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This course is aimed at those working within the defence and security sector who are looking to expand their knowledge in defence and security marketing. Read more

This course is aimed at those working within the defence and security sector who are looking to expand their knowledge in defence and security marketing. Key aspects of defence exports are explored, spanning strategic trade controls, compliance, offset and negotiation.

At a glance

  • Start date - January 2019
  • Duration - One year part-time
  • Delivery - Each module including the independent research project will be assessed. 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.
  • Qualification - PgCert
  • Study type - Part-time

Who is it for?

This PgCert has been designed for professionals either working in or seeking to move into the sales and marketing arena of defence, security and aerospace organisations.

This programme is intended for the following range of students:

  • Existing sales, marketing and export control employees in defence, aerospace and security industrial companies
  • Armed forces personnel aiming to equip themselves with relevant commercial defence and security expertise, reflected via a respected university postgraduate qualification to enhance career prospects in MoD staff postings and post-service commercial appointments
  •  Civil service personnel working in export-driven government departments, such as the MoD, UKTI and BEIS.

Why this course?

Graduates achieve a high level of understanding and detailed knowledge by; 

  • Focusing on marketing, but skills such as negotiations, offsets and trade compliance will prove attractive to employers seeking personnel in wider managerial fields, including contracts, commercial management as well strategic management
  • Offering tuition and training specifically geared towards defence and security trade control and compliance, representing essential knowledge for those working in this area of endeavour

Your teaching team

You will be taught be faculty staff from Cranfield University, many of whom have international recognition as thought-leaders in their subjects. Others have extensive field experience as well as academic credentials. All are research active and use it to inform their teaching and keep it up-to-date.

Lecturers

Course details

The course is made up of 5 core modules and one independent research project. The accumulation of 60 credits (or more) is made through the assessments of taught modules and the independent research project.

Individual project

Students should choose a contemporary defence & security marketing related topic of professional significance. This topic may be conducted as a mini-consultancy project within the student’s company. Any project will have to be agreed with the students’ supervisor and sponsor, where relevant.

 

100% of the marks are awarded on the final submission of a 4,000 word research project.

Assessment

Each module including the independent research project will be assessed. 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.

University Disclaimer

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 core modules and some optional modules affiliated with this programme which ran in the academic year 2017–2018. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2018 entry. All modules are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Compulsory modules

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

  • Legal Ethical and Political Defence and Security Frameworks
  • Defence and Security Marketing
  • Negotiation
  • Defence and Security Offset
  • Strategic Trade Controls and Compliance
  • Independent Research Project


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Leadership has always been a critical element of organisational success, but only recently has its value been adequately recognised in an educational context. Read more

Leadership has always been a critical element of organisational success, but only recently has its value been adequately recognised in an educational context. The scope of this MSc covers defence and the wider security sector.

Who is it for?

This MSc is designed to appeal to those interested in or involved with leadership. Its 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.

Why this course?

The scope of the MSc covers defence, the wider security sector and public services.

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 your 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 situation
  • 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.

Informed by Industry

The advisory panel consists of senior representatives from Defence and the wider security and defence industry sectors. It includes a former Defence Minister among the defence stakeholders.

Accreditation

The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) accredited the degree at the Level 7 Award in Strategic Leadership. At the start of your year two studies, you will be invited to take up Student Membership of the ILM, the cost of which will be borne by Cranfield University. Membership lasts for approximately twelve months, during which access is provided to ILM online resources. Upon successful completion of year two, or the postgraduate diploma stage, you will be awarded ILM Level 7 in Strategic Leadership and become eligible for corporate ILM membership at the level of Fellow.

Course details

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 and is a precursor to the research based dissertation which completes the schedule of study.

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

Your career

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



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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. Read more

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.

Who is it for?

​The course is focused on the wider Defence community and attracts civilian and military students from the public and private sectors globally.

