About Us

The Defence Academy delivers world class professional defence and security education to students from the Ministry of Defence, wider government, UK industry and overseas.

Our purpose is to develop the ‘intellectual edge’ needed to run successful government departments and military operations. The ‘intellectual edge’ is the ability to think better and faster than our adversaries, both now and in the future. Our graduates must be capable of simplifying complexity, grasping subtlety and be comfortable with ambiguity.

With a range of short and long courses, our portfolio consists of face-to-face, digital and blended learning. We train and educate in:

  • leadership
  • strategy
  • information warfare
  • cyber
  • multi-domain integration
  • capability and acquisition
  • business skills
  • languages and international engagement

The education we offer goes beyond the boundaries of defence and is transferable to other organisations, including other government departments, industry, charities and academia.

Based in beautiful surroundings at a secure site in Shrivenham, the Defence Academy is located 80 miles west of London, close to Swindon with its excellent rail links.

With a long and prestigious history, the estates and colleges of the Defence Academy have evolved over centuries, adapting to meet the changing needs of our nation’s armed forces through training and education that delivers real world capability advantage.

The Defence Academy has academic strategic partners in King’s College London and Cranfield University.

Major General Andrew Roe, Chief Executive and Commandant, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom

Major General Andrew Roe, Chief Executive and Commandant, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom

I am hugely proud of our contribution to Defence, supporting future practitioners and leaders to develop the intellectual edge needed for success on operations and leadership in government.

In the Information Age, the battlefield has changed: our armed forces operate in a rapidly evolving strategic environment. Defence education has a key role in ensuring our people have the knowledge and skills to deal with the complexities they face.

Our philosophy of life-long learning is underpinned by greater individual ownership of the learning journey for the Whole Force. We recognise the contribution and interconnectedness of military, MOD civil servants and other government departments, alongside academia, industry and international allies.

At the Defence Academy, we develop innovative and collaborative critical thinkers who are skilled in the art and science of war, proficient in the practical and ethical application of military force, and able to think better and faster than our adversaries.

The education we offer goes beyond the boundaries of Defence: study with us and you will have the opportunity to gain skills, experience and networks transferable to the different stages of your career.

As we look to future challenges and opportunities, the Defence Academy will continue to leverage academic experience, research and experiential learning, alongside military expertise, to prepare our people for operations across multiple functions, capabilities and domains.

- Major General Andrew Roe, Chief Executive and Commandant, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom