Cranfield University – Defence and Security

Cranfield University – Defence and Security Shrivenham, Swindon SN6 8LA, UK

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Cranfield University – Defence and Security – Master’s and Postgraduate education

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

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Cranfield Defence and Security’s staff and secure facilities are at the forefront of their fields, offering diverse capabilities across defence and security science, engineering and technology. These range from cyber security and digital warfare to robotics, forensic sciences and simulation and analytics.

We also offer social science knowhow in specialisms from defence management, leadership, procurement and business skills to international security, counter terrorism and organised crime.

Cranfield Defence and Security are a postgraduate academic provider to the UK’s Ministry of Defence, whilst we also provide specialist knowledge to global industry, security and emergency services, military, governments and NGOs. It means Cranfield Defence and Security is underpinning defence and security sector development and reform around the world.

2024 set to be a landmark year

We are celebrating 25 years of the Cranfield Forensic Institute at Cranfield University in 2024. Our popular department has long been the home for forensic expertise across multiple capabilities in the forensic and security fields.

Cranfield University has a strong heritage in postgraduate education, industry collaboration and research in forensics. Cranfield Forensic Institute was established in 1998, with the launch of the MSc in Forensic Engineering and Science. Since then, it has grown into the foremost academic authority in disciplines including digital forensics, explosives, forensic archaeology, forensic investigation, forensic biology engineering failures, forensic ballistics and materials science.

In 2021 the University opened a £7.2 million centre of excellence with the latest forensic equipment, a mortuary, expert academic staff and innovative courses in the fields of crime scene investigation, digital forensics investigation and forensic materials analysis. The new Crime Scene House adds to CFI’s suite of world-class resources and expertise for its students and research staff in a range of specialities.

What makes Cranfield Defence and Security unique?

  • Dual location– Our split location at both Cranfield University’s campus in Milton Keynes and behind the wire at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom allows us flexibility to teach both civilian and secure content in an appropriate location
  • Unparalleled Networking– Our cross-platform teaching means we often integrate modules with other schools at the University such as aerospace, which creates superb networking opportunities for graduates.
  • A mature learning environment– as we are a postgraduate only university, you will be surrounded by like-minded individuals who are driven to succeed in their chosen careers.

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Life at Cranfield

Cranfield University offers a peaceful location in the Bedfordshire countryside, allowing you to focus on your studies, yet is only a short distance from many exciting cities and towns. Cranfield University campus is 40 minutes away from central London by train.

All campus amenities – including bars, shops, a post office, sports hall and bank – are within walking distance.  Whatever your recreational, social or sporting interests, the wide range of opportunities in and around Cranfield University are sure to offer something for everyone.

We have a wide range of accommodation options to suit all, including our brand-new hall of residence, Baroness Young Hall.

Life at Shrivenham

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.

Cranfield Careers and Employability Service

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a comprehensive service to support students to develop a set of management skills that will remain throughout their career.

During your course you will receive support and guidance to help you plan an effective strategy for your personal and professional development.

Cranfield University has over 75,000 alumni. At Cranfield, we are committed to providing a world-class programme of inclusive and lifelong services to our alumni. Find out more about our  alumni.

Funding opportunities

To help students find and secure appropriate funding we have collated details of a range of scholarships and bursaries available which contribute towards fees and/or living costs for graduates applying for our full-time master’s, PhDs or short courses.

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Open Days and events

We run open days and webinars throughout the year, they offer a great opportunity for you to see our range of facilities, both for study and leisure. It’s a chance to meet staff and current students and get a feel for life at Cranfield.

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