Serving military officers and Ministry of Defence civil servants will be well prepared for a range of roles, including: the leadership of strategic change; project team leadership and management; commercial and contracts management; resources management and programme scrutiny; engineering management; capability management; and the management of integrated logistic support and supply chain operations.

Students from defence industry, commercial organisations, research organisations, and other Government departments should also acquire a more detailed knowledge of how Defence procurement and through life support works and be able to advance their business and personal career interests accordingly.

Why this course?

Whether you are involved in specifying or managing capability requirements; engaged in the procurement of systems, services, equipment and materiel; managing commercial relationships and contracts; designing and optimising supply chains through better logistics and inventory control; or managing efficient and effective support solutions to sustain large diverse fleets of maritime, land, and air systems through long service lives; this course will provide the underpinning knowledge and develop the critical thinking skills you will require.

The course teaches and encourages you to develop the skills to critically evaluate and apply a rich array of management theories, models, tools and techniques to meet your needs effectively in a dynamic national and international context.

Accreditation

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and we are an Approved Centre for the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Course details

Students are offered a range of modules, of which eleven are compulsory and one is elective. Eight of the compulsory modules are common to all students, and three are determined by the student’s choice of pathway: General Acquisition, Through Life Support, or Commercial. The twelfth module is the elective.

Success in 6 modules will earn a student the postgraduate certificate (PgCert). On passing 12 modules the student will earn the postgraduate diploma (PgDip) and be able to go on to complete the Thesis to earn the MSc.

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 written assignments, examinations, case study analyses and individual reports

Your career

This qualification will take 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 on acquisition.



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This course 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. Read more

This course 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.

Who is it for?

We have a diverse student body drawn from numerous industries and institutions in the UK as well as overseas providing a rich educational experience. Our class size is normally between 10-20 comprising a combination of full and part time students.

Why this course?

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.

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 course covers the wider context of defence capability and guiding the development of operational, support and enabling business solutions.

Informed by Industry

The course's Industrial Advisory Board meets once a year to discuss the course structure and content. Members include Cranfield University and Defence Academy staff with industrial representatives from, for example: 

  • AWE
  • MoD's Defence Equipment and Support
  • MBDA UK Limited
  • Thales
  • QinetiQ
  • MOD's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.

Accreditation

The course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

This programme is accredited as a programme of further learning for CEng registration. When presented together with a CEng accredited Bachelors programme the educational requirements for CEng registration will be met in full. Students who do not have a first degree should contact the relevant institute directly for further details on whether they meet the requirements.

Course details

The course is modular and you will accumulate credits for each module you successfully complete - 10 credits per module. 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. 

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.

Assessment

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

Your career

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.



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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

About this degree

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

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: Defence Systems Engineering PG Cert

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, knowledge 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 registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Space & Climate Physics

90% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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This course considers 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

This course considers 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.

Who is it for?

This course is intended to attract students who are either currently employed in posts relating to Security Cooperation or those individuals who generally have an interest in issues pertaining to defence and security.

Students come from the following areas:

  • Serving members of the UK MOD (civilian and military)
  • Foreign MOD civil servants and members of foreign armed forces
  • Staff from other UK and foreign government departments, as well as international
  • Governmental and non-governmental organisations, who have an identified need to develop their knowledge of Defence and Security
  • Civilians with an interest in defence and security.

There is often a wide range of nationalities on the course, with a maximum of 30 places available.

Why this course?

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.

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

Course details

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

Assessment

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

Your career

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.



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This 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

This 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.

The application of Modelling and Simulation continues to enhance and transform both systems development and training. It allows representation of increasingly complex equipment, systems and scenarios for the purposes of decision support and helps to reduce wear on live equipment and on test and training areas.

Who is it for?

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

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

Why this course?

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.

Informed by Industry

The aim of the Industrial Advisory Panel, which is common to all components of the AMOR Postgraduate Suite (which comprises the DSM and MOR courses) is to offer advice and input to the course director and the teaching team in terms of curriculum content, acquisition skills and other attributes that the practitioner community may be seeking from graduates of the course. Currently the Industrial Advisory Panel for this programme has members on it from both the defence industry and the MOD.

