Maintaining strategic advantage through science and technology

Man in Army uniform wearing a headset looking at a computerThe Defence College for Military Capability Integration (DCMCI) is the principal technical college at the Defence Academy.

DCMCI provides training and education for:

  • UK armed forces
  • civil servants
  • international allies
  • industry partners

The college provides training and education to maintain the ‘technological edge’ - one of the pillars that generate the 'intellectual edge'.

DCMCI is structured with two principal groups, each with specialist schools and networks. It also operates the MOD’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) undergraduate sponsorship and entry scheme, as well as serving as MOD’s centre of excellence for training-the-trainer.


To leverage the technology and information necessary to thrive in an increasingly interconnected, complex and ambiguous environment.

Working with people at all stages of their career, our courses develop the knowledge, skills, experience and behaviours across all levels of proficiency, ranging from general awareness through to expert level.

DCMCI was established in 2021 to reflect the government’s intent to further integrate science and technology as key elements of national security and international policy. DCMCI focuses on areas with strong pan-defence interest and is the MOD’s lead in cyber education.

Courses and programmes

Our education portfolio includes multiple master’s programmes, delivered in partnership with Cranfield University, and a wide range of short courses and masterclasses. We offer flexible learning options of face-to-face, digital and blended learning. We also deliver a range of specialist advice and related services.


To ensure the Defence Academy’s education reflects the growing pace of technology, capability development and adversary innovation, we maintain a wide network of academic, think tank, international and industry partners.

We also work closely within the government science and technology community, especially the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).

As an integral part of the Defence College for Military Capability Integration (DCMCI) at the Defence Academy, the Technology and Capability Group (TCG) provides research, learning, and development opportunities in a range of combat technologies, explosive engineering, air and space, as well as capability management.

Uniquely, TCG provides opportunities for individuals and multi-functional teams to

  • solve real-world problems
  • experiment safely
  • share their experiences

This helps them build the through-life knowledge, skills, experience and behaviours necessary to deliver and integrate military capability across all domains, including space and cyber.

Learning experiences at TCG are flexible, engaging and tailored to the needs to the individual and their employer. From masters-level to short courses, our learning programmes draw on the expertise of our partners, including Cranfield University, Dstl Fellows and industry partners to ensure our members have access to the latest thinking and expert facilitators.

The Information Warfare Group (IWG) trains, educates and provides research opportunities for those working in cyber, information professions or supporting synthetic environments.

With rapid and persistent technical and data-drive change, defence requires a different approach in the information environment to counter new and emerging threats.

  • The IWG continues to evolve its training and education portfolio in response to the MOD’s priorities, to ensure our people have the right skills to exploit emerging technologies against evolving threats.
  • IWG’s research projects provide timely and diverse perspectives ahead of important capability decisions and are targeted to answer some of defence’s most challenging and complex problems.
  • The IWG is home to the MOD’s lead in cyber education, the Defence Cyber School (DCS), as well as the Information Capability School and the Defence Simulation Centre. It provides blended learning experiences for specialists and generalists that support individual and collective training requirements, including with UK Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and other international partners.
  • Based on a modular framework, the IWG’s educational portfolio allows courses to be tailored according to specific learning needs and objectives. Our courses support pre-employment and pre-deployment training needs and offers layered, accredited and flexible continuous professional development up to master’s level.
  • Through our partnerships, including partners across government, Cranfield University, Dstl and industry the IWG ensures that our learning communities can harness expert and operationally evidenced thinking, whilst also benefiting from opportunities via the Defence Simulation Centre.

The Defence College for Military Capability Integration (DCMCI) is home to the MOD’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) undergraduate sponsorship and entry scheme.

The STEM Undergraduate Group supports young people preparing for careers in the UK armed forces or Civil Service.

To sustain the MOD’s requirements for technical specialists, it shapes the next generation of talent and skills to address the pace of change in military capabilities, technology and information warfare.

The Defence Technical Officer and Engineer Entry Scheme (DTOEES) supports students at 11 partner universities via a network of four Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) squadrons.

To help prepare students entering the armed forces for Initial Officer Training, the squadrons provide personal and physical development opportunities, and wider support as required, in addition to the university programme. The DTOEES headquarters provides military support and guidance as it fuses service requirements into a DTOEES development policy, directed through the DTUS squadrons.

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