About this course

On successful completion of the course, you will be familiar with the technologies, methodologies, principles and terminology of modelling and simulation as used across defence, including the challenges and issues as well as the benefits.

This course has two intakes per year, subject to demand.

Through use of facilities such as the Simulation and Synthetic Environment Laboratory (SSEL), with its wide range of specialist applications, you will gain a broad understanding of modelling and simulation in areas such as training, acquisition, decision-support, analysis and experimentation.

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modules currently offered in connection with this MSc reflect the needs of our business, however they may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons, depending on the year of entry.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

Standard modules normally comprise a week of teaching (or equivalent for the limited distance learning options available), followed by a further week of directed study/coursework (or equivalent for part-time and distance learning).

Advanced modules, which enable you to explore some areas in greater depth, are two week (or equivalent for part time) individual mini-projects on an agreed topic in that subject which includes a written report and oral presentation.

If you are undertaking the MSc, you must complete a taught phase consisting of eight standard modules, which includes two core modules (Foundations of Modelling and Simulation and Networked and Distributed Simulation), plus four advanced modules, followed by an individual thesis in a relevant topic.

The course has the following core modules:

  • Foundations of Modelling and Simulation
  • Networked and Distributed Simulation
  • Discrete and Continuous Simulation
  • War Gaming and Combat Modelling
  • Computer Graphics
  • Weapon System Performance Assessment
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Networked and Distributed Simulation Exercise
  • Experimentation Analysis and Trials for Simulation
How this course will help your career

This course is unique in the specialised area of defence simulation and modelling, providing you with an expert level insight into simulation, from concept, design, operation, through life management, procurement, improvement and replacement.

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Who can attend this course

Security caveats:

This course is delivered at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham which is a MOD site. You must complete the BPSS (HMG Baseline Personnel Security Standard May 2018) prior to registration on the course, or must already hold a security clearance to this level or higher.

Nationality caveats:

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification (E.g. an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5)

Before you attend

Educational pre-requisites are normally a 1st or 2nd class honours degree in an appropriate science, technology, engineering or mathematics discipline, or the professional equivalent, which may include relevant professional experience.

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

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How the course will be taught
Face-to-face/ Residential
How you will be assessed

Assessment is 50% by coursework, 10% by exam and 40% thesis/dissertation. This degree has been accredited by Cranfield University.

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