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If you are involved in any aspect of defence acquisition, then this course is relevant to you. Read more

Course Description

If you are involved in any aspect of defence acquisition, then this course is relevant to you. Whether you are involved in establishing or managing capability requirements; engaged in procurement, commercial or contracting activities; or developing and implementing support solutions, this course will provide the underpinning knowledge and develop the critical thinking skills required for effective management of defence acquisition. This course offers three pathways - General Acquisition, Through Life Support and Commercial. The MSc programme also provides recognition by a number of professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), as this is a CIPS-accredited course, accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and, eligibility for a Chartered Management Institute Diploma.

Overview

To be successful in the defence acquisition community requires a clear understanding of the fundamental issues that impact on the establishment of sound commercial relationships; the development of integrated acquisition solutions and the delivery of operational excellence. We aim to develop the ‘T’ shaped individual, with a broad appreciation of strategic issues, and a greater understanding of defence acquisition. The course provides and develops the skills to critically analyse management theories (acquisition), which can be applied to modern, increasingly commercialised, national and international defence acquisition management, in order to enhance the quality of decision making. The range of backgrounds of both staff and students is diverse and includes national and international commercial organisations, the not for profit sector, civil service and the armed forces. Cohort size is 45.

Duration: Full-time MSc - one year, Part-time MSc - up to three years, Full-time PgCert - one year, Part-time PgCert - two years, Full-time PgDip - one year, Part-time PgDip - two years

English Language Requirements

Students whose native language is not English must attain an IELTS score of 7.

Course overview

The course is made up of 12 modules of which 11 are compulsory and 1 is elective. The course is split into three components. The first component consists of 8 compulsory modules including Financing Acquisition and Sourcing Strategies in the Industrial Interface. The second component consists of your chosen pathway (General Acquisition, Through Life support or Commercial), 3 compulsory modules and 1 elective module. The third component consists of a 20,000 word research-based thesis.

Modules

Core:
- Introductory Studies
- Strategic Management and Introduction to Acquisition
- Financing Acquisition
- Project & Programme Management
- Sourcing Strategies and the Industrial Interface
- Managing Acquisition Change
- Knowledge in Defence
- Leading Acquisition Change
- Supply Network Management in Defence and the Commercial Environment
- Supply Network Analysis and Modelling
- Cost Estimation and Planning
- Advanced Negotiation
- Commercial Relationships in the Defence Environment
- Sustainability in Defence
- Availability, Maintainability, Reliability & Supportability
- Efficient and Effective Through Life Support
- Defence Capability Management

Elective:
- The International Dimensions of Defence Acquisition
- Capability, Requirements and Systems
- Personal and Organisational Development

Individual Project

The individual research project begins with a one week compulsory module on Research Methodology and the subsequent production of a 20,000 word research-based thesis.

Assessment

A mixture of examinations, assignments, case study analyses and individual reports.

Career opportunities

Takes you on to career development in the equipment capability area, a Defence Equipment and Support organisation (or other relevant areas such as Defence Estates), defence manufacturers, commercial organisations or Government departments. It also provides a relevant lead-in towards PhD studies focused upon acquisition.

For further information

On this course, please visit our course webpage - https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Defence-Acquisition-Management

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The Defence Leadership MSc is designed to appeal to those interested in, or involved with, leadership. It's primary audience will be those with personal experience of leadership practice and who are keen to expand and improve their knowledge and understanding of leadership theory and practice. Read more

Course Description

The Defence Leadership MSc is designed to appeal to those interested in, or involved with, leadership. It's primary audience will be those with personal experience of leadership practice and who are keen to expand and improve their knowledge and understanding of leadership theory and practice. The scope of the MSc covers defence, the wider security sector and public services.

Course overview

The Defence Leadership MSc is a three year part time executive MSc made up of 13 taught three day modules delivered in 7 schools, 3 schools in years one and two. Module 13 (Research Methods) is at the beginning of year three as a precursor to the research based dissertation which completes the schedule of study.

Upon completion of the MSc you will be able to:
- Demonstrate a broad understanding of the variety of approaches to leadership
- Be aware of, and develop a critical understanding of, the nature of their own leadership
- Describe the causes of leadership success and failure
- Plan and lead successful organisational change
- Have the practical knowledge and skills to be able to analyse widely different contexts and situations
- Develop leadership in others
- Develop a critical analysis of contemporary leadership theory and practice have the knowledge and skills to understand and shape the development of leadership in war, conflict and crisis situations
- Design and conduct a research project to address pertinent organisational issues in leadership studies
- Develop an area of specialisation through the conduct of an in-depth investigation
- Critically appraise and apply leadership studies ideas, theories and concepts to a specific organisational context
- Develop a critical analysis of the research methods and philosophies that underpin leadership studies.

Modules

Core:
- Introductory Studies & Critical Thinking
- Leadership Studies - Classical and Modern
- Strategic Management in Defence
- The Psychology of Leadership
- Defence Sector and Organisational Behaviour
- DL Programme and Project Management
- Leading Change and Innovation
- National Security: Resilience and Crisis
- Global Security: Culture and Complexity
- Global Security: Emerging Challenges
- Leadership Development in Defence
- Contemporary Defence Leadership Studies

Individual Project

A 20,000 word research-based project selected by you and focused on an aspect of leadership.

Assessment

There are a variety of assessments including assignments and exams.

