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To design modern efficient aircraft requires a complex combination of aerodynamic performance, lightweight durable structures and advanced systems engineering. This specialist . Read more

To design modern efficient aircraft requires a complex combination of aerodynamic performance, lightweight durable structures and advanced systems engineering. This specialist MSc Aerospace Vehicle Design option explores how different structural and systems elements can be designed and integrated using up-to-date methods and techniques.

Who is it for?

This option is suitable for those students wishing to gain an overview of the whole aircraft design process as well as the design of aircraft structures and systems. 

Why this course?

This Aircraft Design option aims to provide a comprehensive overview of whole aircraft configuration design as well as, structures and systems. A holistic teaching approach is taken to explore how the individual elements of an aircraft can be designed and integrated using up-to-date methods and techniques. You will learn to understand how to select and integrate specific systems such as fuel systems, and their effect on the aircraft as a whole.

We have been at the forefront of postgraduate education in aerospace engineering since 1946. Aerospace Vehicle Design at Cranfield University was one of the original foundation courses of the College of Aeronautics. Graduates of this course are eligible to join the Cranfield College of Aeronautics Alumni Association (CCAAA), an active community which hold a number of networking and social events throughout the year.

Cranfield University is well located for students from all over the world, and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This enables students from all over the world to complete this qualification whilst balancing work/life commitments.

Informed by Industry

The course has an Industrial Advisory Committee with senior members from major UK aerospace companies, government bodies, and the military services. The committee meets twice a year to review and advise on course content, acquisition skills and other attributes that are desirable for graduates of the course. Panel members include:

  • Airbus
  • BAE Systems
  • BOEING
  • Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces.
  • GKN Aerospace 
  • Messier-Dowty
  • Royal Air Force
  • Royal Australian Air Force
  • Thales UK

Accreditation

The MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) & Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Course details

The Aircraft Design option consists of a number of mandatory modules and a minimum of 60 hours of optional modules, which are selected from optional modules. You are also required to complete a group design project and an individual research project.

A unique feature of the course is that we have four external examiners, two from industry who assess the group design project and two from academia who assess the individual research project.

Group project

The extensive group design project is a distinctive and unique feature of this course. This teamwork project takes place over six months and recreates a virtual industrial environment bringing together students with various experience levels and different nationalities into one integrated design team.

Students are given responsibility for the detailed design of a significant part of the aircraft, for example, forward fuselage, fuel system, landing gear, environmental control system, wing. The project will progress from the conceptual phase through to the preliminary and detail design phases. You will be required to run project meetings, produce engineering drawings and detailed analyses of your design. Problem solving and project co-ordination must be undertaken on a team and individual basis. At the end of the project, groups are required to report and present findings to a large panel of senior engineers from industry.

This element of the course is both realistic and engaging, and places the student group in a professional role as aerospace design engineers. Students testify that working as an integrated team on real problems is invaluable and prepares them well for careers in a highly competitive industry.

Watch past presentation videos (YouTube) to give you a taster of our innovative and exciting group projects:

Individual project

The individual research project aims to provide the training necessary for you to apply knowledge from the taught element to research. The project may be theoretical and/or experimental and drawn from a range of topics related to the course and suggested by teaching staff, your employer or focused on your own area of interest. It provides the opportunity for you to deepen your knowledge of an area that is of particular interest, and is often associated with a real-world problem that one of our industry partners is looking to resolve.

Previous Individual Research Projects include:

  • Ultra Long Range Science UAV Structure / Systems Development
  • Conceptual Design of a Hypersonic Space Launcher and Global Transportation System
  • Effect of Aerodynamics on the Conceptual Design of Blended Wing Body Aircraft
  • Review, Evaluation and Development of a Microlight Aircraft
  • Feasibility of the Application of Low Cost Scaled Aircraft Demonstrators.

Assessment

Taught modules 10%, Group project 50%, Individual research project 40%

Your career

This MSc is valued and respected by employers worldwide. The applied nature of this course ensures that our graduates are ready to be of immediate use to their future employer and has provided sufficient breadth of understanding of multi-discipline design to position them for accelerated career progression.

Graduates from this option have gone on to pursue engineering careers in disciplines such as structural design, stress analysis or systems design.

Many of our graduates occupy very senior positions in their organisations, making valuable contributions to the international aerospace industry. Typical student destinations include BAE Systems, Airbus, Dassault and Rolls-Royce.



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This MSc aims to build up your knowledge of the design of flying vehicles such as aircraft, missiles, airships and spacecraft. Select from one of three specialist options and excel in a growing aerospace industry. Read more

This MSc aims to build up your knowledge of the design of flying vehicles such as aircraft, missiles, airships and spacecraft. Select from one of three specialist options and excel in a growing aerospace industry:

Who is it for?

This MSc course provides a taught engineering programme with a focus on the technical, business and management aspects that encompass aircraft design in the civil and military aerospace sectors.

Teaching integrates a range of disciplines required for modern aircraft design, for example:

  • Aircraft systems design
  • Avionic systems design
  • Design for manufacture
  • Initial aircraft design 
  • Operation and cost
  • Propulsion integration
  • Stability and performance 
  • Structural design and Airframe

Why this course?

Cranfield have been at the forefront of postgraduate education in aerospace engineering since 1946 with the Aerospace Vehicle Design being one of the original foundation courses of the College of Aeronautics. Graduates from this course also become members of the Cranfield College of Aeronautics Alumni Association (CCAAA), an active community which holds a number of networking and social events throughout the year.

One unique feature of the course is that we have a range of external examiners, from industry and from academia who continually assess the quality of the course.

Cranfield University is very well located for students from all over the world, and offers a range of library, IT and support facilities to support your studies. This enables students from all over the world to complete this qualification whilst achieving the right balance of work/life commitments.

