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Academic departments

Military training at Sandhurst is supported by four internal academic departments.  The academic component of the Regular Commissioning Course is accredited by the Open University and Cranfield University.

RMAS Regular Commissioning Course Academic Accreditation

  • BA (Hons) Scheme.  The Open University has confirmed that it will award the Regular Commissioning Course 120 credit points towards a distance learning Honours Degree in International Studies (which requires 360 points).  Completion of the degree will require four 60-point elective units to be undertaken after commissioning, each taking an academic year of study.
  • RMAS-based Masters Programme.  All graduate entrants can gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Conflict Studies from the Regular Commissioning Course and then embark on a pathway post-commissioning to complete a full Masters degree through further electives and a dissertation.  The two elements are as follows:
  1. RMAS Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Conflict Studies.  This is for graduate entrants and is achieved during the Sandhurst Regular Commissioning Course through a validating agreement with Cranfield University. Successful completion of the academic content of the Regular Commissioning Course is awarded the 60 Masters-level credits needed for a postgraduate certificate.
  2. Post-RMAS Masters Completion.  Officers will be able to take a gap of up to 4 years before electing to continue with the RMAS Masters programme.  The requirement will be to undertake five 10-point elective modules then a research techniques module, each supported by a one-week residential course.  This completes the taught element of the course (which qualifies officers for a Post Graduate Diploma), after which officers will be required to produce a 15,000 word dissertation on a piece of original research.  Successful completion will lead to the award of a Masters degree.

Course gives cadets useful insights into human behaviour and practical leadership techniques.


Gives an understanding of the operational context of the armed forces and helps develop intellect/knowledge.


Teaches the study of war and modern military history and develops an understanding of officership.

Provides information resources to support the academic and professional training of everyone at Sandhurst.

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