Military Programmes

The military MSc programmes offered by the School of Computer Science provide an opportunity for serving and retired military personnel (from the UK and overseas) to gain internationally recognised postgraduate awards based – in part – on the prior experience and learning gained during their military service.

Available to those with a minimum of eight year’s military service in relevant roles, credit can be awarded via a process known as APEL – Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning. Applicants provide documentary evidence of their experience and learning and this is considered by the APEL Board. Successful students are then invited to attend a one-week research methods course at the University of Lincoln.

Within one month of the research methods course, students are expected to submit their research project proposal for assessment. The two-year part-time MSc programmes then continue as students research their chosen project and write a 20,000 word project report. Students are supported throughout this process by their personal academic supervisor and have regular meetings and discussions either face-to-face or via email and video conferencing.

Successful completion and assessment of the project and its associated report leads to the award of the MSc.

Funding Routes

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 website.

The University of Lincoln is a registered ELCAS provider: 1283

Contact Us

School of Computer Science

Programme Leader: Dr Steven Paget


tel: +44 (0)1522 837372