The aim of Introductory Studies is to prepare students for their subsequent programme of study on the assessed modules. The module is designed to enable students to revise, consolidate and expand their skill and knowledge base so that they can derive maximum benefit from their course of study. It is an optional module and carries a formal credit rating of zero, although a student’s understanding of the materials covered may be tested as part of the assessment for subsequent course modules.

This module is only offered as part of the Explosives Ordnance Engineering MSc.

At a glance

  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham

Course structure

Face to face lectures, tutorials and labs, supportive e-learning.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to demonstrate sufficient command of fundamental principles to be able to study successfully for subsequent modules.

Core content

  • Chemistry;
  • Computing Services and Library Briefing;
  • Materials and Materials Engineering;
  • Mathematics;
  • Physics;
  • Stress Analysis;
  • Study Skills.


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

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.