This module can only be taken as a Standalone Short Course.

This module aims to develop an understanding of Sustainability and it’s applicability to Defence Acquisition and the wider environment.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost


    Concessions available

What you will learn

• Identify the key challenges of sustainability in defence,
• Understand the key drivers of sustainability in defence,
• Demonstrate an understanding of how sustainability and resilience can impact defence,
• Illustrate the effective application of sustainability in providing effective capability change management through-life,
• Demonstrate an understanding of how sustainability considerations impact on the development of defence capabilities across defence globally,
• Critically analyse discipline boundaries to pursue sustainability,
• Evaluate the relevance of sustainability and justify their application through-life,
• Manage sustainable strategies to maximise benefits and minimise potential adverse impacts through-life,
• Critically evaluate potential challenges, risks and impacts associated with sustainability through-life.

Core content

• Sustainable development: terminology, definitions and interpretation,
• Sustainable development: the international perspective,
• Characteristics of sustainable thinking,
• UK Government and MOD sustainable development policy and strategy,
• Environmental protection/environmental regulation - legal framework,
• Sustainable supply chains - risks and vulnerabilities,
• Sustainable consumption and production - material availability,
• Environmental security – implications,
• Energy security – impacts and long term risks (conflict),
• Sustainable procurement – considerations and current practice throughout the CADMID cycle.

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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

Online application form. UK students are normally expected to attend an interview and financial support is best discussed at that time. Overseas and EU students may be interviewed by telephone.

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