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With 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 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 (http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/taught/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.

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:

- BAE Systems
- Airbus
- Royal Air Force
- Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
- Royal Australian Air Force
- Messier-Dowty
- Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces.

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

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) - http://aerosociety.com/
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) - http://www.imeche.org/

Course details

This option is comprised of 14 compulsory modules and a minimum of 60 hours of optional modules, selected from a list of 10 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, forward fuselage, fuel system, or navigation system. The project will progress from the conceptual phase through to the preliminary and detail design phases. You are required to run project meetings, produce engineering drawings and 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 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:

- Blended Wing Body Aircraft - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfD0CIAscOI
- A9 Dragonfly Box Wing Aircraft - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4LQzXBJInw
- MRT7 Tanker Aircraft - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNfQM2ELXvg
- A-13 Voyager - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS6Wq7lpmDw
- SL-12 Vimana - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjEEazsVtSc

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.

Recent Individual Research Projects include:

• Analysis and Design of Stability and Flight Control System of Unconventional Aircraft/ Rotorcraft
• Advanced Control System Design of VTOL Aircraft in Hybrid Flight Mode During Take-off and Landing
• Analysis of Airframe Noise of Hybrid-Wing-Body-Type Aircraft in the Terminal Area
• Simulation of Optimised TMA Manoeuvring, Stand Instrument Departure (SID) and Standard Arrival (STAR) under CNS/ATM Constraints
• Design of Autopilot Flight Control Systems of Unconventional Aircraft/ Rotorcraft.

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 Aircraft Design option of the MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design (AVD) aims to provide a comprehensive overview of aircraft performance, structures and systems. Read more

Course Description

The Aircraft Design option of the MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design (AVD) aims to provide a comprehensive overview of aircraft performance, 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 specific systems such as fuel systems, and their effect on the aircraft as a whole.
This course is suitable for students with a background in aeronautical or mechanical engineering or those with relevant industrial experience.

Overview

Modern aircraft design focuses on the integration of new technologies and systems, with current and advanced configurations to lead us towards environmentally friendly and cost effective aviation in the civil arena and high performance and effective aviation in the military arena. This includes new structures, materials and manufacturing processes. New aircraft design is essential to address issues such as carbon footprint reduction, lower noise pollution and improved passenger comfort as well as contributing to national security.

Our work in this field covers all flying vehicles including civil and military aircraft, helicopters, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems (UAVS), ultra-high capacity airlines and space vehicles. Current research being undertaken includes:

Advanced Configurations – such as blended wing and morphing wing aircraft design. This includes both fixed wing and rotorcraft vehicles.

Advanced Systems Integration – such as Distributed Propulsion using hydrogen or alternative fuels for power and high temperature superconducting materials technology.

Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processes – exploring the benefits achieved through the application of advanced composite materials.

Advanced Design Methodologies – developing techniques to ensure that optimum designs are achieved.

Airworthiness Compliance – ensuring new designs demonstrate the same safety requirements as traditional aircraft.

Operational Aspects – cost, performance, reliability and maintainability are important features of aircraft design as well as advanced techniques such as Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM). Vulnerability and susceptibility also have a major impact.

Biomimetics – taking lessons from nature for example insects and birds, and their application in aviation such as launch, recovery and flight.

English Language Requirements

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:

IELTS - 6.5
TOEFL - 92
Pearson PTE Academic - 65
Cambridge English Scale - 180
Cambridge English: Advanced - C
Cambridge English: Proficiency - C

In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

Structure

The Aircraft Design option consists of a taught component, a group design project and an individual research project.