Course details

Standard modules normally comprise a week of teaching (or equivalent for the limited distance learning options available), 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) 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. 

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.

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. Part-time students will typically not study as a cohort, but will follow an agreed individual programme of study, attending courses as convenient.

Assessment

Assessment is 50% by coursework, 10% by exam and 40% thesis/dissertation

Your career

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



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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 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

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.

Who is it for?

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

Why this course?

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.

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.

Informed by Industry

The aim of the Industrial Advisory Panel, which is common to all components of the AMOR Postgraduate Suite, is to offer advice and input to the Course Director and the teaching team in terms of curriculum content, acquisition skills and other attributes that the practitioner community may be seeking from graduates of the course. Currently the Industrial Advisory Panel for this program has members on it from both Defence Industry (including Cassidian, BAE Systems and AWE) and the MOD.

Course details

MSc students must complete a taught phase consisting of 12 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.

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 elective options chosen.

Your career

The course equips you for appointments within the armed forces or government, or in the defence related activities of commercial organisations, or further research leading to a PhD.



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Delivered in Detroit, MI, USA, this course 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. Read more

Delivered in Detroit, MI, USA, this course 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.

Who is it for?

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.

For those who are new to defence or those who plan to come out of military service or are retiring soon and would like to join the defence industry, this course offers the underpinning knowledge and education to enhance their suitability for employability. In the same way it increases a better understanding of those who are working in the industry to improve their quality of work.

The majority of the students attending the course are sponsored by TARDEC, USA and GDLS, USA. In addition, staff from YPG, Yuma and other local organisations have attended individual courses.

The Associates from DoD such as TARDEC, APG, YPG, CRTC and Industry from the USA have either joined the programme or have attended individual class. Recently, Associates from Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) have started to attend our classes. Any course listed as part of this programme can also be offered (non-accredited) at customer premises as part of Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

Each course is delivered to a class of 20 attendees.

Why this course?

This is the only MSc in the USA which offers a Master’s degree in Military Vehicles and Weapon Engineering.

The course is designed to offer equally a broad and in-depth coverage of technologies used in the design, development, test and evaluation of weapon systems and military vehicles. 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.The course also offers a critical depth to undertake engineering analysis or the evaluation of relevant sub systems. 

Each individual course is designed and offered as a standalone course which allows and benefits an individual to understand the fundamental technology required to efficiently perform the relevant job responsibilities.

Course details

The taught element consists of 10 core and 4 Optional 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.

Each standard module consists of a one-week (5 days) course of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Earning the appropriate credits can lead to the following academic awards: PgCert – any combination of modules (building a total of 60 credits) / PgDip – all modules (120 credits) / MSc – all modules (120 credits) plus project (80 credits).

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.

Assessment

Written exam (50%) and course work (50%)

Your career

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



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This course will help you to extend your knowledge and skills in the 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

This course will help you to extend your knowledge and skills in the field, enabling you to operate at a more strategic level, and giving you the confidence and enthusiasm to challenge traditional project management thinking.

Who is it for?

This three-year part-time course is for MOD personnel, 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.

Why this course?

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

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.

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.

Accreditation

Our MSc in Programme and Project Management is accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM). Cranfield is also a member of the Major Projects Association (MPA) and the Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards (GAPPS).

Course details

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

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.

Assessment

Each module will be assessed through assignments. 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.

Your career

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.



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Designed to develop professionals who can lead in a cyber environment, to effectively exploit the threats and opportunities of cyberspace at the organisational level. Read more

Designed to develop professionals who can lead in a cyber environment, to effectively exploit the threats and opportunities of cyberspace at the organisational level. The course focuses on understanding and articulating the executive-level responses to serious present and emerging threats in the information domain.

Who is it for?