Informed by Industry

The course has an Industrial Advisory Committee with senior members from major UK aerospace companies, government bodies, and the military services. The committee meets twice a year to review and advise on course content, acquisition skills and other attributes which are deemed desirable from graduates of the course. Panel members have included professionals from organisations such as:

  • Airbus
  • BAE Systems
  • BOEING
  • Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces.
  • GKN Aerospace 
  • Messier-Dowty
  • Royal Air Force
  • Royal Australian Air Force
  • Thales UK

Accreditation

The MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design, in part meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accredited MSc graduates who also have a BEng (Hons) accredited for CEng will be able to show that they have satisfied the required educational base for CEng registration.

Course details

The taught component of the Aerospace Vehicle Design masters is generally delivered from October to March (or March-August for the March intake). Modules for each option vary - please refer to MSc course option pages for descriptions of compulsory modules which must be undertaken. Students also have an extensive choice of optional modules to match their specific interests.

Group project

The extensive group design project is a distinctive and unique feature of this course. This teamwork project takes place from October to March (or March-August for the March intake), and recreates a virtual industrial environment bringing together students with various experience levels and different nationalities into one integrated design team.

Each team member is given the responsibility for the detailed design of a significant part of the aircraft, for example, forward fuselage, fuel system, or navigation system. The project progress a design from the conceptual phase through to the preliminary and detail design phases. Students will be required to run project meetings, produce engineering drawings and conduct detailed analyses of their design. Problem solving and project co-ordination must be undertaken on a team and individual basis. At the end of the project, the group is required to report and present findings to a panel of up to 200 senior engineers from industry and academia.

This element of the course is both realistic and engaging, and places the whole student group in a professional role as aerospace design engineers. Students testify that working as an integrated team on real problems is invaluable and prepares them well for careers in a highly competitive industry.

Students following the Structural Design option do not participate in the Group Design Project but instead undertake a more intensive individual project.

Watch past presentation videos to give you a taster of our innovative and exciting group projects

Individual project

The individual research project element aims to provide the training necessary for you to apply knowledge from the taught elements to research, and takes place from March to September (or October-February for the March intake). The project may be theoretical and/or experimental and can be selected from a range of topics related to the course as suggested by teaching staff, your employer or even focused on your own area of interest. 

Assessment

Refer to MSc course option pages for breakdown of assessment

Your career

The MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design is valued and respected by employers worldwide. The applied nature of this course ensures that our graduates are ready to be of immediate use to their future employer and has provided sufficient breadth of understanding of multi-discipline design to position them for accelerated career progression.

This course prepares graduates for careers as project engineers, systems design, structural design or avionic engineers in aerospace or related industries, with the aim of progressing to technical management/chief engineer roles. Graduates from the MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design can therefore look forward to a varied choice of challenging career opportunities in the above disciplines. 

Many of our graduates occupy very senior positions in their organisations, making valuable contributions to the international aerospace industry. Some example student destinations include BAE Systems, Airbus, Dassault and Rolls-Royce.



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With the ever increasing traffic density of civil aircraft, and the need for increased military precision in conflicts around the world, safer aircraft operations require more sophisticated avionic systems. . Read more

With the ever increasing traffic density of civil aircraft, and the need for increased military precision in conflicts around the world, safer aircraft operations require more sophisticated avionic systems. 

This specialist option of the MSc Aerospace Vehicle Design provides you with an understanding of avionic systems design, analysis, development, test and airframe integration.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for students with a background in aeronautical or mechanical engineering or those with relevant industrial experience. It provides a taught engineering programme with a focus on the technical, business and management aspects of aircraft design in the civil and military aerospace sectors.

Why this course?

The Avionic Systems Design option aims to provide an understanding of avionic systems design, analysis, development, test and airframe integration. This includes a detailed look at robust and fault-tolerant flight control, advanced 4D flight management and RNP navigation, self-separation and collision avoidance and advanced digital data communications systems, as well as pilot-friendly and intelligent cockpit displays and situation awareness.

The course extent also covers future ATM systems which have been at the forefront of postgraduate education in aerospace engineering since 1946. Aerospace Vehicle Design at Cranfield University was one of the original foundation courses of the College of Aeronautics. Graduates of this course are eligible to join the Cranfield College of Aeronautics Alumni Association (CCAAA), an active community which hold a number of networking and social events throughout the year.

Cranfield University is well located for students from all over the world, and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This enables students from all over the world to complete this qualification whilst balancing work/life commitments. 

Informed by Industry

The course has an Industrial Advisory Committee with senior members from major UK aerospace companies, government bodies, and the military services. The committee meets twice a year to review and advise on course content, acquisition skills and other attributes are desirable from graduates of the course. Panel members include:

  • Airbus
  • BAE Systems
  • BOEING
  • Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces.
  • GKN Aerospace 
  • Messier-Dowty
  • Royal Air Force
  • Royal Australian Air Force
  • Thales UK

We also arrange visits to sites such as BAE Systems, Thales, GKN and RAF bases which specialise in the maintenance of military aircraft. This allows you to get up close to the aircraft and components to help with ideas for the group project.

Accreditation

The MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Course details

This option is comprised of a number of mandatory modules and a minimum of 60 hours of optional modules, selected from a list of options. You are also required to complete a group design project and an individual research project. Delivered via a combination of structured lectures, industry guest lectures, computer based workshops and private study.

A unique feature of the course is that we have four external examiners; two from industry who assess the group design project and two from academia who assess the individual research project.

Group project

The extensive group design project is a distinctive and unique feature of this course. This teamwork project takes place over six months, usually between October and March; and recreates a virtual industrial environment bringing together students with various experience levels and different nationalities into one integrated design team.

