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 hold 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.
This MSc programme benefits from a wide range of cultural backgrounds which significantly enhances the learning experience for both staff and students.
Accreditation and partnerships
This course is accredited by:
- Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
- Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
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 are 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.
Your teaching team
You will be taught by Cranfield's leading experts in aerospace. The Course Directors for the MSc Aerospace Vehicle Design are:
- Aaron Latty, a Mechanical Engineer with experience in structural design of aircraft components.
- Dr Shijun Guo,who has been working in the field of aircraft structures, especially structural dynamics and aeroelasticity, since the 1980’s.
The teaching on some taught modules is supported by lectures from visiting speakers from both industry and the military. Former speakers have included senior representatives from:
- BAE Systems
Facilities and resources
Students can take advantage of our impressive facilities at Cranfield, which include large aircraft flight simulator, a flying experience with our Bulldog aircraft, and the National Flying Laboratory Centre (NFLC) Jetstream aircraft in which onboard monitors give you first-hand experience of the theory from a pilot’s perspective.
We use industry-standard software such as NASTRAN. Our rapid prototyping machine enables you to manufacture wind tunnel models from CATIA (Computer Aided Three-dimensional Interactive Application). Our Virtual Reality Suite enables you to design the flight deck and cabin layout in 3D. We also arrange visits to sites such as BAE Systems, Marshall Aerospace, GKN and RAF bases which specialise in the maintenance of military aircraft. This allows you to get close to aircraft and components to help with ideas for the group project.
Cranfield University offer a comprehensive library and information service, and are committed to meeting the needs of students, creating a comfortable environment with areas for individual and group work as well as silent study.
Experience and familiarity with using the more specialist industry resources will be recognised and valued by future employers. Developing skills to make the most of our rich information environment at Cranfield is not only important to you whilst you are studying at Cranfield, it is also vital for your future employability and career progression.