Students will be government, corporate and critical information infrastructure staff who are one or more of the following:

  • Managers or leaders in a cyber environment who need to understand information risk and respond to cyber threats.
  • Procurement staff commissioning critical or sensitive projects.
  • Policy and planning staff interested in computer network and security operations.
  • Those charged with accreditation and assessment of security measures.
  • Those holding the positions of, or aspiring to be, Chief Information Officers (CIO) or Chief Information Security Officers (CISO).

Why this course?

The course will specifically focus on responses to serious, present and emerging threats in the information domain. The course enables the student to gain an organisational view of cyber, the domain, the drivers and constraints. Whilst a technical understanding is of value, the course is designed to ensure that the bigger, contextual, aspects of cyber is understood thereby enabling decision making in relation to cyber to be undertaken within an organisation.

Informed by Industry

The course has an External Advisory Panel, chaired by Sir Edmund Burton, with expert representation from government and industry, including Fujitsu, GSK and the MOD.

Accreditation

The MSc course holds provisional accreditation from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

This course is supported by the UK Government’s Cabinet Office and Office of Cyber Security and Information Security.

Course details

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

It has three components: a taught component comprising of ten, 10 credit modules (PGCert/PGDip/MSc); a 20 credit module; and (MSc only) an 80 credit research project assessed by dissertation.

Dissertation

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

Assessment

The course is delivered via blended learning, with a mixture of residential and online teaching, and assessment is through coursework, group practicals, presentations and (MSc only) an individual dissertation.

Your career

This qualification will take 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. Crucially, it will also enable graduates to communicate cyber issues to senior management or executive board level.

The course is directly relevant to those wishing to improve their knowledge and skills as, or those aspiring to become, a CIO or CISO.



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This course provides education and training in selected military electronic systems. It is particularly suitable for those who 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. Read more

This course provides education and training in selected military electronic systems. It is particularly suitable for those who 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.

Who is it for?

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 PgCert in Communications Electronic Warfare or PgCert in Sensors Electronic Warfare.

Why this course?

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.

Course details

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.

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.

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.

Your career

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. 



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The global market for aerial, ground, and marine Autonomous Vehicles has grown rapidly due to the advent of drones and driverless cars. Read more

The global market for aerial, ground, and marine Autonomous Vehicles has grown rapidly due to the advent of drones and driverless cars. Defence, Aerospace, Automotive, and Marine Industries seek graduates conversant in key aspects of Autonomy including: dynamics & control, guidance & navigation, decision making, sensor fusion, data & information fusion, communication & and networking. These durable and transferrable skills are the bedrock of this unique MSc course whose content has been based on advice from the Industrial Advisory Board, comprising the relevant Industrial representatives from Big Primes to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises.

Who is it for?

The Autonomous Vehicle Dynamics and Control MSc is a unique course for graduates in engineering, physics, or mathematics wishing to acquire durable and transferrable skills in Autonomous Vehicles to pursue career opportunities in Defence, Aerospace, Automotive, and Marine Industries.

Why this course?

We are unique in that we offer a combination of subjects much sought after in the Autonomous Vehicle Industry and not covered in a single MSc course anywhere else. Successful graduates of our MSc course become conversant in key aspects of Autonomy which advantageously differentiates them in today's competitive employment market

The Autonomous Vehicle Dynamics and Control MSc course begins with the fundamentals of autonomous vehicle dynamics and control, and progresses to the core subjects of guidance & navigation, decision making, sensor fusion, data & information fusion, communication & and networking. A choice of optional modules allows individual tailoring of these subjects to specialise in appropriate subject areas.

The taught part of the course is followed by Individual Research Projects (IRPs) and the topic of each of the IRPs is provided by one of the member of the Industrial Advisory Board. The real-world relevance of the IRP topics is another unique feature of our MSc course and can be another effective differentiator in the job market.

This course is also available on a part-time basis enabling you to combine studying with full-time employment. This is enhanced by a three-stage programme from a Postgraduate Certificate, to a Postgraduate Diploma through to an MSc.

