Explosives Ordnance Engineering MSc/PgDip

Full-time/Part-time

  • World Class Explosive Ordnance Engineering Education
  • Start date - September
  • Designed for full or part-time study
  • Modular structure
Explosives Ordnance Engineering

This course has been designed specifically to provide an opportunity to a wide range of attendees, which include military officers, defence industry staff, government servants and civilian students.  

The course offers advanced academic background necessary for students to contribute effectively to technically demanding projects in the field of explosives and Explosives Ordnance Engineering (EOE). It does this by introducing them to up-to-date and current research, which enables them to obtain a critical awareness to problem solving and capability to evaluate both military and commercial best practice in the field of EOE.  

This course enables students to learn in a flexible manner as it offers both part-time and full-time learning all with full access to an outstanding remote virtual learning environment and on-line literature through our extensive library facilities. Other qualities and transferable skills include opportunities that will enhance employment potential in this field, problem solving, self-direction and informed communication skills.  

This course meets the educational requirements for the Engineering Council UK’s register of Chartered Engineers (CEng); the course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).



Course overview

Part One of the MSc course contains an introductory period followed by academic instruction, which is in modular form. Students take ten core modules covering the main disciplines and choose two optional modules based upon their particular background, future requirements or research interests. To qualify for the Explosives Ordnance Engineering MSc, students must successfully complete formal examinations, individual coursework, one group project and a research project. 

Research project:

In Part Two, students undertake a research project - a list of prospective projects is provided each year by the teaching staff. Alternatively, with the agreement of the teaching staff/supervisor, students may undertake appropriate research of their own choice.

The structure of this course has been devised so that students learn the fundamental elements of EOE from an academic perspective whilst having the opportunity to learn something new by selecting elective modules.


Group project

To integrate module learning into an overall critical evaluation of new trends in EOE the students undertake a group project, which considers current ‘Hot Topics in EOE’, for example, nanotechnology, insensitive munitions, analysis and detection and environmental initiatives.  The group project involves the students working together to research these hot topics and to critically appraise the facts, principles, concepts, and theories relating to a specific area of EOE.  They do this as a group and then individually prepare elements of a presentation that they feedback in groups to their peers in an open forum.  The presentation is then graded from an individual and group perspective.  

The group project enables the students to work as a team, enhances their communication skills and encourages the ability to present scientific ideas in a clear and concise manner.  It also gives the students an understanding of the procedures and challenges associated with peer review and grading and prioritisation of presented work against a clear assessment framework.

Individual Project

The aim of the project phase is to give the students an opportunity to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired on the taught phase of the course to a practical problem in EOE.  A list of available project titles is produced in the first few months of the course so that a student can make an early choice and begin planning their programmes well before the project phase begins.  Suggestions for projects may come from a variety of sources, for example an individual student’s sponsor, a member of staff, or the wider EOE community.

Modules

The MSc is 200 credits of which 90 are compulsory, 80 are for the thesis and 30 credits are elective.


The PgDip is 120 credits of which 90 are compulsory and 30 credits are elective.
Full modules are 10 credits each; half modules are 5 credits each.

Core

  • Ammunition Systems 1 (Warheads)
    Syllabus
    • Introduction to warheads and ammunition
    • Blast Warheads
    • Fragmentation Theory; fragmentation warheads
    • Shaped charge phenomena
    • Shaped charge and EFP warheads
    • Small Arms Ammunition
    • Fragmentation and Blast Effects on Personnel
    • Attack of ships
    • Attack of armour
    • Attack of air targets
    • Attack of hard targets
    • Shell and Projectile Design
    • KE Ammunition, KE penetrator design; sabot designs
    • Cannon ammunition
    • Small arms ammunition
    • Aircraft Bombs and sub-munitions.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module a diligent student will be able to:

    Knowledge and Understanding

    • Identify wound and blast effects on personnel and quantify the terminal ballistics requirements for the attack of aircraft, ships, armour and structures
    • Understand the principles on the effect of blast warheads in air and underwater and to quantify the effect upon the target
    • Understand the principles on the effects of natural and controlled fragmentation, of simple fuze-warhead design interaction, and the effects upon targets
    • Understand the principles of penetrators and sabot design and the effect upon targets, and the principles of the attack of hard structures by special purpose warheads.

