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Hacking for Ministry of Defence

When you'll study it
Semester 1
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 6
Module lead
Academic year

Module overview

Hacking for MoD (H4MoD) is an interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial module that provides you with the opportunity to learn from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Intelligence Community (IC) to better address the nation’s emerging threats and security challenges. The delivery of the module is supported by the Common Mission Project (The Common Mission Project UK), a charity that works in partnership with the UK Government. This is a practical and applied module with students working in teams to engage directly with complex, real world problems proposed by the UK government sponsors (problem owners sourced by the Common Mission Project). H4MoD covers policy, economics, technology, national security, and any area required to address the problem posed by sponsors.

You will be assigned to a team and provided with a range of relevant methodological tools and techniques to solve a problem assigned to you. As you progress through the module, you along with your team will be required to identify and validate customer needs. You will be required to continually build iterative prototypes to demonstrate that you have understood the problem and provide appropriate solutions. Teams take a hands-on approach, requiring close engagement with actual military, the Ministry of Defence and other government agency end-users, using their real-world challenges.

The goal is to give you a framework to test solution hypotheses using a start-up model with all the real-world pressures and demands in an early-stage start-up, recognising that you are working within the constraints of a classroom and a limited amount of time. This module is designed to give the experience of working as a team and turn an idea into a solution for real-world problems faced by the Ministry of Defence and Intelligence Community.

This module aims to simulate start-ups and entrepreneurship in the real world, which includes the need to take conceptually-sound decisions amidst uncertainty, challenging deadlines, and often conflicting input.

The module is based on the Hacking for DefenceTM (H4D) programme initially developed at Stanford University ( and is an education initiative sponsored by the U.S. Defence Accelerator, and National Security Innovation Network (NSIN). In the UK, Hacking for Ministry of Defence (H4MoD) is funded by the Ministry of Defence.

Note for students considering taking this module:

This module requires a significant time commitment which includes working with a government sponsor for your assigned problem and gathering primary data on it. In addition to classroom time and engaging in group discussions, the module’s demands include engagement with the lecture and other resources, course reading and an average of 10 interviews per week per student team. You are required to be available for a session of interview training as well as any team meetings.

The aims and learning objectives of this module are focussed on developing a set of skills that you will be able to apply in a variety of professions. The problems assigned to students are curated by the Hacking for MoD module team to ensure that they provide you with the scope needed for the module, and that they match the student skills.

The number of students on this module is limited. Once you sign up for the module, you are making a commitment to all stakeholders (including the government agencies that are sponsoring the problems for the module as well as your fellow team members) involved in making this module a success. Dropping out is unfair to your fellow students who did not get into the module and also appears unprofessional to the government sponsors involved.

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