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Defence Acquisition Management MSc/PgDip/PgCert - DAMMSC



Start Date: Mon 8 Jan 18, study spread over 4 years.

This course is delivered by Cranfield University on behalf on the Business Skills College, Defence Academy.

The course provides a wide coverage of management topics that are pertinent to the acquisition of capability and the syllabus provides both the generic management underpinning together with defence specific context material.


This course is well suited to staff at middle to senior management level irrespective of whether they are military personnel, civil servants or indeed are staff in defence companies.


On successful completion of the course a student will be able to:


  • Analyse the conceptualisation of the defence acquisition environment in the UK specifically and more generally in a global context. 
  • Critically evaluate strategic management approaches and their applicability within the key management areas that comprise the defence acquisition environment. 
  • Distinguish the nature and impact of project management on the effective performance of defence acquisition. 
  • Conceptualise and develop differentiated procurement and contracting strategies for a range of scenarios. 


  • Utilise value judgement to act as an informed customer in defence procurement negotiations 
  • Develop models techniques, tools and processes and apply them within the defence acquisition environment. 
  • Apply relevant theories, concepts and techniques in the management of complex projects in an integrated team based environment. 
  • Critically analyse risk and uncertainty, undertaking alleviation action in order to achieve cost effective and timely performance. 
  • Develop and prioritise strategies and approaches that utilise and enhance effective customer supplier relationships. 

On successful completion of the course a student will be able to: (in addition to the intended learning outcomes in the PgCert).


  • Demonstrate a critical analysis of commercial best practice and identify relevant applications within the defence acquisition environment. 
  • Critically evaluate strategies within specific areas of the acquisition environment (e.g. capability requirements, systems engineering, procurement, contracting, supply chain management logistic operations, logistic engineering, knowledge management, international acquisition or simulation and synthetic environments based acquisition) in order to enhance relevant concepts, processes, procedures, techniques and applications. 
  • Critically appraise research publications in order to synthesise and communicate appropriate defence acquisition issues to informed and uninformed audiences. 
  • Assimilate, conceptualise and gain abstraction of knowledge emanating from the many areas that contribute to the defence acquisition environment in order to develop the body of knowledge that constitutes defence acquisition. 


  • Evaluate influences, and apply concepts and techniques in the through life management of equipment. 
  • Perform effectively in the interpretation of military capability requirements in the specification, procurement and logistic support of equipment, materiel and supplies. 
  • Critically assess the activities, roles and relationships necessary for the effective integration of the main elements of the acquisition cycle. 
  • Demonstrate ability to work within teams, communicating and collaborating in order to develop and promote solutions to acquisition challenges. 

On successful completion of the course a student will be able to: (in addition to the Intended learning outcomes of the PgDip)


  • Demonstrate synthesis in the consideration of key approaches to a defence acquisition issue, opportunity or challenge


  • Undertake analytical research, using appropriate research methodology, data collection and analysis into defined areas to produce evidence based meaningful and applicable recommendations for action to enhance defence acquisition performance.
  • Exercise self direction, independent learning abilities and originality of thought in optimising, evaluating and presenting defence acquisition management recommendations and solutions.

Business Benefits

A key development course to support the needs of the business.
Entry Requirements


None other than any CU APCL such as the Project Management element of the AET which gives 10 credits towards the DAM or subjects that may have been undertaken or any modules that have been passed at another institution and that has been approved by the Course Director/Ac Reg.


There are no exemptions for this course.


In normal circumstances, the requirement is for a 1st or 2nd class honours degree. However, exceptionally, lesser qualifications with compensatory experience may be accepted and each case is assessed on its merits. Examples are: 3rd class honours degree plus three years relevant postgraduate experience; An ordinary or pass degree (or equivalent) plus five years relevant postgraduate experience; Ten years relevant experience plus a pass in the Cranfield Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).