    Skills

    • Design small arms and cannon ammunition, guided weapon warheads, tank and artillery ammunition, underwater weapons and air delivered ordnance
  • Ammunition Systems 2 (Delivery Systems)
    Syllabus
    • Guns, cannons and mortars; build-up, charge systems, cartridge case design, external ballistics 
    • Torpedoes; underwater ballistics, under water propulsion, guidance and control 
    • Air Stores: air carriage and release, sub-munition dispensing 
    • Detection: IR and optical sensing, radar systems
    • Guided weapon design: Propulsion, aerodynamics, control, guidance.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module a diligent student will be able to:

    Knowledge and understanding

    • Explain the operational features and principles of a wide variety of ammunition launch methods, including light and heavy guns, cannons, mortars and small arms, underpinned by a detailed knowledge of their sub-systems and design methodologies
    • Analyse the external ballistics phenomena related to various classes of munitions, especially related to low-drag designs, gyroscopic and fin-stabilisation techniques and trajectory modelling methods
    • Appraise and assess the performance of guided weapons and torpedoes, based upon a knowledge of their detail ed sub-system design features and associated trade-offs.

    Skills

    • Perform detailed calculations related to the performance (i.e. range and velocity) of complete guided weapon and torpedo designs using informed aerodynamic, propulsion and mass data
    • Calculate detailed design information for appropriate spin rates and stability criteria for various projectiles.
  • Ammunition Systems 3 (Target Effects)
    Syllabus
    • Review ammunition design and introduction to armour design
    • Complex armour, spacing, obliquity, disposition and failure mechanisms
    • Characterisation and testing of materials for high strain rate loading
    • Theories for penetration and shock events covering subsonic to hydrodynamic regimes
    • Overview of mine threat and damage mechanisms with the application of fundamental principles to MBT and LAV
    • Terminal ballistics demonstration
    • Blast waves from high explosives and nuclear weapons
    • .Blast-structure interactions including internal detonations for buildings, vehicles, personnel and specialist structures
    • Introduction to engineering software for blast and weapon effects.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

    Knowledge and Understanding

    • Understand the principles in designing appropriate armour design and concepts for specific threats
    • Understand and apply the principles in determining the appropriate use of steels, aluminium alloys, titanium alloys, ceramics, composites, concrete and geological materials in protective design.

    Skills

    • Rationalise the differences between hydrodynamic and sub hydrodynamic penetration mechanisms
    • Evaluate the loading characteristics of blast waves on structures
    • Quantify the characteristics of loads from high explosive materials and nuclear detonations
    • Critically assess the response of personnel to blast and ballistic loading.
  • Future Developments: Scanning the Horizon in EOE
    Syllabus

    Current ‘Hot Topics in EOE’, including, for example:

    • Nanotechnology
    • Insensitive munitions
    • Analysis and detection
    • Environmental initiatives.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

    Knowledge and understanding

    • Understand the procedures and challenges associated with peer review and grading and prioritisation of presented work against a clear assessment framework.

    Skills

    • Critically appraise the facts, principles, concepts, and theories relating to a specific area of EOE
    • The ability to present scientific ideas in a clear and concise manner
    • Critically evaluate the value of funding / non-funding of research.
  • Insensitive Munitions (Half Module)
    Syllabus
    • Pan-National philosophies of Insensitive Munitions and Insensitive Munitions Policy
    • Methods to achieve Insensitive Munitions based on formulation and preparation of Explosives
    • Methods to achieve Insensitive Munitions based on design of weapons systems
    • Methods to achieve Insensitive Munitions based on mitigation of effects and packaging
    • Cost benefit analysis
    • Accident analysis
    • Test methods and criteria.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

    Knowledge and Understanding

    • Understand the role of Insensitive Munitions in Munitions Safety
    • Appreciate the practicalities and current limitations of the methods for achieving Insensitive Munitions.

    Skills

    • Identify the different national approaches to Insensitive Munitions
    • Consider the design approaches which may lead to Insensitive Munitions.
  • Introduction to Explosives
    Syllabus

    Effects

    • Burning, Deflagration and Detonation
    • Shaped Charges and Wave Shaping
    • Explosive Range demonstrations

    Materials

    • Primary, Secondary and Tertiary explosives
    • Commercial and Military High explosives
    • Propellants and Pyrotechnics
    • Fuels and Oxidizers
    • Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s)
    • Insensitive Munitions
    • Ammunition, Explosive Train and Delivery Systems.

