From the political context of the defence setting through formal contracts to managing supplier relationships, this course considers the formal and informal relationships at an organisational and personal level between MoD and defence contractors.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 30 Nov - 03 Dec 2020
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£1,750

Course structure

A mixture of lectures, syndicate exercises, plenary sessions and computer simulations involving role play.

Core content

The course covers:

  • Political dimensions
  • International dimensions
  • Context of Contract law
  • Developing relationships
  • The nuts and bolts of contracting
  • Control & coordination
  • Consideration
  • What are we buying
  • Stakeholder management
  • Exceptions
  • Dispute resolution
  • Broken contracts
  • Partnering models
  • Networks.

Who should attend

Serving military or government employees doing business with the defence industry. Defence industry personnel doing business with governments. No formal educational requirements.


  • Nigel Pye
  • Matt Qvortrup
  • Trevor Taylor

Location and travel

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.

Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.

For further location and travel details

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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