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Aircraft Engineering (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)


Course Description

Course Description

The MSc in Aircraft Engineering provides the right mix of technical and business skills for careers in the aerospace industry. The course will broaden your understanding of aircraft engineering and design subjects and provide a strong foundation for career development in technical, integration and leadership roles. This accredited masters course supports your career development by meeting the further learning requirements for chartered engineer status. The group design project allows you to experience the aerospace product development lifecycle, and the individual research project allows you to investigate a topic that is of interest to your employer.

Overview

The Aerospace industry contributes £24 billion to the UK economy and supports over 100,000 jobs in the UK. With a projected demand for 27,000 new civil airliners by 2030, the industry faces a shortfall in postgraduate level engineers to meet future industry needs.

Aircraft engineers need a combination of technical and business skills for today’s aerospace engineering projects. The core technical skills required by industry are design, modelling and integration of aircraft structures and systems, supported by leadership, team building and project planning skills.

The MSc in Aircraft Engineering provides the right mix of technical and business skills for careers in the aerospace industry. The course will broaden your understanding of aircraft engineering and design subjects and provide a strong foundation for career development in technical, integration and leadership roles. This accredited masters course supports your career development by meeting the further learning requirements for chartered engineer status. The group design project allows you to experience the aerospace product development lifecycle, and the individual research project allows you to investigate a topic that is of interest to your employer.

The course is specifically designed for people working in engineering or technical management positions in the aerospace industry who wish to study for an accredited masters degree while they are in employment.

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).

Course overview

The MSc in Aircraft Engineering consists of three elements: taught modules, a group design project and an individual research project. PgDip students undertake the taught modules and group design project, and PgCert students are only required to complete the taught modules.

In addition to management, communication, team work and research skills, each student will attain at least the following learning outcomes from this degree course:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the aircraft development lifecycle and the major disciplines of aircraft engineering.
- Apply your acquired knowledge of aircraft engineering to solve real world aircraft design and manufacturing problems.
- Develop strategies to identify and solve engineering problems related to aircraft design and manufacturing problems.
- Effectively use computer based tools (such as Computer Aided Design) to support design tasks, and select appropriate technologies and methodologies to suit particular projects.
- Critically evaluate current design and analysis techniques and where appropriate adapt them to new applications.

Modules

You are required to attend a total of nine weeks of lectures over three years on a modular basis. The first year attendance pattern is two weeks in February, followed by one week in June and one week in November. Following a series of compulsory modules, you may choose three specialist optional modules in order to tailor the course to your particular interests and requirements.

Core:
- Initial Aerospace Vehicle Design
- Tools for Integrated Product Development
- Major Component Design and Manufacture
- Methodologies for Integrated Product Development
- Manufacturing

Optional:
- Finite Element Analysis
- Fatigue, Fracture Mechanics and Damage Tolerance
- Design Applications of Composite Aircraft Structures
- Airframe System Design
- Avionic System Design
- Aircraft Performance
- Introduction to Aircraft Structural Crashworthiness
- Aircraft Loading Actions and Aeroelasticity
- Detail Stressing
- Flight Dynamics Principles

Individual Project

The individual research project allows you to delve deeper into an area of specific interest of your choice, and you are encouraged to select a project that is of relevance to your sponsoring company. You will complete the individual project during year three of your studies.

Recent Individual Research Projects include:
- Study into the effect of environmental conditioning on the pullthrough performance of countersunk bolted joints in thin composite structures
- The effect of alternative fuels on military aircraft fuel systems
- Conceptual design of a UAV with STOL capability for operation in remote, unpaved surfaces
- Development of a MATLAB linear model of the NIMROD pitch flight control system
- An industrial study of multi-disciplinary optimisation.

Group Project

The group project undertaken throughout year two of your studies and it provides a wealth of learning opportunities. You will work together on a significant design project, progressing from concept to hardware. Each student takes on a technical design role related to a major structural, systems or avionics item as well as a management role such as Chief Engineer, Project Manager, Finance Manager etc.

Recent Group Projects include:
- Turbo-jet powered unmanned air vehicles
- An advanced aircraft systems and avionics integration rig
- An electric ultralight aircraft
- The development of a hand controller for pilots with lower limb disability.

Assessment

Taught Modules 40%; Group Project 30%; Individual Research Project 30%. The course uses a range of assessment types. Students can expect to have written examinations, assignments, presentations as well as the group design and individual research projects. The range of assessment methods have been chosen to develop skills and be of relevance to the taught materials.

Career opportunities

The MSc in Aircraft Engineering will provide you with the skills and experience to help enhance your career opportunities in the aerospace industry, enabling you to progress further in your present discipline, or move into other specialist or integration roles. Networking with students from different backgrounds is valuable to gain appreciation of how other companies work.

This course can be used for chartered engineering status, which can result in new career opportunities for the future.

For further information

On this course, please visit our course webpage http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/aircraft-engineering.html

Visit the Aircraft Engineering (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the Cranfield University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Jenny Cham

“Cranfield was a really good choice; I went to Vienna for my project due to Cranfield’s partnerships with other European University’s. I also got the opportunity to attend conferences across Europe, write reviews and contribute to my very first peer-reviewed scientific paper - which was well received!
The staff were very supportive, in particular a lady from the Careers Service gave up her time to help prepare me for job interviews, which I found really helpful.
Overall it’s a great environment in terms of access to other really intelligent interesting people. I think that’s a really nice part of being a student at Cranfield.”

(Student Profile)

Lauren Carter

"I believe my MSc was invaluable in preparing me for my current role – covering a broad range of subjects has been extremely useful when liaising with different departments.
I got my job through the links Cranfield had with the company I’m currently working for, who were really impressed by the range of subjects covered as well as the detail and professionalism of my project.”

(Student Profile)

Nsisong Ukut

After researching online and looking at the Cranfield University website, I thought this was the right choice for me. It is the only stand-alone postgraduate university in the UK that specialises in aerospace and engineering and has a great heritage. I had also observed my colleagues in Nigeria who had studied at Cranfield and watched the meteoric rise in their careers. I saw the functions they could handle and how they had launched into global careers.
I found my studies at Cranfield very rewarding – the lecturers give you comprehensive support to help you fully wrap your mind around your subject. Project supervisors are quite amazing too – they connect you into a group project and then with an industrial partner so that you can transform your theoretical knowledge into practical solutions to find the best outcome. This really prepares you for your future career.
Cranfield is a place where you can do a lot! I got involved with the Cranfield Students Association (CSA) in the role of School Representative. This gave me an opportunity to see across the entire school and to see how teaching and non-teaching staff impact the student experience. The support the CSA offers is tremendous – everything to make a good social life and to balance out your academic work. There is an ultra-modern sports centre to keep you fit whilst studying and plenty of clubs and societies that you can get involved in.
Cranfield is the right place to meet the right people in the right environment with the right contacts. The atmosphere is mature and professional and an ideal base to launch your global career.
My advice to anyone who chooses Cranfield is to make use of all the opportunities it offers – embrace it all and make the most of it.
You don’t just get a certificate when you graduate at Cranfield, you get a rewarding experience that will improve the quality of your life.


Scholarships

Entry Requirements

A first or Second class UK Honours degree, or equivalent, in an engineering discipline. We also invite applications from professionals with HNC/ HND qualifications if supported by substantial work experience.

Course Fees

MSc Home/EU - £20,000 Overseas - £20,000; PgDip Home/EU - £16,000 Overseas - £16,000


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