Instead of heading off to university, you could be learning to lead at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst while enjoying opportunities for travel and adventure – plus earning a great salary (over £25,000 when you start your training, rising to more than £31,000 once you commission).

Your training at the Academy counts towards a BSc in Leadership and Strategic Studies, designed with Henley Business School and the University of Reading. You'll carry on with your studies as your career continues beyond the Academy and you will not have to pay any fees.

If you've already got a degree, you could apply for a place on the Army's Masters programme. This will see you supported towards earning a MSc in Leadership and Strategic Studies, at the start of your Army career.

How it fits with being an Army officer
The degrees will start during the commissioning course at Sandhurst, building on and accrediting your demanding and complex officer training.

The courses will help to develop your higher conceptual and analytical skills – supporting you in your role. The courses will continue during the early stages of your Army career, linking your training, education and role together.

As a result, these qualifications will be fully integrated within your career as a young officer. As a young officer, you'll continuously 'lead and learn' in training, at regimental duty and on operations. You'll capture real life lessons and you'll earn credits for relevant experiential learning. This will support you in being professionally capable, intellectually eager and able to adapt and learn to succeed in a complex and rapidly evolving world.

How long will it take?
In simple terms, at Sandhurst, non-graduates will be provided with the opportunity to achieve a BSc in Leadership and Strategic Studies within the first 3-5 years of commissioned service; whilst selected graduates, chosen from those not pursuing specific degrees with their specialised units, will be provided with the opportunity to achieve an MSc in Leadership and Strategic Studies over the same timeframe.

Already serving? 
If you're a serving officer, and are interested in taking part, you can find more information by searching for ‘IDev Branch’ on the Defence Intranet.


As an officer, you'll be taught business skills like team leadership, project management and strategic management - all of which will stand you in good stead if you choose to leave the Army.

To be the best you can be, you'll need to learn specialist skills - whether that's taking your engineering qualifications to the next level, or developing your strategic planning. You'll be trained by our experts in military fields, and be sent on courses to further your expertise in order to progress your career in the Army.


If you're training or have already qualified as a specialist, such as a doctor, vet, nurse, dentist or lawyer, you can join the Army as a Professionally Qualified Officer. You'll be supported with your professional development, you'll earn a competitive salary and get to enjoy the adventurous lifestyle that the Army offers. You'll also spend less time training at Sandhurst, compared to the 44 weeks regular officers undertake.