Career opportunities

Takes you on to a thorough understanding of defence leadership in its widest setting, within and beyond the defence sector in theory and in practice.

For further information

On this course, please visit our course webpage http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/defence-leadership.html

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The MSc in International Defence and Security deals with some of the most pressing issues of world politics such as the causes of war and peace, the pressures and opportunities of globalisation, the threats posed by terrorism, and the problems of global poverty and injustice. Read more

Course Description

The MSc in International Defence and Security deals with some of the most pressing issues of world politics such as the causes of war and peace, the pressures and opportunities of globalisation, the threats posed by terrorism, and the problems of global poverty and injustice.

The programme draws upon our established expertise in international security, foreign and defence policy analysis, security studies, international law, conflict resolution, and environmental issues.

The course content is dynamic, challenging, and cutting edge, designed to equip you with the skills and insights needed to understand and authoritatively analyse contemporary debates in international relations using a mixture of theoretical and empirical tools to deal with and confront the challenges presented by contemporary world politics.

Course overview

The course consists of three core modules and a wide range of elective modules of which you must pass seven, followed by a dissertation.

English Language Requirements

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 - 6.5
TOEFL - 92
Pearson PTE Academic - 65
Cambridge English Scale - 180
Cambridge English: Advanced - C
Cambridge English: Proficiency - C

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).

Modules

There are three compulsory modules which must be taken whether studying the PgCert, PgDip or full MSc. There is then a choice of elective modules from a range of 14. For the PgCert, 1 elective module must be selected, and for the PgDip and MSc, 7 elective modules.

Core:
- Study Skills and Research Methodology
- Issues in International Security, Conflict and Development
- Defence in the 21st Century

Elective:
- Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution
- Managing Defence in the Wider Security Context
- International Law and Armed Conflicts
- International Criminal Law and Human Rights
- Intelligence in International Security
- Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
- Regional Security
- International Interventions for Peace and Statebuilding
- Managing Natural Disasters
- Weapons of Mass Destruction, Control and Verification
- Military Support to Disasters
- Crisis Management
- The Resilience Context
- Strategy for Resilience

Individual Project

A 20,000 word dissertation.

Assessment

There are a variety of assessment methods including written assignments, individual and group presentations, dissertation and examinations.

Career opportunities

This course is intended to attract students who are either currently employed in posts relating to Security Cooperation (Defence Attachés, Desk Officers within the MoD, representatives from the FCO and DFID) or those individuals who generally have an interest in issues pertaining to defence and security. Students may also wish to pursue careers with private security companies, think tanks, within academia or for foreign governments.

Applicants to this degree come from a range of backgrounds. While we have a number of candidates who have recently completed their undergraduate degrees, we also have a significant number who are civil servants working within defence, serving and retired military personnel and those who working within the financial services. The aim of this course is therefore to provide all students with a high quality, and transferable, postgraduate qualification.

The course therefore assists in taking you on to senior positions in the armed forces, government, international organisations, media and academia.

For further information

On this course, please visit our course webpage http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/international-defence-and-security.html

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The Cranfield Executive MBA (Defence) course is designed for military officers, civil service personnel and defence industry executives looking to contribute more effectively towards future military initiatives. Read more
The Cranfield Executive MBA (Defence) course is designed for military officers, civil service personnel and defence industry executives looking to contribute more effectively towards future military initiatives.

Created specifically for the defence community, the MBA (Defence) programme is not just about improving your skills and techniques in general management. We build confidence, emotional intelligence, decision-making and team-working qualities that make for inspirational leaders.

The course is offered in partnership with Cranfield Defence and Security at the Defence Academy College of Management and Technology (formerly the Defence College of Management and Technology), Shrivenham and the School of Management at Cranfield.

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All those involved in the wider defence enterprise, across government, military, industry, science and technology have changing needs and aspirations for defence. Read more

Course Description

All those involved in the wider defence enterprise, across government, military, industry, science and technology have changing needs and aspirations for defence. Agility, resilience, continuity of supply, skills and innovation now complement the continuing need to balance cost, time and performance in everything we do.

The Centre for Systems Engineering has been at the forefront of developing systems engineering education for the past fifteen years, blending the breadth of systems thinking with the rigour of systems engineering and closely integrating this within acquisition management.

You will develop knowledge and skills in understanding the wider context of defence capability and guiding the development of operational, support and enabling business solutions which both deliver cost effective outcomes and contribute to the attributes of defence as a whole.

Course overview

The course is modular and you will accumulate credits for each module you successfully complete:

- Full modules are each worth 10 credits.
- The Advanced Systems Engineering Workshop is worth 20 credits.

The course structure has been devised to give the maximum amount of flexibility for you to create your own learning pathway whilst ensuring that the fundamental principles of systems engineering are compulsory.

- The PgCert comprises 60 credits of which 40 are for compulsory modules and 20 are for elective modules.
- The PgDip comprises 120 credits of which 70 are for compulsory modules and 50 are for elective modules.
- The MSc comprises 200 credits of which 70 are for compulsory modules, 50 credits are for elective modules and 80 are for the thesis associated with the Individual Project.

Full-time MSc - one year, Part-time MSc - up to three years, Full-time PgCert - one year, Part-time PgCert - two years, Full-time PgDip - one year, Part-time PgDip - two years

(For MOD status students the duration may vary, subject to annual review.)