You will be given responsibility for the detailed design of a significant part of the aircraft, for example, flight control system, or navigation system. The project will progress the design of the aircraft and avionic systems from the conceptual phase through to the preliminary and detail design phases. You are required to run project meetings, produce system schematics and conduct detailed analyses of their design. Problem solving and project coordination must be undertaken on a team and individual basis. At the end of the project, groups are required to report and present findings to a panel of up to 200 senior engineers from industry. 

This element of the course is both real and engaging, and places the student group in a professional role as aerospace design engineers. Students testify that working as an integrated team on real problems is invaluable and prepares them well for careers in a highly competitive industry.

Watch past presentation YouTube videos to give you a taster of our innovative and exciting group projects:

Individual project

The individual research project aims to provide the training necessary for you to apply knowledge from the taught element to research, and takes place over six months. The project may be theoretical and/or experimental and drawn from a range of topics related to the course and suggested by teaching staff, your employer or focused on your own area of interest.

Assessment

Taught modules 10%, Group project 50%, Individual research project 40%

Your career

The Avionic Systems Design option is valued and respected by employers worldwide. The applied nature of this course ensures that our graduates are ready to be of immediate use to their future employer and has provided sufficient breadth of understanding of multi-discipline design to position them for accelerated career progression.

This course prepares graduates for careers as project design engineers, systems design, structural design or avionic engineers in aerospace or related industries, with the aim of progressing to technical management/chief engineer. Graduates from the MSc in Avionic Systems Design can therefore look forward to a varied choice of challenging career opportunities in the above disciplines. 

Many of our graduates occupy very senior positions in their organisations, making valuable contributions to the international aerospace industry. Typical student destinations include BAE Systems, Airbus, Dassault and Rolls-Royce plc.



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The master´s programme in Aeronautical Engineering at Linköping University offers a holistic view on aircraft design. An aircraft is a complex, integrated, closely connected system of various technologies and disciplines such as. Read more

The master´s programme in Aeronautical Engineering at Linköping University offers a holistic view on aircraft design. An aircraft is a complex, integrated, closely connected system of various technologies and disciplines such as: aerodynamics, structure, propulsion, actuation systems and other on-board systems.

All these disciplines need to be optimised in order to achieve the functionality and efficiency required of an aircraft. The latter part of the programme involves a project in which these disciplines come together and challenge students to design, build and fly an aircraft, or a subscale version.

Industry affiliations

Linköping is the aviation capital of Sweden and one of few aviation cities in the world. Saab Aeronautics, the producer of the highly successful Gripen fighter aircraft, is a major actor in the region. Other related companies and military aviation establishments that reinforce Linköping’s aviation character are located in or near the city. The Aeronautical Engineering programme benefits from this, as some of the teachers have affiliations to the industry. Moreover, there is close research and education collaborations between the university and the industry.

Contemporary tools

The first year of the programme deals with the fundamentals of aeronautics, such as aircraft design, aerodynamics, engineering system design, product modelling, and aircraft systems and installation. Throughout the programme, special attention is given to a thorough progression with significant use of contemporary engineering design tools. A mix of elective and mandatory courses prepares you for your master’s thesis durign the final semester. There is a possibility to specialise within Aerodynamics, Aircraft System Design or Aircraft Structure.



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This specialist option of the . MSc Aerospace Vehicle Design.  provides you with an understanding of aircraft structures, airworthiness requirements, design standards, stress analysis, fatigue and fracture (damage tolerance) and fundamentals of aerodynamics and loading. Read more

This specialist option of the MSc Aerospace Vehicle Design provides you with an understanding of aircraft structures, airworthiness requirements, design standards, stress analysis, fatigue and fracture (damage tolerance) and fundamentals of aerodynamics and loading. Also covered is the selection of suitable materials, both metallic and composite.

Who is it for?

Manufacturers of modern aircraft are demanding more lightweight and more durable structures. Structural integrity is a major consideration of today’s aircraft fleet. For an aircraft to economically achieve its design specification and satisfy airworthiness regulations, a number of structural challenges must be overcome. This course trains engineers to meet these challenges, and prepares them for careers in civil and military aviation. It is suitable if you have a background in aeronautical or mechanical engineering, or relevant industrial experience.

Why this course?

We have been at the forefront of postgraduate education in aerospace engineering since 1946. Aerospace Vehicle Design at Cranfield University was one of the original foundation courses of the College of Aeronautics. Graduates of this course are eligible to join the Cranfield College of Aeronautics Alumni Association (CCAAA), an active community which hold a number of networking and social events throughout the year.

Cranfield University is well located for students from all over the world, and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This enables students from all over the world to complete this qualification whilst balancing work/life commitments. 

Informed by Industry

The course has an Industrial Advisory Committee with senior members from major UK aerospace companies, government bodies, and the military services. The committee meets twice a year to review and advise on course content, acquisition skills and other attributes are desirable from graduates of the course. Panel members include:

  • Airbus
  • BAE Systems
  • BOEING
  • Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces.
  • GKN Aerospace 
  • Messier-Dowty
  • Royal Air Force
  • Royal Australian Air Force
  • Thales UK

We also arrange visits to sites such as BAE Systems, Marshall Aerospace, GKN and RAF bases which specialise in the maintenance of military aircraft. This allows you to get up close to the aircraft components and help with your understanding.

Accreditation

The MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) & Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Course details

This option is comprised of 4 compulsory modules and a minimum of 120 hours of optional modules, selected from a list of 18 options. You will also complete an individual research project. Delivered via a combination of structured lectures, industry guest lectures, computer based workshops and private study.

A unique feature of the course is that we have four external examiners; two from industry who assess the group design project and two from academia who assess the individual research project.

Individual project

The individual research project aims to provide the training necessary for you to apply knowledge from the taught element to research, and takes place from January to September. It is sometimes associated with a real-world problem that one of our industry partners are looking to resolve.

