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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10 January 2019
Major Christopher Hitchins wins the 2018 Trench Gascoigne Essay Prize

Defence Academy’s Intermediate Command and Staff Course (ICSC) Directing Staff, Major Christopher Hitchins has won the 2018 Trench Gascoigne Essay Prize, the Royal United Services Institute’s (RUSI) annual competition, which is awarded for original writing on contemporary issues of national and international defence and security. 

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6 December 2018
Boarding Schools Fair 12 February 2019

Boarding Schools' Fair - Open to MOD personnel and their dependants

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