Individual Project

The Individual Project provides you with an opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of an area of particular interest to you or your sponsor which is written up as a thesis or dissertation. The study might include, for example:

- Application of Systems Engineering tools and techniques to a real world problem.
- Analysis of underpinning Systems Engineering theory and practice.
- Development of new or tailored Systems Engineering processes.

Modules

The Compulsory and Elective Modules below are as for the MSc and PgDip. For PgCert students Capability Context and Advanced Systems Engineering Workshop are Elective.

Core -

Advanced Systems Engineering Workshop (ASEW)
Applied Systems Thinking
Capability Context
Lifecycle Processes Introduction
Lifecycle Processes Advanced
Systems Approach to Engineering

Elective -

Availability, Reliability, Maintainability and Support Strategy (ARMSS)
Decision Analysis, Modelling and Support (DAMS)
Human Centric Systems Engineering (HCSE)
Introduction to Defence Capability
Model Based Systems Engineering
Simulation and Synthetic Environments
System of Systems Engineering
Thesis Selection Workshop
- Systems Engineering and Software
- Systems Engineering Workshop
- Networked and Distributed Simulation Exercise

Assessment

Coursework, written examinations, oral examinations, portfolio and, for the MSc only, an individual thesis.

Funding

Funding is available to MoD students. For more information contact MoD Enquiries by calling 01793 314485 (Option 4) or Mil: 96161 4485.

For more information on funding for non-MoD students please contact

Career opportunities

Takes you on to impressive career prospects across a range of roles commensurate with your experience. This includes membership of multidisciplinary teams in acquisition, supply or research organisations. This could be in both general systems engineering roles or as a focal point for specific skills such as availability, reliability and maintenance (ARM), human factors, requirements, architecture test and evaluation, etc. It is also applicable to key roles in MoD acquisition such as Project Team leader, capability manager and requirements manager.

Further Information

For further information on this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Systems-Engineering-for-Defence-Capability

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This Postgraduate Certificate has been designed for engineering professionals who are interested in developing their careers into systems engineering or project management roles in the defence and security domains. Read more
This Postgraduate Certificate has been designed for engineering professionals who are interested in developing their careers into systems engineering or project management roles in the defence and security domains.

Degree information

Students will develop a powerful set of skills and knowledge about defence and security systems and gain awareness and understanding of the economic and organisational context within which defence and security systems are developed, including the limitations these can impose. Depending on the modules chosen, students may focus more on business, project management, reliability or design aspects.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.

The programme consists of four taught modules of 15 credits each.

Core modules
Students must take Defence and Security Systems (15 credits) and either three from the list below or two from the list below and one optional module.
- Business Environment
- Lifecycle Management
- Risk, Reliability and Resilience
- Systems Thinking and Engineering Management

Optional modules
- Delivering Complex Projects
- Project Management* (leading to Association for Project Management examination)
- Systems Design
- Technology Strategy
* Delivered in association with UCL School of Management

Teaching and learning
The programme consists of four taught modules, each of which is delivered as a five-day block week consisting of a blend of interactive lectures, small-group exercises and presentations, case studies and workshop activity. Formative feedback is given to students throughout the modules. Modules are formally assessed through coursework to be completed a few weeks after the module, and for some modules there is also a short test or a 1.5 hour written examination.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/syseng/pg-taught/sem

Careers

Students who have studied this subject have found employment in defence, aerospace, rail, construction, cybersecurity, engineering, IT, management consultancy and many other areas.

Employability
Systems engineering is a highly sought-after expertise, particularly in engineering and technology-based organisations.

The programme's industrial advisory board ensures that the subjects students learn about cover the key issues faced by industry.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme combines interactive lectures, group exercises and case studies to reinforce key points. Lecturers are experts in the field, many of whom have engaged in the practice of systems engineering in industry, and all of whom oversee research across a broad range of subjects relating to systems engineering, project management and technology management.

Students with this degree will gain the skills, knowledege and confidence to further their careers. They will be able to build their professional contacts with like-minded individuals from different organisations.

On successful completion of the 60-credit programme, students may choose to apply to transfer their credit towards a 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma or a 180-credit MSc in Systems Engineering Management.

Accreditation
The MSc in Systems Engineering Management (which students may choose to go on to study on successful completion of this Postgraduate Certificate) is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registraton as a Chartered Engineer.

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The course addresses the design, development, procurement, use and management of models and simulations for applications in experimentation, training, testing, analysis and assessment of military forces, systems and equipment. Read more

Course Description

The course addresses the design, development, procurement, use and management of models and simulations for applications in experimentation, training, testing, analysis and assessment of military forces, systems and equipment.

Overview

On successful completion of the course you will be familiar with the technologies, methodologies, principles and terminology of Modelling and Simulation as used across defence, including the challenges and issues as well as the benefits. Through use of facilities such as the Simulation and Synthetic Environment Laboratory (SSEL), with its wide range of specialist applications, students will gain a broad understanding of modelling and simulation in areas such as training, acquisition, decision-support, analysis and experimentation.

•10 places are normally available for the full-time cohort
•The course is suitable for both military and civilian personnel, including those from defence industry and government departments

Start date: Full-time: annually in September. Part-time: by arrangement

Duration: Full-time MSc - one year, Part-time MSc - up to three years, Full-time PgCert - one year, Part-time PgCert - two years, Full-time PgDip - one year, Part-time PgDip - two years

English Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English must attain an IELTS score of 6.5.