Examples of recent Individual Research Projects include:

  • Review, Evaluation and Development of a Microlight Aircraft
  • Investigation of the Fatigue Life of Hybrid Metal Composite Joints
  • Design for Additive Layer Manufacture
  • Rapid Prototyping for Wind Tunnel Model Manufacturing.

Assessment

Taught modules 20%, Individual research project 80%

Your career

This Aerospace Vehicle Design option in Structural Design is valued and respected by employers worldwide. The applied nature of this course ensures that our graduates are ready to be of immediate use to their future employer and has provided sufficient breadth of understanding of multi-discipline design to position them for accelerated career progression.

Graduates from this option have gone onto pursue engineering careers in disciplines such as structural design, stress analysis or systems design. Many of our graduates occupy very senior positions in their organisations, making valuable contributions to the international aerospace industry. Student destinations have included BAE Systems, Airbus, Dassault and Rolls-Royce.



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The unmanned systems industry is currently undergoing explosive growth; as a result there is an increased demand for unmanned vehicle systems designers. Read more

The unmanned systems industry is currently undergoing explosive growth; as a result there is an increased demand for unmanned vehicle systems designers. Our MSc Unmanned Aircraft Systems Design course has been created to provide graduate engineers with the necessary skills and knowledge to design unmanned airvehicle systems.

Introducing your degree

The future of exploration, transportation and conflict is in unmanned aircraft. Be the future and start a fascinating career on the precipice of national intelligence and technological advancements with a masters in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Design. Sometimes referred to as drones, UAVs, UAS or RPAS, unmanned aircraft are revolutionising our ability to monitor and understand our environment. 

This industry-led course focuses on the cutting-edge design of these sophisticated vehicles and is ideally suited to engineers looking to specialise or to enter into this fast-paced industry.

Overview

Due to the explosive growth of the industry, unmanned aircraft systems designers are in high demand. This course has been created to provide graduate engineers with the skills and knowledge needed to design unmanned aircraft systems.

You will be taught by leaders in the field. The University has a strong reputation in autonomous systems with many world firsts including: SULSA, the first 3D printed plane and the first low-cost maritime surveillance UAV, 2SEAS.

Practical learning is a fundamental part of this one-year course. You will design, build and fly your own unmanned vehicle as part of a group design project. Visit the Design Show website to see examples of students' projects. We provide you with access to world-class facilities to put your design through mission validation including: a UAV test pilot base and dedicated flying site, state-of-the-art wind tunnels and rapid prototyping labs. You will also have the opportunity to study for a pilot’s licence.

Your core modules will give you a solid foundation of aerospace control systems and avionics. You will master design methodologies and put these into practice. Each semester, you can select specialist modules that are aligned to your interests.

The emphasis of the course is on the design of the vehicle, rather than the wider systems such as ground station and software associated with navigation and communications. The course will explore civil and commercial applications of unmanned systems. Although some of the teaching material may reference military technology, the course will not cover military, defence or weapon-specific systems.

In addition to group work, you will undertake an individual research project. Previous examples include the development of a hybrid vehicle and a multi-rotor automated Li-Po battery changer. Our students also benefit from our many industry partnerships and external contributors, including QinetiQ and Rolls-Royce.

View the specification document for this course



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Airworthiness is at the forefront of aviation development. It is vital that staff have sufficient knowledge and skill to apply principles in design, manufacture, operation and maintenance of aircraft to both develop and maintain airworthiness. Read more

Airworthiness is at the forefront of aviation development. It is vital that staff have sufficient knowledge and skill to apply principles in design, manufacture, operation and maintenance of aircraft to both develop and maintain airworthiness. This part-time course has been developed to meet industry demand for qualified airworthiness specialists and addresses key aspects of aircraft design, construction, operation and maintenance.

Who is it for?

The Airworthiness Master's course is highly flexible and designed to meet the needs of individuals who are balancing work commitments with study. It is especially relevant to engineers and technologists working in the airworthiness field of aviation safety, either in a regulatory authority or in the industry. The format is especially suitable for those who wish to enhance and focus their knowledge in a structured but flexible part-time format while continuing to work.

The subject of your research project can be chosen to match the research needs of your employer and/or your own career ambitions.

Why this course?

This course provides an academically recognised high standard of qualification related to the wide spectrum of technologies met in aerospace. It offers a wide range of technical knowledge in the context of related regulatory and safety issues, a background that managers in today's aerospace industry need to possess. A detailed knowledge of airworthiness issues early in the product development stage helps the downstream business operation which must balance cost and safety. This will also help to optimise the aircraft design, modification and/or the repair process.

We appreciate that students will be balancing employment with study which is why we aim to minimise the number of visits required to Cranfield University and offer modules in one-week blocks. Students undertaking the full MSc programme would be expected to come to Cranfield ten times in the 2-3 year period. We are well located for part-time students from across the world and offer a range of support services for off-site students.

We welcome delegates from all over the world and this provides a unique learning environment for both students and delegates who benefit from the mix of experience and backgrounds. Attendance of our short courses is a popular entry route onto this course as delegates are able to carry their credits forward onto the Airworthiness programme which a choice of qualification levels available to choose from:

  • Master’s Degree (MSc) option of this course consists of a taught element (ten modules), an individual research project and course portfolio
  • Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) option of this course consists of only the taught element where students must complete six modules
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) option of this course consists of a taught element (ten modules) and course portfolio.

Informed by Industry

The Airworthiness MSc is directed by an Industrial Advisory Board comprising senior representatives from industry. The board acts in an advisory role, assessing the content of the course and its relevance to present industrial needs. Current members include representatives from:

  • Airbus
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Accreditation

The MSc in Airworthiness will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accredited MSc graduates who also have a BEng (Hons) accredited for CEng will be able to show that they have satisfied the educational base for CEng registration.

