MSc in Military Aerospace and Airworthiness


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Program Description


This course has been designed to address the needs of employees in the MoD, the Armed Forces and the international defence industry. It provides practising engineers with the knowledge and skills to enable them to work more effectively in aerospace engineering, airworthiness, and safety. The course draws students from the UK and Western Europe giving an eclectic mix to the classroom environment. Maximum number of places: 25 per year. The course structure allows students to continue full-time employment whilst they are studying. Today’s military aviation platforms are complex systems and it is essential, therefore, that they are deployed and maintained in such a way as to ensure their continued airworthiness and the safety of the crew operating them. To achieve this requires engineers to be cognizant of a broad range of aerospace engineering, airworthiness and safety disciplines. The MSc distinguishes itself from similar courses offered by leading UK Universities by offering one focused specifically on the Military context and offers unique subject areas unavailable elsewhere. You will be taught by staff, primarily from Cranfield Defence and Security and the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, many of the world leaders in their field. Visiting lecturers also include experts from industry, research establishments, and the MoD.

Course structure

The course is delivered on a part-time basis and contains five compulsory modules. Students choose one further module to complete the PgCert or a further seven modules to complete the PgDip (MSc taught phase). MSc students will also complete a research-based project.

Compulsory modules

All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course:

  • Study Skills (non-assessed)
  • Airworthiness of Military Aircraft
  • Aviation Safety Management
  • Fixed-Wing Aeromechanics
  • Propulsion Systems
  • Safety Assessment of Aircraft Systems
  • Research Project (MSc only)

Elective modules

A selection of modules from the following list needs to be taken as part of this course:

  • Aircraft Accident Investigation and Response
  • Aircraft Fatigue and Damage Tolerance
  • Aircraft Survivability
  • Air Transport Engineering - Maintenance Operations
  • Design Durability and Integrity of Composite Aircraft Structures
  • Fundamentals of Aircraft Engine Control
  • Guided Weapons
  • Human Factors in Aircraft Maintenance
  • Introduction to Human Factors
  • Mechanical Integrity of Gas Turbines
  • Military Aircraft Systems
  • Military Avionics -STA Communications and Navigation
  • Practical Reliability
  • Rotary-Wing Aeromechanics
  • Introduction to Aircraft Structural Crashworthiness

Individual project

The individual research project will focus on a topical subject covered by the taught phase of the course. The subject can be chosen to match the research needs of the sponsor and/or the interests of the individual student. Students are encouraged to utilise their employment resources to place the project in context. Lecturing staff on both campuses will undertake supervision of the projects.

Future career

The course creates opportunities to develop your career at a more senior level and in achieving Incorporated or Chartered Engineer status.

Entry requirements

A first or second Honours degree in relevant mathematics, science or engineering discipline; additionally an IELTS score of 7.0 is required by students for whom English is not the first language.

Last updated Jan 2020

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