Guided Weapon Systems MSc - GWSMSC

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MSc: 11 months full-time, up to 5 years part-time 
PgDip/PgCert: Up to 11 months full-time, up to 3 years part-time

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About this course

This course is an essential pre-requisite for many specific weapons postings in the UK and overseas forces. It also offers an ideal opportunity for anyone working in the guided weapons (GW) industry to get a comprehensive overall understanding of all the main elements of guided weapons systems.

This course has one intake per year: Mon 3 Sep 18.

The main objective of the Guided Weapon Systems course is to bring together the wide variety of disciplines constituting guided weapon systems technology and to present them in an integrated manner. It takes you on to an understanding of the principles of guided weapon systems technology and all interrelated and multi-disciplinary facets involved with the complete systems design process.

The course structure is modular in nature with each module conducted at a postgraduate level. The interactions between modules are emphasised throughout. A comprehensive suite of visits to industrial and services establishments consolidates the learning process, ensuring the taught subject matter is directly relevant and current.

Keeping courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules currently offered in connection with this MSc reflect the needs of our business however they may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons, depending on the year of entry. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

What you will learn

Compulsory modules:
  • Introductory and foundation studies
  • Electro-optics and infrared systems 1
  • Radar principles
  • Guided weapons propulsion and aerodynamics theory
  • Guided weapons control theory

Elective modules:
Plus, any two of:
  • Signal processing, statistics and analysis
  • Guided weapons applications - control and guidance
  • Guided weapons applications - propulsion and aerodynamics
  • Radar electronic warfare
  • Electro-optics and infrared systems 2
  • Guided weapons warheads, explosives and materials
  • Guided weapons structures, aeroelasticity and power supplies

How will this course help my career?

If you are successful, you will have a detailed understanding of guided weapons system design and will be highly suited to any role or position with a requirement for specific knowledge of such systems. 

Before you attend

You are expected to have a 1st or 2nd class honours degree in engineering, science or mathematics or the professional equivalent.

If your native language is not English, you must attain a minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.

If you are seeking a Ministry of Defence (MOD) funded place, you will need to demonstrate in your application that there is a clear business need to undertake the course. 

Can I attend this course?

This course is suitable for the following type(s) of applicant.
  • Industry
  • Internationals
  • Military
  • MOD Civil Servants
  • Other government departments (OGDs)

How will I learn?

Classroom

How will you be assessed?

This varies from module to module but comprises a mixture of oral examinations, written examinations, informal tests, assignments, syndicate presentations and an individual thesis.

The course is fully accredited with both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).

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