A portfolio of work applying the principles, practices and processes developed in the course to a real world problem of interest and relevance to the student.

This module is offered across the Engineering, Leadership and Management, and Technology Streams of the Defence and Security Capstone MSc.

At a glance

  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham

Course structure

This module is a combination of both taught and distance learning. The portfolio will comprise a number of papers that will apply and critical evaluate the knowledge and skills gained across the taught phase to a problem or topic directly applicable to the students work/ business interests. The content is self-directed with an opportunity for progressive formative feedback from the academic supervisor as the papers are developed. The approach and problem chosen for the portfolio will link to the output from the capstone development and exploitation module. Where allowable based on security classification Mahara will be used as an e-portfolio tool for management of the capstone portfolio module.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • acquire, organise, discuss and assess knowledge associated with complex defence and security problems;

  • plan, organise and undertake a piece of applied research with appropriate supervision;

  • apply appropriate methods, tools, techniques and knowledge to a complex problem;

  • gather and critically appraise data, and to utilise it within the appropriate academic and practical context;

  • prepare a written portfolio to effectively communicate and exploit findings. 

Core content

The capstone portfolio is an integrative collection of work that draws together the knowledge and skills gained from across the taught phase of the programme. It comprises a structured set of papers that enable application and critical reflection. 

There is a direct link to the content and output of the capstone development and exploitation model with students being allocated an academic supervisor who will guide them in the suitability of topic chosen which will create the golden thread throughout the development of the portfolio. 

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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