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.


Latest news


11 June 2018
Sir Simon Gass appointed as new Commandant Royal College of Defence Studies

Air Marshal Edward Stringer, Director General Joint Force Development welcomes Sir Simon Gass as the newly appointed Commandant Royal College of Defence Studies.

Next event


19 June 2018
Shrivenham Station Music & Fireworks
Music & Fireworks, celebrating RAF 100

Thursday 12 July 2018

Open to general public, all profits will be distributed between a military charity and Gloucester House, Highworth

Gates open 5:30 pm - bring a picnic (no barbecues or dogs allowed)



For further details please see attached poster

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