BSc (Hons) Communications Engineering Management

The BSc (Hons) Communications Engineering Management degree is a Work Based Distance Learning (WBDL) degree and aims to break down the barriers between learning at work and learning at university. The programme takes into account the high levels of skills and learning that are demonstrated every day in the workplace and provides a degree framework to support and accredit this learning.

The University of Lincoln has recognised the high standard of phase 1 and 2 training received by Royal Air Force Communications Electronics Engineer Officers through formal accreditation of the first two levels of study of the undergraduate degree programme and also, through an agreement with the Defence College Communications and Information Systems (DCIS) the accreditation of additional final level modules. This leaves successful EOFT (CE) graduates who have completed their military training within the 5 years prior to enrolment on the degree programme, needing to successfully complete a further three final level modules in order to be awarded the BSc (Hons) Communications Engineering Management degree. Students will complete the Study Skills for Distance Learning, Management of Change and Situational Exercises and Management Studies modules as described under the modules tab.

Applicants should have a first degree or relevant Level 5 qualification such as a Foundation Degree, HND, CMI Level 5 or similar, obtained within the 5 years prior to enrolment.

Individuals who have completed phase two training prior to 5 years before enrolment will not be eligible for this programme.

Benefits For Students

  • Flexible - Study whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. Fit the course around your family and work commitments
  • Affordable - Use your Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC)
  • Transferrable - Transfer your Military skill sets and experience to the civilian marketplace
  • Supported - Easy access to tutors for expert guidance throughout your studies
  • Study Skills - Each degree has an integrated module aimed at equipping students with essential skills for study - ideal if this is your first experience with Higher Education, or you have been out of education for a while

Benefits for the MoD

  • Tailored Course - These programmes have been specially designed with the MoD in mind with many of the programme delivery team made up of ex or existing MoD staff
  • Minimal Disruption - Distance learning is conducted almost entirely off campus
  • Tangible Benefits - Student work has been utilised by the MoD to realise measurable operational improvements, budgetary savings and to drive future policy and strategy
  • Staff Development - The WBDL programmes are designed to equip staff with skills, understanding and knowledge that can be put to immediate use
BSc (Hons) Communications Engineering Management 17/18 Tuition Fees
Closed Route £1.381 Module 1-2
  £1,380 Module 3-4
Additional Year of Study £583

Fees quoted can be paid annually using Enhanced Learning Credits through the ELCAS funding system.

The University of Lincoln ELCAS Provider Code is: 1283

Contact Details for Further Enquiries

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Additional Costs
For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and your meals may be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional you will normally be required to pay your own transportation, accommodation and meal costs. With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

For further information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages.

Effective communications are at the heart of any successful military force and reliable communication links play a vital role in the success of air operations. Moreover, information systems are a vital asset in ensuring that up-to-the-minute information is always available to military decision makers.  The speed of technological advance within communications and information technology calls for a support chain that is highly skilled and motivated.  The University of Lincoln acknowledge that these requirements call for a high level of managerial underpinning and an associated level of academic expertise.  Hence, the BSc (Hons) Communications Engineering Management degree is a final year 'top-up' course which presents graduates of the RAF Engineer Officer Foundation Training (Communications Electronics) (EOFT (CE)) course with an opportunity to enhance their managerial and academic skills within their area of operational expertise. The programme is open to all suitably qualified candidates and offers an opportunity to transfer academic qualifications and work experience to achieve a degree in Communications Engineering Management.


Flexibility is a key feature of this programme and University of Lincoln regulations 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 can 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) Communications Engineering 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.  

How You Are Assessed

The course and associated assessments are at final level degree level hence, 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 and are based on the development of close working relationships between tutor and individual student.  Assessment strategies reflect the focus of the course on independent self-managed learning. Feedback on assessments should be within three to five working days for formative assessments and fifteen working days for summative assessments.

Assessment Feedback

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 practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.


Typically, students are expected to take 18 to 48 months to complete the programme which includes the DCTT elements, but this will vary according to each individual's personal circumstances and work commitments.

Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL) General credit of 120 CATS points is awarded to students who meet the minimum entry criteria of an HND, Foundation Degree or equivalent.

Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL) General credit of 120 CATS points is awarded to students who meet the minimum entry criteria of an HND, Foundation Degree or equivalent and have proof of relevant or current professional work experience.

Study Skills for Distance Learners

This module aims to provide students with a structured framework within which to develop the essential skills for distance learning. This module encourages you to take personal control of your learning and to balance the freedoms and disciplines inherent in a distance learning environment. Using models of theory and practice embellished by your personal experience, you can develop your ability to self-motivate, manage your own studies and reflect on how you learn. You have the opportunity to evaluate theories and practical models to challenge and to expand on received wisdoms to support both your academic and practical development.

Management of Change

This module aims to enable you to develop your workplace skills in the management of change by investigating your own organisation in relation to change management from a number of perspectives. You will have the opportunity to consider your organisation’s business and market position— how it is structured and how it operates—to understand the context within which change happens. In addition, you can consider how organisational structure and culture may support or inhibit change as well as evaluating management of change theoretical models. This module also enables you to explore the impact of change on people and the skills needed by effective change agents and organisations.

Upon completion of the module, you can use your learning to inform a study of change management in your organisation and to make recommendations about change strategies for the future.

Situational Exercises and Management Studies

This module aims to introduce students to the study of the discipline of management.  Students can focus on the development of management, the principles of management, and the roles of managers.  The application and importance of management issues within organisations are also considered.  From formal definitions of management, identification of management resources and role analysis, students can further examine elements of management pertinent to human interaction.  Final consideration is given to the effects of human factors with particular reference to their influence in the maintenance of military engineering resources.

To aid in the development and evaluation of these concepts, extensive use is made of highly realistic role-play activities extending over many weeks. These activities both group and individually, provide an environment within which the students can select, manage and evaluate the skills and knowledge they have acquired throughout the course.