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Business Administration (Defence) MBA

Key information

Qualification type

MBA - Master of Business Administration

Subject areas

MBA Business Administration Defence Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This course is designed for military officers, civil service personnel and defence industry executives looking to contribute more effectively towards future military initiatives. It is designed to meet the requirement for postgraduate management education in the defence sector. It aims to provide management skills with a specific bias towards defence. Students are provided with an exceptional opportunity to study in a dynamic and enquiring scholarly arena, but using practical case studies to explore the appropriateness of theory to real-life practical contexts. Defence managers will benefit from this advanced programme of study, aimed at providing specialist knowledge to target new horizons. Without peers, the MBA Defence degree meets the modern defence community’s need for specialised policy-oriented defence management education. The learning experience is unique: forged from a mix of theoretical models, the extraordinary challenges posed by timely and efficient defence resource management, and the leadership imperative of lateral thinking. Consequently, the MBA Defence produces graduates highly skilled in the resolution of contemporary defence management problems.

Relevant management skills are at a premium today, as business practices evolve rapidly as the pace of business increases. With greater reliance on technology and deeper integration of the commercial sector within the defence economy, managers and planners of defence resources must possess the skills to respond quickly and decisively in making informed and effective decisions. For defence managers in the military, civil service and private sectors, a recognised postgraduate degree in management is essential for progression into senior management. With a multi-national, multi-cultural and multi-professional mix, the MBA provides a hotbed of knowledge sharing and networking that is invaluable and inestimable, both personally and with respect to your business environment, whatever it may be. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. On successful completion of the MBA Defence, a graduate will be able to: Demonstrate robust qualities of leadership and a broad range of management techniques, both in the corporate and defence domains; Exhibit a conceptual understanding of the principal functional areas of defence management along with a systematic knowledge of the relevant underlying commercial, scholarly and policy-oriented literature; Develop and analyse business and defence-related planning, strategy, cross-functional working and core business processes.

Different course options

Part time | Cranfield Campus | 2 years | SEP

Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date



The module focuses on the development of effective leadership, with self-awareness highlighted as an essential requirement. You will therefore develop an awareness of yourself and others in team contexts.

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

To be confirmed

Department profile

A world-leader in management education, research and consultancy for over 50 years, Cranfield School of Management is an exclusively postgraduate business school whose mission is to improve the practice of management. We have a global reputation for developing high-performing leaders in technology and management – encouraging them to transform their organisations and wider society. Renowned for our strong links with industry, Cranfield is...more