Business School for Defence

The Business School for Defence (BSfD) is an integral part of the Defence Academy and provides business education and training to MOD Civil Servants and the UK armed forces at all stages of their careers.

BSfD is one of the three pillars that contribute to developing personnel with the ‘intellectual edge’ to thrive in an increasingly complex and ambiguous operating environment.

Our purpose is to develop people with the ‘business edge’ needed to manage defence as a business, efficiently and effectively.

The portfolio includes short courses delivered face-to-face, digitally and through blended learning from awareness to expert. It currently supports MOD’s professional pathways throughout an individual’s career, BSfD courses cover:

  • project management
  • finance
  • commercial
  • logistics and support
  • acquisition assurance
  • environmental protection
  • engineering

The BSfD also offers strategic programmes for senior leaders. The Strategic Business Programme provides future leaders with the knowledge, skills and behaviours necessary to run defence as a business in the 21st century. Our Defence Strategic Finance Programme offers an understanding of how the department manages money internally and the interface with key departments such as the Treasury and National Audit Office.

BSfD draws on the expertise of our partners, Cranfield University, the Institute of Directors and Explosive Learning Solutions, to ensure course delegates have access to some of the very latest thinking and expert facilitators.