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Airworthiness (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)


Course Description

Course Description

This unique part-time MSc in Airworthiness provides an academically recognised high standard of qualification in airworthiness, a fundamental part of aviation safety. The course offers flexibility and choice, providing a thorough understanding of airworthiness.This popular degree has been running for almost ten years to meet industry demand for qualified airworthiness specialists who must have both technical knowledge and an understanding of the related regulatory and safety issues. An appreciation of airworthiness issues early in the development stage of a product’s design, modification, or repair process helps the downstream business operation. It also enables a better balance to be struck between cost and safety.

Overview

This unique part-time MSc in Airworthiness provides an academically recognised high standard of qualification in airworthiness, a fundamental part of aviation safety. The course offers flexibility and choice, providing a thorough understanding of airworthiness.

This popular degree has been running for almost ten years to meet industry demand for qualified airworthiness specialists who must have both technical knowledge and an understanding of the related regulatory and safety issues. An appreciation of airworthiness issues early in the development stage of a product’s design, modification, or repair process helps the downstream business operation. It also enables a better balance to be struck between cost and safety.

The format of this programme is especially relevant to technical staff working in the airworthiness field of aviation safety including design, production, component supply, operation, maintenance, modification, repair or regulation.

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).

Structure

The Airworthiness masters course is highly flexible and designed to meet the needs of individuals who are balancing work commitments with study.

In addition to management, communication, analytical and research skills, each student will attain at least the following learning outcomes from this degree course:
- Demonstrate an understanding of major issues surrounding the design and performance of complex aircraft and their components and associated equipment used in aviation at a level appropriate to airworthiness requirements.
- Describe and detail the organisation and nature of airworthiness requirements covering aircraft design, manufacture and maintenance.
- Access and apply the relevant specific requirements in an appropriate way within the technology areas and relate the technology to the requirements in such a way that sound engineering judgements can be made.
- Understand the roles and significance of compliance, substantiation, validation, certification and approval in the demonstration of airworthiness.

Modules

The taught programme for the Airworthiness masters is generally delivered in year one. There are four mandatory modules which aim to provide students with a common basis of knowledge and skills on which the specialist options can build further. Students are then free to choose six optional modules in line with their developing interests.

Core:
- Airworthiness Fundamentals
- Safety Assessment of Aircraft Systems
- Air Transport Engineering - Maintenance Operations
- Safety Management Systems in Aviation
- Aircraft Fatigue and Damage Tolerance
- Gas Turbine Fundamentals

Optional:
- Mechanical Integrity of Gas Turbines
- Detail Stressing
- Practical Reliability
- Aircraft Accident Investigation and Response
- Fundamentals of Aircraft Engine Control
- Fundamentals of Aerodynamics
- Manufacturing for Airworthiness
- Design, Durability and Integrity of Composite Aircraft Structures
- Introduction to Avionics

Core:
- Airframe System Design

Optional:
- Aircraft Structural Crashworthiness
- Human Factors in Aviation Maintenance

Core:
- Aviation Safety Management

Optional:
- Flight Experimental Methods (Airworthiness)

Individual Project

The individual research project is completed by students who wish to complete the MSc qualification of the Airworthiness course. The project is normally undertaken in the final year and brings together the learning from the taught components to consolidate learning. The subject of the project is normally chosen to reflect the needs of the sponsoring organisation and/or to match your career ambitions. Project topics represent the broad range of areas covered by the course.

Recent Individual Research Projects include:
- An assessment of the applicability of an ageing aircraft audit to the microlight aircraft type
- The justification of ALARP by Ministry of Defence aircraft project team
- Introduction of a service bulletin review process in the military environment.

Assessment

MSc: Taught Component (50%), Individual Research Project (40%), Course Portfolio (10%). The MSc is assessed by examinations, assignments, dossier and thesis. PgDip: Taught Component (83%), Course Portfolio (17%). PgCert: Taught Component (100%).

Career opportunities

Many of our students are already in employment with aerospace/defence companies and choose to pursue an internationally recognised qualification with Cranfield University to enhance their career. Graduates are able to use this qualification to obtain secure permanent positions abroad.

Destinations of our students vary as many remain with their sponsoring company, often being promoted upon completion of the course. Some companies have used the Airworthiness programme as pre-employment training.

For further information

on this course, please visit our course webpage https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Airworthiness

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

Entry Requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline. Other relevant qualifications, together with considerable experience, will be considered.

Course Fees

MSc Home/EU - £20,000 Overseas - £20,000; PgDip Home/EU - £16,000 Overseas - £16,000; PGCert Home/EU: £8,000, Overseas £8,000


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