In addition to management, communication, team work and research skills, each student will attain at least the following outcomes from this degree course:

•To build upon knowledge to enable students to enter a wide range of aerospace and related activities concerned with the design of flying vehicles such as aircraft, missiles, airships and spacecraft
•To ensure that the student is of immediate use to their employer and has sufficient breadth of understanding of multi-discipline design to position them for accelerated career progression
•To provide teaching that integrates the range of disciplines required by modern aircraft design
•To provide the opportunity for students to be immersed in a 'Virtual Industrial Environment' giving them hands-on experience of interacting with and working on an aircraft design project

Modules

The taught programme for the Aircraft Design masters is generally delivered from October to March. As well as completing the 12 compulsory taught modules, students have an extensive choice of optional modules to match their specific interests.

Core:
- Airframe System Design
- Design and Analysis of Composite Structures
- Initial Aircraft Design (including Structural Layout)
- Loading Actions
- Aircraft Stability and Control
- Aircraft Performance
- Design for Manufacture and Operation
- Fatigue Fracture Mechanics and Damage Tolerance
- Aeroelasticity
- Reliability, Safety Assessment and Certification
- Flight Experimental Methods (Jetstream Flight Labs)
- Detail Stressing

Optional:
- Computing Aided Design (CATIA)
- Aircraft Aerodynamics
- Structural Dynamics
- Structural Stability
- Aircraft Accident Investigation
- Aircraft Power Plant Installation
- Avionic System Design
- Aerospace System Development and Life Cycle Model
- Integrated Vehicle Health Management
- Sustaining Design (Structural Durability)
- Finite Element Analysis (including NASTRAN/PATRAN Workshops)
- Crashworthiness

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 March to September. 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.

Recent 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.

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, 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 responsibility for the detailed design of a significant part of the aircraft, for example, forward fuselage, fuel system, or navigation system. 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 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 200 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.

Assessment

The taught modules (10%) are assessed by an examination and/or assignment. The Group Project (50%) is assessed by a written technical report and oral presentations. The Individual Research Project (40%) forms the remainder of the course.

Career opportunities

The MSc in Aircraft 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 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 Aircraft 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.

For further information

on this course, please visit our course webpage http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/AVD-Option-Aircraft-Design

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Modern aircraft are a complex combination of aerodynamic performance, lightweight durable structures and advanced systems engineering. Read more
Modern aircraft are a complex combination of aerodynamic performance, lightweight durable structures and advanced systems engineering. Air passengers demand more comfort and more environmentally friendly aircraft. Hence many technical challenges need to be balanced for an aircraft to economically achieve its design specification. This course trains engineers to meet these challenges, and prepares them for careers in civil and military aviation.

Aircraft Design is an option for the MSc Aerospace Vehicle Design. Aircraft Design aims to provide a comprehensive overview of aircraft performance, 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 specific systems such as fuel systems, and their effect on the aircraft as a whole.

This course is suitable for students with a background in aeronautical or mechanical engineering or those with relevant industrial experience, and 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.

Course overview

The Aircraft Design option consists of a taught component, a group design project and an individual research project.

In addition to management, communication, team work and research skills, each student will attain at least the following outcomes from this degree course:

To build upon knowledge to enable students to enter a wide range of aerospace and related activities concerned with the design of flying vehicles such as aircraft, missiles, airships and spacecraft.
To ensure that the student is of immediate use to their employer and has sufficient breadth of understanding of multi-discipline design to position them for accelerated career progression.
To provide teaching that integrates the range of disciplines required by modern aircraft design.
To provide the opportunity for students to be immersed in a 'Virtual Industrial Environment' giving them hands-on experience of interacting with and working on an aircraft design project.

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, 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 responsibility for the detailed design of a significant part of the aircraft, for example, forward fuselage, fuel system, or navigation system. 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 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 200 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 to give you a taster of our innovative and exciting group projects (YouTube)

Blended Wing Body Aircraft
A9 Dragonfly Box Wing Aircraft
MRT7 Tanker Aircraft
A-13 Voyager
SL-12 Vimana

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 March to September. 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.

Recent 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

The taught modules (10%) are assessed by an examination and/or assignment. The Group Project (50%) is assessed by a written technical report and oral presentations. The Individual Research Project (40%) forms the remainder of the course.