    Chemistry

    • Initiation
    • Chemistry and Thermochemistry of explosives; Power and Brisance
    • Manufacture and Formulation.

    Management

    • Safety, Reliability and Testing of Explosives.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

    Knowledge and understanding

    • Understand the principles, manufacture, initiation and effects of primary and secondary explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics and their application in commercial and military environments
    • Be familiar with current ammunition
    • Appreciate the importance of safety, legislation, reliability, testing, storage and environmental impact of explosives.

    Skills

    • Analyse the theories of thermodynamics of explosive reactions and perform calculations for enthalpy, free energy and gas equilibria
    • Identify the mechanisms for initiation and appreciate the differences between deflagration and detonation and the classification of explosives.
  • Manufacture and Material Properties of Explosives
    Syllabus

    Chemistry of the Synthesis of Explosive Molecules

    • Basic chemistry of nitration
    • Synthesis examples of LA/LS, TNT, RDX, NC, NG
    • Basic stability/ compatibility (to be extended in testing module).

    Material Science of Explosive Materials

    • Basic hazard/performance properties
    • Crystal properties
    • Binder properties
    • Mechanical properties. Damage mechanism, vibration, shock.

    Engineering of the Manufacture of Explosives and Propellants

    • Filling processes of explosive and propellants
    • Plant design, safety
    • Quality control.

    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module a diligent student will be able to:

    • Describe the principles involved in the introduction of nitro groups into molecules
    • Compare the current manufacturing processes for common primary, secondary explosives
    • Discuss the principles of ordnance formulation
    • Evaluate and predict the material science characteristics of explosives and explosive formulations
    • Work effectively in a team
    • Present aurally and texturally, in a coherent fashion, an authoritative précis pertaining to a particular area of explosives manufacture.
  • Gun Propellants
    Syllabus
    • Nitrocellulose and single, double, triple and multi-base propellants
    • Oxygen balance and its effects – barrel erosion and flash
    • Specific energy: balancing heat and gas production
    • Ageing and storage properties
    • Ballistic parameters and their measurement by a closed vessel
    • Low vulnerability ammunition propellants and other new developments
    • Pressure travel curves in a gun
    • Resal’s energy equation
    • Effect of grain size and shape on gun performance
    • Equation of motion of shot within a gun barrel
    • Alternatives to solid propellants
    • Heat transfer equations
    • Measurement and computer modelling of gun barrel temperature
    • Theory of gun barrel erosion
    • Self-ignition of propellants and explosives.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

    Knowledge and Understanding

    • Understand the major types of gun propellant and assess their role in current and future gun systems.

    Skills

    • Evaluate a propellant’s ballistic, storage, vulnerability, mechanical and combustion properties from a knowledge of its composition
    • Identify the ballistic properties of a gun propellant and show how they can be assessed by closed vessel measurements
    • Illustrate how the burning behaviour of propellant grains affects the motion of the shot within a gun barrel
    • Derive the energy balance equation for a conventional gun
    • Model the effects of heat transfer on a gun barrel
    • Formulate a theory of gun barrel erosion.
  • Research Methodology
    Syllabus
    • Library search techniques
    • Web search techniques
    • Technical writing
    • Communication skills
    • Research methods.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

    Knowledge and Understanding:

    • Understand the essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to a specific and specialist area of explosive ordnance engineering
    • Understand the procedures and skills required to undertake a research project.

    Skills

    • Collect, collate and critically examine information from different sources (journals, internet, articles, Wikipedia)
    • Identify and explain key issues and critically assess their value
    • Communicate scientific research, pitched at a level that is accessible to the non-specialist
    • Time management.
  • Testing and Evaluation of Explosives (Half Module)
    Syllabus

     Chemistry

    • Powder tests
    • Charge tests
    • System tests
    • Environmental tests (shake, rattle, roll)
    • Stability and compatibility of energetic components.

    Engineering

    • Instrumentation and techniques for measuring output from explosives and their articles
    • Summary of small arms, gun systems, rockets and pyrotechnics  measuring in their expected outputs.

    Documentation

    • Legislation and case studies.

    Range

    • Management
    • Requirements.

