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.
- Start date: September
- Duration: three years
- Delivery: A mix of blended, distance or face-to-face learning with a broad range of assessments including essays, portfolios, presentations and group work.
- Qualification: MSc (Capstone), MSc
- Study type: Part-time
- Campus: Cranfield 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 concept and delivery. All streams have common core modules providing essential professional competencies and four of the five 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 and the Introduction to Defence and Security are delivered as residential modules. These combine face to face lecturing, workshops and group work with the 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reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons.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.
- Introduction to Defence and Security
- Leadership and Management
- Decision Analysis and Support
- Stakeholder Management and Organisational Behaviour
- Research Methods (non-capstone)
- Thesis (non-capstone)
- Capstone Development and Exploitation (capstone only)
- Capstone Portfolio (capstone only)
A selection of modules from the following list need to be taken as part of this course
- Commercial Relationships in the Defence Environment
- Cost Estimation and Planning
- Counterterrorism and Intelligence
- Defence and Security Offset
- Defence in the 21st Century
- Defence Sector and Organisational Behaviour
- Efficient and Effective Through Life Support
- Future Military Conflicts and Support for Disasters
- Global Security: Culture and Complexity
- Global Security: Emerging Challenges
- Knowledge in Defence
- Leadership Studies - Classical and Modern
- Legal Ethical and Political Frameworks for Defence
- Managing Defence in the Wider Security Context
- National Security: Resilience and Crisis
- Risk, Crisis and Resilience
- Strategic Management and Introduction to Acquisition
- Supply Network Management in Defence and the Commercial Environment
- Sustainability in Defence
- Strategic Management in Defence
- The International Dimensions of Defence Acquisition
- The Psychology of Leadership
- Programme and Project Management
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, 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 CVs 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.
A first or second class honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline (usually science or management related). Alternatively, a lesser qualification with relevant professional experience may be acceptable.
If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:
- IELTS Academic - 7
- TOEFL - 92
- Pearson PTE Academic - 65
- Cambridge English Scale - 180
- Cambridge English: Advanced - C
- Cambridge English: Proficiency - C
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English III - minimum overall score of pass
In addition to these minimum scores, you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.
We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).
Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking an IELTS for UKVI test.
About the School
Cranfield's distinctive expertise is in our deep understanding of technology and management and how these work together to benefit the world.