Career opportunities

The MSc in Aircraft 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 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 Aircraft 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.

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Structural Design aims to provide an understanding of aircraft structures, airworthiness requirements, design standards, stress analysis, fatigue and fracture (damage tolerance) and fundamentals of aerodynamics and loading. Read more

Course Description

Structural Design aims to provide an understanding of aircraft structures, airworthiness requirements, design standards, stress analysis, fatigue and fracture (damage tolerance) and fundamentals of aerodynamics and loading. The suitable selection of materials, both metallic and composite is also covered. 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.

Overview

This course is suitable for students with a background in aeronautical or mechanical engineering or those with relevant industrial experience.

The Structural Design option consists of a taught component and an individual research project.

In addition to management, communication, team work and research skills, each student will attain at least the following outcomes from this degree course:
- To build upon knowledge to enable students to enter a wide range of aerospace and related activities concerned with the design of flying vehicles such as aircraft, missiles, airships and spacecraft
- To ensure that the student is of immediate use to their employer and has sufficient breadth of understanding of multi-discipline design to position them for accelerated career progression
- To provide teaching that integrates the range of disciplines required by modern aircraft design
- To provide the opportunity for students to be immersed in a 'Virtual Industrial Environment' giving them hands-on experience of interacting with and working on an aircraft design project.

English Language Requirements

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:

IELTS - 6.5
TOEFL - 92
Pearson PTE Academic - 65
Cambridge English Scale - 180
Cambridge English: Advanced - C
Cambridge English: Proficiency - C

In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

Core Modules

The taught programme for the Structural Design masters is generally delivered from October to March. After completion of the four compulsory taught modules, students have an extensive choice of optional modules to match specific interests.

Core:
- Fatigue Fracture Mechanics and Damage Tolerance
- Finite Element Analysis (including NASTRAN/PATRAN Workshops)
- Design and Analysis of Composite Structures
- Structural Stability

Optional:
- Loading Actions
- Computer Aided Design (CAD)
- Aircraft Aerodynamics
- Aircraft Stability and Control
- Aircraft Performance
- Detail Stressing
- Structural Dynamics
- Aeroelasticity
- Design for Manufacture and Operation
- Initial Aircraft Design (including Structural Layout)
- Airframe Systems
- Aircraft Accident Investigation
- Crashworthiness
- Aircraft Power Plant Installation
- Avionic System Design
- Flight Experimental Methods (Jetstream Flight Labs)
- Reliability, Safety Assessment and Certification
- Sustaining Design (Structural Durability)

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.

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.

Group project

There is no group project for this option of the Aerospace Vehicle Design MSc.

Assessment

Taught modules (20%); Individual Research Project (80%)

Career opportunities

The AVD 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 the have gone onto pursue engineering careers in disciplines such as structural design, stress analysis or systems design. Many of our former graduates occupy very senior positions in their organisations, making valuable contributions to the international aerospace industry.

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.

For further information

On this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/AVD-Option-in-Structural-Design

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Maintenance strategies are central to the smooth operation of complex industrial processes in a wide range of industries including automotive, pharmaceutical, nuclear, petrochemical, and aerospace industries. Read more
Maintenance strategies are central to the smooth operation of complex industrial processes in a wide range of industries including automotive, pharmaceutical, nuclear, petrochemical, and aerospace industries. The planning and implementation of professional maintenance strategies can reduce costly breakdowns which may interrupt production, contribute to sustainable engineering practice to the benefit of the environment, improve safety and drive down costs. This MSc course in Maintenance Engineering is suitable for engineers who have recently graduated as well as those with experience who are seeking to extend their knowledge, or update their qualifications with a view to promotion or other new position. The award covers both technical and management aspects of maintenance engineering and forms a suitable basis for a career in a range of roles associated with maintenance engineering on mechanical plants, such as: asset management, plant maintenance, preventative maintenance, etc."

