Cranfield University is unique in that it offers an MSc which covers a wide application within the autonomous vehicle industry. Achieving this highly sort after qualification with its strong industry links will enable you to differentiate yourself in todays competitive employment market.
This masters covers the fundamentals of autonomous vehicle design and control, whilst enabling you to specialise in appropriate subject areas via optional modules and an individual research project. This flexibility means that you may tailor the course to your own particular interests and career aspirations.
This course is also available on a part-time basis enabling you to combine studying with full-time employment. This is enhanced by a three-stage programme from a Postgraduate Certificate to Postgraduate Diploma through to an MSc.
Cranfield is very well located for visiting part-time students from all over the world, and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This MSc programme benefits from a wide range of cultural backgrounds which significantly enhances the learning experience for both staff and students.
Informed by industry
The course is directed by an Industrial Advisory Board comprising senior industry professionals. This group meets twice a year and ensure that the course content equips students with the skills and knowledge required by their organisations. There are a number of opportunities for students to engage with these members throughout the year, building crucial rapport with future employers.
The Industry Advisory Board includes representatives from:
- Selex ES
- BAE Systems
- Leica Geosystems
- Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV)
- European Aeronautics Defence and Space Company (EADS).
Your teaching team
You will be taught by Cranfield's experienced academic staff including:
- Professor Antonios Tsourdos, Course Director, a specialist in path planning and trajectory management, mission planning and task allocation, integrated system health management and cyber-physical systems.
- Dr Al Savvaris, whose research interests include UAV systems, flight simulation and flight control systems.
- Professor Rafal Zbikowski, a specialist in bio-inspired approach to mitigation of the deluge of sensory data, verifiable autonomy for co-operating vehicles, integrated system health management and cyber-physical systems.
- Dr Hyo-Sang Shin, whose interests include sensor based navigation and guidance.
Our staff are practitioners as well as tutors, with clients that include European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) Astrium, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), McLaren Electronic Systems, Selex ES and Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV) Unmanned Marine Systems. Our teaching team work closely with business and have academic and industrial experience. Knowledge gained working with our clients is continually fed back into the teaching programme, to ensure that you benefit from the very latest knowledge and techniques affecting industry. The course also includes visiting lecturers from industry who will relate the theory to current best practice.
Facilities and resources
Students on the Autonomous Vehicle Dynamics and Control masters, benefit from a wealth of University-wide and Departmental computational facilities. Industry sponsors on this course often provide specialised software and licenses for the students working on their research. This provides valuable experience on up-to-date software and increases employment prospects.
The Autonomous Vehicles Laboratory is equipped with a netted area for flight tests and a variety of sensors, used for testing in the areas of guidance, navigation, control and surveillance. You will have direct access to the facilities during your research project for testing and analysis.
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, it is also vital for your future employability and career progression.