Informed by Industry

The relevant, competent and pro-active Industrial Advisory Board includes:

  • BAE Systems
  • Airbus Defence & Space
  • Thales UK
  • Leonardo
  • Raytheon UK
  • Lockheed Martin UK
  • Boeing UK (Phantom Works)
  • UTC Aerospace Systems
  • QinetiQ
  • Spirent Communications
  • Tekever
  • MASS Consultants
  • Plextek
  • Stirling Dynamics
  • RaceLogic

who not only continuously advise on updating the course content but also provide topics for Individual Research Projects (IRPs). After the final oral exams in early September, all students present posters summarising their IRPs to the whole Industrial Advisory Board thus exposing their work to seasoned professionals and potential employers. The IRPs benefit from our own lab where real autonomous vehicles can be designed and tested.

Accreditation

Accreditation is being sought for the MSc in Autonomous Vehicle Dynamics and Control from the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Course details

The taught course element consists of lectures in three areas: dynamics, control systems, and autonomous systems and technology. The MSc consists of two equally weighted components, taught modules and an individual research project.

Individual project

Our industry partners sponsor individual research projects allowing you to choose a topic that is commercially relevant and current. Topics are chosen during the first teaching period in October and you begin work during the second half of the MSc course (May - August). The project allows you to delve deeper into an area of specific interest, taking the theory from the taught modules and joining it with practical experience.

Projects encompass various aspects of operations, not only concerned with design but including payloads, civil applications, system, sensors and other feasibility studies industry wishes to explore.

For the duration of the project, each student is assigned both a university and industry supervisor. In recent years, students have been based at sponsor companies for sections of their research and have been given access to company software/facilities.

During the thesis project all students give regular presentations to the course team and class, which provides an opportunity to improve your presentation skills and learn more about the broad range of industry sponsored projects.

Previous projects have included:

Assessment

Taught modules 50%, Individual research project 50%. Please note: Modules for this course are under review, to incorporate the latest advice from the Industrial Advisory Board.

Your career

The industry-led education makes Cranfield graduates some of the most desirable all over the world for recruitment by companies competing in the autonomous vehicle market including:

  • BAE Systems
  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
  • MBDA
  • Other companies from our Industrial Advisory Board.

Graduates from this course will be equipped with the advanced skills which could be applied to the security, defence, marine, environmental and aerospace industries. This approach offers you a wide range of career choices as an autonomous systems engineer, design engineer or in an operations role, at graduation and in the future. Others decide to continue their education through PhD studies available within Cranfield University or elsewhere.



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International maritime policy may be broadly defined as the area of private and public policy concerned with the economics of maritime transport, ports and terminals; national and international regulation; maritime security and defence; maritime labour; and oceanic law, policy and management. Read more

International maritime policy may be broadly defined as the area of private and public policy concerned with the economics of maritime transport, ports and terminals; national and international regulation; maritime security and defence; maritime labour; and oceanic law, policy and management.

International and interdisciplinary in approach, the programme is of interest to maritime professionals in both sea- and shore-based sectors seeking to develop an in-depth understanding of current issues and future developments, public policy professionals seeking to develop maritime expertise, and graduates in maritime studies and public policy areas seeking further specialisation and postgraduate qualifications.

The programme combines lectures, tutorials, group and individual projects, and seminars, and provides opportunities to learn from the experience of those directly involved with international maritime policy.

Professional development

Maritime at Greenwich keeps in close touch with developments in the maritime sector through its advisory committee, representing a range of specialist professional interests. Certain courses are accredited by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. Other links include those to the museum sector, in particular the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, the Maritime London Promotion Group, the Greenwich Forum, Sea Vision UK and the London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Group.

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Distance learning

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Assessment

Students are assessed through coursework and a dissertation.

Professional recognition

Graduates can pursue careers in maritime administration, international organisations, maritime non-governmental organisations.



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