Course details

There are seven mandatory modules which aim to provide you with a common basis of knowledge and skills on which the specialist options can build further. You are then free to choose three optional modules in line with your developing interests.

The course uses a range of assessment types. Students can expect to have written examinations, assignments and presentations as well as the group design and individual research projects. The range of assessment methods have been chosen to develop skills and be of relevance to the taught materials.

Individual project

The individual research project is completed by students who wish to complete the MSc qualification of the Airworthiness course. The project is normally undertaken in the final year and brings together the learning from the taught components to consolidate learning. The subject of the project is normally chosen to reflect the needs of the sponsoring organisation and/or to match your career ambitions. Project topics represent the broad range of areas covered by the course.

Previous Individual Research Projects have included:

  • An assessment of the applicability of an ageing aircraft audit to the microlight aircraft type
  • The justification of ALARP by Ministry of Defence aircraft project team
  • Introduction of a service bulletin review process in the military environment.

Assessment

Taught component 50%, Individual research project 40%, Course portfolio 10%. PgDip: Taught component 83%, Course portfolio 17%. PgCert: Taught component 100%

Your career

Many of our students are already in employment with aerospace/defence companies and choose to pursue an internationally recognised qualification with Cranfield University to enhance their career. Graduates are able to use this qualification to obtain secure permanent positions abroad.

Destinations of our students vary as many remain with their sponsoring company, often being promoted upon completion of the course. Some companies have used the Airworthiness programme as pre-employment training.



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The programme provides a preparation particularly focused on issues of design, operation and maintenance of aircraft and their on-board systems. Read more

Mission and goals

The programme provides a preparation particularly focused on issues of design, operation and maintenance of aircraft and their on-board systems. The objective is to prepare highly culturally and professionally qualified technicians able to carry out and manage activities related to research and design in the fields of aerodynamics, materials, lightweight structures, aircraft systems and aerospace propulsion in national and international contexts, both in autonomy or in cooperation.

See the website http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/aeronautical-engineering/

Career opportunities

The graduate finds employment in aeronautical and space industries; in public and private bodies for experimentation in the aerospace field; in aircraft fleet management and maintenance companies; in air-traffic control agencies; in the airforce; in industries producing machinery and equipment in which aerodynamics and lightweight structures play a significant role.
Aeronautical engineers are particularly sought after in related fields. In fact, they may be involved in the design of terrestrial or nautical vehicles or large buildings or bridges or even in the design of power plants. Graduates are also in demand in the lightweight constructions industry, in the motor industry in the areas of monitoring the mechanical behaviour of structures subject to stress.

Presentation

See http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/uploads/media/Aeronautical_Engineering.pdf
This programme aims at providing the students with specific skills in design, operation and maintenance of aircrafts and their on-board systems. The objective is to prepare culturally and professionally highly qualified technicians able to carry out and manage activities related to research and design in the fields of aerodynamics, materials, lightweight structures, aircraft systems and aerospace propulsion. Graduates can find employment in national and international contexts in aeronautical and space industries, public and private bodies for experimentation in the aerospace field, aircraft fleet management and maintenance companies, air-traffic control agencies, or in the air force. The track in Rotary wing is taught in English, while the other tracks are partially available in English.

Subjects

Specializations available:
- Aerodynamics
- Flight mechanics and systems
- Propulsion
- Structures
- Rotary-wing aircraft

Mandatory courses are:
- Aerodynamics
- Flight Dynamics
- Aerospace Structures
- Dynamics and control of aerospace structures

Other courses:
- Fundamentals of Aeroelasticity
- Nonlinear analysis of aerospace structures
- Fundamentals of Thermochemical propulsion
- Management of aerospace projects
- Gasdynamics
- Aircraft instrumentation & integrated systems
- Aircraft Design
- Heat transfer and thermal analysis
- Numerical modeling of differential problems
- Rotorcraft design
- Aircraft engines
- Airport and air traffic management
- Aerospace materials
- Communication skills
- Thesis

See the website http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/aeronautical-engineering/

For contact information see here http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/aeronautical-engineering/

Find out how to apply here http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/how-to-apply/

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With a projected demand for 27,000 new civil airliners by 2030, the industry faces a shortfall in postgraduate level engineers to meet future industry needs. Read more

With a projected demand for 27,000 new civil airliners by 2030, the industry faces a shortfall in postgraduate level engineers to meet future industry needs. Aircraft engineers need a combination of technical and business skills for today's aerospace engineering projects. This course will broaden your understanding of aircraft engineering and design subjects and provide you with a strong foundation for career development in technical, integration and leadership roles.

Who is it for?

We recognise the challenge of undertaking part-time study while you are working. This course is specifically designed for people working in engineering or technical management positions in the aerospace industry who wish to study for an accredited master's degree while they are in employment.

You are required to attend a total of nine weeks of lectures over three years on a modular basis. The first year attendance pattern is two weeks in February, followed by one week in June and one week in November. Following a series of compulsory modules, you may choose three specialist optional modules in order to tailor the course to your particular interests and requirements.

Why this course?

This course provides accelerated development of engineering staff whilst delivering the right mix of technical and business skills for careers in the aerospace industry. The course will broaden your understanding of aircraft engineering and design subjects, and provide a strong foundation for career development in technical, integration and leadership roles. This accredited master's course supports your career development by meeting the further learning requirements for Chartered Engineer status. The Group project allows you to gain hands on experience of development and design lifecycle, and the Individual project allows you to investigate a topic that is of interest to your employer, with supervision from experienced staff.

Cranfield has been at the forefront of postgraduate education in aircraft engineering since 1946. We have a global reputation for our advanced postgraduate education and extensive applied research. You can be sure that your qualification will be valued and respected by employers.

