Synergising skill sets: Defence Academy’s Information Advantage Post-Graduate Portfolio

10 September 2020 / Categories: DA News and Events

Shrivenham - The Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, in partnership with Cranfield University, launched a re-designed Digital and Cyber Masters Programme as an initial step towards a Defence Information Advantage Post-Graduate Portfolio being developed by the Defence Academy’s Information Warfare Group.


This week (7 September), 63 students began the modernised Masters’ programmes that offer flexible and customisable learning to stay ahead in the Information Age. 

In an increasingly digital and technological world, cyber and digital capability share foundational elements that build upon each other. Creating a network of students with complimentary skillsets, this post-graduate portfolio will be better integrated to support Strategic Command’s objective of achieving the information advantage.  

The new Digital and Cyber Masters Programme merges three previous masters under one programme to better synergise and integrate digital, cyber and information.  Replacing the Masters of Science in Information Capability Management (ICM), Cyberspace Operations (CS Ops) and the Cyber Defence and Information Assurance (CDIA), the Digital and Cyber Masters Programme is taught digitally through the Defence Learning Environment (DLE) and other online communications platforms.  

Head of the Information Warfare Group, Colonel Caroline Woodbridge-Lewin said: 

“Modern warfare requires innovation, flexibility and adaptability.  The re-designed Cyber Masters Programme is consolidating the best of previous Masters’ programmes to offer Defence cutting-edge training and education to successfully harness the Information Advantage. Over the last few months, we have rapidly adapted our learning environment to overcome challenges presented by the pandemic and modernise to harness new ways of learning. I am very pleased to welcome the Information and Cyber students this academic year.”

The Defence Academy, as part of the Ministry of Defence (MOD), provides post-graduate education to train leaders from across the globe in strategy, operations, tactics, military command and staff leadership, business skills, technology, languages and international engagement. Plans are underway at the Defence Academy to expand the Information Advantage Post-Graduate Portfolio to include other information advantage specialist areas and to launch an Information Advantage Awareness Module on the DLE in November.  

For more information on the Digital and Cyber Masters Programme, please contact us IWG via an enquiry form or visit the Cranfield University website

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