Defence Academy supports multi-domain education with Masters in AeroSystems

01 October 2020 / Categories: DA News and Events

The prestigious AeroSystems Master’s of Science (MSc) was recently transferred to the Defence Academy’s Technology and Business Faculty from the Air and Space Warfare Centre earlier this month.  


This is one of several new Master’s programmes recently launched by the Defence Academy this term, including the MSc in Defence Innovation.  

The challenging 9-month course is based upon a unique blend of air and space-related technology, industry visits, and a demanding flight test phase. Run in partnership with Cranfield University, the Defence Academy welcomes both UK and international students from across the Services to the course.  

Already nearing the end of its first month, students from the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and Royal Australian Navy on this initial programme will be well-prepared for future roles in: test and evaluation, requirements management, and in support of 5th generation air systems.

This official transfer of the AeroSystems Master’s is the culmination of an 11-month project, marked by a ‘virtual’ handshake between Air Cdre Richard Davies, Comdt Air and Space Warfare Centre (ASWC), and Heather Goldstraw, Head of the Technology & Business Faculty. 

Heather Goldstraw said:

“Expanding our Air and Space portfolio makes us better placed to complement and reflect evolving Air and Space doctrine, produced by DCDC colleagues, and further contribute to the improvement of wider DefAc education in Multi-Domain Integration.  This is a great feat to take over the AeroSystems post graduate course, supporting the single Services and international allies, at a particularly challenging time and it couldn’t have been done without the dedication of all those involved.”

Sqn Ldr Cam Robottom, an Australian Exchange Officer, said:

“The AeroSystems MSc transition into the Defence Academy has been delivered on schedule despite pressures due to the Covid-19 pandemic…As an Exchange Officer in the role of AeroSystems Directing Staff, I am fortunate to profit from the close working, societal and air platform synergies between our two nations helping to prepare AeroSystems graduates to advance the 5th generation air domain involving key capabilities such as: Wedgetail; Poseidon; Protector and Lightning II.”


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