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.

Our structured pathway offers you the chance to tailor your learning experience within the leadership and security aspect of leadership and management. 


DSP Portrait LS



  • Start dateApril and September
  • DurationPart-time PgCert - one year, Part-time PgDip - two years, Part-time MSc - three years
  • DeliveryDistance learning with a broad range of assessments including essays, portfolios, presentations and group work.
  • QualificationMSc (Capstone), MSc, PgDip, PgCert
  • Study typePart-time
  • CampusOnline

Why this course?

This course approaches the study of leadership and management from a security prism and is therefore distinctly different from the domain of commercial and business variants of management courses. The Leadership and Security Pathway is competitively priced and run entirely online, thereby offering global reach and additional flexibility in how students engage with the taught component and manage their time between professional and academic commitments.   

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


DSP LS Landscape

Course delivery

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reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons.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

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 opens doors for those seeking a career in defence and broader security related professions, opportunities in international organisations, public, private or third sector organisations. The course also provides intellectual broadening, thereby opening up the opportunity for vertical and horizontal career development or transitioning to new and different career tracks for those already engaged in these professions.

How to apply

To register your interest, please use the button below. If you'd like to speak to a member of the admissions or course team then use the 'Get in touch' details at the top of the page.