  • British Army
    • OF-8
      • Lieutenant General
    • OF-7
      • Major General
    • OF-6
      • Brigadier
    • OF-5
      • Colonel
    • OF-4
      • Lieutenant Colonel
    • OF-3
      • Major
  • Civil Servant
    • OF-8
      • SCS Pay Band 3
    • OF-7
      • SCS Pay Band 2
    • OF-6
      • B1
      • SCS Pay Band 1
    • OF-5
      • B2
      • B2 MSF
      • B2 PR LEC
    • OF-4
      • C1
      • C1 MSF
      • C1 SNR LEC
    • OF-3
      • C2
      • C2 LEC
  • Royal Air Force
    • OF-8
      • Air Marshal
    • OF-7
      • Air Vice Marshal
    • OF-6
      • Air Commodore
    • OF-5
      • Group Captain
    • OF-4
      • Wing Commander
    • OF-3
      • Squadron Leader
  • Royal Marines
    • OF-8
      • Lieutenant General
    • OF-7
      • Major General
    • OF-6
      • Brigadier
    • OF-5
      • Colonel
    • OF-4
      • Lieutenant Colonel
    • OF-3
      • Major
  • Royal Navy
    • OF-8
      • Vice Admiral
    • OF-7
      • Rear Admiral
    • OF-6
      • Commodore
    • OF-5
      • Captain
    • OF-4
      • Commander
    • OF-3
      • Lieutenant Commander
This course is suitable for those in the Defence and Security sectors involved in any area of the MOD in need of a Masters level understanding of defence acquisition and capability management. In addition, the course covers leadership and programme management material that is essential for delegates who are mid career or may not have been offered the opportunity to attend Advanced Command Staff College. This course is centrally funded less T&S and is primarily aimed at mid career officers (Major (OF3) rank) and above, equivalent grade MOD Civil Servants, in an associated career field or employment.
Course Details

Course Elements

  • Introductory Studies / Research Methods 
  • Strategic Management and Introduction to Acquisition 
  • Financing Acquisition 
  • Programme and Project Management 
  • Sourcing Strategies and the Industrial Interface 
  • Managing Acquisition Change 
  • Availability, Reliability, Maintainability & Supportability 
  • Defence Capability Management 
  • Supply Network Analysis and Modelling 
  • Supply Network Management in Defence and Commercial Environments 
  • Knowledge in Defence 
  • Management of Battlespace Science, Innovation & Technology 
  • Efficient & Effective Through Life Support 
  • Capability Requirements and Systems 
  • Humanitarian Logistics 
  • The International Dimensions of Defence Acquisition 
  • Leading Acquisition Change 
  • Sustainability Personal and Organisational Development 
  • Commercial Relationships in the Defence Environment 
  • Negotiation 
  • Cost Estimating and Planning (CEP) 
  • Defence Economics 
  • Leadership

Accreditation / Assessments

The assessment strategy for this course involves a mixture of examination and assignments during the year 1 modules and during year 2 all modules (with the exception of SNAM and Def Economics) are assessed by assignment. Typically this involves the production of a 2,500 word essay on a prescribed topic or topics. The course offers a number of possible accreditations including, CIPS, APMP, CMI Certificate, CILT.

Further Course Information

This course is part time residential attendance.

For further course information please refer to the flyer below.



Application Form

Further Information

Application Process:

RN – applications through 2016DIN07-149 by 6 Mar 17.

Army – applications through Army Command Order 2017/04.  Closing date extended until 29 Apr at the request of the document Author.  Should you have difficulty accessing this document please request a copy by emailing the admin team at:   

RAF – applications through 2016DIN07-027 by 2017DIN07-050 by 30 Apr 17.

MOD CS – applications direct to: between 1 Feb 17 and COP Fri 12 May 17.

Applications received outside of these dates will not be processed. Where the course is oversubscribed with applications a Selection Board will be convened by the Training and Education Team at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham, with academic input from Cranfield University staff to prioritise nominations. Applicants will be notified of the results by COP Fri 30 Jun 17. 


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Key Information

Delivered By

Business Skills College


Programme and Project Management, Acquisition, Finance




Part-time one year
Part-time two years
Part-time two years and eight months

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Delivery Method

Blended Learning

Course Contact Details

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Mil Tel: 96161 5810
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