Informed by Industry

The Industrial Advisory Panel, comprised of senior industry professionals, provides input into the curriculum in order to improve the employment prospects of our graduates. Panel members include:

  • Airbus UK - Filton
  • BAE Systems
  • Canadian High Commission
  • Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
  • Marshall Aerospace
  • Messier-Bugatti-Dowty
  • RAF
  • Military Aviation Authority.

Accreditation

The MSc in Aircraft Engineering will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accredited MSc graduates who also have a BEng (Hons) accredited for CEng will be able to show that they have satisfied the educational base for CEng registration.

Course details

The MSc in Aircraft Engineering consists of three elements: taught modules, a group design project and an individual research project.

Group project

The group project is undertaken throughout year two of your studies and provides a wealth of learning opportunities. You will work together on a significant design project, progressing from concept to hardware. Each student takes on a technical design role related to a major structural, systems or avionics item as well as a management role such as Chief Engineer, Project Manager, Finance Manager, etc.

Recent Group Projects have covered:

  • Turbo-jet powered unmanned air vehicles
  • An advanced aircraft systems and avionics integration rig
  • An electric ultralight aircraft
  • The development of a hand controller for pilots with lower limb disability

Individual project

The individual research project allows you to delve deeper into an area of specific interest of your choice, and you are encouraged to select a project that is of relevance to your sponsoring company. You will complete the individual project during year three of your studies. 

Recent individual research projects have included:

  • Study into the effect of environmental conditioning on the pull-through performance of countersunk bolted joints in thin composite structures
  • The effect of alternative fuels on military aircraft fuel systems
  • Conceptual design of a UAV with STOL capability for operation in remote, unpaved surfaces
  • Development of a MATLAB linear model of the NIMROD pitch flight control system
  • An industrial study of multi-disciplinary optimisation.

Assessment

Taught modules 40%, Group project 30%, Individual research project 30%

Your career

This course will provide you with the tools and experience to help enhance your career opportunities in the aerospace industry, enabling you to progress further in your present discipline, or move into other specialist or integration roles. Networking with students from different backgrounds is valuable to gain an appreciation of how other companies work.

This course can be used for Chartered Engineer status, which can result in new career opportunities for the future.



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Our MSc Aerospace Engineering is a fully immersive conversion course for engineering graduates. It draws on the considerable expertise of six departments in our engineering and science faculties, as well as the University's Management School. Read more

Our MSc Aerospace Engineering is a fully immersive conversion course for engineering graduates.

It draws on the considerable expertise of six departments in our engineering and science faculties, as well as the University's Management School. Because we have close links with some of the world's leading aerospace companies, you will learn about the latest developments in industry.

You'll study concepts of systems integration and flight control alongside traditional aeronautical subjects such as materials, structures, aerodynamics and propulsion for the design of high-speed flight and lightweight aircraft. By exploring these topics, you'll learn how to create more efficient and environmentally friendly aircraft and aerospace systems.

You can tailor the course to suit your interests and career aspirations by specialising in either aeromechanics or avionics. You'll graduate as a highly knowledgeable aerospace engineering specialist.

Core modules

  • Aerospace Group Design Project
  • Aerospace Individual Investigative Project
  • Aerodynamic Design
  • Aero Propulsion
  • Flight Dynamics and Control
  • Aircraft Design
  • Space Systems Engineering

Optional modules

Avionics stream

  • Advanced Industrial Control
  • Real-Time Embedded Systems
  • Motion Control and Servo Drives
  • Multi-Sensor and Decision Systems
  • Antennas, Radar and Navigation
  • Energy Storage Management
  • Electronic Communication Technologies
  • State Space Control Design
  • Hardware-in-the-Loop and Rapid Control Prototyping
  • Logic and Computation

Aeromechanics stream

  • Aerospace Metals
  • Reciprocating Engines
  • Theory and Application of Turbulence
  • Advanced Aero Propulsion
  • Advanced Structural Vibrations
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Design and Manufacture of Composites
  • Processing of Metals
  • Finite Element Techniques
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Aircraft Aeroelasticity and Loads

Teaching

  • Lectures
  • Laboratory classes
  • Tutorials and example classes
  • Design classes
  • Industrial and research seminars
  • Group projects

Assessment

  • Examinations
  • Coursework assignments
  • Oral and poster presentations
  • Class tests


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IN BRIEF. Great employer demand for graduates of this course. Access to excellent facilities including over 20 wind tunnels and a DC10 jet engine. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Great employer demand for graduates of this course
  • Access to excellent facilities including over 20 wind tunnels and a DC10 jet engine
  • Accredited course by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, giving you the opportunity to achieve chartered engineer status
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

The aerospace industry is at the forefront of modern engineering and manufacturing technology and there is an expanding need for highly skilled chartered Aerospace Engineers.

If you are looking to pursue a career in aerospace engineering this course will enable you to apply your skills and knowledge of engineering devices and associated components used in the production of civil and military aircraft, spacecraft and weapons systems.

This module has been accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. On graduation you be able to work towards Chartered Aerospace Engineer status which is an independent verification of your skills and demonstrates to your colleagues and employers your commitment and credentials as an engineering professional.

TEACHING

The course will be taught by a series of lectures, tutorials, computer workshops and laboratory activities.

Some modules will include a structured factory visit to illustrate the processes and techniques and to enable investigations to be conducted.

Engineers from the industry will contribute to the specialist areas of the syllabus as guest lecturers.

ASSESSMENT

The coursework consists of one assignment, and two laboratory exercises.

  • Assignment 1: Control design skills. (30%)
  • Laboratory 1: Feedback control design skills and system modelling skills. (10%)
  • Laboratory 2: Flight dynamics (10%)
  • The first 5 assignments are of equal weighting of 10%, assignment 6 has a weighting of 20%
  • Assignment1: Matlab programming skills assessed.
  • Assignment2: Simulink/ Matlab for control programming skills assessed.
  • Assignment3: Matlab simulation skills assessed.
  • Assignment4: Matlab integration skills assessed.
  • Assignment5: Matlab matrix manipulation knowledge assessed.
  • Assignment 6: Aerospace assembly techniques.

