The Defence and Security Programme offers three degree streams to provide blended, flexible education suitable for a range of learners engaged in the complex, evolving defence and security environment.

Overview

  • Start dateApril and September
  • DurationPart-time PgCert - one year, Part-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 (Capstone), MSc, PgDip, PgCert
  • 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. 

Course details

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

 

Course delivery

A mix of blended, distance or face-to-face learning with a broad range of assessments including essays, portfolios, presentations and group work.

Modules

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reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons.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.


Compulsory modules

All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course:


Induction


Introduction to Defence and Security


Decision Analysis and Support


Leadership and Management


Stakeholder Management and Organisational Behaviour


Capstone Development and Exploitation (Capstone route only)


Capstone Portfolio (Capstone route only)


Research Methods (MSc route only)


Thesis (MSc route only)


Elective modules

A selection of modules from the following list need to be taken as part of this course:


Counterterrorism and Intelligence 


Defence and Security Offset 


 Defence Sector and Organisational Behaviour


 Leadership Studies Classical and Modern


 Legal Ethical and Political Defence and Security Frameworks


 Negotiations


 Risk, Crisis and Resilience


 Strategic Management in Defence


 Psychology of Leadership


 Project and Programme Management and Defence Leadership


Defence in the 21st Century


Cost Estimation and Earning


Commercial Relationships in the Defence Environment


Efficient and Effective Through Life Support


 Future Military Conflicts and Support to Disasters 


Supply Network Management in Defence and the Commercial Environment


Strategic Management and Introduction to Acquisition


Knowledge in Defence


The International Dimensions of Defence Acquisition


Sustainability in Defence


Sustainable Development in Defence Acquisition

Global Security: Culture and Complexity


Global Security: Emerging Challenges


Managing Defence in the Wider Security Context


 

Teaching team

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:

Your career

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. 

How to apply

Applicants may be invited to attend an interview. Applicants based outside of the UK may be interviewed either by telephone or video conference.