National Defence College, Kenya

By | July 28, 2020

The National Defence College,Kenya is a Kenya Defence Forces sponsored Institution charged with the responsibility of developing and improving the intellectual capacity of senior military and government officials on broader dimension of national security issues in order to think globally and act nationally. Today national security is no longer viewed through military lenses, but has expanded to a multi-dimensional facet in meaning. In its widest sense it is the “ defence against challenges to a nation’s vital security interests” since security threats from within are increasingly becoming a feature of developing nation-states, especially in Africa.


To develop a national/regional institute for national security and strategy studies, which will develop strategic leadership capacity in the public sector to ensure guaranteed and informed participation at policy level.

Courses offered at National Defence College, Kenya

Course Overview

The National Defence College offers the National Security and Strategy course. The College was accredited to the University of Nairobi in 2002 to offer Diploma and Masters of Arts degree in International Studies as part of the College curriculum to improve on the quality of the knowledge acquired by participants.


Key Objective – To enable a Participant attain a high level of conceptual thinking derived from a close, detailed and reflective study of a wide spectrum of issues geared towards National Security.

Focus – Study of contemporary issues in National Security and Strategy.


The duration of the course is  48 weeks. Within this period, participants who will have registered for university certification will take the appropriate examinations for  Masters of Arts, Diploma or Certificate in International Studies.


During the last week of the course, a National Security Seminar takes place, through which Kenya’s National Vision and Grand Strategy is articulated. A cross section of Prominent Personalities are invited to share their experiences and views.

Contact details

P. O. Box 24381- 00502,

Tel: +254 (020) 2606230
Tel: +254 (020) 2606230

Safaricom: 0741 85 99 86
0736 44 96 17

Fax: +254 (020) 2606230