    Practical

    • Planning, preparation, testing and reporting of trials
    • Requirements.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

    Knowledge and Understanding:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles for accelerated aging and its application to life-ing of systems
    • Demonstrate an understanding and rationale of the legislation and associated documentation in the testing and approval of explosives and their articles (AOP, STANAG, UN Test Book).

    Skills

    • Critique the principles for measuring explosives, performance and properties
    • Apply elements of the taught phase in a controlled experimental test environment
    • Apply statistics appropriately within materials assessment.
  • Transitions To Detonation (Half Module)
    Syllabus
    • Advanced thermodynamics of mixed explosive compositions and how equilibrium reactions can be used in non-equilibrium states
    • Chemical kinetics of explosions
    • Thermal and isothermal explosion theories including fuel/air explosions and gaseous detonations
    • Response of munitions to abnormal thermal and impact environments
    • Initiation of deflagration and detonation; mechanisms of initiation including the ‘hot spot’ theory of initiation
    • Detonics theory: thermohydrodynamic theory of steady state detonation; the Chapman-Jouguet postulate
    • Equations of state for liquid and solid explosive products; hard sphere perturbation theories; method and characteristics; ZND model of detonation and thermal explosion theory; Semenov and Franck-Kaminetsky models.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module a diligent student will be able to:

    Knowledge and understanding:

    • Explain the fundamental principles of detonics theory, detonation modelling, explosions and initiation mechanisms.

    Skills

    • Calculate parameters based on the principles of detonics theory
    • Evaluate published scientific literature to produce a coherent summary of one aspect of detonations, explosions and their initiation mechanisms.
  • EOE Project Phase
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

    Knowledge and Understanding

    • Understand the principles of explosive ordnance engineering and apply these principles in a research environment.

    Skills

    • Plan and execute a detailed research project and present the outcomes and conclusions in an oral format to a variety of audiences.

    Write a Research Dissertation that Includes:

    • A critical review of established explosive ordnance engineering practice in a particular field.
    • A clear explanation of experimental/analytical procedures and the presentation of results by appropriate means.
    • Self-critical discussion of experimental/analytical results with conclusions that place the research in the context of the professional practice of explosive ordnance engineering.

Elective

  • Explosives and the Environment (Half Module)
    Syllabus
    • The use of explosives in the environment
    • The effects on the environment
    • Environmental assessment of explosives
    • Contaminated land
    • Soil systems and sampling technique
    • Environmental issues through life of explosives
    • Addressing environmental problems/performance
    • Managing the environment
    • Design for reuse
    • Recycling technologies.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module a diligent student will be able to:

    Knowledge and Understanding

    • Understand the environmental principals which apply to explosives
    • Appreciate that decisions made on environmental grounds must be balanced with operational capabilities and cost effectiveness over the whole life cycle of a product/project (CADMID)
    • Recognise that defence activities and environmental protection are compatible.

    Skills

    • Identify activities that impact significantly on the environment
    • Identify the relevant environmental directives and regulations which apply to explosives
    • Assess and identify environmental issues surrounding the extraction, design manufacture, use and final disposal of explosives
    • Evaluate appropriate management processes to deliver improvements.
  • Explosives for Nuclear Weapons
    Syllabus

    This module can only be taken by appropriately security cleared UK personnel. 

    • History and basic concepts of nuclear weapons including nuclear delivery systems
    • Safety of nuclear weapons, including the historic developments in safety design philosophy, influence on subsystems and lessons learnt from previous accidents
    • Explosives used for nuclear applications including historic developments in explosive formulations, explosive trains, explosive design and ‘other’ explosive devices
    • The safety tests of explosives covering detonator tests, powder hazard tests, charge hazard tests and system level tests
    • The performance testing covering the reliability, proofing and output of detonators and the velocity of detonation and detonation pressure of secondary charges
    • Modelling and hydrocodes of the shock on explosives
    • Characterisation and qualification of explosives for nuclear weapons including chemical, thermal and composition analysis, together with powder test, milling and comminution, and tomography and radiography of charges and components
    • Case study of a nuclear weapon, including the design and testing, together with life assessments of components
    • Formulations and manufacture of explosives for nuclear weapons covering the manufacture of TATB and a visit to the Test House
    • Future concepts of explosives in nuclear applications, including binders, and explosive formulations, processing and design for safety and detonator technologies.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module a diligent student  will be able to:

    Knowledge and Understanding

    • Understand the basics of nuclear weapons and appreciate its relevance to industrial and commercial practice
    • Evaluate critically the safety issues surrounding nuclear weapons and appreciate lessons learnt from previous accidents
    • Carry out a piece of research focusing on a case study of a nuclear weapon.

