Developing the intellectual edge needed for success on operations and leadership in government

The Defence Academy welcomes students from the Ministry of Defence, wider government, UK industry and overseas. We provide a wide range of short and long courses ranging from awareness up to expert level covering five broad course themes: leadership; command; technology; business skills; and international engagement.  

We are based at a secure site in Shrivenham, 20 miles west of Oxford, with sites also in central London, Gosport, Andover and Halton. We also include Welbeck 6th Form College near Loughborough and four university squadrons with links to 11 universities offering bursaries to students studying subjects in technical and engineering disciplines. 

For more information on the Defence Academy and what we have to offer, please use this website or make direct contact using the communication methods provided on the contact us page.


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14 February 2019
Leaders for Tomorrow Series-Developing Leaders Ready to Tackle Tomorrow’s Challenges

In Global Strategic Trends, Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) tells us to change the way we think and the way we lead to meet the challenges of the future.

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22 May 2019
Defence Academy conference: 'Putting Modern Deterrence into Practice'

The Defence Academy, in association with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance (DAAA) and King’s College London (KCL), will be hosting its annual conference on 22-23 May 2019.  The theme of the conference is 'Putting Modern Deterrence into Practice'.

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