Course overview

The modular form of the course, consisting of a compulsory core and a selection of standard and advanced modules, enables each student to select the course of study most appropriate to their particular requirements.

Standard modules normally comprise a week of teaching (or equivalent for distance learning) followed by a further week of directed study/coursework (or equivalent for part time and distance learning).

Advanced modules, which enable students to explore some areas in greater depth, are two week (or equivalent for part time and distance learning) individual mini-projects on an agreed topic in that subject, which includes a written report and oral presentation.

- MSc students must complete a taught phase consisting of eight standard modules, which includes two core modules (Foundations of Modelling and Simulation and Networked and Distributed Simulation), plus four advanced modules, followed by an individual thesis in a relevant topic. Thesis topics will be related to problems of specific interest to students and sponsors of local industry wherever possible.

- PgDip students are required to undertake the same taught phase as the MSc, but without the individual thesis.

- PgCert students must complete the core module (Foundations of Modelling and Simulation) together with five other modules; up to three of these may be advanced modules.

Modules

Part-time students will typically not study as a cohort, but will follow an agreed individual programme of study, attending courses as convenient.
Advanced Modules, which typically comprise individual self-study, can be selected to follow on from any standard modules that have been chosen.
Standard Modules, which typically involve traditional classroom instruction and/or VLE-based delivery, can be chosen from the following:

Core:
- Foundations of Modelling and Simulation
- Networked and Distributed Simulation

Elective:
- Advanced Computer Graphics
- Advanced Discrete and Continuous Simulation
- Advanced Logistics Modelling
- Advanced Modelling and Simulation
- Advanced War Gaming and Combat Modelling
- Computational Statistics
- Computer Graphics
- Discrete and Continuous Simulation
- High Performance and Parallel Computing
- Intelligent Systems
- Intelligent Systems - Research Study
- Logistics Modelling
- Networked and Distributed Simulation Exercise
- Neural Networks
- Programming and Software Development in C
- Statistical Analysis and Trials
- War Gaming and Combat Modelling
- Weapon System Performance Assessment

Individual Project

An individual research project on an agreed topic that allows you to demonstrate your technical expertise, independent learning abilities and critical appraisal skills.

Assessment

Continuous assessment, written examinations, oral vivas and (MSc only) thesis.

Proportions of different assessment types will vary according to programme and modules taken. For an MSc these might typically comprise 15-24% continuous assessment (written and oral), 36-45% written examinations and 40% thesis/dissertation.

Career opportunities

Equips you for simulation-specific appointments within the armed forces or government, or in the defence related activities of commercial organisations.

For further information

On this course, please visit our course webpage http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Defence-Simulation-and-Modelling

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The Cyber Defence and Information Assurance programme is designed to develop professionals who can effectively manage and exploit the threats and opportunities of cyberspace at the organisational level. Read more

Course Description

The Cyber Defence and Information Assurance programme is designed to develop professionals who can effectively manage and exploit the threats and opportunities of cyberspace at the organisational level. The course specifically focuses on responses to serious present and emerging threats in the information domain. This necessitates sound technical understanding overlaid with an appreciation of the drivers and constraints within the business, and the knowledge to ensure the gap between the two can be bridged by the use of management tools, techniques and strategies.

Overview

The course will specifically focus on responses to serious present and emerging threats in the information domain. This necessitates sound technical understanding overlaid with an appreciation of the drivers and constraints within the business, and the knowledge to ensure the gap between the two can be bridged by the use of management tools, techniques and strategies.

Students will be government, corporate and critical information infrastructure staff who are one or more of the following:
•Managers who need to understand information risk and respond to cyber threats.
•Technicians who wish to understand the operational and business context.
•Procurement staff commissioning critical or sensitive projects.
•Policy and planning staff interested in computer network and security operations.
•Personnel interested in social media and associated concepts such as cyber mobilization.
•Those charged with accreditation and assessment of security measures.

Course overview

The course is taught through a flexible blend of compulsory residential courses, online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) activities and interaction and project based learning.

It has three components:
- A taught component comprising six, 10 credit modules (PGCert/PGDip/MSc).
- A 20 credit module entitled ‘Developing Cyber Thinking and Practice’ followed by a 40 credit work based project (PGDip/MSc).
- An 80 credit research project assessed by dissertation (MSc).

English Language

Students whose first language is not English must attain an IELTS score of 6.5.

Modules

PGCert – students will take six compulsory modules. Each is structured around 18 hours residential,18 hours of directed study on the VLE and 64 hours of private study. Knowledge and skills will be taught through a mix of classroom teaching and exercises utilising cases and scenarios.

PGDip/MSc – in addition to the six compulsory modules of the PGCert, students will:

- Take the 20 credit module Developing Cyber Thinking and Practice
- Conduct a 40 credit work-based individual project.

Core:
- Cyber Defence - Governance and Management
- Understanding Risk
- Cyber Attack - Threats and Opportunities
- Social Technologies
- Critical Networks/Process Control
- The Human Dimension
- Developing Cyber Thinking and Practice
- Work-based Project
- Dissertation

Individual Project

- Work-Based Project
Students taking the MSc/PGDip must complete a 40 credit project in year 2, ideally focused on a work-based problem solving context. This allows the student to develop and demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills acquired in the taught modules in the context of a continually changing cyber environment and practical problem context. Where a work-based project is problematic for an individual student, the supervisor will work with the student to identify an alternative problem solving context.

