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Postgraduate Study


The Defence Academy of the UK fosters an intellectually stimulating academic environment within a dynamic, international student body, supportive of professional development



In addition to providing Professional Military Education we offer postgraduate education available to the public, including a fully online, innovative and highly successful Masters in International Affairsand a prestigious Doctorate as part of our MPhil/PhD Programme. We aim to empower students with the intellectual tools through critical engagement, personal responsibility, imagination and creativity.

Our distinctive teaching and research programmes draw upon the expertise of a large and multidisciplinary department. Our acknowledged strength in the field of diplomatic and military history is complemented by world-class research into numerous aspects of contemporary and future warfare, such as security and defence policy, strategy, land, air and maritime doctrine and operations, proxy warfare, conflict termination, space power, and the use of artificial intelligence.

In addition, we offer tremendous expertise across a range of non-military subject areas such as regional and area studies, international security organisations, gender, war and violence, domestic and international terrorism, peacebuilding, political economy, and military ethics. Such breadth of research offers our students the intellectual tools to expand and enhance their knowledge and understanding of all aspects of conflict, defence, security and strategy.


PhD programmes

PhD programmes

The Department welcomes applications and research proposals covering all areas of defence, and is…



World-leading interdisciplinary research from the Defence Studies Department.


H4MoD is an innovative program allowing students to work on real-world government defence problems.


Student testimonials

Hear from some of our students and PhD candidates from across the Defence Studies Department.


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