We are an exclusively postgraduate university located at the heart of the UK.  Our close collaboration with industry and government means we offer relevant, practical teaching that is firmly based on our transformational research.

Our passion for the areas we operate in and our long-standing relationships with some of the most prestigious companies in industry mean that studying at Cranfield will open doors for you.

One of the world’s largest providers of postgraduate education in defence and security technology and management, working on classified projects for government and industry.

A trusted and influential partner to the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) for over 30 years.

Explore our Defence and Security degrees

At Cranfield Defence and Security we offer a range of MScs including our new Defence and Security Programme.

Choose between three streams including: EngineeringLeadership and Management, and Technology to personalise your MSc.

Courses taught at our Cranfield campus include: 

Courses taught at Cranfield Defence and Security include:

Accredited courses

Our Explosives Ordnance Engineering MSc is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Guided Weapon Systems MSc and Military Aerospace and Airworthiness MSc are both Engineering Council accredited degrees and are accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Our Gun Systems Design MScMilitary Vehicle Technology MSc and Vehicle and Weapon Engineering MSc are all accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

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Explore our portfolio of Defence and Security CPD short courses

Cranfield University at Shrivenham offers unique educational opportunities to the defence and security sectors in both public and private sector organisations.

Based at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom at Shrivenham in Oxfordshire, we are an academic provider to the UK Ministry of Defence for postgraduate education at the Defence Academy. 

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 continue to be innovative in our course design: new courses are developed to reflect the changing needs of the defence sector, in particular those identified by the industrial and technology strategies, and changes in acquisition and procurement methodologies. 

Operating on a secure site, with 80% of our staff security cleared to carry out classified work for government and industry.

Cranfield Ordnance Test and Evaluation Centre (COTEC)
Industrial-scale weapons testing and evaluation facility, testing materials and weapons for government agencies and industrial defence suppliers and manufacturers.