FACILITIES

Mechanical Lab – This lab is used to understand material behaviour under different loading conditions and contains a tensile test machine and static loading experiments – typical laboratory sessions would include tensile testing of materials and investigation into the bending and buckling behaviour of beams.

Aerodynamics Lab – Contains low speed and supersonic wind tunnels – typical laboratory experiments would include determining the aerodynamic properties of an aerofoil section and influence of wing sweep on the lift and drag characteristics of a tapered wing section.

Composite Material Lab – This lab contains wet lay-up and pre-preg facilities for fabrication of composite material test sections. The facility is particularly utilised for final year project work.

Control Dynamics Lab – Contains flight simulators (see details below) and programmable control experiments – typical laboratory sessions would include studying the effects of damping and short period oscillation analysis, forced vibration due to rotating imbalance, and understanding the design and performance of proportional and integral controllers.

Flight Simulators

Merlin MP520-T Engineering Simulator    

  • This simulator is used to support engineering design modules, such as those involving aerodynamics and control systems by giving a more practical experience of aircraft design than a traditional theory and laboratory approach. As a student, you'll design and input your own aircraft parameters into the simulator before then assessing the flight characteristics.
  • The simulator is a fully-enclosed single seat capsule mounted on a moving 2-degree of freedom platform which incorporates cockpit controls, integrated main head-up display and two secondary instrumentation display panels.
  • An external instructor console also accompanies the simulator and is equipped with a comprehensive set of displays, override facilities and a two-way voice link to the pilot.

Elite Flight Training System    

  • The Elite is a fixed base Piper PA-34 Seneca III aircraft simulator used for flight operations training and is certified by the CAA as a FNPT II-MCC Multi-Crew Cockpit training environment. It has two seats, each with a full set of instrumentation and controls, and European Visuals, so you see a projection of the terrain that you're flying through, based on real geographic models of general terrain and specific airports in Europe.

EMPLOYABILITY

This is a highly valued qualification and as a graduate you can expect to pursue careers in a range of organizations around the world such as in aerospace companies and their suppliers, governments and research institutions.

FURTHER STUDY

You may consider going on to further study in our Engineering 2050 Research Centre which brings together a wealth of expertise and international reputation in three focussed subject areas.

Research at the centre is well funded, with support from EPSRC, TSB, DoH, MoD, Royal Society, European Commission, as well as excellent links with and direct funding from industry. Our research excellence means that we have not only the highest calibre academics but also the first class facilities to support the leading edge research projects for both post-graduate studies and post-doctoral research.

Visit http://www.cse.salford.ac.uk/research/engineering-2050/ for further details.




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Discover the techniques and standards required to design components to ensure airworthiness on this dedicated course. The demands on aircraft components are extremely robust, as they must adhere to the extreme loads and stresses the vehicle is exposed to, as well as rigorous safety standards. Read more

Discover the techniques and standards required to design components to ensure airworthiness on this dedicated course.

The demands on aircraft components are extremely robust, as they must adhere to the extreme loads and stresses the vehicle is exposed to, as well as rigorous safety standards. This course will give you the opportunity to learn the required skills and techniques to design aircraft components, as well as understand the theory behind them.

Facilities

As part of the School of Applied Science, Computing and Engineering, candidates will have access to state-of-art Merlin flight simulator for design and testing their own aircraft, will learn and use cutting-edge design, analysis and simulation software including MATLAB/Simulink, CATIA v5, ANSYS, and ABAQUS, and will have access to subsonic and supersonic wind tunnel facilities and rapid prototyping facilities.

The university has invested £500K in engineering equipment in recent years, in association with an investment of equipment from major companies and local suppliers.

At Wrexham Glyndŵr University we are on the door step of one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world, Airbus, with a large number of first and second tier suppliers in the locality. Many of the academic staff have industrial experience spanning a broad range of engineering areas and working levels.

Areas of study

Taught elements of the course include advanced materials, design and stress testing, and fluid dynamics analysis. You will have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art commercial software such as CATIA V5, ABAQUS and ANSYS.

  • Engineering Research Methods
  • Sustainable Design & Innovation
  • Engineering Systems Modelling & Simulation
  • Advanced Composite Materials
  • Aircraft Structures
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology
  • Dissertation

Careers

The courses will give you the chance to advance your career to management levels. You might also consider consultancy, research and development, testing and design positions within the aeronautical industry. Airbus is a classic example of an employer excelling in this field in the north Wales region.

Many students from previous years are now in jobs at top international companies such as Rolls-Royce, Raytheon, Magellan and Airbus. Aside from major manufacturers, North Wales and North West England have numerous maintenance companies, keeping the UK flying safely and efficiently. With the average life of an aircraft expected to be over 30 years, maintenance and overhaul engineers will continue to be in high demand in the future.

The Careers & Zone at Wrexham Glyndŵr University is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.



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Leading engineers are using cutting-edge computational design techniques to transform our world. The latest simulation software can give accurate insights into how innovative design ideas will work in practice. Read more

Leading engineers are using cutting-edge computational design techniques to transform our world. The latest simulation software can give accurate insights into how innovative design ideas will work in practice. Effective modelling is vital in many industries including the automotive, aerospace and bioengineering sectors. We offer an exciting postgraduate degree in Computational Engineering Design covering the latest techniques and methods, taught by lecturers who are also active researchers working with industry.

Introducing your degree

The MSc Computational Engineering Design is a one-year masters degree. The course covers the latest techniques, methods and simulation software to give accurate insights into how innovative design ideas will work in practice and how to work effectively with industry.

