Taught course

Defence Leadership

Cranfield University · Defence and Security

Entry requirements

A first or second Class Honours degree or equivalent. Students with 3rd Class Honours or an Ordinary Degree with three or five years respectively of suitable postgraduate experience may also qualify for enrolment. Non-graduates will be assessed on the basis of scholastic attainment and experience.

Months of entry


Course content

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 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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    12-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    12-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0) 1234 758540