This MSc aims to build your knowledge of the design of flying vehicles such as aircraft, missiles, airships and spacecraft. Select from three specialist options in order to excel in a growing aerospace industry:
Aircraft Design - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/taught/avd-option-aircraft-design
Avionics Systems Design - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/taught/avd-option-in-avionic-systems-design
Structural Design (available for October intake only) - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/taught/avd-option-in-structural-design
Who is it for?
This MSc course 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.
Teaching integrates a range of disciplines required by modern aircraft design, for example:
- Structural design and analysis
- Aircraft systems design
- Avionic systems design
- Flight performance
- Aspects of manufacture
- Operations and cost.
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 holds a number of networking and social events throughout the year.
One 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.
Cranfield University is very 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 desirable from graduates of the course. Panel members include:
- BAE Systems
- Royal Air Force
- Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
- Royal Australian Air Force
- Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) (http://aerosociety.com/
Subject to ratification by Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) (http://www.imeche.org/
) following accreditation visit in June 2015
The taught programme for the Aerospace Vehicle Design masters is generally delivered from October to March. Modules for each option vary - please refer to option MSc course pages for descriptions of compulsory modules which must be undertaken. Students have an extensive choice of optional modules to match specific interests.
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 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 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.
Students following the Structural Design option do not participate in the Group Design Project.
Watch past presentation 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
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.
Previous individual research projects include:
- Fin structure aeroelastic warping effect
- Modelling of helicopter crash behaviour
- Shock load simulation on aircraft structures
- Crack stoppers and fail safety in integral metal structures
- Impact damage of composite laminates
- Composite panel cut out and edge reinforcement
- Repair of composite structures
Refer to option MSc course pages for breakdown of assessment
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 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 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. Typical student destinations include BAE Systems, Airbus, Dassault and Rolls-Royce.