Skip to main content
KBS_Icon_questionmark link-ico


Centre for Defence Studies

The Centre for Defence Studies (CDS) is a world-leading centre for defence and security research, thought-leadership, consultancy and executive development.

Director: Professor John Gearson

Assistant Director: Dr Nina Musgrave

Deputy Director: Dr Joseph Devanny 

CDS currently delivers a variety of bespoke international education and training programmes in: counter-terrorism; intelligence; strategic analysis; foresight; national security studies; and the use of evidence-based analysis in public policy.

These include the National Security Studies MA which runs over several months, as well as shorter, more intensive MA-level accredited courses for practitioner groups at national level. CDS works closely with clients to identify the most appropriate content and delivery style for each of its programmes.

There are four objectives at CDS:

  • Produce interdisciplinary research to advance the fields of defence studies and national security studies;
  • Host events and initiatives to generate greater public understanding of defence and security issues;
  • Deliver tailored executive education and development courses to defence and security practitioners from the UK and overseas;
  • Provide analysis and consultancy services to clients in the defence and security sectors.


Contact us

Please email us for more information on professional development courses

Follow us on Twitter