This course offers the underpinning knowledge and education to enhance the student’s suitability for senior positions within their organisation. The course is intended for officers of the armed forces and for scientists and technical officers in government defence establishments and the defence industry. It is particularly suitable for those who, in their subsequent careers, will be involved with the specification, analysis, development, technical management or operation of military vehicles. Each individual module is designed and offered as a standalone course which allows an individual to understand the fundamental techniques required to efficiently perform the relevant, specific job responsibilities. The course also offers a critical depth to undertake engineering analysis or the evaluation of relevant subsystems.
This course is made up of two essential components: the equivalent of 12 taught modules and an individual project. The aim of the project phase is to enable students to develop expertise in engineering research, design or development.
All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course:
- Introductory Studies
- Solid Modelling CAD
- Finite Element Methods in Engineering
- Modelling, Simulation and Control
- Weapon System Technology
- Vehicle Systems Integration
- Armoured Fighting Vehicle and Weapon Systems Study
- Military Vehicle Dynamics
- Military Vehicle Propulsion
A selection of modules from the following list need to be taken as part of this course:
- Fundamentals of Ballistics
- Military Vehicle Propulsion and Dynamics
- Gun System Design
- Element Design
- Guided Weapons
- Uninhabited Military Vehicle Systems
- Reliability and System Effectiveness
- Light Weapon Design
- Rocket Motors and Propellants
In addition to the taught part of the course, students undertake an individual project. The aim of the project phase is to enable students to develop expertise in engineering research, design or development. The project phase requires a thesis to be submitted and is worth 80 credit points.
Many previous students have returned to their sponsor organisations to take-up senior programme appointments and equivalent research and development roles in this technical area.
A first or second class Honours degree or equivalent in science, engineering or mathematics. Alternatively, a lesser qualification together with appropriate work experience may be acceptable.