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Advanced Lightweight and Composite Structures (MSc)

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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Engineering

  • Start Date

    October

  • Course Duration

    MSc: one year; PgDip: up to one year; PgCert: up to one year

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    05 April 2019

There are no other courses that provide dedicated specialist training in the design and analysis of advanced lightweight and composite structures in aerospace, automotive, marine and renewable energy industries.Delivered with a unique focus on industry challenges and concerns, this course will equip you with strong experimental, numerical and analytical skills in structural mechanics for both composite and metallic components. This will help you to practically apply this knowledge to solve real engineering problems.

Who is it for?

Students who enrol come from a variety of different backgrounds. Many have specific careers in mind, such as working in automotive or aerospace disciplines (structural design or crash protection), materials development for defence applications, or to work in the field of numerical code developments/consultancy.

Why this course?

Designing advanced structures through novel, lightweight materials is one of the key enabling technologies for both aerospace and automotive sectors to align with national targets for reduction of carbon. In reducing inherent structural weight, it is essential not to compromise safety, as structural integrity and designing for crashworthiness become key design drivers.

Understanding how aluminium or composite structures and materials perform over their life cycles under static and dynamic loading, including crash and bird strike, requires expertise in a range of areas. As new simulation and material technologies emerge, there is a continuing need for talented employees with a strong, applied understanding in structural analysis, together with competent technical skills in numerical simulation. Students of this course undertake a workshop session at Cranfield Impact Centre – read Rocio’s blog post

Informed by Industry

Established in 2003, this course is supported by close ties with industry, through student projects, specialist lectures and more importantly, by employing our graduates.

The MSc in Advanced Lightweight and Composite Structures is directed by an Industrial Advisory Panel comprising senior engineers from aerospace sectors. This maintains course relevancy and ensures that graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge required by leading employers.

The Industry Advisory Panel includes representatives from:

  • Airbus
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Jaguar Land Rover

Accreditation

The MSc in Advanced Lightweight and Composite Structures is accredited by Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) & Royal Aeronautical Society (RAes) on behalf of the Engineering Council 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.

Your career

Industry driven research makes our graduates some of the most desirable in the world for recruitment by companies competing in the structural engineering sector, which forms a large worldwide industry.

Students who enrol come from a variety of different backgrounds. Many have specific careers in mind, such as working in automotive or aerospace disciplines (structural design, or crash protection), materials development for defence applications, or to work in the field of numerical code developments/consultancy. Others decide to continue their education through PhD studies available within the University.

This course provides graduates with the necessary skills to pursue a successful career in automotive, aerospace, maritime and defence sectors. This approach offers you a wide range of career choices as a structural engineer at graduation and in the future.

Companies that have recruited graduates of this course include:

  • Airbus
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Aston Martin.

Visit the Advanced Lightweight and Composite Structures (MSc) page on the Cranfield University website for more details!

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