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Explosives Ordnance Engineering MSc/PgDip - EOEMSC

The Explosives Ordnance Engineering MSc, PG Dip is designed for professionals from the UK or overseas from the following sectors: civil servants, serving officers in the army, navy and air force, and civilians employed in the explosives and defence industries. Part One of the course comprises an introductory period followed by academic instruction, which is in modular form. Students take nine modules covering the main disciplines and choose three optional modules based upon their particular background, future requirements or interests. Part Two involves undertaking a research project; a list of prospective projects is provided each year by the teaching staff. Alternatively, with agreement of the teaching staff/supervisor, students may undertake appropriate research of their own choosing. Completion of part one satisfies the requirements for PgDip; for the award of MSc, students must also complete a research project in part two. The course is taught by faculty from the Defence College of Management and Technology, many of them world leaders in their field, who understand the problems of translating the theory into practice. The defence-specific content will be delivered by military staff from the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. Visiting lecturers include experts from industry, research establishments and Government departments, particularly MOD.

Suitable For

Practitioners, designers, teachers and researchers in the fields of explosives and explosives ordnance engineering, who will gain the advanced academic background necessary for them to contribute effectively to any military or commercial project requiring their expertise. This course is centrally funded less T&S and is primarily aimed at mid career officers (Major (OF3) rank) and above, equivalent grade MOD Civil Servants, in an associated career field or employment.

Course Aim

To provide military officers, defence industry staff, government servants and civilian students with the advanced academic background necessary for them to contribute effectively to technically demanding projects in the field of explosives and explosives ordnance engineering.


Course Essentials


College of Management and Technology


Ammunition Armour and Explosives

Business Benefits

A key development course to support the needs of the business.

Entry Requirements

Normally a 1st or 2nd class Honours degree in engineering, science or mathematics or the professional equivalent; students whose first language is not English must attain an IELTS score of 7.

Duration Details

PgDip: 40 Weeks (full time) up to three years (part-time); MSc: 45 Weeks (full time) up to five years (part-time)



Delivery Method



University policy allows up to three short courses to be taken for the purposes of gaining academic credit without having to undergo the academic clearance normally associated with entry onto the EOE Masters programme. This means that you can attend the course and also undertake the assessment associated with the course. Moreover, if you are entering the masters course through the experiential route, then up to three successful completions of EOE modules can be used as part of the case to provide supporting evidence of academic ability for entry onto the EOE MSc.

Course Contact Details

Tel: 01793 785810
Mil: 96161 5810

Related Courses

The award of Explosives Ordnance Engineering MSc meets the educational requirements for the Engineering Council UK’s register of Chartered Engineers (CEng); the course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Course Objectives

On successful completion of the course a student will be able to demonstrate:



(i) systematic application and a critical awareness of current research at the forefront of explosives and explosives ordnance engineering, together with the capacity to evaluate its relevance to industrial and commercial practice;

(ii) conceptual thinking that enables the student to evaluate critically current research and methodologies, develop critiques of them and adapt them in the context of both advanced scholarship and industrial, commercial, and professional relevance, using many of the analytical procedures within the armoury of the explosive engineer or science;

(iii) an ability to acquire and use information effectively in any appropriate medium, including the increasing range of networked information resources from a wide range of adjacent disciplines in engineering, physical and forensic sciences that impact on explosive ordnance engineering;

(iv) originality in the application of knowledge, including data and information collected by the student in relation to essays focusing on explosives and explosives ordnance engineering;

(v) an independent learning ability and interest in advancing their knowledge and understanding and developing skills to a high level;


Problem solving and communication skills including:

(vi) self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, working effectively at a professional level making informed judgements in the absence of complete data and communicating conclusions clearly, both orally and in writing, to specialist and non-specialist audiences


Other qualities and transferable skills including:

(vii) the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring exercise of initiative and personal responsibility in explosives and explosives ordnance engineering.



On successful completion of the MSc course a student will in addition be able to demonstrate:

(viii) originality in the application of knowledge, including data and information collected by the student in relation to an extended individual project focusing on explosives and explosives ordnance engineering;

(ix) a critical ability and originality of thought through the planning and execution of a detailed research project and present the outcomes and conclusions in an oral format to a variety of audiences

(x) an ability to critically review established explosive ordnance engineering practice in a particular field, write a clear explanation of experimental/analytical procedures and the presentation of results by appropriate means, and present a self-critical discussion of experimental/analytical results with conclusions that place the research in the context of the professional practice in explosive ordnance engineering


Course Components

Introductory Studies

This preliminary component helps normalise student experience and knowledge and prepare them for their subsequent programme of study on the assessed modules.


Topics include:

Chemistry and Explosives Chemistry; Materials Engineering; Physics; Mathematics; Stress Analysis; Research Methodology; Study Skills.


Compulsory Modules

  • Research Methodology
  • Introduction to Explosives
  • Future Developments; Scanning the Horizon in EOE (½ module)
  • Manufacture & Material Properties of Explosives
  • Ammunition Systems 1 (Warheads)
  • Ammunition Systems 2 (Delivery Systems)
  • Ammunition Systems 3 (Target Effects)
  • Propellants, Internal Ballistics and Weapon Thermodynamics
  • Transitions To Detonation (½ module)
  • Insensitive munitions (½ module)
  • Testing and Evaluation of Explosives (½ module) 

Optional Modules

  • Risk Assessment for Explosives (½ module)
  • Explosives for Nuclear Weapons
  • Forensic Investigation of Explosives and Explosive Devices
  • Rocket Motors and Propellants
  • Pyrotechnics
  • Explosives and the Environment (½ module)
  • Computer Modelling Tools in EOE (½ module)

Research Project (MSc only)



By examination, assignments and thesis.

Further Information

Application Process:

  • Army applicants - should apply through 2014DIN07-042-Army Postgraduate Studies with The Defence Academy.
  • RAF applicants - should apply through 20130611-EXEC MASTERS 2013 CALLING NOTE-U, located on RAF Manning's website.
  • RN applicants - should apply through 2014DIN07-166-Postgraduate Studies - Fellowships, Masters and Part-Time Doctorates within the Naval Service for the Academic Year Starting September 2015.
  • MOD Civil Servants - should apply direct to Cranfield Academic Registry by COP 31 May 14, once they have obtained the necessary approvals by completing an online application form.
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Planned Dates

Please contact us for information on planned dates for this course.