About the Defence Cyber School

The National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021 set out the government’s plan to make Britain secure and resilient in cyberspace. It is supported by £1.9bn of transformational investment and states that cyber security is vital to defence.

It also directed the establishment of the Defence Cyber School (DCS), which was formally opened by on 7 March 2018 at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham in Wiltshire. 

DCS is a part of the Technology School and it contributes to a step-change across government, which is implementing a comprehensive and measurable plan to make the UK increasingly resilient to cyber threats, and to operate effectively in the fast-moving and evolving digital world.

DCS vision

The Defence Cyber School will provide a centre of excellence for cyber training to meet the needs of defence and its partners, addressing all aspects of cyber training and education, and will also provide a facility to exercise operations in the cyber domain.

DCS mission 

The Defence Cyber School will deliver training and education to defence and government partners in line with the National Cyber Security Strategy, to contribute to the development of the UK’s national cyber capability.

It will also provide facilities for those communities to exercise, test and support the cyber resilience of UK systems, and opportunities for increased collaboration between government, industry and academia in order to identify cyber skills requirements and provide the right training and education to meet those requirements.


Cyber courses

Operational cyber courses

A suite of three courses, increasing in technical complexity, for personnel who will be employed as cyber operators. It provides a pathway from a basic understanding of networks through to competently managing defence against cyber attacks.

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Cyber awareness courses 

Two seminars which provide commanders, leaders and managers with the underpinning knowledge, background and context to effectively manage, exploit and defend against cyber effects at the operational and strategic levels.

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Cyber education programme

A postgraduate-level programme delivered by Cranfield University at Shrivenham Campus. It consists of a number of modules which can be studied either individually or in combination, both part-time and full-time.  It can lead to PG Certificates, and PG Diplomas or an MSc in one of two pathways, Cyber Defence and Information Assurance or Cyberspace Operations. 

The full-time MSc takes 3 academic years – the MSc, PgDip and PgCert are each delivered consecutively over 11 months. If studying part time, the PgCert can be completed in a maximum of 3 years, the PgDip 4 years, and the MSc 5 years. Further details can be found below:

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