    Skills

    • Evaluate the safety and performance tests of explosives
    • Solve problems using modelling and hydrocodes; develop new skills to a high level in the field of explosives for nuclear weapons.
  • Pyrotechnics
    Syllabus
    • The combustion reaction; heats of reaction, rates of reaction, heat flow in reacting body
    • Pyrotechnic mixtures; selection of ingredients, stability, storage, sensitiveness and hazard, small scale and production scale manufacture
    • Production and utilisation of heat; thermites, delays, thermal batteries etc.
    • Production and utilisation of radiation; signals, illumination, decoys
    • Production of smoke and the design of obscurant systems
    • The design of pyrotechnic ammunition and pyromechanisms
    • Storage and ageing of pyrotechnic munitions
    • Manufacture of pyrotechnic mixtures on the laboratory and production scale.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

    Knowledge and Understanding

    • Describe the chemical reactions which are used to produce the special effects and the factors which can affect these reactions.
    • Appreciate the processes by which electromagnetic radiation (visible light and infrared) may be produced by pyrotechnic compositions and how such radiation may be attenuated by screening smokes.
    • Describe and assess the factors in composition design and munition design which affect the pyrotechnic performance.

    Skills

    • Recognise the types of compositions and ingredients used in Pyrotechnic ammunition and describe the manner of their functioning.
  • Computer Modelling Tools in Explosives Ordnance Engineering (Half Module)
    Syllabus

    By running EOE computer codes that model topics such as:

    • Explosive blast
    • Cookoff
    • Detonation
    • Terminal ballistics
    • Risk.

    The students will study:

    • Accuracy of computer codes
    • Effects of timestep size and mesh size
    • Errors that can occur in computer codes
    • Issues in setting up and running computer codes.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module a diligent student will be able to:

    • Justify when to use computational tools, experimental work or both to solve a problem or carry out research in EOE
    • Assess the accuracy, relevance, advantages and disadvantages of using Computer Modelling Tools in EOE
    • Evaluate different computer Modelling Tools and assess which is the best to use to solve an EOE issue.
  • Risk Assessment for Explosives (Half Module)
    Syllabus
    • Relationship between risk and hazard and the public perception of risk
    • Quantity distance relationships
    • Qualitative and quantitative risk assessment methods
    • Models for effect on the human
    • Failure tree and failure modes effects analysis
    • Safety cases, HAZOPs and lines of defence
    • Consequence analysis
    • Protocols for small scale work
    • Discussion groups for assessment exercise.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module a diligent student will be able to:

    Knowledge and understanding

    • Recognise the applicability of various risk assessment methods
    • Judge the appropriateness of tolerability and ALARP as applied to accidents involving explosives.
    Skills
    • Compose a simple qualitative Risk Assessment involving the hazards from explosives
    • Create an instructive article analysing an aspect of Risk Assessment as applied to explosives.
  • Forensic Investigation of Explosives and Explosive Devices
    Syllabus
    • Survey of methods used for the detection and analysis of explosives
    • Sniffer and bulk detectors for explosives
    • Types of improvised explosive device and their investigation
    • Sampling of bulk and trace explosives for forensic analysis
    • Infrared and Raman spectroscopy
    • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
    • Mass spectrometry techniques including Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry
    • Chromatographic methods and detectors in explosives analysis
    • Thin layer chromatography
    • Gas chromatography and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry
    • Reverse phase high performance liquid chromatography
    • Ion chromatography and size exclusion chromatography
    • Capillary electrophoresis and other separation methods.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

