Military Programmes

University of Lincoln

At the University of Lincoln, we have a suite of work-based distance learning programmes for full-time serving, reservist, and veteran members of the Armed Forces. These courses are ideal if you are seeking to gain a new qualification, improve your management skills to progress in their existing careers, or prepare for the next step.

Our teaching takes a holistic development approach, placing you, as the knowledge expert of your role, at the centre of our teaching process. In acknowledging your service to our country, we offer a bursary that provides a significant reduction to the programme fee.

We are proud of military partnerships, and as an approved learning provider under the Armed Forces Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELCAS), we also have a number of existing military programmes. These allow serving members of all three Services, as well as their MOD civilian colleagues, to achieve academic recognition.

We are also the first university to achieve the accolade of the partnerson Scheme. This award recognises private and public sector employers that pledge, demonstrate and advocate support for the Defence and Armed Forces community, and meet the objectives of the Armed Forces Covenant.

For our full range of Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses, head to our courses below.

Work-Based Distance Learning

Our military programmes are designed to allow serving members of all three services, as well as their MOD civilian colleagues, to achieve academic recognition from their extensive work experience and formal training. Suitably qualified officers, SNCO, JNCOs, and junior ranks are invited to apply.  Applicants need to be in some form of managerial role to support their place on the programme, this does not necessarily mean in charge of manpower, this could also be resource management. In addition, previous serving members of the three services are also entitled to enrol through a tailored military programme route.

An approved learning provider under the Armed Forces Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme, the University of Lincoln has invested more than ten years of research and development to evolve our military degree programmes. Recognising the significant operational experience and training of military and civil service personnel, the programmes are open to all suitably qualified and experienced officers. Our programme suite is designed to fit in around your busy schedule so that you can choose when and where you study and make the most of your down time. As long as you have a reliable internet connection you can study from anywhere in the world. Typically, students take 18 to 24 months to complete their studies and exit with an honours degree, a level five diploma in Leadership and Management, and Chartered Manager status from the CMI.  However, flexibility is a key feature built into our programme suite so students are able to formally interrupt their studies, for a period of up to 2 years, in light of deployment or other commitments.

If you want to explore more about the credit you can receive for your military training and experience, our programmes or to simply explore your options please contact our dedicated team.

Benefits for Students

Have the flexibility to whenever and wherever is most convenient for you.

Use your Enhanced Learning Credits to make courses more affordable

Transfer your military skills and experience to the civilian marketplace

Integrated module aimed at equipping students with essential skills for study

A number of our courses are accredited.

A graduate in military uniform

Benefits for the Ministry of Defence

Distance Learning is conducted almost entirely off-campus

Realise measurable operational improvements and budgetary savings from studen

Equip staff with skills, understanding, and knowledge that can be put to imme

Delivery teams include a number of serving and former MoD staff.

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Funding Your Study

A number of funding schemes are available to assist military students in financing their studies.

These include:

  • Standard Learning Credit (SLC)
  • Enhanced Learning Credit (ELC)
  • Publicly funded Further & Higher Education for Service leavers (PF FE/HE).

All of these schemes are administered by the Enhanced Learning Credits Administration Service (ELCAS). Further information on eligibility and entitlements are available from your education staffs and the MOD’s ELCAS information web site.

The University of Lincoln is a registered ELCAS provider: 1283

Application Deadlines and Programme Start Dates
Application Deadline Enrolment Deadline Online Induction W/C Course Start Date

8 January 2024

12 February 2024 12 February 2024 19 February 2024

15 April 2024

12 May 2024 13 May 2024 20 May 2024

23 September 2024

21 October 2024 21 October 2024 28 October 2024






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