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Royal College of Defence Studies Course - RCDS



RCDS offers a post-graduate course of international security and strategic studies, focused on strategy and leadership at the grand strategic level.


The engendering of strategic understanding, through rigorous analysis of the international security and defence agenda and the levers that provide for security, stability and prosperity; and the inculcation of the key tenets of strategic leadership.


The RCDS graduate understands the international strategic context, is skilled in analysis and able to work intuitively across national, cultural and ideological boundaries to lead or contribute to developing strategy at the highest level.

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  • British Army
    • OF-6
      • Brigadier
    • OF-5
      • Colonel
  • Civil Servant
    • OF-6
      • B1
      • SCS Pay Band 1
    • OF-5
      • B2
      • B2 MSF
      • B2 PR LEC
  • Royal Air Force
    • OF-6
      • Air Commodore
    • OF-5
      • Group Captain
  • Royal Marines
    • OF-6
      • Brigadier
    • OF-5
      • Colonel
High flyers in their chosen profession, at senior Colonel to Brigadier level or their equivalent, who have demonstrated their potential for high responsibilities in their parent organisation or Service.
Course Details

Course Elements

Term 1: Current and Future Strategic Context

Term 2: Conflict and Strategy in the Modern World

Term 3: Contemporary International Issues

Accreditation / Assessments

During their academic year at RCDS, Course Members may, on passing an entrance exam, study for an MA in International Security and Strategic Studies under a jointly sponsored programme with King's College London.

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Royal College of Defence Studies


Defence Policy, Strategy and Parliamentary, Leadership and Management




45 weeks

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Tel: 020 7915 4800

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