This Module can only be taken as a Short Course for Credit.
For more information please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section.

Due to the nature of the subject matter in this Module, security clearance may be required.

Through covering topics such as emerging hardware, software, communication technologies and associated ICT products, this Module will enable you to provide an on-going assessment of their relevance and potential value to the organisation.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationOnline learning with one residential day
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost

    £1,310 - Short Course for Credit fee

    Concessions available

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:


  • appraise emerging technologies,
  • evaluate emerging technology that are likely to impact on national security and defence in the next five years,
  • contrast the methods available for identifying and managing the risks and benefits of the use of emerging technology.


  • exploit emerging technologies in relevant working practices,
  • compare and contrast emerging information technologies appropriate to a particular scenario in order to assess potential business benefit.

Core content

Module topics:

Generic methods and tools:

  • horizon scanning,
  • predictive methods,
  • strategic assessment of new technologies,
  • evaluation,
  • maintaining personal awareness.

Emerging technologies:

  •  a selection of currently relevant technologies will be studied.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

After successful completion of this Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards either the Cyber Defence and Information Assurance MSc, Cyberspace Operations MScInformation Capability Management MSc or Defence and Security (Technology) MSc.

Find out more about short course credit points.

Who should attend

This course is aimed at military and civilian staff who are likely to be involved with cyber, digital strategy and dynamic roles within technology based roles.

Students must have successfully completed Foundations of Cyber (CDIA, CsOps) or the Foundations of Information Systems (ICM) in order to take this as a Short Course for Credit.


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A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available.

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.

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How to apply

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

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.