- Dissertation
Students taking the MSc must develop and demonstrate their technical expertise, independent learning abilities and critical appraisal skills by producing a clear and coherent research-based dissertation.

Assessment

PGCert – each module is assessed via course work and a reflective portfolio.

PGDip - in addition to assessment of the PGCert, PGDip students will be assessed via a large project and presentation.

MSc - in addition to assessment of the PGDip, MSc students will be assessed via the project dissertation.

Career opportunities

Takes you on to become one of the next generation of managers who can understand and effectively manage and exploit the threats and opportunities of cyberspace at the organisational level.

For further information

on this course, please visit our course webpage https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Cyber-Defence-and-Information-Assurance

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With conflicts becoming either increasingly drawn-out, asymmetric wars of attrition or normalise into states of no peace – no war, our understanding of conflict and conflict intervention is shifting. Read more

With conflicts becoming either increasingly drawn-out, asymmetric wars of attrition or normalise into states of no peace – no war, our understanding of conflict and conflict intervention is shifting. Conflicts are rarely determined by military victory, diplomacy or long-term development, but require to securing populations through a comprehensive approach that sees to their political, and economic, as well as their security-related needs. Their outcome will be determined by how well the different arms of government and civil society, both locally and internationally, can work together and how well they understand each others' perspectives.

This inter-disciplinary and custom designed MSc offers the unique opportunity to look at conflict, conflict intervention and post-conflict reconstruction through the lenses of defence, development and diplomacy.

The MSc is designed for graduates with a career in government, the armed forces, inter-governmental organisations, NGOs or academia in mind, and for practitioners looking to enhance their practical skills while placing these within a broader theoretical perspective.

Course structure

Five core modules worth 75 credits plus a Dissertation worth 60 credits plus three optional modules to the value of 45 credits.

Core Modules

  • Defence, Development and Diplomacy in Conflict: Evolving Actors, Factors and Paradigms
  • Conflict Prevention and Sustainable Peace
  • Conflict Intervention: International Law, Counter-Insurgency and Conflict Diplomacy
  • Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Stabilisation, Development and State-Building
  • Capstone Exercise: Humanitarian Intervention Simulation (in MSc-specific roles)
  • Dissertation.

Optional Modules

Optional module in previous years have included:

  • Religion, Culture and Conflict
  • Conflict Mediation
  • Fieldtrip
  • Conflict Sensitive Programme Management
  • Re-thinking Counter Terrorism
  • Conflict Analysis
  • Urban Violence - Urban Peacebuilding
  • International Negotiation as Instrument in Conflict Management
  • Defence Engagement 
  • Policing Post-Conflict Cities.

Course Learning and Teaching

At the beginning of the academic year, students go through two-day induction events in which they are informed about the University, the School, the MSc programmes and the facilities available for their learning.

The 180 credits one-year MSc degree programme is divided into five core and three optional modules of 15 credits each. Furthermore, students have to submit a dissertation of 60 credits of not more than15,000 words. Most of the modules are delivered during the first two terms and students spend the remaining time to write the dissertation.

Although all modules have 18/19 contact hours, the core modules are spread over 9/10 weeks and 132 hours of self-directed learning. The modules are mainly delivered through weekly 2-hour sessions which take the form of a one hour lecture and a one hour tutorial. The form in which seminars are conducted can differ from one module to another. Typically modules would have elements of lectures, discussions, and presentations from students—the extent of each of these components would differ from one module to another. The optional modules of the programme are delivered over two full days, through a mixture of lectures, Q&A sessions, seminar discussions, and role plays.

Formative assessment is given on seminar contributions, role plays, and formative essays. Students have the opportunity to meet their lecturers to discuss their marks and other issues arising from their course performance. Students also have the opportunity to attend ‘essay surgeries’ in which they can discuss the structure and content of their essays early in the course.

Students can also meet their module coordinators or programme coordinator during their weekly contact hours or by making an appointment. When students are working on their dissertations during the latter half of the year, they are required to attend two 4-hour workshops. In addition, they have the opportunity to meet their assigned supervisors for an average of 6 meetings. Students also have access to the MSc Programme Director and the School’s Director of Taught Post Graduate Studies whenever there is a need.

SGIA conducts weekly seminars and organises lectures and conferences which all postgraduate students can attend. Students are also fully integrated into the Durham Global Security Institute, which delivers this MSc programme and hosts guest lectures and seminars throughout the year. These events provide students with the opportunity to engage with, and debate, the most important issues in current political and international studies, and in conflict, peace and security studies.

Throughout the programme students can contact the Careers Office of the University to get advice on available job prospects and get assistance on applying for these.

Career Opportunities

Our students go on to a wide range of successful careers including civil service and other government agencies, UN/INGOs/CSOs, journalism, media, teaching, law, banking and finance, diplomatic services and risk analysis.



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The Cranfield three-year part-time MSc in Programme and Project Management will help you to extend your knowledge and skills in this field, enabling you to operate at a more strategic level, and giving you the confidence and enthusiasm to challenge traditional project management thinking. Read more

Course Description

The Cranfield three-year part-time MSc in Programme and Project Management will help you to extend your knowledge and skills in this field, enabling you to operate at a more strategic level, and giving you the confidence and enthusiasm to challenge traditional project management thinking.

Designed for business managers, civil servants and serving military officers, this course will develop reflective professionals who look at programme and project management from a 21st century perspective.

