This module can be taken as a Short Course for Credit or a Standalone Short Course.

Please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section for more information.

This course will provide a comprehensive understanding of the legal and political frameworks in which defence institutions function. A critical awareness of the regulatory regimes affecting defence exports will be covered, as well as the political pressures which underpin them.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationThree days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost

    Standalone Short Course fee - £1,155

    Accredited Short Course fee - £1,840

Course structure

This three day course is presented through a mixture of lectures, syndicated discussions and directed research. Active participation from the delegates is strongly encouraged particularly during the whole course in order to consolidate learning. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of this course.

What you will learn

On successful completion you should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the political pressures in certain regions and the difficulties which arise with weak state/regional governance structures
  • Examine a country’s overall security sector and assess the challenges this poses to the wider national security and development agenda
  • Analyse the role of international donors, financial institutions and the global development agenda and how the defence trade often introduce conflicting forces that run counter to objectives of other agenda
  • critically evaluate the key ethical considerations for organizations undertaking business in the arms trade
  • Analyse the legal environment in which defence trading takes place, and give reasons for export controls in the UK, US and major trading nations
  • Contrast and evaluate export controls of a number of countries or regions

Core content

The course covers the following topics:

  • Defence in a national security context
  • Defence reform as part of the national security agenda
  • The role of Governance
  • Understanding overseas governments
  • The arms trade and ethical issues
  • Defence reform (institutional development) and defence trade
  • Governance of the Defence export trade
  • The UK’s Government’s approach to overseas defence engagements
  • How export controls are established and implemented in major defence trading blocs and nations
  • International legal frameworks, export controls and the donor community
  • Compliance and non-compliance

Upgrade to a professional qualification

When taken as a Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards the Defence and Security Export PgCert.

Find out more about short course credit points.

Who should attend

Suitable for those seeking employment or career progression in the sales and marketing arena of defence, aerospace and security organisations. Skills such as negotiations, offsets and trade compliance will prove attractive to employers seeking personnel in wider managerial fields, including contracts, commercial management as well strategic management.

Accommodation options and prices

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Location and travel

Situated close to Milton Keynes and Bedford, the Cranfield campus is situated in Wharley End, very close to Cranfield village, and is about 10 minutes from the M1 motorway.  There is rail and road access to most major airports as well as coach and train stations. Cranfield campus also has its own airport for private executive business travel.

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Campus address

College Road
MK43 0AL


How to apply

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

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