    • Evaluate the methods available for the detection and analysis of explosives
    • Distinguish between the types of improvised explosive device and assess the methods used to identify and investigate them
    • Interpret the infrared, proton nuclear magnetic resonance and electron ionisation mass spectra of important explosive compounds
    • Evaluate the techniques available for the analysis of trace explosives
    • Compare the relative importance of gas chromatography and reverse phase high performance liquid chromatography, and their associated detection systems, in explosives analysis
    • Decide on a procedure for identifying an explosive compound and prepare a witness statement on its identification.
  • Rocket Motors and Propellants
    Syllabus
    • Principles of reaction propulsion
    • Fundamental principles of applied thermodynamics and gas dynamics
    • Mach number, flow function, flow area relationship
    • Convergent-divergent nozzles
    • Definitions of propulsion performance criteria
    • Internal ballistics of solid propellant rocket motors
    • Charge design for particular applications
    • Rocket motor components
    • Thrust vector control methods
    • Velocity and range equations for accelerating and cruising projectiles
    • Principles of rocket propellant composition
    • Properties and applications of cast and extruded double base propellants
    • Properties and applications of rubbery composite propellants
    • Properties and applications of liquid monopropellants and bipropellants
    • New developments in propellant composition and formulation.
    Intended learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

    Knowledge and Understanding:

    • Recognise the importance of rocket propulsion as a form of jet propulsion and give examples of its relevance in the defence and commercial sectors
    • Transfer the principles of thermodynamics and gas dynamics to rocket propulsion
    • Define key terms such as impulse, specific impulse, thrust coefficient and characteristic velocity and recognise their significance
    • Outline the principles of propellant charge design
    • Show that a solid propellant rocket motor is a self-regulating device.

    Skills:

    • Illustrate how a solid rocket propellant is formulated to meet a certain set of requirements for a particular application
    • Contrast the various types of solid rocket propellant and their performance, storage, mechanical and combustion properties
    • Evaluate the significance of the parameters that characterise rocket propellant performance and the relationship between them
    • Identify the latest development in rocket propellant formulation in relation to solid liquid and gelled compositions.

Assessment

Coursework, examination, group project and individual thesis (MSc only).

Start date, duration and location

Start date: Full-time: September. Part-time: by arrangement

Duration: Full-time MSc - one year, Part-time MSc - up to three years, Full-time PgDip - one year, Part-time PgDip - two years

(For MOD status students the duration may vary, subject to annual review.)

Teaching location: Shrivenham

Overview

This course specialises in explosive ordnance and engineering and is world class in teaching and research. We have a diverse student body drawn mainly from personnel linked to the military from numerous industries and institutions in the UK as well as overseas providing a rich educational experience. Our class size is normally 20 - 25 comprising a combination of full and part time students

Accreditation and partnerships

The award of Explosive Ordnance and Engineering MSc/PgDip meets the educational requirements for the Engineering Council UK’s register of Chartered Engineers (CEng); the course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

This programme is CEng accredited and fulfils the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer when presented with a CEng accredited Bachelors programme.

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Facilities and resources

  • Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Explosives Research and Development Area (ERDA)
  • Explosive chemistry laboratories, external site for visits.

Entry Requirements

This programme is accredited as a programme of further learning for CEng registration.  When presented together with a CEng accredited Bachelors programme the educational requirements for CEng registration will be met in full. Students who do not have a first degree should contact the relevant institute directly for further details on whether they meet the requirements.

English Language

Students whose first language is not English must attain an IELTS score of 7.0

ATAS Certificate

Students requiring a visa to study in the UK may need to apply for an ATAS certificate to study this course.

Fees

Home EU Student Fees

MSc Full-time - £29,500

MSc Part-time - £29,500 *

PgDip Full-time - £20,800

PgDip Part-time - £20,800 *

Overseas Fees

MSc Full-time - £29,500

MSc Part-time - £29,500 *

PgDip Full-time - £20,800

PgDip Part-time - £20,800 *

*

Students will be offered the option of paying the full fee up front, or to pay in four equal instalments at six month intervals (i.e. the full fee to be paid over the first two years of their registration). 

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • A deposit may be payable, depending on your course.
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged and can be found below.
  • 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 Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.

Funding

For more information on funding please contact prospectus.shrivenham@cranfield.ac.uk

Application Process

UK Military and MOD Civil Service applicants

Please complete a Postgraduate Application Form.

All other applicants

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Career opportunities

Many of the students are linked to military employment and as such are sponsored through this route. Therefore the majority of the students continue to work for them on completion of the course. However, the course has the potential to take you on to enhanced career opportunities often at a more senior level across a range of roles corresponding with your experience.