Graduates of our programme are able to come up with creative solutions to previously unsolved problems, and recognise that cross-functional knowledge and strategic vision are vital to success.

Course overview

The MSc in Programme and Project Management is a three-year part-time programme that begins in January each year. The first two years are built around a series of nine intensive residential modules that are delivered over a series of three-day residential periods. You will also work on a group action consultancy project, spending three days working as a team, investigating current programmes within a modern organisation. The final year will be focused on your thesis.

The Cranfield Executive MSc in Programme and Project Management is distinctive as it spans both programme and project management.

This three-year part-time course is delivered over a series of three-day residential modules and is designed for:

- Experienced project and programme managers who want a "real-world" education delivered by faculty who are actively engaged with business.
- Ambitious professionals who are keen to develop themselves, enhance their skills, knowledge and abilities, and take their career to the next level.
- Rounded individuals who want to combine their knowledge of processes, tools and techniques with an understanding of strategy and an ability to make projects work in practice.

Group project

The group action project gives you the chance to apply the knowledge and skills you have learnt to a specific business issue. You will spend three days, working as a team, investigating current programmes within a modern organisation. You will collect data, conduct analysis and report on the findings, and you will produce recommendations how the organisation can improve its core capabilities in programme and project management.

Individual Project

The thesis is an opportunity for you to carry out rigorous research in programme and project management that is of particular interest to you and your organisation. Integrating the skills and knowledge you have acquired with new research, you can apply them to particular challenges your organisation is facing. You will work closely with a supervisor who will provide expert guidance, insights and support throughout the project, from the planning stage through to delivery.

Modules

The course is delivered in nine core modules with remote study in between, and includes a group action project and an individual thesis.

Core -

Business Case and Financial Management
Foundations of Programme and Project Management
Group Action Project
Organisational Learning and Leading Transformational Change
Planning, Control, and Performance Measurement
Research Methods
Risk and Opportunities
Strategic Management and Supply Chain Management
The Reflective Manager

Assessment

Each module will be assessed through assignments, exams or both. The residential modules will help to prepare you for the assessments but you will be expected to conduct private study in order to complete the assessments.

Funding

Cranfield School of Management Executive MSc Colleague Bursary - https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Study/Postgraduate-degrees/Fees-and-funding/Funding-opportunities/school-of-management-corporate-bursaries

For organisations wishing to sponsor their talent to study on one of our specialist masters programmes, there is a Colleague Bursary available from the Cranfield School of Management.

Career opportunities

The programme is designed for experienced professionals working in programme and project management. It will help you to progress your career in the field by:

- Teaching you how best to provide effective leadership throughout project or programme lifecycle.
- Encouraging you to take a holistic approach to managing projects by exploring behavioural and strategic aspects.
- Ensuring you feel confident to take on more senior roles and more challenging projects.
- Giving you the opportunity to carry out a project of real value to your organisation.

This programme will enhance your prospects when applying for senior positions within management as the in-depth academic and practical knowledge gained will be evident to your prospective employer.

It also opens up opportunities outside your chosen programme of study as it demonstrates both your ability to learn and your intellectual capacity.

To support your career goals Cranfield provides opportunities for you to network with fellow professionals, leading figures from industry and academic experts. Find out more about the Cranfield Network and the services we provide whilst you're here and for the rest of your career.

Further Information

For further information on this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/programme-and-project-management-executive-3-year.html

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This course provides education and training in selected military electronic systems. The course is intended for officers of the armed forces and for scientists and technical officers in government defence establishments and the defence industry. Read more

Course Description

This course provides education and training in selected military electronic systems. The course is intended for officers of the armed forces and for scientists and technical officers in government defence establishments and the defence industry. It is particularly suitable for those who, in their subsequent careers, will be involved with the specification, analysis, development, technical management or operation of military radar, electro-optics, communications, sonar or information systems, where the emphasis will be on an Electronic Warfare environment.

Students taking the Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) course variant are able to choose to study, and will be awarded, either the Communications Electronic Warfare PgCert or Sensors Electronic Warfare PgCert.

Overview

A Military Electronic Systems Engineering graduate achieves a high level of understanding and detailed knowledge of military communications and sensor systems with particular regard to electronic warfare. In addition, the MSc course enables the student to carry out an in-depth investigation into an area of electronic warfare to further enhance their analytical capability. Successful graduates of this course should be fully equipped for roles in defence intelligence, systems development and acquisition, involving the specification and analysis of such systems, working individually or as part of a team.

A typical course cohort comprises 10-15 full time students and up to 4 part time.

Duration: Full-time MSc - one year, Part-time MSc - up to three years, Full-time PgCert - one year, Part-time PgCert - two years, Full-time PgDip - one year, Part-time PgDip - two years

Course overview

- MSc students must complete a taught phase consisting of twelve modules, followed by an individual dissertation in a relevant topic.
- PgDip students must complete a taught phase consisting of twelve modules.
- PgCert students must complete a taught phase consisting of six specified modules.

Core Modules

The MSc/PGDip taught phase comprises 10 compulsory modules and a choice of either Information Networks and Advanced Radar, or, Aeronautical Engineering Parts 1 and 2.

