced technical and operational knowledge of intelligence databases. Emphasising Intelligence Database design and structure the module assesses the linkages to other applications and sources of intelligence. The module aims to provide a broad understanding of application functionality and considers approaches to data manipulation, filters, searches and data mining. Current Electronic Warfare (EW) data analysis techniques require a broad understanding of Intelligence Databases as will as demonstrating practical management and analytical approaches to abstraction of relevant data in a timely way.

Project (Core)

This module presents students with the opportunity to evaluate theory and the application of in a practical context, focusing on an area of particular personal and professional interest, through the development of a dissertation and normally a substantive systems implementation.

The research project is an individual piece of work, which provides the chance for students to apply and integrate elements of study from a range of modules, centred on a specific research question or questions formulated by the student with support from a supervisor.

Students are normally required to undertake the creation of a project that is both non-trivial in scale and goals and supported by the appropriate adaptation and use of theoretical frameworks.

The work should also normally draw upon and enrich the student’s own experience.

Radar ESM Analysis and Techniques (Option)

This module is designed to develop a comprehensive understanding of radar techniques and technology and the technical and operational uses of radar within Intelligence Systems.

Research Methods (Core)

This module is designed to cover the fundamental skills and background knowledge that students need to undertake research related to the title of the award being studied, including: surveying literature; selecting and justifying a research topic; planning of research; selection of appropriate research methods; evaluation of research; presentation and reporting of research; and legal, social, ethical and professional considerations.

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Payload Principles and Technology (Option)

This module is designed to develop an Operational and Technical understanding of Unmanned Arial Systems (UAS) and payloads within Tactical and Strategic Operations.

Tuition Fees

  2017/18 Entry*
Home/EU £7,300
(including Alumni Scholarship 30% reduction)
(including Non-Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction)
International £13,800
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)
 Part-time Home/EU £41 per credit point
 Part-time International £77 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility


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Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

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