This module can be taken as a Short Course for Credit or a Standalone Short Course.

Please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section for more information.

This course aims to give a general understanding of the overall requirements, characteristics and design of fighting vehicles and the vehicle platform systems. The topics are covered by taught lectures, discussions and tours of the vehicles and equipment at the Defence Academy. Both powertrain and chassis systems are considered.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£2,350 - Short Course for Credit fee 

    £1,925 - Standalone Short Course fee 

What you will learn

To gain an insight into the key debates within the topic of military vehicle design, performance, chassis design, powertrain design and vehicle dynamics. This should assist in setting out requirements or specifications for the vehicle system.

Core content

This module will cover the fundamentals of the performance of the military vehicle. The topics covered include both the chassis system and the vehicle powertrain and include:

  • engines and transmissions,
  • vehicle performance,
  • off-road capability,
  • ride and handling,
  • the vehicle chassis,
  • vehicle design.

The students will receive a series of lectures, supported by examples and tutorials. There will also be an opportunity to discuss and investigate the vehicle examples and hardware held within the equipment halls at the college.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

When taken as a Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards either the Defence and Security (Engineering) MSc, Gun Systems Design MSc or Military Vehicle Technology MSc.

Find out more about short course credit points.

Who should attend

This course is suitable for those who need to specify, design or develop military vehicles.


Accredited by IMechE as part of the MSc Programme.



  • Mr Dave Simner

Location and travel

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.

Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.

For further location and travel details

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.