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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Leadership Security / Police / Armed Forces

Course type


Course Summary

The Defence Leadership 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. 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. Upon successful completion of the PGCert/PgDip course you have the option to progress onto MSc.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


5 years

Start date



This module will ensure that students have the requisite study skills to perform effectively at Masters' level.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have 1st or 2nd 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.

Department profile

Cranfield University is one of the world’s leading universities for defence and security education, research and consultancy. Our academics’ expertise ranges from energetics and forensic sciences to international stabilisation and cyber security. 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. World-class,...more

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