Core:
- Electromagnetic Propagation and Devices
- MES-CP - Communications Principles
- Communications Systems 1 and 2
- Radar Principles
- Radar Electronic Warfare
- Electro-Optics and Infrared Systems 1
- Electro-Optics and Infrared Systems 2
- Information Networks

Elective:
- MES-AR - Advanced Radar
- MES-ASDP - Advanced Sensor Data Processing
- Aeronautical Engineering 1
- Aeronautical Engineering 2

Individual Project

The project aim is for the student to undertake an extensive analytical research project using appropriate research methodology, involving simulation and modelling, measurements, experimentation, data collection and analysis. This will enable students to develop and demonstrate their technical expertise, independent learning abilities and critical research skills in a specialist subject area relevant to the field of study of the course.

Assessment

By examination, assignments and thesis.

Career opportunities

This course is typically a requirement for progression for certain engineering and technical posts within UK MOD.

Successful graduates of this course should be fully equipped for roles in defence intelligence, systems development and acquisition, involving the specification and analysis of such systems, working individually or as part of a team either in the military or in the defence industry.

For further information

On this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/military-electronic-systems-engineering.html

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The course provides a detailed exposure to the context, issues and methods used to analyse the increasingly complex problems which are found in the defence environment and to support decision making. Read more

Course Description

The course provides a detailed exposure to the context, issues and methods used to analyse the increasingly complex problems which are found in the defence environment and to support decision making. It exposes the types of analysis and allows practical experience of tools and methods which are used, ranging from judgemental analysis through mathematical techniques to models and simulations. The course includes judgemental elicitation and analysis techniques, mathematical analysis methods (including optimisation), war gaming and combat modelling, logistics modelling and simulation methods. The use and utility of all the methods are explored through practical exercises and studies.

Course overview

The modular form of the course, consisting of a compulsory core and a selection of Standard and Advanced modules, enables you to select the course of study most appropriate to your particular requirements.

Standard modules normally comprise a week of teaching (or equivalent for distance learning) followed by a further week of directed study/coursework (or equivalent for part time and distance learning).

Advanced modules, which will enable you to explore some areas in greater depth, are two week (or equivalent for part time and distance learning) individual mini-projects on an agreed topic in that subject, which includes a written report and oral presentation.

- MSc students must complete a taught phase consisting of eight standard modules, which includes two core modules (Introduction to Operational Research Techniques and Decision Analysis), plus four advanced modules, followed by an individual thesis in a relevant topic. Thesis topics will be related to problems of specific interest to students and sponsors or local industry wherever possible.
- PgDip students are required to undertake the same taught phase as the MSc, but without the individual thesis.
- PgCert students must complete the core module (Introduction to Operational Research Techniques) together with five other modules; up to three of these may be advanced modules.

On successful completion of the course you will:

- Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the methods, techniques and tools for modelling defence problems and systems
- Be able to critically assess a range of approaches and methods to help support defence analysis and decision-making.

10 places are normally available for the full-time cohort.

The course is suitable for both military and civilian personnel, including those from defence industry and government departments

Individual Project

An individual research project on an agreed topic that allows you to demonstrate your technical expertise, independent learning abilities and critical appraisal skills.

Modules

Part-time students will typically not study as a cohort, but will follow an agreed individual programme of study, attending courses as convenient.
Advanced Modules, which typically comprise individual self-study, can be selected to follow on from any standard modules that have been chosen.
Standard Modules, which typically involve traditional classroom instruction and/or VLE-based delivery, can be chosen from the following:

Core -

Decision Analysis
Introduction to Operational Research Techniques

Optional -

Advanced Decision Analysis
Advanced Discrete and Continuous Simulation
Advanced Logistics Modelling
Advanced War Gaming and Combat Modelling
Applied Optimisation
Computational Statistics
Discrete and Continuous Simulation
Further Operational Research Techniques
Intelligent Systems
Intelligent Systems - Research Study
Logistics Modelling
Neural Networks
Optimisation
Statistical Analysis and Trials
War Gaming and Combat Modelling
Weapon System Performance Assessment

Assessment

Continuous assessment, written examinations, oral vivas and (MSc only) thesis.
Proportions of different assessment types will vary according to programme and elective options chosen. For an MSc these might typically comprise 15-24% continuous assessment (written and oral), 36-45% written examinations and 40% thesis/dissertation.

Career opportunities

Equips you for:

- Appointments within the armed forces or government, or in the defence related activities of commercial organisations.
- Further research leading to a PhD.

Further Information

For further information on this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Military-Operational-Research

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The Sensors Electronic Warfare PgCert has been designed for officers of the Armed Forces and for scientists and technical officers in government defence establishments and the defence industry. Read more

Course Description

The Sensors Electronic Warfare PgCert has been designed for officers of the Armed Forces and for scientists and technical officers in government defence establishments and the defence industry.

The programme covers a selection of Electronic Warfare (EW) topics relevant to military systems, covering the specification, analysis, development, procurement, and technical management of military radar, electro-optics and infrared sensor systems.

The main focus of the programme being EW in relation to sensor systems, requires a good understanding of these systems before going on to consider how to defend them from electronic attack or intercept.

Course overview

PgCert students must complete a taught phase consisting of six specified modules.

Graduates achieve a high level of understanding and detailed knowledge of military communications and sensor systems with particular regard to electronic warfare. Successful graduates of this course should be fully equipped for roles in defence intelligence, systems development and acquisition, involving the specification and analysis of such systems, working individually or as part of a team.

Modules

Core -

Electromagnetic Propagation and Devices
Signal Processing, Statistics and Analysis
Radar Principles
Radar Electronic Warfare
Electro-Optics and Infrared Systems 1
Electro-Optics and Infrared Systems 2

Facilities and resources

The course is delivered via lectures, laboratory demonstrations and tutorials. The teaching of the modules is reinforced by visits to relevant outside organisations and scheduled outside of teaching periods.

