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Cyber Defence and Information Assurance MSc/ PgDip/PgCert - CDIA



Start Date: Mon 2 Oct 17, study spread over 3-4 years.

This course is delivered by Cranfield University on behalf of Technology School, Defence Academy.

This course is for those who seek to be better prepared to tackle the current and emerging demands of cyberspace. Given the rapidly changing nature of the threat and capability landscape this education will allow graduates to recognise emerging threats and respond effectively and pro-actively. As the course ties together a broad technical and business base, and is supported by a wide range of public and private sector organisations, the qualification will be noteworthy on the CVs of those wishing to move into strategic and operational positions in defence and businesses enabled by the information revolution.


To develop professionals who can effectively manage and exploit the threats and opportunities of cyberspace at the organisational level.


Please contact the course administrator for more information.

Business Benefits

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

Entry Requirements


There are no restrictions for this course.


There are no exemptions for this course.


1st or 2nd class honours degree; 3rd class degree with three years relevant experience; pass degree with five years relevant experience; HND/C with seven years relevant experience. Exceptional candidates may be accepted with 10 years relevant experience, where relevant experience is gained in Information Security, Information Operations, information risk or related role. Students whose first language is not English must also attain an IELTS score of 6.5.


Military, other government, corporate and critical information infrastructure staff who are one or more of the following: 

  • Managers who need to understand information risk and respond to cyber threats.
  • Technicians who wish to understand the operational and business context.
  • Procurement staff commissioning critical or sensitive projects.
  • Policy and planning staff interested in computer network and security operations.
  • Personnel interested in social media and associated concepts such as cyber mobilization. 
  • Those charged with accreditation and assessment of security measures.
Course Details

Course Elements

The course is comprised of the following modules: 

  • Understanding Risk
  • Cyber Defence Governance and Management 
  • Cyber Attack Threats and Opportunities 
  • Social Technologies 
  • Critical Networks and Process Controls
  • The Human Dimension 
  • Developing Cyber Thinking and Practice 

Students enrolled on the MSc will complete an applied work-based project and a dissertation to demonstrate their ability to make use of the knowledge gained in a real-world situation and to deliver real benefit to their organisations.

Accreditation / Assessments

Assessment is spread throughout the programme and includes coursework, presentations, projects and portfolio work.

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 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. 


Pre-joining Material

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Key Information

Delivered By

Technology School


Information Capability, Communications




Part-time flexible learning
2.5 years minimum - 5 years maximum
Part-time flexible learning
2 years minimum - 4 years maximum
Part-time flexible learning 
1 year minimum - 3 years maximum

Course Price

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Delivery Method

Blended Learning, Classroom

Course Contact Details

Name: Cranfield Course Enquiries
Email: email contact
Tel: 01793 785810
Mil Tel: 96161 5810
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