The course will enable students to apply for positions such as Design of ‘products’ for ease of maintenance – in which case the bias will be towards the design processes, Maintenance Engineers – Technicians/Engineers who conduct maintenance of systems, plants, fleets etc, Support Engineers positions for example in an avionic environment referring to the people who look at supportability, maintainability, reliability, testability and the design of support systems and services.

On completion of the course students may be able to obtain one of the following degrees
- Master (MSc) in Maintenance Engineering
- Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Maintenance Engineering
- Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Maintenance Engineering

Course Content
The programme is divided into course credits which cover many management and technological characteristics in the field of maintenance Engineering. The aims of the modules are:
- to undertake a major piece of advanced level work having some significant elements of research and originality.
- to develop the individual skills necessary to conduct technical studies at an advanced level effectively.
- to synthesise bearing designs that minimise power loss, evaluate bearing material or coating selections that minimise friction and wear, employ ISO standards in the design of lubricant management systems, design condition-monitoring solutions of typical industrial machines based on an understanding of their performance and running characteristics, synthesise reliability and maintainability analyses of mechanical or electrical devices.

- to identify the relationships between structures and mechanical properties of engineering materials, including metals, ceramics, polymers and composites; understand types of material failure including, fast facture, fatigue, creep, and corrosion and oxidation, be familiar with design with materials, including modulus-limited design, yield-limited design, fatigue design and creep-limited design; to understand criteria for materials selection.

- To examine the main methods for developing a modern maintenance programme for industrial plants. It provides a comprehensive understanding of theory and practice of reliability centred maintenance and total productive maintenance strategies to achieve high plant availability, optimise on product quality, and address safety and environmental issues.

- To examines the main methods for developing sustainable engineering programme for industrial plants. It provides a comprehensive understanding of theory and practice of sustainable systems engineering strategies to achieve high plant efficiency, optimise on product quality, and address safety and environmental issues.

- to enhance the student's ability to work independently, to provide an opportunity for the investigation of a topic of particular interest to the student, to enhance the student’s skills in report writing and critical evaluation, to enhance the ability to evaluate the results of an investigation.

- to provide students with Engineering knowledge of various renewable energy technologies; Scientific understanding of the contributions which the renewable sources can make, the technologies used to harness them and limitation associated with their uses; Practical skills in developing renewable energy projects.

- to introduce methods of computer interfacing of industrial or scientific instruments and data processing for monitoring and control of engineering processes, to provide students with a sound understanding of the use of advanced instrumentation and sensing methods, to apply signal processing methods and system design methods

- to Gain a deeper understanding of Computer Aided Design (CAD). Students will analyse the requirements for complex 3D CAD models and to build coherent solutions. This will include assemblies, complex surfaces, parametric design, etc...

Study mode
- Full time (2 days per week) or part-time (1 day per week) for compulsory and optional modules
- Modules are delivered on semester base
- Project (core module) is delivered during summer (September entry) or Spring (January entry)

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Aerospace systems are the future of the aerospace industry and constitute the major component of all modern aircraft. They are the essential onboard systems that ensure the safe and accurate operation of all aerospace vehicles, from civil passenger planes to sophisticated unmanned aerial vehicles. Read more
Aerospace systems are the future of the aerospace industry and constitute the major component of all modern aircraft. They are the essential onboard systems that ensure the safe and accurate operation of all aerospace vehicles, from civil passenger planes to sophisticated unmanned aerial vehicles.

Why this programme

◾The University of Glasgow has been the home of Aerospace Research for over 60 years. This long-standing activity has culminated in the Division of Aerospace Sciences having internationally recognised expertise in all areas of Aeronautics and Aerospace Systems.
◾The University of Glasgow is one of the few institutions in the UK, and the only University in Scotland, to offer an Aerospace Systems MSc.
◾Aeronautical engineering at the University of Glasgow is consistently highly ranked recently achieving 10th in the UK and 1st in Scotland (Complete University Guide 2017).
◾If you are an aeronautical engineering or avionics graduate wanting to improve your skills and knowledge; a graduate of another engineering discipline, mathematics or physics and you want to change field; looking for a well-rounded postgraduate qualification in electronics & electrical engineering to enhance your career prospects; this programme is designed for you.
◾Students in this programme can benefit from access to our outstanding facilities: including several wind tunnels, a flight simulation lab, an autonomous unmanned vehicle (UAV) laboratory, helicopter test rig laboratories and computer labs for modelling and simulation.

