The MSc in Aerospace Dynamics consists of 18 optional taught modules, an individual research project and a group flight test. The group flight test project consists of two compulsory modules to offer an initial introduction to aerospace dynamics and provide grounding for the group flight test.
In addition to management, communication, team work and research skills, each student will attain at least the following learning outcomes from this degree course:
- To gain a fundamental and applied understanding of air flows, vehicle dynamics and control and methods for computational modelling.
- To be able to relate the fundamental aspects of engineering and applied science to the engineering of air flows and aircraft dynamics.
- To gain a broader knowledge of aerospace engineering and the skills for in-depth analysis of aerospace dynamics-related problems.
- To receive practical experience in the measurement, analysis and modelling of aerospace dynamics, particularly in relation to airborne and land-based vehicles.
All students undertake the Group Flight Test Report during October to December. This involves a series of flight tests in the The National Flying Laboratory Centre (NFLC) Jetstream which are undertaken, reported and presented as a group exercise. This is an important part of the course as it enables candidates to experience the application of specialist skills within a real plane to a collaborative report/presentation.
The individual research project allows you to delve deeper into an area of specific interest. It is very common for industrial partners to put forward real world problems or areas of development as potential research project topics. The project is carried out under the guidance of an academic staff member, who acts as your supervisor. The individual research project component takes place between April and August.
If agreed with the course director, part-time students have the opportunity to undertake projects in collaboration with their place of work, which would be supported by academic supervision.
Recent Individual Research Projects include:
- Spiked body instabilities at supersonic speeds
- Aerodynamic loads on a race car wing in a vortex wake
- Lateral/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 taught programme for the Aerospace Dynamics masters is generally delivered from October to April. Choice is a key feature of this course, with specialist modules available in your chosen option of either Aerodynamics or Flight Dynamics.
Assessment of modules is a mixture of written reports, examinations, practicals or presentations.
The taught modules (40%), the Group Flight Test (10%) and the Individual Research Project (50%).
Start date, duration and location
Start date: October
Duration: Full-time MSc - one year, Part-time MSc - up to three years
Teaching location: Cranfield