Overview

Computational modelling is crucial for many industries, from bioengineering to automotive and aerospace. You will learn to use various software tools to assess the feasibility of designs. We also teach you to use advanced numerical methods and apply design search and optimisation principles to solve design problems.

The year will be divided into two semesters. Each semester, you will study core modules as well as choosing specialist modules that interest you, from Aircraft Structural Design to Engineering Design with Management.

The last four months will centre on research. You will have the chance to complete a significant research project under the guidance of our prestigious Computational Engineering and Design Research Groupwho have strong links with academia and industry.

The course will equip you with the specialist knowledge and practical skills for a professional career or further research in computational engineering design.

View the specification document for this course



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This specialist course has been developed to equip graduate engineers with the skills required of a highly demanding aerospace industry. Read more

About the course

This specialist course has been developed to equip graduate engineers with the skills required of a highly demanding aerospace industry.

Taught modules are balanced with practical and challenging individual and group aerospace project work. You will learn about aircraft design aerodynamics, space mechanics, spacecraft design, propulsion systems and the role of flight simulation in aerospace at an
advanced level.

Practical projects typically include the design, build and testing of a scale aircraft, computational fluid dynamics and structural analysis modelling of a critical aerospace component and flight performance evaluation using a flight simulator.

MSc Aerospace Engineering is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). This will provide a route to Chartered Engineer status in the UK.

Aims

Although the course has a distinct specialist and technical flavour, the MSc also seeks to provide graduates with a raft of non-technical skills to enable them to realise their professional potential to its fullest.

To this end, the course provides modules that cover topics in strategic management, enterprise, research and innovation, as well as exploring issues that are of special importance to the future of the aerospace industry, such as safety, security, and sustainability.

Course Content

The MSc Aerospace Engineering course consists of five taught modules, a group project, and an individual project and dissertation.

Compulsory Modules

Design and Analysis of Aerospace Vehicles
Advanced Aerodynamics, Propulsion Systems, and Space Mechanics
Current Topics in Aerospace
Strategic Management Innovation and Enterprise
Research Methodology and Sustainable Engineering
Group Project in Aerospace Engineering
Aircraft Structures, Loads and Aeroelasticity
Dissertation

Special Features

Highly rated by students

Mechanical Engineering at Brunel ranks highly in the Guardian league tables for UK universities, with a student satisfaction score of 86.4% in 2015. Postgraduate students can therefore expect to benefit from an experienced and supportive teaching base whilst having the opportunity to thrive in a dynamic and high-profile research environment.

Outstanding facilities

We have extensive and well-equipped laboratories, particular areas of strength being in fluid and biofluid mechanics, IC engines, vibrations, building service engineering, and structural testing. Our computing facilities are diverse and are readily available to all students. The University is fully networked with both Sun workstations and PCs. Advanced software is available for finite and boundary element modelling of structures, finite volume modelling of flows, and for the simulation of varied control systems, flow machines, combustion engines, suspensions, built environment, and other systems of interest to the research groups.

Strong links with industry

We regularly consult aerospace engineering experts to keep our programmes up to date with industry needs. Read more about how we integrated industrial expertise into an MEng Aerospace Engineering module.

Women in Engineering and Computing Programme

Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors.

Accreditation

Aerospace Engineering is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). This will provide a route to Chartered Engineer status in the UK.

Assessment

Modules are taught over eight months (from October to May) and are assessed by a balanced combination of examination and assignment.

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The MSc by research ­ Engineering provides a flexible framework if you're an engineering graduate intending to specialise in a specific area of interest, such as aircraft design, robotics system development, vehicle performance or intelligent systems. Read more
The MSc by research ­ Engineering provides a flexible framework if you're an engineering graduate intending to specialise in a specific area of interest, such as aircraft design, robotics system development, vehicle performance or intelligent systems. You will study an engineering research topic in depth during your project dissertation, while working closely with academic experts in the related field and taking advantage of our world-class facilities.

Course detail

UWE Bristol Engineering's strong industry and international academic links give you the opportunity to gain additional industrial experience through an industry-linked project. The course also provides a solid platform for those who wish to pursue higher postgraduate degrees, such as an MPhil or PhD, or gain the necessary skills to become a professional engineering practitioner with additional specialisation in your own field of interest.

Structure

You qualify for the awards MSc Research (Engineering), and Postgraduate Certificate by accumulating credits completion modules as follows:

• The MSc Research (Engineering) requires 180 credits, including 120 credits from the dissertation and 60 credits from the taught component.

• The Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering requires 60 credits, all from the taught part of the course (no dissertation is completed).

Modules

• Project Dissertation
• Research Investigation, Planning and Methods for Change
• Research Portfolio
• Research Methods
• Computer Vision and Modern Control
• Innovations in Operations Management
• Design of Fluid Systems
• Structural Integrity in Design
• Industrial Applications of Vision and Automation
• Robotics Mechanics, Intelligence and Programming
• Lean Engineering and Decision Support Tools for Continuous Improvement
• Electromechanical Systems Integration
• Concurrent Engineering
• Flight Test and Airworthiness
• Aerospace Manufacturing Technology
• Aerodynamics C
• Aircraft Structural Design
• Aero-elasticity
• Aero-acoustics
• Embedded Real Time Control Systems
• Wireless and Mobile Communications
• Safety Critical Embedded Systems
• System Design Using HDLs
• Advanced Control and Dynamics
• Wireless Sensor Networks

Format

In common with other MScs in the faculty, MSc Research (Engineering) is delivered through a combination of taught modules and an in-depth dissertation.

Assessment

You are usually assessed through a combination of examinations, coursework and the dissertation.

Careers / Further study

This course produces graduates capable of ground-breaking research with an in-depth specialisation in a particular area of engineering interest.

On completing this course you will be equally ready to continue onto MPhil and PhD programmes or take a role in a senior technical position in a wide range of industry sectors.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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