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Part-time

2 years

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

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Course Code

INTSYSMS

MSc Intelligence Systems

MSc Intelligence Systems provides Armed Forces personnel with the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, and a critical understanding of Electronic Warfare within the wider Intelligence Systems environment.

Key Information

Part-time

2 years

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

Course Code

INTSYSMS

Teaching and Learning During COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has meant that at Lincoln we are making changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience here at Lincoln.

From autumn 2020 our aim is to provide an on-campus learning experience. Our intention is that teaching will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions. There will be social activities in place for students - all in line with appropriate social distancing and fully adhering to any changes in government guidance as our students' safety is our primary concern.

We want to ensure that your Lincoln experience is as positive, exciting and enjoyable as possible as you embark on the next phase of your life. COVID-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the Lincoln experience. It has challenged us to find innovative new approaches to supporting students' learning and social interactions. These learning experiences, which blend digital and face-to-face, will be vital in helping to prepare our students for a 21st Century workplace.

Of course at Lincoln, personal tutoring is key to our delivery, providing every student with a dedicated tutor to support them throughout their time here at the University. Smaller class sizes mean our academic staff can engage with each student as an individual, and work with them to enhance their strengths. In this environment we hope that students have more opportunities for discussion and engagement and get to know each other better.

Course learning outcomes are vital to prepare you for your future and we aim to utilise this mix of face-to-face and online teaching to deliver these. Students benefit from and enjoy fieldtrips and placements and, whilst it is currently hard to predict the availability of these, we are working hard and with partners and will aspire to offer these wherever possible - obviously in compliance with whatever government guidance is in place at the time.

We are utilising a range of different digital tools for teaching including our dedicated online managed learning environment. All lectures for larger groups will be delivered online using interactive software and a range of different formats. We aim to make every contact count and seminars and small group sessions will maximise face-to-face interaction. Practicals, workshops, studio sessions and performance-based sessions are planned to be delivered face-to-face, in a socially distanced way with appropriate PPE.

The University of Lincoln is a top 20 TEF Gold University and we have won awards for our approach to teaching and learning, our partnerships and industry links, and the opportunities these provide for our students. Our aim is that our online and socially distanced delivery during this COVID-19 pandemic is engaging and that students can interact with their tutors and each other and contribute to our academic community.

As and when restrictions start to lift, we aim to deliver an increasing amount of face-to-face teaching and external engagements, depending on each course. Safety will continue to be our primary focus and we will respond to any changing circumstances as they arise to ensure our community is supported. More information about the specific approaches for each course will be shared when teaching starts.

Of course as you start a new academic year it will be challenging but we will be working with you every step of the way. For all our students new and established, we look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant community this Autumn. If you have any questions please visit our FAQs or contact us on 01522 886644.

Welcome to MSc Intelligence Systems

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 personnel with ISR experience 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:

Dr Olivier Szymanezyk: oszymanezyk@lincoln.ac.uk

Postgraduate Enquiries: +44 (0)1522 886644

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.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.

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An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

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).

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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).

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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).

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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).

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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 students' own experiences.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

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.

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Entry Requirements 2019-20

The programme is only available to those applicants who are currently serving military personnel with ISR experience 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:

Dr Olivier Szymanezyk: oszymanezyk@lincoln.ac.uk

Postgraduate Enquiries: +44 (0)1522 886644

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.
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