About this course

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

Today's military aviation platforms are complex systems and it is essential, therefore, that they are deployed and maintained in such a way as to ensure their continued airworthiness and the safety of the crew operating them.

To achieve this requires engineers to be cognisant of a broad range of aerospace engineering, airworthiness and safety disciplines.

The MSc in Military Aerospace and Airworthiness has been designed and aimed at you, if you are specifically employed in the MOD, armed forces and the defence industry.  It provides you, as a practising engineer, with the knowledge and analytical skills to enable you to work more effectively in aerospace engineering, airworthiness, and safety.

The course structure allows you to continue in full-time employment whilst you are studying. 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modules currently offered in connection with this MSc reflect the needs of our business, however they may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons, depending on the year of entry.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 contains five compulsory modules:

  • Fixed-Wing Aeromechanics
  • Propulsion Systems
  • Airworthiness of Military Aircraft
  • Aviation Safety Management
  • Safety Assessment of Aircraft Systems

Plus the following optional modules:

  • Air Transport Engineering - Maintenance Operations
  • Aircraft Accident Investigation and Response
  • Aircraft Survivability
  • Design, Durability and Integrity of Composite Aircraft Structures
  • Fundamentals of Aircraft Engine Control
  • Guided Weapons
  • Introduction to Aircraft Structural Crashworthiness * Introduction to Human Factors (A/W)
  • Mechanical Integrity of Gas Turbines
  • Military Aircraft Systems
  • Military Avionics
  • Practical Reliability
How this course will help your career

Current Military Aviation Authority (MAA) regulations place a requirement on chief aircraft engineers, military continued airworthiness managers and type airworthiness authorities to be chartered engineers with a specialisation in aerospace technologies.

This Royal Aeronautical Society accredited course is recognised as a pathway to chartered accreditation and provides the necessary knowledge and analytical skills to be able to operate effectively in such posts.

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Who can attend this course

Some Cranfield University courses are delivered at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham which is a MOD site. All applicants to courses that are wholly or partially delivered at Shrivenham must complete the BPSS (HMG Baseline Personnel Security Standard V4 April 2014) prior to registration on the course, or must already hold a security clearance to this level or higher.

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification.

Before you attend

You will normally 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 an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 7.0.

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

You will be assessed by:

  • closed-book written examinations
  • individual and group design exercises
  • technical essays
  • engineering calculations
  • computer-based assessment
  • examination of a written dissertation
  • viva voce examination

This degree has been accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.  Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Planned dates

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