Programme structure

Modes of delivery of the MSc in Aerospace Systems include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work.

The summer period is dedicated to project work, with either academic or industrial placements providing the context for your project.

Semester 1 core courses
◾Aircraft flight dynamics
◾Control M
◾Navigation systems
◾Simulation of aerospace systems
◾Space flight dynamics 1.

Semester 2 core courses
◾Autonomous vehicle guidance systems
◾Fault detection, isolation and reconfiguration
◾Radar and electro-optic systems
◾Robust control 5.
◾Aerospace systems team design project.

Projects

◾To complete the MSc degree you must undertake a project worth 60 credits.
◾The project will integrate subject knowledge and skills that you acquire during the MSc programme
◾The project is an important part of your MSc where you can apply your newly learned skills and show to future employers that you have been working on cutting edge projects relevant to the industry.
◾You can choose a topic from a list of MSc projects in Aerospace Systems. Alternatively, should you have your own idea for a project, department members are always open to discussion of topics

Example projects

Examples of projects can be found online

*Posters shown are for illustrative purposes

Accreditation

MSc Aerospace Systems is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)

Industry links and employability

◾You will be introduced to this exciting multi-disciplinary area of technology, gaining expertise in autonomous guidance and navigation, advanced aerospace control, simulation and simulators, fault detection and isolation, electro-optic and radar systems, and space systems.
◾The School of Engineering has extensive contacts with industrial partners who contribute to several of their taught courses, through active teaching, advising on projects, curriculum development, and panel discussion.
◾During the programme students have an opportunity to develop and practice relevant professional and transferrable skills, and to meet and learn from employers about working in the aerospace industry.

Career prospects

Career opportunities include aerospace, defence, laser targeting systems, radar development, electro-optics, autonomous systems and systems modelling.

Graduates of this programme have gone on to positions such as:
Software Engineer at Hewlett-Packard
Avionic and Mission System Engineer at Qinetiq
Engineering Corporal & Driver at Hellenic Army.

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World leading aircraft manufacturers predict the number of in-service commercial aircraft doubling to over 43,500 in the next 20 years. Read more
World leading aircraft manufacturers predict the number of in-service commercial aircraft doubling to over 43,500 in the next 20 years. Our MSc Aviation Engineering and Management course will provide you with the skills, knowledge and expertise to succeed in the aviation industry.
You’ll develop key problem-solving skills within the field of aviation including airlines, corporate aviation, general aviation, component manufacturing organisations, and related industries, and civil aviation governmental agencies.

You’ll gain an understanding of the various complexities facing aviation businesses through a breadth of industry related modules. Your studies will also cover a wide variety of tools, techniques, and research methods, and how they may be applied to research and solve real-life problems within the aviation industry.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1878-msc-aviation-engineering-and-management

What you will study

The course consists of nine modules with a key theme throughout your studies including the ethical dimensions of decision-making and interpersonal relations. This means you can be confident that you will develop personally and professionally as part of the course, ultimately making yourself more employable. You’ll study the following modules:

- Aircraft Systems Design and Optimization (10 Credits)
This module will give you a comprehensive knowledge of the systems of the aircraft, including preliminary designing of systems primary and secondary systems, operation and maintenance concepts. You will be introduced to novel engineering design methods such as Multi Objective Design (MOD) and multi-disciplinary design optimisation. Part of the module will be delivered with the support of industrial partners and experts, which will bring real scale industrial experience and interaction with the industry.

