6-week residential course is delivered from July to August each year.
prepares international students for participation on the Royal College of
Defence Studies course in London. Students will familiarise themselves with a
wide range of advanced topics such as strategic thinking and leadership,
politics and ideology, current affairs and social issues, all delivered in the
RCDS seminar and lecture format.
students are trained in academic essay writing and given guidance on all
aspects of postgraduate study in the UK. During the course, leading experts in
areas such as defence, strategy, politics and law are invited to deliver
lectures, and representatives from RCDS visit in order to assist students with
issues relating to their move to London.
thinking and leadership skills
and critical thinking skills
wider understanding of international relations and current affairs
writing to RCDS specifications
to conduct a seminar using the RCDS format
attended by a large number of international students going on to study at the
Royal College of Defence Studies in London.
Students who undertake Pre-RCDS develop the skills necessary to
participate successfully at RCDS and are prepared for the strategic and academic
rigours they will face.
is that Officers who attend the Pre-RCDS course enjoy a better level of success
at the Royal College of Defence Studies than those who do not.
Participants are expected to have IELTS
6 – 6.5 or equivalent