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

This module is designed to help you understand the changing nature of civil-military relations and in the process identify the likely roles for defence forces in the 21st century.


At a glance

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


What you will learn

  • Critically assess and apply the theories which underpin the study of civil-military relations,
  • Analyse the dominant trends in civil-military relations,
  • Compare and contrast civil-military relations in different regions of the world,
  • Recognise the relevance of law to defence.
  • Core content

  • The theories of civil-military relations,
  • The role(s) of armed forces in democracies and other regime types,
  • Introduction to the governance and management of defence,
  • The domestic legal framework for defence,
  • The international legal framework for defence,
  • Why do armies engage in coups d’état?
  • 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

    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.

    Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.