With the ever-increasing traffic density of civil aircraft and the need for increased military precision in conflicts around the world, safer aircraft operations require more sophisticated avionic systems.
This specialist option of the MSc Aerospace Vehicle Design provides you with an understanding of avionic systems design, analysis, development, test and airframe integration.
Who is it for?
This course is suitable for students with a background in aeronautical or mechanical engineering or those with relevant industrial experience. It provides a taught engineering programme with a focus on the technical, business and management aspects of aircraft design in the civil and military aerospace sectors.
Why this course?
The Avionic Systems Design option aims to provide an understanding of avionic systems design, analysis, development, test and airframe integration. This includes a detailed look at robust and fault-tolerant flight control, advanced 4D flight management and RNP navigation, self-separation and collision avoidance and advanced digital data communications systems, as well as pilot-friendly and intelligent cockpit displays and situation awareness.
The course extent also covers future ATM systems which have been at the forefront of postgraduate education in aerospace engineering since 1946. Aerospace Vehicle Design at Cranfield University was one of the original foundation courses of the College of Aeronautics. Graduates of this course are eligible to join the Cranfield College of Aeronautics Alumni Association (CCAAA), an active community which hold a number of networking and social events throughout the year.
Cranfield University is well located for students from all over the world and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This enables students from all over the world to complete this qualification whilst balancing work/life commitments.
This option is comprised of a number of mandatory modules and a minimum of 60 hours of optional modules, selected from a list of options. You are also required to complete a group design project and an individual research project. Delivered via a combination of structured lectures, industry guest lectures, computer-based workshops and private study.
A unique feature of the course is that we have four external examiners; two from the industry who assess the group design project and two from academia who assess the individual research project.
All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course:
- Aeronautical Communication Systems
- Aerospace Software Engineering and ADA
- Avionics Air Traffic Control
- Aircraft Performance
- Aircraft Stability and Control
- Avionics Data Networking, Hardware Integration and Testing
- Cockpit Environment
- Control Systems
- Design of Airframe Systems
- Fault-Tolerant Avionics Design
- Flight Experience
- Inertial and Satellite Navigation Systems
- Integrated Navigation Systems
- Modelling of Dynamic Systems
- Radio Systems
A selection of modules from the following list needs to be taken as part of this course:
- Aerospace System Development and Life Cycle Model
- Aircraft Aerodynamics
- Aircraft Power Plant Installation
- Computer Aided Design (CAD)
- Design for Manufacture and Operation
- Initial Aircraft Design
- Integrated Vehicle Health Management
- Landing Gear Design
- Reliability, Safety Assessment and Certification
A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) in an engineering discipline. There is a limited opportunity for candidates with other qualifications to enter the course via a one-year Pre-Masters preparatory course, which provides the necessary level of knowledge of engineering principles applicable to aerospace design.
The Avionic Systems Design option is valued and respected by employers worldwide. The applied nature of this course ensures that our graduates are ready to be of immediate use to their future employer and has provided sufficient breadth of understanding of multi-discipline design to position them for accelerated career progression.
This course prepares graduates for careers as project design engineers, systems design, structural design or avionic engineers in aerospace or related industries, with the aim of progressing to technical management/chief engineer. Graduates from the MSc in Avionic Systems Design can, therefore, look forward to a varied choice of challenging career opportunities in the above disciplines.
Many of our graduates occupy very senior positions in their organisations, making valuable contributions to the international aerospace industry. Typical student destinations include BAE Systems, Airbus, Dassault and Rolls-Royce plc.