Cranfield Defence and Security

Cranfield University

Cranfield Defence and Security is a renowned academic provider offering postgraduate education and research in various areas such as defence management, security, engineering, and technology. We are based at both Cranfield campus, and at the Defence Academy of the UK in Shrivenham, known for its secure facilities and expert staff. Cranfield's areas of expertise include cyber security, digital warfare, robotics, forensic sciences, simulation, analytics, and social science disciplines such as international security and counterterrorism. We collaborate closely with the UK Ministry of Defence and other global industry and security organisations and offer programmes in diverse fields like defence chemistry, weapons systems, resilience, forensic investigation and complex acquisition. Our facilities support cutting-edge research and testing in military and defence technologies.

Why study at Cranfield Defence and Security?

We combine academic rigor with practical experiences, enabling students to apply theoretical knowledge in real-world situations.

We are the only university to have a strategic relationship with Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), and one of just five universities to have a strategic alliance with the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE).

Our teaching is career-focused, providing you with both the applied knowledge and skills that employers are looking for.

250-300

postgraduate students

22

programmes

8

ranked in The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), 2023 in the UK for employability

Bedford  United Kingdom

main campus

About Cranfield Defence and Security

With an unrivalled reputation for defence and security education, research and consultancy our expertise is trusted by governments, armed forces, industry and security services around the world.

Our teaching is career-focused, providing you with both the applied knowledge and skills that employers are looking for. We offer a unique gateway to delivering defence education and solutions that make a real difference to the lives of our military, security and civilian personnel.

Utilising our world-class facilities (some of which are unique to the UK) we research, test and teach and work in close collaboration with our partners to ensure that what we do really makes a difference where and when it matters.

In addition to our range of MSc courses, we also offer:

Apprenticeships

Working in partnership with business and industry to create the next leaders in technology and management, we offer an increasing range of Level 7 apprenticeships.

Short Courses (CPD)

To support those looking to enhance existing skills, learn something new without the commitment to full-time education, or those who are mid-career and seeking new opportunities, we offer a wide range of short courses - some of which can be taken for credit towards an MSc.

Accredited courses

We have courses accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) the Engineering Council and the Royal Aeronautical Society. Our Digital Forensics MSc is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.



Cranfield campus:

Cranfield University offers a peaceful location in the English countryside, allowing you to focus on your studies, yet is only a short distance from many exciting cities and towns.

All campus amenities – including bars, shops, a cash machine, a post office, and a sports hall – are within walking distance. Excellent leisure and shopping facilities can be found in Milton Keynes and the historic town of Bedford, just a short drive away.

Whatever your recreational, social or sporting interests, the wide range of opportunities in and around Cranfield University are sure to offer something for everyone.

Shrivenham campus:

Cranfield at Shrivenham is home to Cranfield Defence and Security. It is a secure military site in partnership with the Defence Academy, Ministry of Defence, UK. The site has an excellent array of facilities and activities available to staff, students and their families.

During your time here at the Defence Academy you will be part of a warm, welcoming community and there’s no shortage of things to do, both on and off site.

Easily reachable from London and Swindon, this famous site is immersed in thought-provoking history and has a strong basis in providing postgraduate education in: Strategy, Leadership, Management, Technology.

You will find a friendly, fascinating mix of cultures and backgrounds of both military and academic students. We have an established and supported infrastructure for everyday living and a wide range of social and sporting opportunities to keep you refreshed after a long day of studying.


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Main campus

Cranfield University

Bedford

Bedfordshire

United Kingdom

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Engineering (12) Business & Management (5) Forensic & Archaeological Sciences (16) Biological Sciences (4) Computer Science (8) Anthropology (2) History & Archaeology (19) Chemistry (6) Law (22) Politics & Government (30)

Forensic Biology (MSc)

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Forensic biology is the application of biology to link a person(s), such as suspect or victim, to a location, an item or another person. Read more

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Forensic Investigation (MSc)

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This MSc is highly practical and hands-on. It is designed to give an understanding of the cutting-edge research and latest forensic methodologies and is intended to enable graduates to resolve issues in relation to civil and criminal law. Read more

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Explosives Ordnance Engineering (MSc)

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The course offers advanced academic background necessary for students to contribute effectively to technically demanding projects in the field of explosives and Explosives Ordnance Engineering (EOE). Read more

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Digital Forensics (MSc)

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Over 90% of crime is now recognised as having a digital element and the UK Government has stated that digital forensic science sits at the heart of delivering justice in the 21st century, spanning the entire criminal justice system from crime scene to courtroom. Read more

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Guided Weapon Systems (MSc)

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The Guided Weapon Systems MSc is a flagship Cranfield course and has an outstanding reputation within the Guided Weapons community. The course meets the requirements of all three UK armed services and is also open to students from NATO countries, Commonwealth forces, selected non-NATO countries, the scientific civil service and industry. Read more

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Systems Engineering MSc Apprenticeship

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This part-time course meets the requirements of the Level 7 System Engineering Master's Apprenticeship Programme. Eligible organisations will be able to use their Apprenticeship Levy to cover the cost of the course tuition fees. Read more

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Systems Thinking Practice (Apprenticeship)

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This part-time course meets the requirements of the Level 7 System Engineering Master's Apprenticeship Programme. Eligible organisations will be able to use their Apprenticeship Levy to cover the cost of the course tuition fees. Read more

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Systems Thinking Practice (MSc)

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Launching in 2021, the Systems Thinking Practice MSc aims to enhance the knowledge and understanding of those in positions in their mid-career decision-making… Read more

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Military Aerospace and Airworthiness (MSc)

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This course has been designed to address the needs of employees in the MoD, the Armed Forces and the international defence industry. Read more

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Systems Engineering (MSc)

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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. Read more

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Defence Simulation and Modelling (MSc)

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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

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Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology (MSc)

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The course offers students a wide range of different experiences with unique facilities available to no other university in the UK. Read more

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Gun Systems Design (MSc)

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This unique MSc course covers the essential technology required for the participants to take a lead role within their organisation on the specification, design and development of gun systems. Read more

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Military Electronic Systems Engineering (MSc)

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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

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Counterterrorism Risk Management and Resilience (MSc)

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The MSc Counterterrorism, Risk Management and Resilience is a specialist course designed particularly for students working in the risk management and risk mitigation sectors. Read more

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Counterterrorism (MSc)

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The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of how traditional and advanced techniques in counterterrorism in the forensic context. Read more

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Military Operational Research (MSc)

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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

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Explosives Ordnance Engineering Apprenticeship

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This course meets the requirements of the  Level 7 Explosives Ordnance Engineering Master's Apprenticeship Standard.  Eligible organisations will be able to use their Apprenticeship Levy to cover the cost of the course tuition fees. Read more

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Cyberspace Operations (MSc)

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The Cyberspace Operations programme is designed to develop professionals to support manoeuvre in cyberspace, in contested operations and as part of integrated planning. Read more

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Information Capability Management (MSc)

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Information is the fundamental basis of a functioning society with billions of people taking in, creating and distributing information both online and offline… Read more

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Military Vehicle Technology (MSc)

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This course provides education and training in military vehicle systems, offering students an understanding of the technologies used in the specification, design, development and assessment of weapon systems and military vehicles. Read more

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Cyber Defence and Information Assurance (MSc)

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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

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