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Aerospace Dynamics MSc
The aerospace industry in the UK is the largest in the world, outside of the USA. Aerodynamics and Flight Dynamics will remain a key element in the development of future aircraft and in reducing civil transport environmental issues resulting in these areas making significant contributions to the next generation of aircraft configurations. In the military arena, aerodynamic modelling and flight dynamics play an important role in the design and development of combat aircraft and unmanned air vehicles (UAVs).
The continuing search for aerodynamic refinement and performance optimisation for the next generation of aircraft and surface vehicles creates the need for specialist knowledge of fluid flow behaviour.
The MSc in Aerospace Dynamics aims to provide both fundamental and applied knowledge applicable to the understanding of air flows, vehicle dynamics and control and methods for computational modelling. The course will provide students with practical experience in the measurement, analysis, modelling and simulation of airflows and aerial vehicles.
The course is suitable for students with an interest in aerodynamic design, flow control, flow measurement, flight dynamics and flight control.
Students have the choice of two course options:
There are three elements to this course – a taught component, a group flight test and an individual research project. Two compulsory modules provide an initial introduction to aerospace dynamics and are used to provide grounding for the group flight test.
You will participate in the Group Flight Test Report. This involves a series of flight tests in the NFLC Jetstream Flying Laboratory which are undertaken, reported and presented as a group exercise.
This is an important part of the course as it enables you to experience the application of specialist skills within a flight test environment and apply them to a collaborative assessment, technical report and presentation.
You will select your individual research project from a wide range of topics offered during the first teaching period. The project is carried out under the guidance of an academic staff member, who acts as your supervisor. The individual project often provides an opportunity to collaborate with industry.
Recent Individual Research Projects include:
- Spiked body instabilities at supersonic speeds
- Aerodynamic loads on a race car wing in a vortex wake
- Latera/directional stability of a tailless aircraft
- Aerodynamic drag penalties due to runback ice
- Automotive flow control using fluidic sheets
- Aerodynamic design and optimisation of a blended wing body aircraft.
The two compulsory modules provide an initial introduction to aerospace dynamics and are used to provide grounding for the group flight test. You will then select specialist modules which determine your chosen option of either Aerodynamics or Flight Dynamics in the taught component. Choice is a key feature of this course, allowing you to build your own portfolio of skills around a core specialisation. Options overlap, enabling you to spread your area of expertise or focus on specialist areas.
Taught Modules (40%), Group Flight Test (10%) Individual Research Project (50%). Assessment of taught component is a mixture of written reports, examinations, practicals or presentations. Group flight test is assessed through a written report and group presentation. A research thesis, oral examination and presentation constitute the assessment for the individual research project.
Start date: October
Duration: 1 year full-time, 2-3 years part-time.
Teaching location: Cranfield
Cranfield University has been at the forefront of postgraduate education in aerospace engineering since 1946. The MSc in Aerospace Dynamics stems from the programme in Aerodynamics which was one of the first masters courses offered by Cranfield and is an important part of our heritage. The integration of Aerodynamics with Flight Dynamics reflects the long-term link with the aircraft flight test activity established by the Cranfield Institute of Technology. Graduates of this course are eligible to join the Cranfield College of Aeronautics Alumni Association (CCAAA), an active community which hold a number of networking and social events throughout the year.
Part-time study options are available for this course, please enquire for more information.
This course is accredited by:
- Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).
The Industrial Advisory Panel comprising senior industry professionals provides input into the curriculum in order to improve the employment prospects of our graduates.
The Industry Advisory Panel includes:
- Adrian Gaylord, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR)
- Trevor Birch, Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
- Chris Fielding, BAE Systems
- Anastassios Kokkalis, Voith
- Stephen Rolson, European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS)
- Clyde Warsop, BAE Systems.
You will be taught by staff with many years of industrial experience including:
Professor Kevin Garry, Course Director, Head of the Applied Aerodynamics Group.
Dr Nicholas Lawson, a Reader and Pilot in the National Flying Laboratory Centre who has completed research on projects involving high lift flow control, transonic cavity aerodynamics, flight test laser instrumentation and the study of flapping wing aerodynamics.
Mudassir Lone, a research fellow, activities focus on modelling of manual control dynamics, aeroelastics and flight control activities.
Professor Ian Poll, research interests include aircraft performance, boundary layer transition and control, and high speed gas dynamics.
Teaching is supplemented by contributions from industry and other outside organisations which reinforce the applied nature of the modules. Previous contributors include:
- Prof Allan Bocci, Aircraft Research Association (ARA)
- Trevor Birch, Defence Science Technology Laboratory (DSTL) .
To ensure you develop the necessary skills, we have a wide range of facilities including nine wind tunnels, both low and high-speed and an Autonomous Vehicles Laboratory. Our extensive computing facilities include industry-standard software.
We use all three National Flying Laboratory Centre aircraft (Jetstream, Bulldog and Slingsby) as a practical means of reinforcing theory, with in-flight exercises and laboratories forming the basis of the assessment for core modules.
A 1st or 2nd class UK honours degree or equivalent in mathematics, physics or an engineering discipline.
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
TOEIC - 800
Pearson PTE Academic - 65
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 if 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).
Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa will also need to meet the UKBA Tier 4 General Visa English language requirements. Other restrictions from the UK Home Office may apply from time to time and we will advise applicants of these restrictions where appropriate.
Students requiring a Tier 4 General Student visa to study in the UK may need to apply for an ATAS certificate to study this course.
MSc Full-time - £7,500
MSc Part-time - £5,000
MSc Full-time - £17,500
MSc Part-time - £9,000
- Fees are payable annually for each year of study unless otherwise indicated.
- The fees outlined here apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015 and the University reserves the right to amend fees without notice.
- All students pay the annual tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
- Additional fees for extensions to registration may be charged.
- Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) pay international fees.
Aerospace MSc Bursary Scheme
This course is eligible for the government and industry funded Aerospace MSc Bursary Scheme. The scheme will pay MSc tuition fees (up to £9,500) on behalf of successful applicants. Bursaries will be awarded to UK and EU candidates who can demonstrate their commitment to working in the UK aerospace sector and who have been offered a place on an eligible MSc programme.
Online application form. Applicants may be invited to attend for interview. Applicants based outside of the UK may be interviewed either by telephone or video conference.
A wide range of career paths within aerospace and the military seek graduates with these skills. Increasingly, these skills are in demand in other areas including automotive, environmental, energy and medicine.
Recent graduates have found positions in the aerospace, automotive and related sectors. Employers include:
• BAE Systems
• Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
• Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
• Rolls Royce
• Selex ES
• Jaguar Land Rover
• Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
• Triumph Motorcycles.
A significant number of graduates go on to do research and higher degrees.