Defence College of Management and Technology

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Defence Academy – College of Management and Technology
(Cranfield Defence and Security)
An exterior shot of the Defence Academy, Shrivenham, Wiltshire. MOD 45148042.jpg
Exterior shot of the facility
Motto "National and international centre of excellence, providing military and civilian personnel with high quality training and education, primarily at postgraduate level, and conducting research in fields related to defence."
Established 1772
Type Constituent college of both the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom and Cranfield University
Principal Vacant
Director Major General M Riddell-Webster
Location Shrivenham, Oxon., United Kingdom
Coordinates: 51°36′10.77″N 1°38′25.50″W / 51.6029917°N 1.6404167°W / 51.6029917; -1.6404167
Campus Rural
Former names Royal Military College of Science (RMCS)
Cranfield logo 2007.jpg

The Defence Academy – College of Management and Technology (DA-CMT) is a British postgraduate school, research institution and training provider with origins dating back to 1772.


The college traces its history to a school founded in 1772 to provide technical training for the military. In 1840 the Royal Artillery Institution was founded to train artillery officers "for the study of science and languages". It was established as a response to the technological advances brought on by the Industrial Revolution. During the 1880s, the institution expanded, becoming the Ordnance College while the advanced classes formed the Artillery College, and a Commandant was appointed. In 1927 it became the Military College of Science. After the Second World War it moved from Woolwich to its current location in Shrivenham. In 1953, the college was granted its "Royal" title and became the "Royal Military College of Science" ('RMCS').[1]

In 1984 Cranfield University became the main academic provider of the college.[2] In 2004 the Defence College of Management and Technology ('DCMT') was established bringing together RMCS and the Defence Leadership Centre. Then in 2009 DCMT became the Defence Academy - College of Management and Technology (DA-CMT).[3] A contract entered into in November 2005 extended the Cranfield relationship with DA-CMT to 2028.[2]


The college is based, like the majority of Defence Academy institutions, at MOD (Ministry of Defence) Shrivenham, located between the villages of Shrivenham and Watchfield in the south-west corner of Oxfordshire (Vale of White Horse), and has training centres around the country. DA-CMT facilities at Shrivenham are run by Serco Defence. The departments are: Centre for Defence Acquisition and Technology, Centre for Defence Leadership and Management, Defence Centre for Languages and Culture (formerly The Defence School of Languages[4]), Nuclear Department and the Defence Technical Officer and Engineer Entry Scheme.

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  1. ^ "A Short History of the Royal Military College of Science, 1864–1964" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-08-14. 
  2. ^ a b "Cranfield University - Academic Provider to the Defence College of Management and Technology". Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "A student's guide to Shrivenham". Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Defence Centre for Languages and Culture (DCLC)". Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. British Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 

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