- Aviation Sustainable Engineering
This module will explore the historical and contemporary perspectives in international aviation framework while looking at the socio-economic benefits of aviation since the Chicago Convention of 1944. You will analyse current and future design and manufacturing trends in the aerospace industry.

- Condition Monitoring and Non-Destructive Testing
This module analyses condition monitoring and non-destructive testing, giving you an appreciation for the key concepts and tools in this subject. You will evaluate the use of these tools in different situations within industry and make recommendations on necessary adjustments.

- Advanced Materials and Manufacture
You will look at a range of modern engineering materials and develop an awareness of the selection criteria for aeronautical and mechanical engineering applications. You will also look at a range of “standard” and modern manufacturing processes, methods and techniques.

- Lean Maintenance Operations & Certification
This module will help you develop and understand concepts in Six Sigma, lean maintenance, operational research, reliability centred maintenance and maintenance planning. You will evaluate and critically analyse processes within highly regulated industries.

- Safety, Health and Environmental Engineering Management
Covering the principles and implementation of the safety, health and environmental management within the workplace, you will look at key concepts in human cognition and other human factors in risk management and accident/incident investigation. You will also gain an understanding of the role of stakeholder involvement in sustainable development.

- Strategic Leadership and Management for Engineers
This module will explore a range of purposes and issues surrounding successful strategic management and leadership as well as appraising a range of leadership behaviours and processes that may inspire innovation, change and continuous transformation within different organisational areas including logistics and supply chain management.

- Research Methods for Engineers
The aim of this module is to provide you with the ability to determine the most appropriate methods to collect, analyse and interpret information relevant to an area of engineering research. To provide you with the ability to critically reflect on your own and others work.

- Individual Project
You will undertake a substantial piece of investigative research work on an appropriate engineering topic and further develop your skills in research, critical analysis and development of solutions using appropriate techniques.

Learning and teaching methods

You will be taught through a variety of lectures, tutorials and practical laboratory work.

You will have 10 contact hours per week, you will also need to devote around 30 hours per week to self-study, such as conducting research and preparing for your assessments and lectures.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Aerospace engineering is an area where demand exceeds supply. As a highly skilled professional in aircraft maintenance engineering, you will be well placed to gain employment in this challenging industry. The aircraft industry is truly international, so there is demand not only in the UK, but throughout the world.

Careers available after graduation include aircraft maintenance planning, engineering, materials, quality assurance or compliance, technical services, logistics, NDT, method and process technical engineering, aircraft or engine leasing, aviation sales, aviation safety, reliability and maintainability, operations and planning, airworthiness, technical support, aircraft surveying, lean maintenance, certification, production planning and control.

Assessment methods

You will be continually assessed coursework or a mixture of coursework and exams. The dissertation allows you to research a specific aviation engineering topic, to illustrate your depth of knowledge, critical awareness and problem-solving skills. The dissertation has three elements of assessment: a thesis, a poster presentation, and a viva voce examination.

Facilities

The aerospace industry has become increasingly competitive and in recognising this, the University has recently invested £1.8m into its aerospace facilities.

Facilities available to our students have been fully approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). With access to an EASA-approved suite of practical training facilities, our students can use a range of industry-standard facilities.

Our Aerospace Centre is home to a Jetstream 31 Twin Turboprop aircraft, assembled with Honeywell TPE331 Engines and Rockwell-Collins Proline II Avionics. It has a 19-passenger configuration.

The EASA-approved suite contains training and practical workshops and laboratories. Each area contains the tools and equipment required to facilitate the instruction of either mechanical or avionic practical tasks as required by the CAA.

Students use the TQ two-shaft gas turbine rig to investigate the inner workings of a gas turbine engine by collecting real data and subsequently analysing them for engine performance.

Our sub-sonic wind tunnel is used for basic aerodynamic instruction, testing and demonstrations on various aerofoil shapes and configurations.

The single-seater, full motion, three axes Merlin MP521 flight simulator can be programmed for several aircraft types that include the Airbus A320 and the Cessna 150.

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