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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    MSc: 11 months full-time, up to three years part-time. PgDip: Up to 11 months full-time, up to two years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    16 April 2018

Course content

This course provides education and training in military vehicle systems, offering students an understanding of the technologies used in the specification, design, development and assessment of weapon systems and military vehicles. Both armoured and support vehicles are covered within the course.

Who is it for?

This course offers the underpinning knowledge and education to enhance the student’s suitability for senior positions within their organisation.

The course is intended for officers of the armed forces and for scientists and technical officers in government defence establishments and the defence industry. It is particularly suitable for those who, in their subsequent careers, will be involved with the specification, analysis, development, technical management or operation of military vehicles.

Why this course?

Each individual module is designed and offered as a standalone course which allows an individual to understand the fundamental technology required to efficiently perform the relevant, specific job responsibilities. The course also offers a critical depth to undertake engineering analysis or the evaluation of relevant sub systems.

Informed by Industry

The Industrial Advisory Panel is made up of experienced engineers from within the MoD, UK and international defence industry.

Course details

This course is made up of two essential components: the equivalent of 12 taught modules (including some double modules, typically of a two week duration), and an individual project. The aim of the project phase is to enable students to develop expertise in engineering research, design or development.

The project phase requires a thesis to be submitted and is worth 80 credit points. Earning the appropriate credits can lead to the following academic awards: Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) – building a total of 60 credits / Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) – two optional modules (120 credits) / Master of Science (MSc) – all modules (120 credits) plus project (80 credits).

Individual project

In addition to the taught part of the course, students undertake an individual project. The aim of the project phase is to enable students to develop expertise in engineering research, design or development. The project phase requires a thesis to be submitted and is worth 80 credit points.

Examples of current titles are given below:

  • Use of Vibration Absorber to help in Vibration
  • Validated Model of UGV Power Usage
  • Effect of Ceramic Tile Spacing in Lightweight Armour systems
  • Investigation of Suspension System for Main Battle Tank
  • An Experimental and Theoretical Investigation into a Pivot Adjustable Suspension System as a Low Cost Method of Adjusting for Payload
  • Analysis of Amphibious Operation and Waterjet Propulsions for Infantry Combat Vehicle
  • Optimisation of the suspension system for a vehicle
  • Analysis of the off-road performance of a wheeled or tracked vehicle.


Continuous assessment, examinations and thesis (MSc only). Approximately 10-15% of the assessment is by examination

Your career

Many previous students have returned to their sponsor organisations to take-up senior programme appointments and equivalent research and development roles in this technical area.

Visit the Military Vehicle Technology - MSc page on the Cranfield University at Shrivenham website for more details!





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