Funding

Please contact for more information on funding.

Career opportunities

Successful graduates of this course should be fully equipped for roles in defence intelligence, systems development and acquisition, involving the specification and analysis of such systems, working individually or as part of a team either in the military or in the defence industry.

Further Information

For further information on this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Sensors-Electronic-Warfare

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This course is delivered in Detroit, MI, US. Although open to non-US students it is the responsibility of the student to arrange suitable visas and cover travel costs. Read more

Course Description

This course is delivered in Detroit, MI, US. Although open to non-US students it is the responsibility of the student to arrange suitable visas and cover travel costs. The course provides education and training at postgraduate level for those who expect to fill technically demanding appointments concerned with the design, development, procurement and operation of vehicles.

It will provide students with the technical knowledge and understanding of weapon systems and military vehicles to make them effective in their specification, design, development and assessment. Special attention will be given to recent advances in defence technology; and to educating students in the analysis and evaluation of systems against changes and developments in the threat.

Course overview

The taught element consists of 14 modules covering major aspects of defence technology, providing a balanced and broad coverage of key aspects, issues and constraints associated with the design, development, performance and integration of weapon and vehicle systems.

In addition to the taught part of the course, students can opt either to undertake an individual project or participate in a group design project. The aim of the project phase is to enable students to develop expertise in engineering research, design or development. The project phase requires a thesis to be submitted and is worth 80 credit points.

Earning the appropriate credits can lead to the following academic awards:

- Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) – any combination of modules (building a total of 60 credits).
- Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) – all modules (120 credits).
- Master of Science (MSc) – all modules (120 credits) plus project (80 credits).

The programme is delivered in Detroit by delivering one or two modules per visit. There are three visits in a year (April, June and Nov/Dec). Each standard module consists of a one-week course of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Students are required to pass an assessment which includes a written exam (50%) on the last day of the course and course work (50%) to be submitted within eight weeks from the last day of the course.

Modules are taught three times a year in Detroit, USA. This allows 60 credits to be attained in two years and 120 credits over three years.

Core modules (10 Credits)

- Fighting Vehicle Design or Finite Element in Engineering
- Modelling, Simulation and Control in Defence Engineering or Systems Engineering and Assured Performance

Compulsory Module (10 Credits) for MSc and Elective for PGCert

- Armoured Fighting Vehicle and Weapon Systems Study

Elective Modules (100 Credits)

- Fundamentals of Ballistics
- Weapon System Technology
- Vehicle Systems Integration
- Electric Drive Technologies
- Military Autonomous Vehicles
- Light Weapon Design
- Gun Systems Design (Gun Systems Stream)
- Military Vehicle Dynamics (Vehicle Stream)
- Military Vehicle Propulsion and Dynamics (Gun Systems Stream)
- Military Vehicle Propulsion (Vehicle Stream)
- Military Vehicle Propulsion
- Solid Modelling CAD (optional)

Individual Project

In addition to the taught part of the course, students can opt either to undertake an individual project or participate in a group design project. The aim of the project phase is to enable students to develop expertise in engineering research, design or development. The project phase requires a thesis to be submitted and is worth 80 credit points.

Examples of current titles are given below:

- Use of Vibration Absorber to help in Vibration
- Validated Model of UGV Power Usage
- Power and Mobility Enhanced Robotic Platform (PMERP)
- Conceptual Design of a Behind Armour Battery Pack
- Effect of Ceramic Tile Spacing in Lightweight Armour systems
- Investigation of Suspension System for Main Battle Tank
- An Experimental and Theoretical Investigation into a Pivot Adjustable Suspension System as a Low Cost Method of Adjusting for Payload
- Investigation of New Compact Suspension Concepts for the Light Armoured Vehicle III
- Analysis of Amphibious Operation and Waterjet Propulsions for Infantry Combat Vehicle.

Assessment

Continuous assessment, examinations and thesis (MSc only).

Funding

For more information on funding please contact the Programme Director, Dr Amer Hameed, email

Career opportunities

Takes you on to employment within the armed forces or defence research establishments.

Further Information

For further information on this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/vehicle-and-weapon-engineering.html

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The Communications Electronic Warfare PgCert has been designed for officers of the Armed Forces and for scientists and technical officers in government defence establishments and the defence industry. Read more

Course Description

The Communications Electronic Warfare PgCert has been designed for officers of the Armed Forces and for scientists and technical officers in government defence establishments and the defence industry.

The course covers a selection of Electronic Warfare (EW) topics relevant to military communications systems, covering the specification, analysis, development, procurement, and technical management of military information systems.

The main focus of the course, being EW in relation to communications systems, assumes a good understanding of these systems before considering how to defend them from electronic attack or intercept.

Course overview

PgCert students must complete a taught phase consisting of six specified modules.

English Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English must attain an IELTS score of 7.

Modules

Core:
- Electromagnetic Propagation and Devices
- MES-CP - Communications Principles
- Information Networks

Career opportunities

Successful graduates of this course should be fully equipped for roles in defence intelligence, systems development and acquisition, involving the specification and analysis of such systems, working individually or as part of a team either in the military or in the defence industry.

For further information

on this course, please visit our course webpage http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Communications-Electronic-Warfare

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