About this course

This course is delivered by Cranfield University on behalf of the Technology and Capability Group at the Defence Academy.

Part 1 of the course comprises an introductory period followed by academic instruction, which is in modular form. You can take nine modules covering the main disciplines and choose 3 optional modules based upon your particular background, future requirements or interests.

Part 2 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, you may undertake appropriate research of your own choosing.

Completion of part 1 satisfies the requirements for PgDip; for the award of MSc, you must also complete a research project in part 2.

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.

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modules currently offered in connection with this MSc reflect the needs of our business, however they may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons, depending on the year of entry.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

The course is comprised of the following core modules:

  • Ammunitions and Target Response
  • Ammunition Systems 2 (Delivery Systems)
  • Computer Modelling Tools in Explosives Ordnance Engineering (Half Module)
  • Future Developments: Scanning the Horizon in EOE
  • Introduction to Explosives
  • Manufacture and Material Properties of Explosives
  • Gun Propellants
  • Research Methodology
  • Testing and Evaluation of Explosives (Half Module)
  • Transitions To Detonation (Half Module)
  • EOE Project Phase
  • Introduction to Pyrotechnics Electives
  • Explosives and the Environment (Half Module)
  • Gun Propellants
  • Risk Assessment for Explosives (Half Module)
  • Forensic Investigation of Explosives and Explosive Devices
  • Rocket Motors and Propellants
  • Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Capability
  • Commercial Explosives
  • Advanced Pyrotechnics
  • Design for Munitions Safety
How this course will help your career

This course has been designed specifically to provide an opportunity to a wide range of attendees to provide knowledge and transferable skills that will enhance employment potential in this field, problem solving, self-direction and informed communication skills.

Planned dates

Please contact us for further planned dates on this course.

Register your interest
Who can attend this course
Before you attend

In order to attend the course, you are normally expected to have a 1st or 2nd class honours degree in engineering, science or mathematics, or the professional equivalent.

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

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.

Planned dates

Please contact us for further planned dates on this course.

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

Formal assessment through written examination, oral presentation, course work and written dissertation. This MSc meets the educational requirements for the Engineering Council UK register of Chartered Engineers (CEng); the course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This course is CEng accredited and fulfils the educational requirements for registration as a chartered engineer when presented with a CEng accredited bachelors programme.

Planned dates

Please contact us for further planned dates on this course.

Register your interest