Defence Acquisition Management MSc - DAMMSC

Business Skills College
MSc: Up to 5 years part-time
PgDip: Up to 4 years part-time
PgCert: Up to 3 years part-time

About this course

This course is delivered by Cranfield University on behalf of the Business Skills College, Defence Academy.

This course has one intake per year: Mon 11 Jan 21.

Whether you are involved in establishing or managing capability requirements; engaged in procurement, commercial or contracting activities; or developing and implementing support solutions, this course will provide the underpinning knowledge and develop the critical thinking skills required for effective management of defence acquisition.

The course is conducted in modules, there are options to progress from a Postgraduate Certificate to Diploma and MSc.

Keeping courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules currently offered in connection with this MSc reflect the needs of our business however they may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons, depending on the year of entry. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

What you will learn

On successful completion of the course you will be able to: 

  • analyse the conceptualisation of the defence acquisition environment in the UK specifically and more generally in a global context
  • critically evaluate strategic management approaches and their applicability within the key management areas that comprise the defence acquisition environment
  • distinguish the nature and impact of project management on the effective performance of defence acquisition
  • conceptualise and develop differentiated procurement and contracting strategies for a range of scenarios
  • utilise value judgement to act as an informed customer in defence procurement negotiations 
  • develop models, techniques, tools and processes and apply them within the defence acquisition environment
  • apply relevant theories, concepts and techniques in the management of complex projects in an integrated team based environment. 
  • critically analyse risk and uncertainty, undertaking alleviation action in order to achieve cost effective and timely performance
  • develop and prioritise strategies and approaches that utilise and enhance effective customer supplier relationships
On successful completion of the course you will be able to: (in addition to the intended learning outcomes in the PgCert) 

  • demonstrate a critical analysis of commercial best practice and identify relevant applications within the defence acquisition environment
  • critically evaluate strategies within specific areas of the acquisition environment (e.g. capability requirements, systems engineering, procurement, contracting, supply chain management logistic operations, logistic engineering, knowledge management, international acquisition or simulation and synthetic environments based acquisition) in order to enhance relevant concepts, processes, procedures, techniques and applications
  • critically appraise research publications in order to synthesise and communicate appropriate defence acquisition issues to informed and uninformed audiences
  • assimilate, conceptualise and gain abstraction of knowledge emanating from the many areas that contribute to the defence acquisition environment in order to develop the body of knowledge that constitutes defence acquisition
  • evaluate influences, and apply concepts and techniques in the through life management of equipment
  • perform effectively in the interpretation of military capability requirements in the specification, procurement and logistic support of equipment, materiel and supplies
  • critically assess the activities, roles and relationships necessary for the effective integration of the main elements of the acquisition cycle
  • demonstrate ability to work within teams, communicating and collaborating in order to develop and promote solutions to acquisition challenges
On successful completion of the course you will be able to: (in addition to the Intended learning outcomes of the PgDip)

  • demonstrate synthesis in the consideration of key approaches to a defence acquisition issue, opportunity or challenge
  • undertake analytical research, using appropriate research methodology, data collection and analysis into defined areas to produce evidence based meaningful and applicable recommendations for action to enhance defence acquisition performance
  • exercise self direction, independent learning abilities and originality of thought in optimising, evaluating and presenting defence acquisition management recommendations and solutions

How will this course help my career?

This qualification will take you on to career development in the equipment capability area, a defence equipment and support organisation (or other relevant areas such as defence estates), defence manufacturers, commercial organisations or government departments. It also provides a relevant lead-in towards PhD studies focused on acquisition.

Before you attend

A first or second class honours degree or equivalent, in a relevant subject area. Alternatively, a lesser qualification with relevant professional experience may be acceptable. Each case is assessed on its merits.

If English is not your native language, you must attain an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5.

If you are seeking a Ministry of Defence (MOD) funded place, you will need to demonstrate in your application that there is a clear business need to undertake the course. 

Can I attend this course?

This course is suitable for the following type(s) of applicant.
  • Industry
  • Internationals
  • Military
  • MOD Civil Servants
  • Partners Across Government (PAG)

How will I learn?


How will you be assessed?

A mixture of written assignments, examinations, case study analyses and individual reports.

The course offers a number of possible accreditations including the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).