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Cranfield Defence and Security

Cranfield Defence and Security

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a School of Cranfield University that offers unique educational opportunities to the Defence and Security sectors of both public and private sector organisations. 

Based at the UK Defence Academy at Shrivenham in Oxfordshire, we are the Academic Provider to the UK Ministry of Defence for all postgraduate education at the Defence Academy College of Management and Technology and training in engineering, science, acquisition, management and leadership. 

We deliver the highest standards of education, training and research across a range of important subject areas in defence, security, engineering, management and leadership to meet the demands of students – both Service and civilian, national and international – for the 21st century.

We look forward to welcoming you to CDS at Shrivenham, and to playing a successful part in your future career and personal development.


  • Aeromechanical Systems Group

    The Aeromechanical Systems Group is a research group based at the Defence Academy of the UK in Shrivenham, with diverse expertise in both aeronautical and power systems.

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  • Centre for Archaeological and Forensic Analysis

    The Centre for Archaeological and Forensic Analysis (CAFA) provides a wide range of scientific and analytical expertise for the archaeological and forensic communities.

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  • Centre for Defence Acquisition

    The Centre for Defence Acquisition (CfDA) is the UK’s leading centre of excellence for research and education across the range of specialist subjects required in acquisition.

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  • Centre for Defence Chemistry

    The Centre for Defence Chemistry is the focus for the chemical sciences at Cranfield.

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  • Centre for Defence Engineering

    The Centre for Defence Engineering is focussed on the provision of excellence within the multiple disciplines that make up defence engineering and technology.

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  • Centre for Defence Management and Leadership

    The Centre for Defence Management and Leadership delivers quality postgraduate programmes, short courses and continuing professional development courses to the defence and security sector

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  • Centre for Electronic Warfare

    The Centre for Electronic Warfare is Cranfield's focal point for research, education and consultancy into electronic attack, electronic protection and electronic warfare support.

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  • Centre for Forensic Anthropology Research

    The Centre for Forensic Anthropology Research (CFAR) provides forensic anthropological analysis and consultancy for police forces, law enforcement agencies and other forensic science providers.

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  • Centre for Forensic Computing

    The Centre for Forensic Computing is widely recognised as the United Kingdom’s centre of excellence for Forensic Computing Education, Research and Casework.

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  • Centre for Information Systems Engineering

    Cranfield's Centre for Information Systems Engineering provides extensive capabilities and a focus for defence and security related information systems

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  • Centre for International Security and Resilience

    Centre for International Security and Resilience provides postgraduate education and training, applied research, and consultancy services in Security and Resilience

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  • Centre for Materials Science and Engineering

    The Centre for Materials Science and Engineering applies its knowledge of materials, physics and engineering to a range of defence, security, environmental and medical problems.

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  • Centre for Musculoskeletal and Medicolegal Research

    Provides leadership in tissue mechanics, orthopaedic biomechanics, bioengineering, musculoskeletal science, bone biomechanics, biomaterials and tissue substitutes, trauma, impact and accident analysis

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  • Centre for Ordnance Science and Technology

    The Centre for Ordnance Science and Technology is a world leader in the areas of ordnance and explosives science and technology.

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  • Centre for Simulation and Analytics

    Cranfield's Centre for Simulation and Analytics provides extensive capabilities for defence and security across modelling, simulation, decision making and scientific computing.

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  • Centre for Systems Engineering

    The Centre for Systems Engineering is a leading provider in the UK and Europe of Systems Engineering expertise and capabilities.

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  • Cranfield Forensic Institute

    Cranfield Forensic Institute (CFI) provides a Centre of Excellence for the application of science and technology to law enforcement particularly, through forensic science and engineering.

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  • Dynamic Response Group

    Dynamic Response Group has a wide expertise in the dynamic behaviour of materials used in armour systems, vehicle structures, and munitions. 

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  • Impact and Armour Group

    The Impact and Armour Group is Cranfield's centre for impact mechanics and terminal ballistics with expertise in armour systems, terminal ballistics, body armour ergonomics and impact properties.

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  • Nuclear and Radiological Science Group

    The Nuclear and Radiological Science Group conducts education, research, consultancy and testing in radiological and nuclear science.

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  • Weapons and Vehicle Systems Group

    The Weapon and Vehicle Systems Group combines world recognised expertise in vehicle and weapon system technology across a range of applications.

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