- Start dateApril and September
- DurationPart-time PgDip - two years, Part-time MSc - three years
- DeliveryA mix of blended, distance or face-to-face learning with a broad range of assessments including essays, portfolios, presentations and group work.
- QualificationMSc, MSc (Capstone), PgDip
- Study typePart-time
- CampusCranfield campus, Cranfield University at Shrivenham, Online
Who is it for?
This course is intended for the following range of students:
- recent graduates wishing to extend their knowledge and skill within the domains of technology, engineering and leadership and management,
- experienced and or qualified engineers, scientists, managers or leaders wishing to extend their skills or apply them in new areas.
Why this course?
The Defence and Security Programme offers the three degree streams to provide blended, flexible education suitable for a range of learners engaged in the complex, evolving defence and security environment. It offers the choice of two tailored learning routes, with extensive elective choices to meet the demands of learners across their career as well as meeting varying employer requirements.
The programme provides innovation in the concept and delivery. All streams have common core modules providing essential professional competencies and all five of these core modules are delivered entirely at a distance across all streams providing flexibility for the learner. Each stream further provides depth in specialist topics aligned with their relevant range of disciplines.
Many of the elective modules are delivered as residential modules. These combine face to face lecturing, workshops and group work with use of our facilities including laboratories, simulation labs, and computer labs as examples
A mix of blended, distance or face-to-face learning with a broad range of assessments including essays, portfolios, presentations and group work.
Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.
To give you a taster, we have listed the compulsory and elective (where applicable) modules which are currently affiliated with this course. All modules are indicative only, and may be subject to change for your year of entry.
All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course:
Research Methods (MSc route only)
Thesis (MSc route only)
A selection of modules from the following list need to be taken as part of this course:
Leadership and Organisation
Security and Defence
Gender, Violence and Armed Conflict
National Security: Resilience and Crisis
Governance and Law
You will be taught by Cranfield's leading experts with capability expertise, industry knowledge and collective subject research, as well as external speakers from industry and defence. The Student Academic Support lead for the Defence and Security Programme is Michelle Parcell and the Course Director is Dr Iftikhar Zaidi. The teaching team includes:
The course aims to ensure that graduates are better prepared to tackle the current and emerging demands of defence and security. Given the rapidly changing nature of this environment the education will allow graduates to recognise emerging trends and respond effectively and proactively. As the course ties together a broad technical and business base and is supported by a wide range of public and private sector organisations the qualification will be noteworthy on the CV’s of those wishing to move into strategic and operational positions in the defence and security sector.