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The global market for aerial, ground, and marine autonomous vehicles has grown rapidly due to the advent of drones and driverless cars. Defence, aerospace, automotive, and marine industries seek graduates conversant in key aspects of autonomy including: dynamics and control, guidance and navigation, decision making, sensor fusion, data and information fusion, communication and networking.
Durable and transferrable skills are the foundation of this unique MSc course whose content has been based on advice from the Industrial Advisory Board, comprising of industrial representatives from big primes to small and medium-sized enterprises.
A first or second class UK Honours degree in engineering, or an equivalent degree in engineering, engineering science, physics, applied mathematics or other appropriate applied science.
Applicants who do not fulfil the standard entry requirements can apply for the Pre-Masters programme, successful completion of which will qualify them for entry to this course for a second year of study.
An investment in education is a life-changing decision that will affect your future career. By choosing Cranfield you will be joining a forward-thinking community where our exceptional teaching, research and innovation leads to world-changing advances. Our portfolio of programmes can be taken full-time or part-time – whatever suits you.
Why did you choose Cranfield?
The AVDC course is a good gateway into the world of Autonomous platforms. It covers all the required knowledge to design, model and control a remote intelligent vehicle for a variety of applications. The final thesis gives you the opportunity to gather all the acquired skills and apply them to a single project. Though I personally worked on multi-UAV control, the thesis can focus on anything from satellite image processing to underwater vehicle control as long as it highlights the need of an autonomous behaviour. Most projects also demand some hardware testing in order to apply your findings to a real life scenario.
"Cranfield is a different kind of university. Its postgraduate-only make-up, and close connections with industry give the university a range of experiences, backgrounds and expertise which other universities are unable to match. I would recommend AVDC and the course to anyone."