Advanced Command Staff Course students seize unique opportunity to undertake Masters in Research

20 November 2018 / Categories: DA News and Events

Twelve students on the current Advanced Command Staff Course (ACSC 22) at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham, have enrolled in a new Masters in Research (MRes) programme, designed and delivered in partnership with King’s College London (KCL). 

The MRes is open to all ACSC students as an alternative to the existing Masters option.  Places are awarded based on the quality of the students’ research proposals set against seven high-level themes determined by the Chief of the Defence Staff.  The MRes programme provides students with specialist research skills that will add to Defence intellectual capacity and deliver insight into current challenges.

This year the successful candidates come from all three Services, with two international students from France and Chile.  Research propositions range widely and include subjects such as: AI and military decision making; modern military leadership and creativity; and the exploitation of science fiction for military advantage.

This new opportunity expands the Defence Academy’s deliberate programme to leverage our students experience and ability for Defence, increases individual choice in their academic study, and builds on the already strong relationship with KCL.

The Chief Executive of the Defence Academy and Commandant Joint Services Command and Staff College, Air Vice-Marshal Chris Luck said:

“I am delighted to announce the ACSC Masters in Research programme.  It represents a unique opportunity for our students to directly engage with today’s challenges and to offer insights and options for our senior leaders to consider.  It will also start to build a cadre of talented personnel who Defence can turn to for formal research skills in analysing challenges.”

The Advanced Command and Staff Course (ACSC) is a 10-month course delivered at post-graduate level for mid-seniority military and civilian personnel.

For further information on the ACSC courses available, visit the course page -

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